Trying something new

A social media tracking spread in a bullet journal

Organizing and tracking my social media use, especially for blog and print shop promo, is something I’ve been trying to keep up with for a while now. I want to be more consistent on certain platforms, more active on others… all that good stuff. And a dedicated calendar and list of goals seem like a good way to do that.

I’ve had a hard time being tracking things regularly, though, and I think I figured out why.

See, I was tracking all of this in its own little book, instead of in my bullet journal. Which may not sound like a big deal, but I found that I didn’t want to keep up with two separate books. I just… tended to ignore the one.

So I’ve brought them together. I’ve created a new social media tracking spread in my bullet journal, in the hopes that it’ll help me get a better handle on things. It’s a fairly simple one, but I think simple is just want I need right now.

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Bullet journals: Drafting a future log

A fairly simple bullet journal future log

Most often, using a bullet journal is, at least in part, about keeping yourself organized. And if you’re going to do that, you need to have some idea of what’s coming in life.

That’s where a good future log comes in handy. It allows you to keep track of just about anything: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, vacations, appointments. Plus, depending on your job, you might choose to add in something like deadlines, blog posts, or well, pretty much anything.

Where you can really have some fun, though, is with the layout. That, my friends, is what I want to talk to you about today.

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Bullet journals: Creating your key

The key page in a bullet journal

Alright, have you picked out your bullet journal yet? Have you figured out what you want in it? Maybe you’ve even started using it and you don’t even need this post. I wouldn’t blame you–I was pretty excited to design mine when I first started, too.

For those who haven’t quite gotten started yet, though, hopefully this post can help you out a bit. Today, I’m going to talk a bit about how to create a key for that wonderful little book of yours. After all, if you’re using your bullet journal to its utmost potential, then there’s a good chance you’re going to have a lot of difference colours and symbols floating around in there.  The best way to keep everything straight is to have a point of reference, right?

That’s where a good key comes in handy. I love mine, and I think I finally have it nailed down. Of course, I’ve thought that before, but I’ll explain that in a moment.

For now, let’s start at the top. I figure best way for me to help you create your bullet journal key is to tell you about mine, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Let’s start by talking about some basic symbols.

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Bullet journals: Getting started

A blue bullet journal with a black marker

Organization is somehow one of both my strong points and my weak points. When I’m organized, I’m really organized: I know exactly what I’m doing, when, and for how long. When I’m not organized, though… well, let’s just say that my days end up being about as productive as a sloth that hasn’t eaten in a while.

The real problem is, however, it takes a lot of work for me to be as organized as I need to. I’ve shared here before some of what that takes—how I use calendars, my bullet journal and mini goals—but, as part of my recent efforts to stay more on task, I thought I would share a little bit more with you.

So, I’m introducing a new series here on my blog. My posts about bullet journal back in December  really only scratched the surface about what I use my bullet journals for. I thought it would be helpful, both for myself and for some of you, if I shared a little more. Each month, I’ll share a different part of my bullet journal experience: things that I track, lists or records that I keep, layouts I’ve found useful, that sort of thing.

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