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My 2019 Bullet journal evaluation: Which features will migrate to my 2020 journal

Most bullet journalers are entering or have already entered in the period of setting up a new bullet journal. I am also, but for me it is easy to start a new journal, as I use a Filofax Clipbook A5. In the end of the year I remove all pages from my clipbook and store them. I then add new pages.

In my previous blogpost, I answered the first question that was in my mind in starting a new bullet journal: What happens to the old bullet journals? And since this is by now solved, I can continue to the next one, which is: Which features of my current bullet journal I will continue having in my 2020 version? I split the features of my bullet journal in two big categories: the collections and the monthly/weekly/daily layout.

Collections – Trackers

About this time last year I went through the process of evaluating the collections I have been using in my previous bullet journals. I knew that I have been starting a lot of them and I tended to quit keeping them updated towards the middle of the year. Has that happened to you too?

So in my 2019 bullet journal I kept only collections that were not abandoned and created only a couple of new ones in subjects that I evaluated as really interesting for me, such as books. And guess what? It was an absolute success, as I did not abandon them this year either!

These are the collections – trackers that were so successful for me in 2019:

  • 2019 Roadmap
    This is one of the two not so minimalist pages in my bullet journal. I have already explained the idea behind it here. I absolutely love this short overview of my year!
My 2019 roadmap, as I transferred it to the notebook for safekeeping.
  • Movies and Series watched
    These two collections are of interest for both me and my husband. We watch several movies each year and a lot of series, as it has become so easy with Netflix. These trackers usually end up a bit messy, as I tend to complete them while watching tv, but I love them anyway 🙂
  • Books read tracking
    The Books read collection is the second not-so-minimalist page in my bullet journal. I read about 40 books per year and I tend not to keep the majority of them. As a result, this page is the only way I can really imagine how it would be if I was. It is so fulfilling to see my drawn library filling up!
My 2019 library until now
  • Reading challenges and other book related tracking
    I follow a reading challenge during the year, called BRACE, and it is vital of course to track it in my bullet journal. In addition, during 2019 I decided to keep track of where the books and their authors take me. I track the origin of the authors, so as to have an overview and where and when the books take place. I have been trying to use these data to create some statistics, that I found quite interesting!

Collections – Functional pages

The bullet journal is an incredible organisational tool. I keep a few functional lists that help me in my everyday life:

  • Waiting on…
    I consider this one, one of the most useful collections I use in bujo. Quite often I order things from the internet, or expect an email or a letter from somebody for a follow up. These are things that tend to be forgotten or lost inside a daily or weekly log. As a result, I keep a special page where I note what I should follow up. 2019 was a rather quiet year, but I can’t know how 2020 will go, so I will keep in my new bullet journal
  • Wishlist without deadline
    This is a list of all the things I would like to do, but they are not eminent and I do them only when I have time and mood. Not everything was done, but at least the majority was!
  • When did I last…
    In this list I note things like when I change toothbrushes, clean the windows and the fireplace, or any other task that is donea few times per year, but not regularly.
My “Waiting on” and Wishlist without deadline pages for 2019

Monthly/Weekly/Daily layouts

These are the second most important component of my bullet journal. At this time last year I took some decisions about the monthly/weekly/daily layouts that I have used during the years I have had a bujo. To be honest which of these layouts you use depend on the particular occasion and phase of your life.

During all of 2019 until now I have used a one page monthly log, the running task list for weekly and I didn’t have any dailies. By the way I found out that the running task list is also called Alastair method for weekly.

  • One-page monthly layout
    I know that a one-page monthly layout is perfect for my personal life, so I will continue using it. The months that were full of my gardening activities I kept a second one-page monthly layout dedicated to my plants.
  • Running task list or Alastair method for weekly
    I have found this layout really useful for me. I was mostly staying home and I did not have strict deadlines for the tasks to be done, so by using a running task list I avoided rewriting tasks. Now that my weeks have become more busy already, I will have to reconsider about which layout will be more useful for my 2020 bullet journal. But I never prepare my weeklies too much in advance, so I can change my mind whenever I want.
My current weekly for personal tasks

I think after this evaluation I am ready to start my 2020 bullet journal. Are you evaluating your previous versions yourself? Are there any interesting conclusions you have drawn? Please be kind enough to share them with me!

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What happens to the old bullet journals?

It is again almost the end of the year and the time to take decisions about my bullet journal. There will be a series of decision to make, but the first question that came up is a crucial one: What should I do with my old bullet journals?

