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When it comes to productivity systems it sometimes feels like there is a system for and designed by everyone. Do a search in any app store and you will find thousands upon thousands of todo apps and each seems to have its own prophets and advocates. More traditionally there are notebooks, post its, blackboards and white boards but these tend to be far less structured in their use. The Bullet Journal system tries to mix the freedom of paper with the structure of a system.
The tag line of “track the past, organise the present and plan for the future” is very appealing but what does it translate to in reality?
Bullet Journal sets up a calendar and then breaks down everything into Tasks, Events and Notes. Tasks have a box that can be ticked and can be assigned to a specific date or to a month. Events have a circle and are specific to a date. Notes have a dot and can be free timed or assigned to a date. Follow the rules precisely and it gives you a to do system, calender and record of everything you have done.
The system works by having a very specific month to month setup and as such takes a couple of months to start to shine – this is not something to jump into and expect to get the most out of immediately. The big problems that I can see with Bullet Journal are those that are shared by all paper systems – there is no way to collaborate, search and my handwriting is not up to it!
Personally I’m very attracted to the idea but I’m not sure if this is a case of the grass being greener of if I’m actually looking for what the Bullet Journal offers. Either way its an intriguing system and worth a look and consideration.