Why Bullet Journaling Is My New Favorite Thing

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A few months ago I was going through a really hard time and not feeling my best in areas of my life. I was constantly pondering where I was at in my life and how I wished I could accomplish more.  In the past I have always tried to set goals for myself whether it was personal or financial but found after while I would get discouraged and lose interest in seeing them through. Part of the reason is that I could never come up with good plan for reaching my goals.

Then one day I was sitting in my comfy purple club chair watching an episode of Fringe on Netflix. The episode happened to be about a killer that was using a alphanumeric system to hunt down his victims. Now I know what you’re thinking…”What in the world does this have to do with goal setting or bullet journaling?” Stay with me and I will explain. In that moment I got an idea and suddenly came up with a plan of how I was going to accomplish some of my life goals that I wanted to see happen over the next few weeks and years.

I  immediately reached for a note pad and a pencil that was on the table beside my chair and wrote down my first and last name on the sheet of paper. Then I wrote a corresponding number under each letter of my name. For example L=12; I=9 and so on and so forth. Then I organized these numbers into calendar dates and the idea was that I work my hardest to accomplish my current life goals by these dates. These dates ended up spanning the course of three years so I now initially came up with a three year plan!

At first I kept this plan in a pocket-sized composition notebook and it was working out well. The one day I was scrolling through Pinterest (I am such a Pinterest junkie FYI) and saw a post about bulletin journaling. Curious to know what bullet journaling was about I click on the link and read about how a bullet journal is essentially a planner/to do list/journal all in one. I  watch Ryder Carroll’s YouTube video of his initial premise behind his idea of the bullet journal and then looked at some picture and post about how others are using the bullet journal concept to help them accomplish their goals. I found some amazing spreads through Pinterest and Google and then went out and bought a Moleskin graphing notebook at Staples and got down to business. So how is it going so far? Absolutely amazing!

In my next few posts I plan on sharing some of my most helpful spreads I have been using to help my progress and my hope is that they will inspire you to start your journey to a new life.

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