Why Bullet-journaling Works

Bullet-journaling works because, as the creator of the method says, knowing that there is a place you can dump all of your mental clutter frees up a lot of brain space.

Also, carrying it around means that whenever there’s some unexpected free time you can work on one of your projects. A lot can get done in that way.

I’m chairing a committee with a very complicated, multi-stage task, and it’s 5 times easier now that I bullet-journal than when I did it last time.

7 thoughts on “Why Bullet-journaling Works”

  1. Here: Learning the Bullet Journal system

    The secret is the 6 month view, the monthly view, the weekly view and the rapid logging of events and tasks (denoted by a key) Also every bullet journal has a couple pages in the beginning for a table of contents. You can use any old notebook.

    What’s great about the bullet journal method for me is that it lets me info dump all over the pages without being completely disorganized. It’s so flexible that if I drop it for a couple of days or weeks I can go back to it without feeling like a perfectionist failure. If a particular setup stops working for me I can create a new one.

    By writing all your stuff down all the time every time it forces you to focus on what’s important.

    Clarissa probably has a project timeline bar or some such in her bullet journal.

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  2. This is a huge mystery to me… why should this be efficient? Isn’t it a lot of work to create all these tables? When I see examples I just want to tell people to use Excel auto-complete for their calendars instead of writing every date by hand! πŸ™‚ I think this system would drive me insane. And then you need to copy tasks you couldn’t complete by hand to a new page? What? Why not use google docs for the same lists, or some document on dropbox? Then you can write your ideas directly into an “ideas” list instead of copying everything five times and then losing your notebook. Or am I misunderstanding? All of this looks very strange and old-fashioned to me.

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    1. I don’t create any tables, though.

      Copying by hand helps you remember things better. And it can’t be a Google or Dropbox thing because I need to have access all the time, not only when I’m next to a computer, and it’s got internet access, and then I wait for it to open and it starts glitching. This will all take forever.

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      1. I tried to understand how it works from examples on the internet but apparently I did not get it. πŸ™‚ So is it necessary to read the book to understand how to do it? But probably it wouldn’t work for me anyway because I am too inclined to lose stuff…

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