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12/5/18 3:25 P

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I just started bullet journaling. I've found that the dot grid pages are really nice--they help me keep things neat and orderly.

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8/29/18 5:01 P

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I've been keeping a bujo for planning since 2014? 2015? I go for a minimalist bujo because I don't have a lot of time for decorative page spreads (though I love looking at them online!).

As I noted in my intro post, I also keep a reflective journal.

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I have had a bujo for work since June of 2017 and am now going to start a personal one with a health focus. Looking forward to meeting some Spark planner girls!

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I started a bullet journal on August 1st this year. I'm using a Leuchtturm 1917 squared, I have a dot grid, but it is so light and my eyes aren't what they used to be. I like the squared grid, light enough to no be distracting, but I can see it and use it for structure.

So far I'm enjoying it. I'm playing around with various layouts and collection ideas just to see what works for me. Just because it looks cool on a YouTube video doesn't mean it's right for me, but I'll try it to see.

Speaking of YouTube videos... can you say intimidating? If I thought my bullet journal had to be perfectly lettered, perfectly artistic, perfect. period. I'd not do it. My lettering looks like pirate scrawl and my doodles are VERY imperfect, but, I'm liking it. I seek out video ideas from those who's talents are pretty much like mine. Imperfect. And it's ok if your line is crooked or your lettering doesn't look like a sticker. (Some are just wonderful at that!) I watch those for ideas, sure, but I do not expect that I will be able to duplicate their artistic abilities.

Perhaps I'll share some of my bullet journal pages someday, but for now they are just for me, and I like them, as imperfect as they are, they have character. :)

One thing I have learned is that the paper in the Leuchtturm 1917 is not as thick as I'd like. I've had a lot of ghosting and a little bleed through, so my next journal will probably be a Scribbles That Matter... thicker paper.

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11/25/15 11:26 A

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BULLET JOURNAL REFLECTION CHALLENGE

“Focus is nothing more than eliminating distractions”– Tim Ferriss

Questions to help you reflect:

– Is this worth my time?
– Does it matter?
– What will make me feel the most accomplished?
– What can I do right now to get closer to my goal of _______ ?
– What is the next step?
– Is this task worth rewriting?
– Do I even want to do this task or do I only have it written down because I think I should?

How do you reflect?

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We go about our days checking off tasks, reacting to incoming information, and generally swept away in the toil of everyday life. At times it can feel as though the daily grind is in control of us, rather than us in control of our days and actions.

In order to gain control of the reins, we must step back to reflect.

Reflecting inspires a peaceful state of mind, nudging us gently to refocus our attention.

Reflection in the Bullet Journal is handled by way of migration – the very component that makes the system brilliant. Intentional reflection invites us to think about whether what we’re doing is aligned with our current focus or not.

The analog format of the Bullet Journal encourages reflection in a tangible way, unparalleled through other mediums. Migrating by hand is the essence of the Bullet Journal. It encourages deliberate consideration when deciding which tasks are absolutely essential. Figuring out whether a task is worth moving forward is an empowering sensation, it puts you in control of whether you will do the task.

It’s the act of being present with your thoughts and the tasks that propels you to rediscover the words that may have become white noise over time. Reflecting can be the difference between being in control of your life and reacting to your life.

This form of reflection can help remind you of your big rocks, bigger picture, and priorities. It can also ground you, making you present with what you’re doing and what you’re trying to accomplish.

Tasks can seem important, but taking a moment to reflect is essential to distinguish the seemingly important from that which truly is. You’ll know the difference if it’s something that matters to you or if it’s simply something that seems to be a good idea, but won’t actually do.

Be honest with yourself. Gauge how you feel when you read the task; does it bring stress, elicit urgency, or inspire and motivate you? These are all emotions that can be attached to either important or non-important tasks. The trick is figuring out which are worth pursuing by pushing through the feelings versus those which are overloading you. Of those that aren’t necessary, and you’re able to say no to: just strike them out. Doing this will enable you to have the time for what you truly want to do.

Another thing to consider when migrating is whether the task you keep migrating is actually a project. Take an ax to the task and look through the smaller shards to figure out whether you can accomplish a smaller component of it. Pick the ones that hold the biggest impact.

Conversely, are you writing down too many action steps when you already know the steps to take? Pare down to make your list more manageable.

Over time, your reflecting and migrating skills will become honed. You will become more focused, at peace, and in control of the flow of your days one day at a time as you become more attuned to what truly matters to you.

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I have had a book of to-do-list for years..not quite this elaborate..seems complicated..the thing I liked about my lists.. I soon discovered what I was avoiding and could write about it and try to discover how to get unstuck on some of the things that I could not get over.

The pain passes ~ only the beauty remains...


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I get too distracted by the doodling and I don't really get any planning done. emoticon

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Oh, yes -- I love that site! There are some pretty creative ways to use a BuJo - this was in my inbox a day or two ago --- bullet journals with style -- I love her monthly calendar
bulletjournal.com/show-tell-3/
Actually, I love her whole journal...

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bulletjournal.com/

The bullet journal system can help you turn your journal into a fully-fledged organizer for your to-dos, projects, lists, and notes. It is really flexible and can be morphed into anything that you need it for. It's a little difficult to explain, but if you click the link above and watch the video I think that this will be the best introduction to the concept.

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