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At 2pm I was watching videos on bulletjournal.com about the Bullet Journal, Ryder Carrol’s new (ish) take on daily planners. He calls it ‘the analogue system for the digital age’ . . . .
Okay, if you say so.
My history with planners and journals is abysmal: my commitment & focus has lasted about a week if that. I have empty calendar journals everywhere. So I’d seen the Kickstarter campaign (worked well for him) and figured I’d try something new.
What had originally looked like the perfect planning method for people with ADD tendencies started to look like an ADD nightmare. The neat, tidy stuff is Ryder Carrol demonstrating the method. The flowery, elaborated stuff is bits I’ve found elsewhere on bullet journaling — which bears little resemblance to Carrol’s neat, non nonsense, black & white ‘at a glance’ planner. Bullet journaling on most of the other websites and videos I found seems like scrapbooking/art journaling with a few pie chart goals thrown in. Multiple lists - books to read, hydration goals, friends’ birthdays, marketing goals, you name it. Lots and lots of decoration - washi tape, cupcake stickers, inspiring quotes...
I understood most of Carroll’s perfectly simple instructions, though I’m not sure what I would put on ONE HALF A LINE per day for each month . But the other stuff did my head in. One lady spent five mins of her video showing off her beautiful pen, and another five sharing her rapture at the Exact Perfect Shade of Emerald Green that was her journal cover.
I struggled on for a bit. But when it became clear to me that I had no idea where to put ongoing day entries (ie before or after inspiring quotes; with or without washi tape, etc), I gave in gracefully. Broke out my trusty gel pens and started decorating. When in doubt, doodle
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And you accuse me to confuse you! [emoji1]
What is it good for? [emoji15] If I could be so organised I could do a diary without help. Still don't know is it a scrap book? Diary? Journal? [emoji15][emoji15][emoji15][emoji15]