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I discovered bullet journaling last year, thanks to Alyson and other friends. I started with cheap lined notebooks I’d bought on clearance at Barnes and Noble, then moved up to a Moleskine book, and now am using a hard back Leuchterm1917 gridded notebook, in bright orange. I’ve also strayed from the “official” bullet journal plan, to something that’s a mongrel and works well for me.

I have a 6-month outlook that, frankly, I rarely even look at. This book is new with 2017, so I may be changing how I use it (again). I made a calendar for January, but not February, but I’ll probably make one for March because I do like having the whole month spread out there for me.

My weekly spreads (a two-page layout) are the most important for me. On the left page, I always list the dates of the week (Sunday through Saturday). The dates and the days get listed down the left margin, then the page is split in 2. I have a Day-Specific column, and a Time-Specific column. Time-specific events include lessons or author readings I’m attending, and day-specific are those things that need done a certain day but it doesn’t matter when.

On page 2 of my weekly spread, I have two more columns. The first is projects. I usually break this down into three sections: Personal, Nonpaying work (nonprofit and podcast), and Home. Personal includes things like knitting projects or reading goals. Home includes laundry or other chores that cannot be neglected that week. nonpaying work includes blog posts (hi!), important emails I need to send, and other essential communications.

My second column always has a section to lists my meals of the week, because I’m a planner and I like to know what Husband and I are eating each week. I have a tracker in this column as well, though I’ve neglected it recently. I track daily things like hydration, writing, reading poetry, not smoking, and going for a walk.

Other pages in my BuJo include my workout log, dream tracker, shopping lists, a meant-to-be-daily physical/mental/relationship health tracker, and anything else I want to watch over time.

The only thing not included in my orange BuJo are books. I have a separate notebook (Moleskine) for that. I have lists of books I own but haven’t read divided by fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; I have the Book Riot 2017 Read Harder list; and each book I read has its own page. On the book pages, I give a brief summary of the plot and then any thoughts I have about the book or story or anything surrounding it.

I don’t know if I’d say my BuJo made me more productive. I know for sure it’s helped me keep track of things better, so that I don’t forget things (I have a terrible memory). It’s an all-in-one place where I keep things I need to remember. My shopping lists go in there because then I can easily flip back to the meals I’ve planned and be reminded which meal is using which veg, and if it can be replaced.