Bullet Journaling: writing on paper not device

Analog Tracking Methods in a Digital Age

Are you a person who has multiple calendars and to-do lists? Do you like to set goals and work towards them?  Are you an ‘ideas’ person? Does your office desk have multiple sticky notes? Or, do you like writing your reflections on notebooks? If any of these descriptions fit you, you will like bullet journaling.

Bullet Journaling was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY. The purpose of bullet journaling can be summed up in Ryder’s own words:

Planning helps me become a better, healthier person. I know that sounds quite cheesy, but keeping track of my habits, productivity, and daily schedule ensures that I stay on top of everything, which makes me happier!

If you would like to get an overview of the process and technique involved in bullet journaling, watch the following video:

Why go Analog when we have Mobile Devices?

Now many of you might be wondering as to why you should go back to analog methods given that we have digital devices, apps and software. I can speak from my personal experience; I use tools like Asana, Trello, Outlook, Gmail, SharePoint etc. to organize my work and volunteer responsibilities. However, that process is device dependent and mechanical, and maintaining a physical planner/tracker/journal does make a big difference. The biggest benefit is the added opportunity to be creative.

Making entries with a pen and stepping out of the electronics zone can be beneficial for us. Since I have a graphic design background, I particularly enjoy being able to experiment with font styles and the fact that no one would be judging the quality of my work. This holds true for individuals without design background who can also get creative on paper and not worry about being judged on the quality of their work. In addition to that, bullet journaling gives its authors an opportunity to look back at completed goals and other entries and will help understand progression.

Bullet Journaling and Job Search?

I see a connection between bullet journal and career progression. Since this is a planner, tracker, and diary combined into one journal you can write down your daily, weekly, monthly career goals. Many professionals have advised me to maintain a journal/notebook documenting my job search progress, interview challenges and takeaways. This process helped me with my job search when I was actively pursuing opportunities last year. Using the techniques of bullet journaling the job search progress tracking can be streamlined even further. If you would like to find out how bullet journaling can aid your job search, read the ‘How a Bullet Journal Can Help You Organize Your Job Search’ LinkedIn article

Do I have to be a Calligraphy Artist?

If you have seen a few fancy spreads of bullet journals like the ones on Pinterest, you are aware of how calligraphy style lettering plays a big role in bullet journaling. However, being an expert at lettering is definitely not a requirement for bullet journaling. There are plenty of simple lettering techniques you can use to indicate a difference between a headline, section header, and body copy. To see an example, click on this link. In fact, just separating headlines and body copy in a structured way can be a great way to start journaling. Once you get a better grasp on the structure, you can definitely get more creative.

Bullet journaling technique seems to bring back the culture of diary writing. While we can do all the planning and tracking on various apps on mobile devices and computers, we have to eventually unplug ourselves from the digital world to enjoy the moment. Bullet journaling seems to be the right outlet for that. This is a great way to track your habits, plan your time, set goals, track job search progress and more. You do not have to be an expert calligraphy artist to make entries in bullet journals. The key is to get started, and given that back to school sales are on, journals are available at almost every store. So the time to start bullet journaling is now! Please share your stories about bullet journaling with us.

To watch a ‘Bullet Journaling for Beginners’ click on the video below:

Rinki Mukherjee


Rinki Mukherjee

I am a marketing professional with more than 10 years’ experience. I currently work as a Design QC Specialist contractor with Chevron Creative Studio. I have worked in industries such as non-profit, healthcare, oil and gas, real estate, technology, education and consumer goods.

I recently earned my MBA from the University of Houston, BAUER School of Business with a focus in Marketing Analysis. Prior to that, I earned an Associates in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Houston and Masters in English Literature from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India.

I was born and raised in India but now consider Houston my home. I am Membership Officer with Prospanica-Houston chapter and Director of Special Events-Marketing with American Marketing Association-Houston chapter.

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