I'm a huge fan of Ryder Carroll's Bullet Journal system, though I confess to not following his system exactly. Over the last six months or so, I've taken it and adapted it to my own system for planning, goal setting, accountability, and reflection. In 2017, I am going to launch a web series on how to start and use a Bullet Journal for those precise things.
All my life, I've been obsessed with planners. I can remember having a Day Runner when I was like 12-- and that's not an exaggeration. I have been searching (and searching) for the perfect planning system that gave me all the things I was looking for: a way to map out what was going on, what was coming up, a place to chart my to-do list, to track my goals, and to reflect on what worked, what didn't work, and what I could change. I didn't want something so bulky it felt like a piece of luggage to carry around, I didn't want something with a bunch of pages I may never use, and I didn't want to spend tons of money on a planner that cost a bunch but left me without the tools I need.
Now, I'll confess, I still do planner recon-- I have researched so many planners, looking for the right one, seeing what tools and tips and tricks are embedded into different systems. I've used the basics, from Day Runner to Franklin Covey, to Erin Condren, Emily Ley's Simplified Planner, the Daily Action Planner, The Inkwell Press's Livewell Planner, the Start Planner, and some goal-based planners, like the Ink and Volt and the Best Self Journal.
I plan on reviewing all of those planners for those that would like to know more about what I liked and what I didn't (not that I'm some expert or something, but it can be interesting to see what someone else thinks about a planner). For me, though, the Bullet Journal (or BuJo for short) system wins out as the best and most effective tool for planning.
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