I started bullet journaling in 2016. In that year I had a simple notebook, but already from January 2017 I moved to a Filofax clipbox, that I adore ever since. This means that I have the luxury of just removing all of the pages at the end of the year and start filling it up again with new pages. I have been keeping the past years, by making a simple book-binding of the loose pages and then storing them in a box. But this doesn’t seem to be the most efficient way after four different years.

My four years of bullet journaling and the evolution to pure minimalism 🙂

Are old bullet journals useful?
This is the first question to answer, in order to find a solution.

Most bullet journalers will answer yes. The bujo has been our companion for quite some time, it includes personal notes, collections that are still interesting today, maybe notes for a project or a recipe. You can’t just throw that up, right? But for sure not everything that is in a bullet journal is interesting, so as to keep it for the years to come, no? And how easy is it to find the information the moment you are looking for the notes on the project or the recipe?

I should note at this point that I am not a very sentimental person about a lot of things. Besides my bullet journal, I am following a minimalist way in my life too. I tend to keep only a few things (that honestly end up in a lot if you have to move). For example, I read a lot of books, but the majority I give away through Bookcrossing. So starting to collect several bullet journals on a shelf doesn’t comply with my way of living.

What is important and what not?
If you decide that you don’t want to keep bullet journals for the sake of keeping them, this is the next question that occurs.

Well, most monthly and weeklies (or dailies if you have – I don’t) are not exactly the most interesting pages in your bullet journal, don’t you agree? In 2017 my husband and I went on a long trip in the southern hemisphere and I kept some kind of journal of what we were doing every day, in a monthly format. These monthlies are messy, but even two years later, I consider them quite interesting. Or if you have had a baby or some other occasion that you have been noting in your bullet journal, you might find that interesting to keep for the years to come. Nevertheless, most of my weeklies are full of house chores, business or doctor appointments and other boring things.

I have a similar problem with my collections. As a junior journaler in the beginning, I was keeping a lot of collections and tracking several things. But as the time was passing, I was abandoning them. By now I keep only two collections: my yearly overview (for more information check my post “How to track your year in a glance!“) and some trackings about the books I read during the year and the reading challenges I follow. I also use my bullet journal for notes about the projects (knitting, crocheting or paper ones) that I do during the year and my gardening. Most of these I would like to keep and not throw away. I can imagine that you have also some collections that you would like to keep.

So what should happen to the important things and what to the not important ones?
And this is the difficult question, which I think can have several answers.

Personally, I decided to separate the wheat from the chaff. I have always liked notebooks and stuff and I had a couple of empty nice looking notebooks that I couldn’t get rid of. So I decided to transfer the important things from my bullet journal to another notebook.

I have been using my bujo to make notes while I knit or crochet. I have created a nice template so as to keep track of my projects, but it soon ends up messy while I work, with notes of the modifications I do to the pattern I use (and I do a lot) here and there. These notes are handy when I do them and important for later if I want to reproduce anything, but it would help if they were a bit cleaner. As a result from quite early, I started keeping a separate notebook about my handwork. So I just move my knitting or crocheting notes to this notebook.

From the working notes in my bullet journal to the saved noted in my knit/crochet notebook.

During 2019 I started doing gardening. Surprise, surprise most of my notes are in my bullet journal in templates for gardening that I have created. But these were also working notes and the tables in the end of the year looked quite full with information and plantings of the same vegetables that were overlapping. And since this was also information that might come handy again next year, at least so as to decide which seeds worked and which not, I ended up creating a notebook dedicated to gardening too.

From the working notes about gardening to my notebook dedicated to gardening

So the only things that are left are my personal collections, which include, my annual roadmap, my book and reading trackings and any notes that I have kept from books. These are the pages that have sentimental value for me, so I decided to choose one of the most special notebooks that I have been keeping and dedicate it to my own personal collection of memories and notes.

The majority of the rest of the pages in bullet journal will probably not be important enough to retrieve in five years (or even less if it is about when i did the washing and when I cleaned the house).

My conclusions
This whole procedureof deciding and copying everything took me a bit of time, but the result was fulfilling. I know feel better with myself and satisfied that the information will be easy to find next time I need it.

Even for me, that I consider myself not so sentimental with things, it was not easy to decide to throw something that reminds me still of several things. I have copied the information that I consider today important, but I won’t throw all of the old versions of my bullet journal in one go. I have set the rule to myself that in the end of each year I will be evaluating if I keep the bujo of four years ago (as a whole or as part). As I result I will be storing only three full versions of a bullet journal. And if something needs more time to be evaluated objectively, the rule can be bent a bit.

