Episode 081

081: Bullet journalling for task management

Bullet journalling has become an incredibly popular way to manage projects and tasks. In this episode we discuss how we use the system and why we decided to try it, as well as give advice for getting started if you’re interested in trying it yourself.

“There’s not one right way to use a bullet journal. It’s however you want to use it and whatever you want to track, and there’s no reason to overcomplicate it”

— Femke

Key takeaways

Bullet journalling is an analogue task/time management system that can really be whatever you want it to be! It gives you the freedom to create a system that tracks the things you care about and helps you get things done in a way that works for you.

Beautiful artistic spreads are not the original intention of a bullet journal, however many people enjoy using it as a creative outlet. Because the system is meant to be whatever you want it to be, if you want it to be super creative then go for it! But if you don’t, you shouldn’t feel pressured to have it be anything more than a useful notebook for YOU.

Don’t overcomplicate your bullet journal or else you’ll find yourself getting overwhelmed and not using it. Start small, and add spreads as you go and think of new ways it could be useful for you.

The bullet journal can help you get a better idea of project scope as you move tasks you didn’t complete to the next day by hand. It has taught us to better estimate how many tasks we can fit into a day.

Show timestamps

00:18 – Intro and catch up

06:00 – What is a bullet journal?

09:00 – Why did we start one?

13:45 – Flexibility of the bullet journal

17:10 – What do we track/log?

19:00 – How our listeners use their journals

24:20 – Equipment

26:40 – Over-complicating your task management

30:50 – How has bullet journalling helped us?

36:25 – Advice for getting started with bullet journalling

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