Does bullet journaling really increase productivity and save you time?
Yes, Bullet Journaling does increase productivity and saves time.
I’m not talking about the art journals here.
They’re lovely, don’t get me wrong.
But I’m talking about the out-of-the-box plain text, not too exciting system that is the Bullet Journal.
How does a Bullet Journal Increase Productivity?
The Bullet Journal does not promote Doing Stuff for the sake of Doing Stuff.
Sure, sure, you can write a to-do list as long as your arm if you want to.
Thing is, the very act of writing things down causes you to curate what you allow on your task list.
This is important.
It forces you to focus on the fact your time is limited, so it is important to make sure that you are spending it on the things that are important to you.
You start getting so much more done.
That task has to earn its place on your list.
It focuses your attention wonderfully on what you really want to be doing.
How does a Bullet Journal save time?
When you curate what you spend your time on, you’re not wasting your time on things you don’t really want to do or projects that don’t matter.
This happens in many ways.
Ideally, you sit down with your Bullet Journal every evening to check what you did for the day, make any notes you need to about the day, and plan what you want to do the next day.
In the morning, you’ll review that list, maybe add some ideas if you need to.
That consistent review process clarifies your mind and helps you focus on what you want to accomplish.
When you do this, you’re less likely to be fooling around with things that don’t matter to you.
What makes it better is the act of migration.
Migration is when you move a task to the future, review the month for tasks you may not have completed and want to do this month, or copy items from an old notebook that is full to your new one.
(I tend to fill a notebook about every six to eight months, depending on how many projects I have)
When you start migrating a task over and over, you learn that task isn’t so important to you.
So, what do you do?
CROSS IT OUT.
I really, really love the Bullet Journal system a great deal as it helps me live far more deliberately and helps me choose how I spend my time far more consciously.