Have you ever spent a day running from one task to another, rushing through something to get to something else, only to wonder in the evening where all your time went? Many of us spend our time at odds with our core values. Doing so on repeat leaves us feeling stressed, overwhelmed and unsatisfied.

Ryder Carroll understood this when he created the Bullet Journal Method (also known as "BuJo") as a tool to help him manage Attention Deficit Disorder.

He describes the bullet journal as "an analog system I devised to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future". He discovered that his method of jotting down tasks, events, and notes kept him focused. It wasn't until a few years ago that he realized others could benefit from this, as well.

Two key aspects that make bullet journaling so effective are flexibility and speed. It's flexible enough to handle a variety of data. It's also flexible in regard to the style you wish to use: anything from minimalist to highly decorative. The speed of the system is also key because simplicity and ease keeps you from putting it off.

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Collections are groupings of related tasks (e.g. a shopping list or a mood tracker). You create a title and note the page in the index.

Migration is a key tenet of bullet journaling. As Ryder Carroll says, doing so, "can mean the difference between being busy and being productive". Once you reach the end of the month, you review your bullets. Anything completed is checked off, anything no longer relevant gets crossed out, and anything that is still important and needs to get done is migrated forward to the new month (or future log, if it extends past the next month). Arrows are used to denote migrated tasks. This step causes you to pause and reflect on your priorities.

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The flexible nature of bullet journaling allows you to start at any time of the year. Usually, a dot grid format notebook is used, which allows for easy vertical and horizontal display of information.

Well, what do you think? Is bullet journaling something you'd like to try (maybe for the new school year)? Let us know!

We wish all of you a Happy Labour Day & long weekend!

August 31, 2021 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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