April 16, 2018

Bullet Journal or Planner: Which is For You

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  • Being organized is one of our most overused resolutions but have we really arranged all those events and commitments that keep coming up every day? We have here two popular ways of organizing your activities and tasks that could work well for your needs. One is filling in the blanks of a pre-formatted planner and another is creating your own design and layout on a blank notebook through bullet journaling.

    Planner

    In the 80’s of shoulder pads and jumpsuits, Filofax or personal planners aided many businessmen in organizing their schedule. Even today, there is a clamor for planners that offer pages of blank layout appointment calendars, task lists, and worksheets. These ready-made and designed planners could be ideal for those looking for consistency.

    With the planner, one could easily flip forward to a date to schedule a future task or event. People have long used planners to organize their day-to-day activities and tasks. Today, most people make use of one form of digital planner accessible on smartphones and computers. These digital planners, however, have generic designs that will turn away those looking for a more flexible planner suited to their ever-changing needs.

    Bullet Journal

    One solution to the generic planner is the bullet journal. It combines two often-used ways of organizing one’s thoughts: a journal, which invokes a diary-like listing of thoughts and reflections; and bullets, which pertains to simplifying tasks into bullet points and checklists. As one, the bullet journal is a more creative yet organized way of designing your own day-to-day spread on a plain blank notebook.

    Designing your own bullet journal makes it flexible and a perfect fit to your taste. The length of one day could be shorter or longer than the other depending on the tasks on that day.

    Because the notebook used is blank, you can also choose what other spreads to add. Some examples would be a habit and mood trackers, expenses and savings log, idea dumps and, goals list. There is no limit on what to write on a blank notebook: it could serve as a small diary to log thoughts, moods, doodles, and ideas to look back to and reflect on in one handy notebook.

    There are also other ways to keep organized but these two are worth a try, especially if you are already using one option and are curious if the other could work for you. With a bullet journal, you can organize your thoughts in a manner of your own. If you are able to stick to a certain layout or system of tracking your schedule, then the planner is for you.

    You can even mix both ways to create something uniquely yours, as long as the end goal stays the same: stay organized and be able to track your activities.


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