At this point, the only thing I use in my bullet journal are the future log, the current monthly spread, and daily rapid logging. Project spreads have turned into an index of rapid log entries, with a collection of open tasks on the opposing page. I’m not using color coding, washi tape, stickers, or anything else. These are my current bullet journal habits.
Keep It Simple
I still make it a habit to look over my personal bullet journal in the morning. That gives me visibility to what I have to do. I create a rapid log entry for the day, and make a to-do list based on the monthly spread. At the end of the day I review it again, check things off, and update it with any relevant notes
For my work journal, I look over the monthly in the morning to see where I stand on various projects. I look over the project pages and create a daily rapid log from open tasks. The journal tends to be open at work, because I make more notes throughout the day. I used to keep separate daily logs per project, then I color-coded them for a while, but now I index them. An arrow pointing back, and the page number of the project spread, are all I need. On the project index, I make note of events, with a date and page number. Like, sent proof to printer 10 Feb, pp56.
Focus on Creativity
For a while I made a big ritual out of setting up a new weekly spread on Sunday. I’d take an hour, draw a nice layout, use a lot of color, and transfer information from the monthly spread. I found that I was flipping between a list of things to do on the weekly spread, and making notes on the daily rapid log. It just become easier to forgo the weekly and do dailies.
I also started getting bored with the ritual. I would rather pour the creativity (not to mention the time) into the work. The whole point it to maintain focus so the creative work to get done, bot for the bullet journal to become part of the creative work.
Get Things Done
There was a lot of redundancy in my earlier bullet journal habits, but I think it needed to be that way. I needed to explore what worked for me and what didn’t. There are no longer project pages for the blogs, because I have an editorial calendar in WordPress where I set up placeholders for future posts. I don’t need a list of all of the posts for this month, or a collection of post ideas. All I need is a reminder on the daily log to be sure there’s a blog post written and scheduled for today.
I have been getting more use out of the future log and the monthly logs as time goes by. If something has a date, like an appointment on 6 April, on that month I will write “6 doctor 10am”. When I don’t know the date, I just a question mark in place of the number, in pencil, and update it when I have the information. If something has to be done some time in June, no specific date, I just write the task.
My Current Bullet Journal Habits
The reason I don’t write about my bullet journal often is the same reason I don’t write about my desk chair. It’s there. It does its job, which is supporting me. There’s nothing particularly exciting about it. I have nothing worthwhile to report. The parts of Ryder Carroll’s method that work for me, I follow. The bits that aren’t relevant, I ignore. The important thing is that I’m organized and productive.