One of the hardest things about having a productivity routine is remembering to follow it. If you’re not looking at your bullet journal regularly, adding to it and checking things off when they’re completed, you won’t get a lot of value out of it. So by request, here’s my daily bullet journal routine. It’s pretty simple, and lets me focus on what needs to be done rather than maintaining the journal itself.
Start with a Daily Log
One of the first things I do in the morning is start a daily log entry. Like a diary, it begins right after the previous day’s entry ends. I write the day and date, and go from there. As I sip my coffee I make a bullet-pointed list of what I know I need to do. I review the weekly spread to make sure I don’t miss anything. That’s my functional to-do list for the day. Over the course of the day, if I need to remember what I’m supposed to be doing, I glance at it and update it.
Review Project Pages
My standard weekly spread has a mini-index with active projects. When I sit down to work on a project, I open the pertinent project spread to check notes and document progress. There’s a master task list on each spread, as well as a daily log. I like having a dedicated, chronological list of what’s been done.
End with the Daily Log
At the end of the day, I return to the daily log. I check off what’s been done. If something needs to get bumped forward, I note that. Problems, solutions, and epiphanies get documented in detail. This is needs-driven. Sometimes a broken sentence will do. Other times, I’ll go on for pages. No entry is acceptable, too. I operate on the “no news is good news” principle, as long everything I needed to do was accomplished.
Do a Weekly Review
On Sunday I set up the next week’s spread. I go back to the monthly spread and carry anything relevant forward. A new mini-index is created for the projects I need to touch. I also have a task list of things that don’t need to be done on a specific day, but need to be dealt with this week. Those get pulled into the daily log. If a new month starts in the coming week, I set up that month’s spread, and pull items forward from the future log.
After the week and/or month are set up, I go back through the past week’s daily logs. I look for open loops, tasks that were incomplete or need follow-up and schedule those. Then I look over the weekly log to make sure nothing was missed. I check the current monthly spread, and the future log. When everything is accounted for, I’m done.