7:00 am EEST (GMT+3). This is the June 22 2020 daily proof of life post. Today I want to talk about switching to a bullet journal weekly dashboard. Last week I gave up on making daily entries, at least temporarily. I’m now on my second week of using a weekly spread. It’s concise, it’s keeping me focused, and it meets my needs right now.
Because I work from home, have very few appointments, and most of the tasks I perform are repetitive, daily entries are kind of a waste. I don’t need a lot of space for notes, and most things can be reduced to trackers. So that’s what I did.
Left-hand side, top of the page, “Week of 22-29 June 2020” (for example). The rest of the page is divided into 7 horizontal sections of 5 lines each, one for each day. I run Monday through Sunday, so Monday is at the top. The page is then set up in 3 columns.
The first column is for meal planning, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I can make sure perishables get eaten, work out what I need to get at the grocery store, and so on. The second column is for media consumption. What podcasts drop that day, what TV shows I want to watch, articles I need to read, and so on. The final column is for day-specific tasks like accounting functions, laundry day, and grocery shopping. There’s the week at a glance.
In the upper right of the facing right-hand page, I do a two-line calendar:
Go one space over, and I draw a vertical line creating a column 8 blocks wide. That’s where I jot down tasks as they come up. I need to email someone, or the trash needs to be taken out. Those get checked off as completed. I will also jot things down in pencil if they belong somewhere else. For instance, if I realize I need to add something to the grocery list (which I keep in Google Keep), I’ll pencil it. When I have time I’ll open Keep, add it, then erase it from the bujo.
Projects and Trackers
The wider column to the left gets divided into thirds. The top third is the primary writing project for the week. It’s a list of tasks I think I can get through that week. I have a projects journal, so things get copied over from there as if it were a future log.
The middle third is for the secondary writing project. These are usually just ideas that come to me about the thing I’m going to be working on next. Most of this will get copied onto that project’s page in the projects journal at the end of the week.
The bottom third is for trackers. A simple format, a header for the day, a line for each repetitive tasks. As it’s done, I check it off. If the task doesn’t apply that day (some things I don’t do on weekend, or only do every-other day), I put a dash. When it doesn’t get done (and it isn’t something I can > forward, I put an X. The goal is to have no X’s.
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Daily Journal Entries
I still write daily journal entries. Those go on the following pages. There is time set aside each day for that. It’s nice to have my thoughts and feelings in the same book, but it’s a pain to flip back through several pages trying to confirm if I did a thing three days ago. A single spread, two facing pages, let’s me see what’s done and what still needs to be done at a glance. It’s certainly helped when my stress level is high and my executive dysfunction is hitting hard.