In addition to school and work, I often find myself short on extra time to journal purely for the point of remembering important things! I do keep a second notebook just for journaling but I sometimes go weeks without an entry, but I desperately wanted a way to hold onto my memories. There are so many positives to journaling like clarifying your thoughts and feelings, reducing anxiety, increased ability to problem solve efficiently and evoking a sense of mindfulness. Here are the ways I work journaling back into my bullet journal!
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Each week, I try to include a box purely for wins! For me, wins are positive things during the week that made me excited or made me feel good. For example, this week I can put: finished another article! This way, when I look back at the week I can see the highlights and my successes. It also forces me to look for the positives in a tough week when I might usually only see the negative. It doesn’t have to be any big things, it can be small successes, or anything you are proud of!
In this section I track the best memory, music, TV/movie, and success! Sort of like the win’s category, it allows me to remember the highlights of my week without taking too much time out of my day to journal about it. For me and my husband, watching movies is a huge part of our life. We love seeing new movies so tracking that in my journal was only natural, but for you, what you track under your week’s best might be different! You could track the best food you’ve eaten, the best part of nature you saw, the best work out you did. The best part of tracking and journaling in the bullet journal system is it allows for complete creativity and customizability. For new moms or grandmas, you could track the baby’s biggest milestone for that week. I personally find this to be one of the best ways to incorporate small bits of journaling into everyday life!
Days of the Month!
This is a method I just recently started. I found I wasn’t filling in my monthly spread with important dates, rather that was all in my weekly spread. So, this month, I began putting the highlight of my day in each day of the month! Even if it is something as little as “pack and drive”, it still helps me to remember what I did. This could also be done in a weekly spread, by incorporating a small box into your days which would allow you to write the biggest part of your day.
This, I have found, is the most positive way to include journaling into your bullet journal. It really focuses on the positive while still helping you to keep track of everything that has been going on in your life. Also, by keeping it short and sweet, you don’t have to worry about not having enough time. Everyone has enough time to write one line of gratitude!There are so many benefits to journaling, and there is not one right way to do it, so experiment until you find what works for you!