I am a big fan of the Bullet Journal. I have used it for my personal life for over a year now and have found it to be immensely beneficial…the creative expression it allows, accountability of task management and the organization of daily tasks! So I thought, why not apply it to my work life?
Here is how I started my ‘work’ BUJO:
- I considered the different sections on the standard BUJO: Index, Future Log, Monthly Log and Daily Log. Not all sections were applicable to me, such as the monthly log. My calendar changes so often that it would not be feasible to keep a monthly log.
- Next I thought about what information I need to see / check on a daily basis.
- Finally, I thought about how do I want to see and add to this information.
After a few variations, I came to this layout:
The first page is dedicated to any important meetings and daily to do tasks.
I list any important meetings so I can see at a glance what I have for the week and I can check off if I am prepared for the meeting.
TIP: Only give yourself 2-4 ‘must do’ tasks a day. This makes it a lot more manageable than staring at a list 20+ items long.
The second page is a catch all section for any general notes or reminders that don’t fit into one of my other sections.
Next I section off the next two pages into ‘Responsibilities’ and the following two pages into ‘People’.
The responsibilities page is dedicated to areas under my purview. I layout mine for the different teams that I oversee. I enter notes, action items and reminder here. I use the signifiers to help note what is a Note and what is an Action Item etc.
The next two pages are dedicated to people (such as supervisor, assistant) that I interact with regularly. I utilize the same signifiers to help organize any items listed.
The last Section can be considered my Dailys. This is where I take notes from meetings, (including action items that will be migrated to their home in the previous four pages).
As Ryder (the creator of the Bullet Journal), and other BUJO followers suggest, there is no one ‘right’ way of setting up a BUJO. Do what works for you. I offer my setup as a sample…maybe inspiration. Be creative and share!