Many people start a bullet journal because they want every day to be a productive day. After all, a series of productive days will add up to a productive life. But it’s easy to fall short, if you don’t know how to implement the right daily actions and routines. Planning and tracking what you do and experimenting with specific hacks that make you more efficient will go a long way to improving your overall productivity.
Bullet Journal for a Productive Day
Journaling is a simple and useful way to track your thoughts, reflect on events, and bring your mind into the present moment. Take a few minutes every morning to jot down
what you’re thinking and feeling, in addition to what you hope to accomplish during the day. By using a physical bullet journalnotebook and pen for planning, rather than just typing on a computer, you get the added benefits of mindfulness.
Plan Your Day
The most productive people, whether CEO or stay-at-home-mom, will often have their whole day meticulously planned in every aspect. Right from the time they wake up in the morning to the time that they go to bed, everything follows a schedule. Spending a few minutes with your bullet journal the night before is an great way to make sure that you don’t forget any appointments the next day, and also to ensure that you’re in your most relaxed and productive state of mind.
Know Traffic Times
You may not realize it, but people spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, wasting their life away, when they could be doing something more productive. Not only is it unproductive but it’s so frustrating – for some people their commute is the most stressful part of the day, and it doesn’t get easier over time. If you work at a regular nine to five job, arriving to work earlier than usual is a good way to beat the morning traffic. The same can apply for when you leave, as leaving a little later can help you combat the traffic on your way home. You can use your bullet journal to track traffic patterns and how much time you spend getting placespro each day.
Take A Break
Even though taking a break during the middle of the day may seem counteractive to productivity, it is one of the things that can help you more than you would expect. This
can be done best during your lunch break. Getting up from your desk and breathing in some fresh air can do wonders for your mental capacity, making you feel a lot more
refreshed, therefore enabling you to focus on your work better and be a lot more productive. By actually writing down when you’ll take a break on a daily page, you’ll be more likely to actually do it.
Remember Your End Goals
Your end goals can be one of the most important motivators, encouraging you to be in your most productive state. Note down your goals and make a long-term plan of action
to attain them. Remember that every day you are doing something to move one step closer towards that end goal, which is good enough to keep you motivated to the day.
Are you happy with how much you accomplish every day? If not, mindfulness might be the key to better productivity. A Bullet Journal encourages mindfulness — in fact, the creator of the system says that it’s the secret sauce that makes it so effective! A BuJo is transformative — it’s about more than just helping you check more things off your to-do list on a daily basis.
Meditation is an increasingly popular practice for a reason: it works. And while regular meditation produces more advantages than sporadic meditation, even a beginner can
reap impressive benefits from taking a few minutes to sit down and clear their mind. Again, you’re more likely to develop that habit if you schedule it in you journal and if you track your progress.
If you don’t currently meditate, start small. Five to ten minutes is a good starting point for most people. Get away from distractions, close your eyes if you want, and focus on clearing your mind. Your attention will probably wander a little at first, which is normal. Over time, though, you’ll have an easier time clearing the clutter from your thoughts, and this will lead to better focus throughout your workday.
Spending time in nature is great for your mind. It boosts your mood, banishes stress, and helps you refocus your attention. Aim to get at least fifteen or twenty minutes of fresh air every day, preferably in a green space like a park or even your backyard. Maybe you can schedule that outdoor time with your break time and enjoy a brown bag lunch on a park bench.
Take a Few Deep Breaths
Feeling scattered? If you don’t have time for a meditation session, pause to center yourself with a few slow, deep breaths instead. Deep breathing lowers your stress levels along with your blood pressure by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system. The end result? You end up feeling calmer, more present in the moment, and more
prepared to get things done.
Gadgets like smartphones and laptops are convenient, but they can be terrible for your state of mind. If you’re in the habit of checking your phone every five minutes, you’re probably living in a state of constant distraction, instead of focusing on the present moment. You don’t have to give up your electronics completely, but your mental health – and your productivity – will improve if you limit your gadget use. That’s one of the nice things about using an analog system, like a bullet journal, to plan and schedule your productivity. Designate specific times of the day to check your email and social feeds, in your BuJo if it helps you remember, and turn off your electronics outside of those times.
These simple tips can make you happier, less stressed, and more productive. If you want to get more done on a daily basis, try making these practices part of your regular bullet journaling routine.