What I plan with?
I plan using a bullet journal. I am extremely new to this, only 2 months in, but so far I have found that a bullet journal works great for me because it funnels goals and tasks through a yearly outlook into monthly goals and tasks down to weeks and daily, so things actually get accomplished. I am a compulsive list maker, whenever I feel out of control, or not where I want to be I make goals, I make lists, I make plans, I make schedules to get me calmer in the situation. But usually these lists never actually turn into action, and if they do it is very brief. Bullet Journaling solves this problem because I carefully thought through my yearly goals, and find it a much more sustainable way to actually accomplish them, by referring back to my yearly goals when setting my monthly schedule and goals, and then referring back to my monthly when setting the week’s and day’s. I also used to use my phone calendar, but it became redundant with the bullet journal.
What I plan?
So I make yearly goals as stated above, or in this case, since I started bullet journaling in the summer I made a summer goals spread, and that has funneled through May and now June and will continue for July. I will start a new journal when school begins and will set new goals, ones for personal goals, ones for dance goals, and one for school. These funnel through to my monthly tasks so I can accomplish them, which funnel to my weekly. Each month I plan any events I know are happening, any work I am doing, I plan my exercise schedule vaguely – which days I want to go to the gym, which days I want to workout outside, which days I have dance as my primary workout, etc. Every week I plan tasks I know must get done. Every day I layout in more detail smaller tasks and goals.
I also have a habit tracker in my bullet journal. This resets every month and the habits change. This month I am tracking if I walk everyday, stretch everyday, floss everyday, drink 60 oz of water everyday, if I eat sugar that doesn’t come from fresh or frozen fruit ( I have a low key sugar addiction and I am trying to break it by not eating processed foods or sugar for the month of June and getting all of my sugar from raw and frozen fruit), I also track my mood. I find these help give the motivation to do some of these tasks and also keep me accountable, not to mention it is interesting to look back at the month and reflect on what your habits actually are.
I also have an expense log, so I track how much money I spend and earn. And I have an investment list, which is basically if I want something I write it on the list, I write the price and the date in which I first wanted it. Next month if it appears on the list again, I obviously do have an actual need or want for the item and it wasn’t just some fad or trend. It must be 30 days since I put the item on the list for me to purchase it, and these are investment items, so they are usually more expensive.
Why are bullet journals and minimalism similar?
I think that they remove anything unnecessary because I am formatting and deciding exactly what I want to plan and track, it also allows me to focus on my goals in a more productive way and channel that through to daily tasks. It eliminates stress from being a “sitting duck” and makes me more productive. I think all of these traits appear in my version of minimalism, and therefor the two go hand in hand.
Also because it can encompass anything you want it to, a bullet journal replaces all other calendars and trackers and planners, so it minimizes all other messy distractions and streamlines a unique outline for and by you; again clearing away the mess to make way for the good.
I just used the back of an old notebook for my summer journal and some old microns I had laying around the house. I plan to buy a Leuchttum 1917 journal for the school year in black and to invest in some new micron pens and potentially some calligraphy pens if I get into that to decorate the spreads. Comment down below if you bullet journal and what aspects of yours you enjoy or created?