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Using the Bullet method to your Advantage.

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Ever since the pandemic hit in 2020, staying at home suddenly became a norm for most of us. Sounds pretty chill right? Well, if you look from a broader perspective, a lot of us struggle to adapt to the change around us because its almost easy to take our day to day activities for granted. I’m assuming you read the title for this blog. Yep ! It’s definitely one of those inspirational pinterest ideas that you might probably get or maybe even those self-help gurus you watch on Youtube. However, this one come with a twist: Bullet journal becomes your motivational tool guide.

Motivation

So what exactly is motivation? I used to think that Motivation is a driving force that allows individuals to work towards a goal. I recently read a blog post by TheRadGroup. The blog has given me more insight than the actual definition of the word itself! If you are interested in understanding more about how Motivation is actually linked to many other sub-topics, I will leave it in the desciption below.

“How Context Impacts Your Motivation.”

http://www.theradgroup.com/blog/context-impacts-motivation

Bullet journal spreads

You have probably heard the word spread at least once. I usually use these spreads to outline my weekly habits and progress. I’ve gathered a list of spreads to help cope with little motivation.

Prompts

I actually use thses to help me craft new creative ideas for my art works. It also serves as a tool to help visualize smaller topics.

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The illustration above depicting a January prompt list.

Very interesting isn’t? These are usually used in the context of writing/Creating art works. I have never actually tried applying this concept into my to-Do list. Maybe, it’s time to improvise a little bit.

Weekly Logs

I usually use these type of logs to help me track multiple projects and my day to day activities outside of school. It is pretty useful if you know how to use them to your advantage

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A good example of how to track progress using a weekly log.

You can start a weekly log using table diagram. I usually start with 5 by 4 column chart. I start with just the Date, Description, Project , Time (Hrs) and Notes. From there, I start filling in any occurences during the day even if it includes eating and working from home.

Alright, these are all I have for you folks.

Thanks for reading.

Creating a Log: Even for the samllest task.

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Starting a Log can be pretty tricky. Especially if you are not used to spreading out your tasks in a incremental manner. I only started using a log planner this year. Within the first few weeks i started to notice the difference in my lifestyle choices.

Benefits of Log Planner.

Having a log provides context about one’s activities. It also serves as a an organized tool to keep you informed of what you did during the day. It could be as simple as cooking a new dish for your family.

Provide Context

It is created to help you acheive a specific goal or is it something you do on a daily basis. You might want to keep in mind and perhaps set up two types of system: Casual activities and project-oriented. This in a way helps to create a more organized template so that you can add future logs to it.

Example of how I actually use my Log sheet.

Alright, That’s all I have for you folks. Stay Tuned.

2021 Resoulutions: Why Journal?

I’d start with a quote by Jen williamson. “Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, it is not only life-changing but life-expanding. The reason why I’m using a quote is to give some context on why we journal. I’ve had many people tell me journalling is supposed to keep you organized both mentally and emotionally. Yes, I can 100 percent agree that journaling can somewhat keep you from steering the boat the wrong way. 

My first Bullet journal

The first time I received a bullet journal was actually in 2018. At that time, I was only 15. I remember thinking to myself, “Why on earth do I need a journal?” But then I remembered hearing a friend talking about how Bullet journalling helped her overcome anxiety. So, I thought, “Hmm, let’s give it a try.” I went to the nearest stationery shop I could find. I grabbed a bunch of Mildliners and brush pens. Yes, I was trying to copy off these influencers who buy a ton of stuff to make their bullet journals aesthetically pleasing. Sadly, I wasn’t able to follow through because I was easily unmotivated. So, tip 1: Don’t buy things for the sake of hype.

What prompted me to get back into journalling?

I decided to get back into journaling at the end of 2020. For several reasons:

  1. I wanted a safe space to write my ideas down
  2. working in groups
  3. I wanted to give myself another chance to prove that I can follow through 

So I thought the first one was self-explanatory. However, The second and third ones might be tricky to understand where I was coming from. So, I’ll try to simplify it. I struggled to work with groups because of two things:

  1. Differences 
  2. Lack of Structure.

So, I thought maybe it was best for me to create a safe workspace environment for myself. Instead of getting everyone to compromise since not everyone is on the same wavelength. So, I decided to write my ideas in a journal. On the second page, a log system to track everyone’s progress. I can assure you that this method will ensure everyone’s part to play.

 Add journaling as your new year’s resolution

If you decide to add journaling into your resolution, that’s Great! The only thing you might want to consider the objective of creating a journal. Is it to track your mood? or is it meant to be a dumping ground for ideas? These can help narrow the scope. Here’s how I planned for my journal 2021. 

1.Create an index

It is like a table of contents in a book. You might have to consider what do you want to add.

The four main concepts I use in my journal are 

1:Goal settings

2:Log reports

3:Updates

4: Monthly wishlist.

The first two are essential in every journal planner. Without them, It is hard to track your progress for you to reach your target. The rest are optional. For me, I like to write them in my journal for keepsake. That’s all I have for you guys. Let me know what habits would you want to include in your journal.