I have kept a bullet journal for a couple of years now, and I have absolutely adored it. It’s made me more creative, helped me get organised, and helped me truly appreciate just how much I do manage to do – even on days where it feels like I have done nothing.
But towards the end of 2018, I really started to struggle with it. I lost my interest in making it arty, and found having to repeatedly draw layouts a slog. Keeping track of projects, especially longer term ones, became tedious and just a lot of flicking back and forth. Changing my mind about things was hard because then it was a lot of crossing out and rewriting.
So in December, I moved back to using a digital task manager.
I chose Todoist, which I have used before and really liked. I’ve got a premium account through a combination of using a friend’s referral link and getting some extra months from a holiday promotion – but it’s not that expensive once you do start paying.
And, honestly, it’s the best thing I did for my organisation in the past few months.
I feel so much freer than when I was bullet journalling, which is ironic since you start with a blank page. I can keep track of projects more easily, and categorising things means I can really break down where my efforts are going.
Being available as an app as well as in browser, it’s also much more portable than my bullet journal was. If I think of something I need to do whilst walking? Or whilst trying to sleep? I can just hurl it in the inbox and sort it the next day.
It also really helps with recurring tasks. Previously I had them on my Google Calendar and would then copy them into my bullet journal – now I can just put them straight in Todoist.
Does this mean I’ll never bullet journal again? Probably not.
As I’ve said, I do and did really like bullet journalling. It just stopped working for me.
I really feel that the best way to organise yourself is to find what works for you, and then keep reviewing that. I’ve tweaked bullet journal layouts and combinations of analogue and digital journalling for the past few years – this is just an evolution of that.
Right now, digital is working better for me, but that doesn’t mean that it always will. It’s all about being aware, and constantly checking in to see whether things are going as well as I would want. Doubtless, in a few months you’ll hear from me again about how I’ve changed things up once more!
Stuck in a rut with your personal organisation? Try changing it up. The worst it’ll do is make you truly appreciate the system you already use!