I was recently featured in a post by Gradstrategy on how keeping a journal or a planner can help you in being more productive. Check it out here on Gradstrategy.com
I talk about how throughout my time at university, I used something called the Bullet Journal method which I have stuck with since.
What is it?
In the words (roughly) of its creator it’s an analog system for the digital world. The beauty in the method is that all you need to start is a notebook and it can be as simple as you want it to be or as elaborate as you would like it to be.
The flexibility and freedom afforded by the method makes it a very personal process, compared to buying a ready made diary and through it, I have been able to adapt the method to my needs over the years. For example, I was able to easily incorporate principles I learnt after reading Getting Things Done by David Allen, a process that helped me build up a consistent habit of being proactive about my productivity.
I can definitely say that having and keeping a Bullet Journal contributed in some ways to how well I performed in my final year. Through keeping a consistent schedule and constantly reviewing it, I was able to go through my final year of law school without a single all nighter even as deadlines approached.
The method also appealed to me as I quite like creative projects and it has given me many excuses to go to Paperchase than I would normally have. An extra roll of washi tape never hurt really.
How to get started
I could write more about this method but I think the best place to start is the official website itself: http://bulletjournal.com.
I would encourage anyone to look into the method and there are many communities out there on Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram you can check out for inspiration.
To read more about how I used the method, don’t forget to check out Gradstrategy.com.
If you would like to know more about how it helped me during my studies or any tips or advice, as always feel free to drop me a message or a comment. Here’s to productivity and less stress.