Recently, I started bullet journaling to organize my thoughts. I've tried regular journaling before but I found that it just didn't work for me. I had a hard time writing more than a paragraph or two about my day making me feel like journaling was useless. Bullet journaling has opened a new world of writing confidence for me.
Bullet journaling is writing a quick synopsis of your day using bullet points. Each synopsis is no more than a sentence. In my case most of my bullet points aren't even complete sentences. The ability to write brief bullet points about my day takes the stress of journaling off while allowing me to catalog my day.
The way I set up my bullet journal is personal to me. I researched suggested formats and based mine off of those, if you're considering bullet journaling I would suggest doing the same for your first time. One thing I would suggest when creating your bullet journal is to allow it to also serve as a planner.
For example, before I go to bed each night I write my journal entry for the day then I prep the section for the next day. I'll write the day of the week and the date then make an empty square and write something I need to get done the next day. When I wake up in the morning I check my journal and see what I need to accomplish that day. At the end of the day I fill in the square of each task I accomplished. The satisfaction of filling that square is a great way to end the day. At the end of the week I am able to look back at all I have accomplished.
Bullet journaling allows me to write brief thoughts about the day without worrying about making them all connect. At the end of the week I like to look back on my week and see what I accomplished and reflect on my observations. It helps keep me motivated and organized so I feel prepared to take on task and become more engaged with my family, friends, and community.
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Maggie Campbell is a 19-year-old rising sophomore at Ohio University studying journalism. Maggie currently serves on the executive board of the 2015-2016 Society of Professional Journalists National Outstanding Campus Chapter.