At the BrightonRuby conference in July one of the lightning talks was about productivity. In it they mentioned BulletJournal. I liked the simplicity of what I read when I visited the site.

Ever since Dad died I’ve been using an analogue diary with a week view and blank page. In it I’ve generally made a note about the best thing of the day. Sometimes the negatives. But I’m usually a positive person. It has been good to be able to reflect on my week and take some ownership over my time.

I’ve also been using AddShareDo as a to do list. This has worked well for the past few years. And still has a lot of shared to do list items on it.

And I’d been using IDoneThis for work to help me get a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day. It emails me every afternoon to ask what I’ve been doing. I quite like the trigger.

But the BulletJournal intrigued me. And I love stationery. This seemed like a great opportunity. So on the 1st August I started Bullet Journalling using the standard layout. I liked what I experienced. But, the monthly view didn’t work for me. I realised that I don’t actually do much monthly reviewing. But I do look at things on a weekly basis. So my main deviation is that I have a weekly view. One of the great things about the Bullet Journal is the flexibility. If an aspect doesn’t work, then the system won’t break if I choose not to use it.

I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 pocket book with dotted paper. I love Leuchtturm 1917 books as the paper can withstand my fountain pen inks. Something that Moleskine doesn’t. Also they come in multiple colours. And even better, they have become the official manufacturer for the Kickstarter campaign. I’m looking forward to getting my Special Edition version next January!