So, I ended up with a running bullet journal, three dedicated notebooks (hurrah! some of the notebooks I have been keeping because I like them found their purpose) and three versions of past-year-bujos. Not bad I think. What do you think? What are you doing with the old versions of your bullet journals? Are you keeping them all?

My bullet journal and the three notebooks I have created for safe-keeping of the important information.
(Note to myself: I still need to modify the word Paper, so as to convert it to Garden)

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My gardening tracking in April

Some time in March my husband and I started the realisation of our gardening plans. It was obvious early enough that organising the whole idea is pretty essential, especially if we don’t want to have all salad of the year in the same week or be too early or late with planting something.

I started by creating a few pages to track what needs to be done and what is done already. In my blog post Tracking my gardening acitivies in my Bullet journal I explained the first three pages I included in March. By now our seeds have started growing to plants and my gardening tracking is flourishing as well. In this post I will show you how these pages have evolved and some additional ones I found important to include.

Some of my tomatoes plants and in the background my peppermint!

Here are the gardening pages I have in my bullet journal after about a month of gardening:

  • What we planted: In this page I keep the information that the seeds packaging is giving. It is much easier to retreave them from my bullet journal, than from the packaging itself.
  • A planting log: It is like a diary if my plants were keeping one 🙂 Honestly, it is not updated daily, rather once a week or once in two weeks.
  • A table following the seeds we plant: This has proved to be one of the nicest pages I created. It is the summary of the behaviour of the seeds.
  • A monthly log: This is really the least useful of the pages I keep, but since I am not consistent with keeping a planting log every single day, I use it to make fast notes, so as to update the planting log once I have time.
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Tracking my gardening activities in my Bullet Journal

I haven’t posted anything about my bullet journal for a while. Although I use it every day and it is essential for my planning, I do not tend to make changes in the format I use, unless it is needed. But now there is a new addition in my bullet journal!

Last July we moved in a new house with a huge roof terrace. By the time we were finished with arranging the house, the summer was over and the season of flowers and gardening was coming to an end. For the new season to come, though, we aspired an ambitious plan: our own small urban garden!

What is needed for an urban garden? Pots, soil, seeds and a good plan accompanied with a lot of patience and interest. The first ingredient was acquired already in January, when there were incredible offers on gardening things: we bought wooden raised beds we are going to have our plants in that fit perfectly to our terrace! We obtained the second and third ingredient last weekend: soil and seeds of what we are interested in growing check! Interest and zeal we had anyway and patience is not our strongest point, but we will have to live with the problem. What is left? A good plan.

The good plan is maybe the most important of the ingredients in order to succeed in our ambitious dream. We bought Spriessbürger: Handbuch für den Anbau von Gemüse und Salat in der Schweiz, a nice book that explains how to cultivate the most common vegetables in the microclimate of Switzerland. Based on the information from this book, we decided what we would like to grow in our garden. It also gave us a lot of information about the time and the way each seed needs to be started. But all this information and in general the plan should be tracked and noted in detail. What better place to do so, than my bullet journal!

Spriessbürger, the handbook we bought

After a lot of thinking of how it is best to track my gardening and many trials, I decided to keep track in my bujo with three ways:

  • A planting log: It is a simple log of when I planted or when I need to plant new seeds. It is a type of daily log or notes about my planting activities.
My planting log
  • A table with the details for each type of seed: In this table I keep all the information that is essential for each seed I have planted, such as when it was planted, how many days it takes for the seeds to grow and the optimal temperature. I will add information about replanting and harvesting once I reach that point.
My seeds table
  • Notes in my monthly log: Gardening is an activity that requires patience. Seeds require at least a week to start growing and the planting log or the table does not offer a visual way of tracking time. I did not want to create a separate page for this, but I integrated my gardening activities in my current log. This way I will be able to note the period each seedling needs to appear, to be replanted and to be moved outdoors.

Seeing my planting plan completed gives me extra motivation! And it proved to be quite some help with the first seeds we planted!

In the process of planting seeds with the handbook and my bullet journal in a safe distance, so that they don’t get dirty!
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My 2019 bullet journal

Oh my, January is already over! And my new bullet journal is already well started! I have the luxury of starting a new bullet journal every year, by just removing the pages of the old one and adding some new pages, as I use a Filofax clipbook.

