My Bullet Journal Variations

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At the moment I keep two separate bullet journals. One is a fairly standard calendar-driven configuration that I use for personal and professional purposes. The other is strictly a business journal, made up mostly of collections and project-tracking spreads. I wanted to take a moment today to talk about bullet journal variations in my main book, the layouts I use, and what does and doesn’t work for me.

The main bujo has the stock future log and monthly logs, so where I deviate from the baseline is in my daily log. For a long time I used a weekly log, to further break down the tasks on my monthly log into more easily digestible pieces. The problem was that it required a lot of flipping back and forth, from the daily log to the weekly log. Yes, I migrated things from the weekly to the daily. When something came up that I needed to do tomorrow, I’d have to flip back to the weekly to rapid log it. If I finished up my planned daily tasks, I’d flip back to the weekly.

The weekly also didn’t help with ongoing tasks that I needed to touch daily. Those could be a lost on a weekly or monthly page, or on a tracker. Copying them over every single day, or remembering to go to the tracker page, was confusing. I would forget, or get turned around. It didn’t work for me. After a while I stopped doing a weekly log and just went from the monthly to the daily, but that started to get even more confusing.

My Bullet Journal Variations

What I do now is split the daily log pages horizontally. The left side of the page is a normal daily log. The right side of the left-hand page is for recurring tasks. Less of a tracker, more of a reminder. Every day I need to write a blog post, for example. The right side of the right-hand page is for open items that need to be dealt with this week. They might be unassigned because they’re not urgent, and can deal with them when a free moment avails itself. It could be things that are pending, like the “waiting” column on a Kanban board.

Honestly, I just this moment realized how much the way I use my bullet journal reflects my former use of Kanban. The future log and monthly logs are the “to-do”, and the daily log is the “doing”. Wow. It all makes sense now.

Anyway, this method keeps everything on a single two-page spread. That makes it a lot easier for me to process without becoming overwhelmed. When I fill that spread and move to the next two pages there’s some migration necessary, but it’s not as much redundancy and beyond initial setup no requirement for page-flipping.

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