How I Use My Bullet Journal to Stay Productive

productive use of bullet journal

I love systems. I love organization.


And, even as a paperless business, I still love and need handwritten notes in my life. That’s why I’m so happy I’ve found bullet journaling. It’s truly a breath of fresh air in this fast-paced, digital age!

The bullet journal method of organizing thoughts, planning days, weeks, months, and even years as well as cataloging our lives has exploded lately. I mean... there is somewhat of a cult following to it.

If you’re new to #BuJo and are curious or you’re not sure if you’re using the method to its full capability, then this blog is just for you! I’m going to show you how I use my Bullet Journal to help guide my day and record my thoughts plus share some examples of how others are using it to do the same.

Remember, whichever method you pick and use consistently is the best one for you!

 productive use of bullet journal

As much as we all love our apps and digital productivity tools, nothing can replace finding a quiet space to sit down with a notebook while putting our whirlwind of thoughts to paper. There’s just something so comforting about this simple, yet powerful act.

And, there are added benefits of writing with a pen as opposed to typing on a computer. As Lifehacker mentions, “writing improves memory recall and encourages critical thinking”.

If you’re working on setting up your bullet journal and are staring at all of those blank pages, then the fun is just beginning! Here’s how I’m currently using my bullet journal:

  1. Monthly calendars with important dates, goals, and tasks.
  2. Recording random thoughts I like to call, “Braindump” and “Offline Thoughts”, which are the ideas that keep coming to me after I’ve shut down electronics for the day.
  3. Inspirational quotes and daily motivation.



Although my current methods are more simplistic than other styles, they are working great for me! I also think they’re a great place to start if you’re just getting your feet wet and learning to navigate the BuJo ways—The possibilities are truly endless!

Liz (@bonjournal_) has beautiful and simple design inspirations that you may also like to replicate. I personally love the minimalistic approach.

With bullet journaling, as with all things, I say...

the simpler, the better.

Are you new to bullet journaling? Have you been at it awhile? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share photos of your own journal!

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