I’m not gonna lie, I really started missing my rings. Not because there was something wrong with the system or the notebook, but because at heart I’m a rings girl. I don’t think I can totally abandon rings. But this has been a great experiment. I have always struggled to do daily pages, and now I could! And I feel this was because I was doing this in a bound book in which I had no fear of making mistakes, and no pressure to make it look pretty or tidy. So I hope to be able to transfer/add this into my system. Speaking of which, what are the various aspects of the Bullet Journal Method that will be staying, going, or changing moving on?
Monthly layout: I always thought that I could not handle using the BJ monthly layout. Maybe it worked this time because I wasn’t so busy. I will definitely be more open now to these types of monthly layouts. The monthly to-do list is definitely a keeper. Each week had a different colour highlighter and I highlighted the task or project in the coordinating colour of the week that I completed it. This way I can see not only what I completed but in which week. I really liked how that turned out and want to try this in a ringed planner.
Habit/Task tracker: Again, usually I’m not so great at keeping up with habit trackers, especially when its in the monthly layout. To be honest, I wasn’t all that great at it this time round either but I was better than previous attempts. I think this was because I was regularly going back to that spread. I will once again try to use a monthly tracker in rings, but I will also make a tracker in my weekly/daily pages. This I definitely need for reminding me to do some recurring tasks.
Index: I never used it. There were only a few pages that I would return to and I used washi tape or page markers to find those pages easily. Perhaps I will find the need for it moving on…but still…I don’t know. Maybe I’m to lazy to make an index hahaha. I just feel like its time consuming. It doesn’t feel natural for me to make one…unless I call it a context page…actually that sounds much nicer. It may be useful for my collections… As you can see, I’m torn about this. :p
Collections: This will basically become the list section of my planner that I hardly ever referenced, but still found useful. I prefer collections/ lists in rings than in a bound book as it’s easier to find. As I said before, I used page flags to mark the different lists in the notebook, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it. It works, but I can’t remember which colour is for which list so I end up flicking through anyway. I think I would prefer using labelled tabs for easy reference in a ring planner, which probably negates the need for an index/contents page…
Rapid Log: or what I like to call the bread and butter of bullet journalling. I like that I can just write whatever comes to mind without thinking of where I have to put it. Its kinda like a daily on-going brain-dump area. I write it down and sort it out later. And when I look back, I can easily recognise what type of notes I have written. Love it! I also liked just using the next available space to start a list or brainstorm an idea or project (which I will now then transfer to the appropriate section of my ring planner). Now the question is, will this work in a ring planner or should I just stick to using my notebook? I think I will experiment with both next month and find out what works best for me.
Bullets and Signifiers: I didn’t use the signifiers exactly as the book says. In the book a (o) is an event which is described as an experience, and a (-) is a note which is information that you don’t want to forget. This can be a fact, idea, thought or observation. However, sometimes I get confused as to when to use which bullet because I feel that sometimes notes and events can intertwine. For example, if I received an online order, I could enter it as an event because it’s an experience, but I could also enter it as a note that yes, the package got delivered on that day. Is this something that confuses other people or is it just me? Perhaps I’m missing something. In any case, I have my own key and other signifiers that I think will work for me better in the long run.