This year I did an evaluation of my previous bullet journal, so I was ready to start the new year. Let me take you through my 2019 bujo!

Since I set up the first pages of my journal before the beginning of the actual year, I had the time and luxury to include in the beginning several of initial part of a bujo and things I think will be useful during the whole of the year. So in general, the first pages of my 2019 bujo can be divided in the following five parts:

  • 2019 Opening page

In the beginning, I have a simple opening page, similar to the one for 2018. Last year I used the free space for the keywords that I would like the new year to be characterised by. This year, I decided I will leave it empty and write keywords as they come during the year.

  • My year in a glance – 2019 Roadmap

The first thing in my journal is my 2019 Roadmap. I discussed in my post How to track your year in a glance that this was the most successful collection I have done! So why not include it again?

My 2019 roadmap. Still almost empty 🙂
  • Basic components of a bullet journal: Index and future log

Then I created my index per category. Yes I use an index, but not a general one by just listing the number of pages one after the other one. You can refer to my post My bullet journal indexing, so as to find the explanation of my system.

My future log is a simple calendar with a bit of space for notes. I do not need a lot of space for my future log, but I quite often need to see the calendar when I try to fix an appointment and having it like this helps me a lot.

My simple yearly log
  • Interesting collections

As I discussed in the evaluation of my collections, I have migrated the tracking of movies, tv series, ideas for my blog and of course a page for “Waiting on…”.

In addition, I have pages for the books I will read during the year and for the reading challenges I am following.

  • House matters – Cleaning schedule

I wanted to avoid having to repeat the cleaning process every week or every month, so I decided to include this tracking as a page in the beginning of my bujo. It came up as a schedule for a bit more than the first half of the year and I combined this page with a “When did I last…” page. In the latter I note tasks that happen on a rather irregular basis, but it is still better to keep track of them, such as changing toothbrushes or backing up my phone.

Last July we moved to a new house and we are still in process of improving small things around or rearranging, so I decided I will keep the house plans I had in my bujo last year.

It is always handy to have the fairly new house plans available!

After these five parts, I have started the everyday use of my bullet journal, with the monthly pages and anything else that occurs. How does it look? Do you use anything else in the beginning starting setup of your bullet journal?

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How to track your year in a glance!

I have had a bullet journal for 2.5 years by now and soon it will be time to set up my fourth bullet journal in a row. I have already started thinking about it! As a first step in setting up my new bujo, I have started evaluating the last one and what I have learnt about it and myself. So I am going to share my experience in a few blogpost till the end of the year, as the different ideas will be coming to me.

In the several bullet journals I have had, I have gone through different stages. I am tending to be rather minimalist and draw as little as possible in my bullet journal. I have noticed a pattern in my bullet journals: at the beginning of the year, I am usually spending a bit more time on setting things up, so I tend to search a bit more and try anything I see and looks interesting, but towards the middle of the year I am becoming more focused on the tasks and everyday responsibilities. As a result I fall behind with updating things. Does it happen to you too?

Now, concerning the the topic I want to discuss in this post, there are several ways of tracking a whole year in a glance. Below I describe a few of these ways that I have tried myself, the purpose they served and how they worked for me.

Yearly mood tracker

A simple way of tracking a year is through a mood tracker. The idea behind it is to dedicate a colour for each type of mood and instead of having a different mood tracker every month or week, have one for the whole year. I did have one of these in both my 2017 and 2018 bullet journals, but the result was the same in both years: I stopped updating it around the middle of the year…

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My yearly mood tracker for 2018…

Level 10 Life

Last year I tried the system Level 10 Life, that I saw in one of my favourite bloggers Boho Jerry. This is a simplified way of evaluating the complex sides of our lives.

The idea behind it is first to create a graph of ten concentric circles and divide them in ten slices. Each of these slices will represent an area of your life that is important for you, such as family and friends, career, health and fitness, finances etc.

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Level 10 Life created by Bojo Jerry

Firstly you do a current evaluation of these areas. This means that you ask yourself how satisfied you are at this moment. For example you feel that in the matter of family you are happy and you would quantify that satisfaction to be 7 out of 10, so you colour 7 parts of the slice that corresponds to family. At the end of the current evaluation you create darker lines on your graph.

Then you set a few goals for each of these areas, which you will try to achieve during the year, so as to improve your satisfaction of your life. Then towards the end of the year or whenever you really feel like, you can go back to this page and evaluate your progress.

