BuJo Basics: Pages
HOW I DESIGN THE WEEKLY LAYOUTS
I color-code my "To Dos" to help keep thing focused, usually with the following categories:
PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGY: TOMATOES & FORESTS
For productivity, I use a timer similar to the "Pomodoro" technique (25/5 minutes of work/break). My Tomatoes is website where for every 25 minutes of work, you "earn" a tomato; as an added bonus, you can log what you did during those 25 minutes. So, as an incentive, I draw my own tomatoes and then bubble them in :) I like this technique and the bubbling in because sometimes, the to-dos take a lot of time, I want to keep track of both my outcomes and process (which also helps me stay motivated when a seemingly short task takes 3 hours.)
For people who follow closely along to my journey, one thing that's been a big shift is that I no longer use "tomatoes" mostly because I now use the Forest App (which I talk more about here). But the basic idea is still the same and sometimes, I will like having my bullet journal use tomatoes because it's nice to color something in.
HOW I USE MONTHLY LOGS
Monthly logs can be used keep track of important dates, appointments, events, etc. But I use mine a little differently... To help keep me grounded, is keeping a gratefulness journal, and the monthly logs are where I do it. So for each day, before I go to sleep, I think to myself, today, I am grateful for... and write that down for that day. They've included:
KEEPING TRACK OF LONGER PROJECTS
The longest project I have at the moment, is the dissertation. The process, while exciting, is also incredibly overwhelming. (I write about it generally on the blog.)
To keep track of all the different pieces, I made this project wheel for the dissertation proposal (more on that here). Within each section, I broke down some of the key components, and then most importantly, tracked which document version I was working on.
I like the wheelhouse as a project template because the weekly logs are more of the minutia and details of tasks, while the project wheel provides an "at a glance" of where my progress is. I've also used the same type of template for event planning where each spoke was a countdown of the week, until the day-of.
If you want to try making your own, check out my section on getting started and follow along with my design process. Having bullet journaled for a couple of years now, I've had friends share that they wish they could just download my layouts, so I DIGITIZED some weekly templates and also my newly-launched instagram of my designs. Remember that there are no mistakes with the process and the whole point is finding something that works best with you.
Lastly, bullet journaling, in a lot of ways is built on community and sharing resources and even ideas for layouts. Here some places I go for advice and inspiration:
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