6 Ways Bullet Journaling Will Help You Reach Your Goals
Life is busy and sticking to goals can be really challenging. Earlier this year I discovered bullet journaling which is an awesome creative outlet that helps me work smarter and stay organized. A bullet journal can be whatever you want to make it. I use mine as a planner, a compilation of lists, and a record of thoughts and ideas. Starting a bullet journal changed my life and here is how it can change yours.
My bullet journal is a planner, weekly schedule, and daily agenda. I usually spend about five minutes every morning and night updating it and reflecting on the day. It allows me to see where I am spending my time and helps me feel prepared for the day ahead.
I am obsessed with lists. Grocery lists, to do lists, books I want to read, quotes, ideas…pretty much anything you can imagine I have listed in my bullet journal. Lists keep me sane. They inspire me and keep me entertained. Most importantly, they help me prioritize what needs to get done and when. Since I started my bullet journal I procrastinate less and accomplish more.
Maybe this is childish but marking in my bullet journal when I accomplish something gives me a huge sense of achievement. It is a small victory that keeps me motivated towards larger goals. Somedays I go to the gym or drink an extra glass of water just because I know I will get to record it in my journal when I get home. I can easily track my progress and record my healthy choices which further motivates me to continue and turns healthy decisions into healthy habits. It is a snowball effect!
Studies show giving thanks improves mood and life satisfaction. At least once a week I write down a few things I am truly thankful for. Reflecting on what I care about helps me build my life around people and things that really matter. It is a simple way to help me continue to create a life I love!
Having a creative outlet is huge for my emotional wellness. Taking a few minutes to doodle is therapeutic. Starting this journal has helped me learn the importance of taking a break when life gets stressful. In fact, taking some time to myself helps me focus better and study more efficiently.
6. Eliminate technology
By having a paper copy of my weekly schedule and a written record of things I often have to look up, I eliminate a huge need for checking my phone. Appointments, reminders, birthdays, and pretty much everything I used to store in the “notes” section of my phone is now all on paper. As a result, I pick up my phone less often and avoid distraction keeping me as focused as possible.
All examples above are from my journal but everyone has their own personal take on bullet journaling. Some create fancier designs and others use it simply as a planner without all the frills. You can find loads more creative inspiration here and discover your own style.
Start small, think outside the box, and see how starting a bullet journal can improve your daily life!
Interested in starting a bullet journal? Need help setting or reaching wellness goals? The MU Wellness Center can help! It’s totally free and you’ve got nothing to lose! Learn more here. http://www.mu.edu/formassembly/857
- Written by Megan Rapacz, WPE