When the bullet journal experiment began just a short couple of days ago, I wasn’t
expecting there to be much difference in how my time was managed and how the day of writing and chores/errands/phone calls, etc., would go. The bullet journal is helping me keep track of everything going on in a day and also gives me the ego-boosting pleasure of marking things off a list that has been done. The hardest part, right now, is putting down unnecessary items just so there will be the pleasure of marking it off – completed!
So, has the bullet journal helped me with keeping track of my writing and editing? Yes! Each day I put down the chapter I want to work on and I don’t worry about any other chapters except that one. In the notebook I keep for each writing project, I have sort of done a bullet journal format, almost. Facts and notes are a lot easier to find any reference to see if I am keeping everything cohesive and orderly. For example: How did I describe ‘Joe’? I find Joe in the notebook and there is his description, what chapter it was written in, and maybe a couple of fun facts about him. OK – the descriptions match. Going on.
I also believe the journal I am using is part of the success of this. It is a loose-leaf journal, which means if I need to move pages around I can. It is also much easier to add pages in a section of notes than a bound journal or notebook.
This is the journal I am using:
It is from Maleden, as you can see. They are very reasonable on Amazon, and it isn’t difficult at all to get refills for it. This one was a gift from one of my sisters for Christmas. It has journeyed about with me quite a lot, actually. The minute I decided on doing a journal for notes, I knew this one would be perfect. However, I missed having it with me so I could jot notes, thoughts, ideas, questions, etc., I just received a second one in the mail just a few days ago: I bought another one! This one is blue, but that’s the only difference in the two. I can’t say enough good about these little journals – well, not too small, about 5X7 – they are really tough!
Here’s hoping your writing day was successful, and your life was grand!