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My attempt to create a Level 10 Life assessment

Well, it was a nice idea and I was quite interested in it, but it didn’t really work for me… As you can see from my Level 10 Life, I never really managed to evaluate my current satisfaction and I did not have time to go back to it any time during 2017…

2018 Roadmap

This year I tried something different: a Roadmap. This idea I saw in the How I’ve set up my third bullet journal blogpost of another favourite blogger Cristina77. It is a fun way to have an overview of the year in a glance. Cristina is amazing in drawing things, but I am less patient and less of an artist, so this is how my page looked at the beginning of the year:

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My 2018 roadmap in the beginning of the year

Less colourful and more basic, but quite similar to the one of Cristina77, so definitely I give the credit to her!

We are not far from the end of the year now, so I can already tell you that this page was an absolute success for me! It fitted me perfectly! I used it whenever I thought there is something worthy to note it in the month that happened. Other times I noted the dates and other times just the incident or even just a word. Its maintenance required minimum time and effort, so even in the busiest months of this year that we were in the middle of a house moving, I did have a few seconds to write down just a couple of words!

This is how it looks currently:

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Doesn’t my roadmap look nice? For every month I use a different colour of the fineliners of STABILO point 88, just to make it a bit more obvious that the memories belong to a different month. I really like the Stabilo pens, as I have explained in an older blogpost of mine: The utensils I use in my bullet journal. I am really satisfied with this page and I am pretty sure I will use it again in the new year!

Do you have any page of tracking your year that was an absolute success for you in this year’s bullet journal? Or in general a new page you tried in this year’s bullet journal and was so successful for you? I would love to hear your suggestions, as inspiration for the 2019 bullet journal is always welcome!

 

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My bullet journal indexing

Today I want to talk to you about indexing. Do you have an index in your bullet journal? Have you felt disappointed from it? Have you thought of not using an index? Well that was me! But let’s start from the beginning.

The index consists one of the basic components of a bullet journal according to Ryder Caroll. Popular notebooks for bullet journalling, such as Leuchtturm, even if they are not pre-printed, they include a section about indexing by default. It is really the contexts of your notebook.

The most common way of indexing is as books have them: the topics one under the other one by order of appearance in the notebook. As we usually number our pages, the first page filled is recorded first, the second is recorded next, and so on.

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The index from my first bullet journal

After using this way of indexing for a couple of notebooks, I decided that I don’t like it. It didn’t really help me find the pages easily. In a bullet journal pages are not usually grouped according to topic. This way of indexing is just recording the chronological order of when things are written. As you can see above, my monthly pages were in pages 15, 18, 41 and 67. I happened to use this journal in order to plan my wedding, so the only way I had to group the pages were to try to note all the pages that considered this topic next to each other. I even tried using colours, but space is limited and the index gets messy…

At the end of last year, I was planning the starting of the new year and of my new bullet journal. And I was contemplating of not having an index at all! But then I got an idea!

Have you seen books that have a register in the back? They usually group the contents according to alphabetic order. Well, alphabetic order would not have been useful for me, but why not group my index according to topic?

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In my case, instead of leaving a couple of pages totally empty in the beginning, so as to keep a list of the contents of my journal, I gave titles to the pages, according to what I usually note in my journal: Collections, Monthly, Projects and Recipes. So now, whenever I write a page, I register it in the appropriate page or column and not just all together.

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I think I have finally found the best way of Indexing for me! I love that I can find easily that recipe I noted in the middle of February! Or the project that I created I don’t remember well, was it May or June?

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Of course there is the risk that the the space I left empty would not be enough. Already since May I encountered the problem, that I underestimated the Monthly index. You can notice in the picture of Index 2 that the page I had dedicated got filled within half a year! This is a problem in general with bullet journal when you try to plan too much ahead!

I have the luxury with my Filofax Clipbook A5 to add pages wherever I want, so at least it did solve that problem by adding another page at the end of my whole Index, naming it Index 2a. Unfortunately, I can’t number this page correctly and in general, I am not sure I like it like this, having another Monthly index after the Recipes and Projects. I might decide to rewrite the whole Index pages again, in the close future. Or I might adjust my predictions of pages needed in the 2019 bullet journal. Who knows…

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Keeping track of my projects in my Bullet Journal

I use my bullet journal for several things. I started it in order to track the organisation of my wedding and the million of appointments I had to arrange for that, while having a tight working schedule. Last year I used it as a travelling notebook. This year I use it for organising all the aspects of my strangely arranged life.

