Why I switched to Bullet Journaling in 2019

Bullet Journals are everywhere. There are YouTube channels dedicated to it. And though over the years them seemed interesting I never thought about starting one myself. I liked just using a regular planner and didn’t see the use of a bullet journal. Especially when you could just go to the store and buy one that is already made for you, until now. This year I officially started using a bullet journal and here are some reasons why I switched.

Traditional Planner

I have always used traditional planners my whole life. And I still think they are awesome. But I notice that a traditional planner wasn’t offering me what I needed. As a person that blogs, goes to school, and makes videos; I was found that I started using other notebooks to separate all the aspects of my life, which was overwhelming trying to juggle all of these notebooks and millions of posts it’s. I needed one place that I could organize everything; a one stop shop. Also with a traditional planner I found myself writing down all of these things I needed to do but not actually getting these things done. So not only did the planner not have what I needed but it was also making me a little counter productive.

Customization

One of the amazing things about a bullet journal is that it is 100% customizable. Other planners weren’t enough for me, so why not make my own and put in it the things I need as a blogger and student. Now I am able to keep track of everything without having to have 3 to 5 additional notebooks and whenever I feel the need to add a layout I can just do it myself.

Creativity

I love expressing my creativity in any way possible. The one thing that sold me on starting my own bullet journal was knowing the fact that I would be able to make new themes every month and change up the look often. Sometimes having a planner that looks the same all year round can get a little boring.

Track of Habits and Goals

With a planner I found myself just jotting down things, like a to do list but not really keeping up with daily habits and goals. This year I really wanted to focus on creating good habits and sticking to the goals I set and I knew a regular planner wasn’t gonna enable me to do that. So being able to have something like habit tracker in my planner was perfect for that.

Give It a Try

All in all, over the years I have hear so many amazing things about bullet journaling and just wanted to give it a try. It’s always good to shake things up and try something new. Hell, if I don’t like it I can always make a trip to Target and get me a regular planner!

Would you try bullet journaling?

How I Plan A Work Day

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Planning a work day for me is a little complex. I always have a million and one things on my plate. Going to school full-time while trying to blog and on top of that work, is a lot to juggle. So when it comes to planning a work day every second counts. 

Prioritize

First thing is to prioritize tasks. I normally will deal with time-sensitive things first. On a typical work day I will start out with school work because school always comes first. Once I have done my school work I will work on blog post for the upcoming week. Most of the time I will have the blog post written out but I just need to take pictures for the post so in that case I will take photos. Next I might work on scheduling out social media posts. Then if I have time I move on to YouTube content maybe edit a little. But that's pretty much how I prioritize. School, blog, social media, and YouTube. YouTube is usually last on my list because it's newer and something I just started doing.

Make  A list

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Normally the night before a work day I will make a list of all the things I need to do and I make sure the list is detailed. So instead of just putting school work I might put landscape project AutoCAD drawings or landscape perspectives street view. That way I know what I exactly need to do.

Batching

One thing I have learned when it comes to juggling a lot of different things is to not multitask. If you multitask you are only setting yourself up for failure. So what I do is I will batch different task. The blog stuff in one part of the day and maybe the school work in another part of the day. For an example I will  take pictures for the next 2 hours but I will not focus on anything else other than taking pictures.  As far as school work unless I finish all of my landscape architecture work I will not move on to my other homework or anything else until that's done. Focus on one thing at a time.

Timeblock

When it comes to a work day I will go as far as time block to make sure I get everything done. I will block out specific times for different tasks. I get that specific because if I don't I will just spend all day on one task and then I will still have a list of things to do.