One of these aspects is the fact that I am a crafter: I like crocheting and from time to time I try other things too. With my skills by now, I am doing modifications in patterns I use, so as to fit my individual needs. But this means that if I don’t note down the modifications somewhere, I will probably never be able to reproduce the same thing I created. I was keeping a notebook with small patterns I have created myself, but when I was making modifications of an existing pattern, things were starting to get confusing.

I use pinterest for ideas and inspiration. And I saw a nice idea of a page that I could modify to use for my crochet creations (I am sorry I have no idea who created it first, so as to give credit to).

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Example of my notes for the scarf I made for myself

In the first photo you can see the notes I did for the scarf I created for myself. I don’t rewrite the pattern I use. I just note the changes that I made or things that I think would be essential to remember if I try to make it again.

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Another example of the notes for fingerless gloves

In the second example, it is my notes for the fingerless gloves I made. As you may have seen, I made two pairs. I kept notes only for the first pair and I used them when I made the second one. In case I had made further modifications I would have created a new page and make a note for linking it with this one.

I like this page template: it is simple and flexible. It summarises the basic materials and has plenty of space for notes. I can modify the spaces needed according to the project I am making. I have a more consistent way of keeping notes for my projects and this way I am able to understand my notes several months after I did them. Isn’t it amazing?

For the time being, I create the page for each project once I am starting it and I insert it as it comes in the flow of my bullet journal. I have to admit though, that probably this is not the best way of saving my projects for later. I will see how it goes with this year, but I keep it in the back of my mind, that I will probably have to create a second type of bullet journal for only my crafts. I have avoided keeping two or three bullet journals, but if my crafting becomes “more professional”, I think I will have to take this part out of my everyday bullet journal.

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Organising house seeking through bullet journal

We are in a period of turmoil, as we are moving once again (the sixth time in eight years!). The past month we have been looking for a house in the new town we are planning to live in.

The past two times we moved without huge problems, to houses that we loved. Unfortunately, this time the decision is not so easy. We are leaving a really beautiful area and a house that really feels like home and we have not fallen in love with any of the houses we have seen in the new town. But time is getting close and it is better for us to take a decision, and everything is so confusing and so unclear…

And at this point my nice red bullet journal turns to be so useful! I decided to make a list of the houses we are visiting, note the basic information about them and leave space for our thoughts and notes.

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Well, it is not exactly a bullet journal thing, but more like a list of comparing the different offers and noting the pros and cons. If I didn’t have a bullet journal I might still have ended up doing a list of the houses on a random piece of paper. I remember keeping track of the houses we were viewing when we were moving from one town in North Holland to another one in a random notebook I had around. But now I don’t need a random notebook. I have my bullet journal. It just demonstrates the different ways a bullet journal proves to be useful in my life!

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Running task list

Are you using your bullet journal to organise your task per day or per week? Has it happened to you that you are not sure how long a task will take or when exactly it has to be done?

Well, it happens to me from time to time, especially when I am on a business trip or travelling back home (that means Greece) to solve bureaucratic matters. In such cases I know what needs to be done during a given period of time and I can try to plan ahead when these tasks will be fulfilled, but I have no way of knowing if they will finish or not on one or more days. During my last trip home I was looking for something to fit my needs of planning. I had seen the idea of a running task list, as it is called, and I grabbed the opportunity to try it out!

A running task list is an alternative to the standard daily or weekly layout in a bullet journal. It is simple to set up, by having two main columns: one for the tasks and one for the period of interest. The column of the days is split in as many sub-columns as the days you want to plan ahead. If a task is assigned on one day, I create a box on this day. If I know it would be handled on several days, I create boxes on all the days concerned. Once the task is done I fill the boxes. If the task is not to be handled on a particular day, I left the column of that day empty. If the task was transferred to another day (it happens with bureaucratic matters…) I made arrows to the days it was transferred. It also happened that one of my plans was cancelled, so I crossed that box.

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For example, I decided to make my nails. On the 20th I called the girl and she gave me an appointment for the 24th. Another example is the bureaucratic matter of unsubscribing from my insurance. I passed from the office on Friday 20th, but the matter was not solved and I had to pass again on the Monday and Tuesday.

You don’t really have to use arrows or anything in particular. You can use your own way of notation.

As you understand, the running task list helps in not writing again and again the same tasks, if they occur on several days. It is a compact way of planning a particular period.  I have seen people using it for their weekly planning. I have to admit that I loved the flexibility and the overview it gave me for my trip back home.