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The Bullet Journal-Workshop (Pt. 2): Alternating week numbers in the Monthly Log

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I have become a user of the analogue Bullet Journal organization system in the beginning of this year. For that, I have configured a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot-grid (often the to-go notebook for Bullet Journalers) in the end of 2015 as my new years resolution, because I was tired of the – to me personally – rather ineffective digital ways of keeping track of my daily stuff. This is primarily because I have the feeling that in the digital world many things are somewhat fragmented all over the place (maybe connected by tags, which is not necessarily the most practical way) and it also is hard to really keep track of and see changes in what is going on on a daily basis.

I do, of course, effectively use many digital tools for dedicated organizational purposes (like note-taking apps, to-do lists and calendar), but use those for the rather large, complex or more long term things (e.g. larger life-goals, research projects, …). Anyway, I will soon have a separate major post coming on my personal note taking-system, which is a combination of various analogue and digital applications, products and techniques that all sort of tie into one another. This is why I won´t loose too many words on that one right here and now.

Also, I will not go too much into the details of the Bullet Journaling method because this is already covered very well on various corners of the web. I do only want say as much as the Bullet Journal being a wonderful and super-flexible method of organizing and keeping track of about anything you can think of. To use the words of the inventor of the the Bullet Journal-system, Ryder Caroll, the system “can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” And this is more than true. The system really has changed the way I go about my daily stuff. For further inspiration I can also recommend having a look at the pages of Kim and Kara, two people who also drive the BuJo-community in a way and that I do take inspiration from, too.

The Bullet Journal-Workshop is meant to share with you the ideas, add-ons, adaptations and small improvements that I have come up with myself, as I use and refine the Bullet Journal in my own everyday-life – being the flexible and open system that it really is.

I hope this section will be helpful to you, maybe serve as an inspiration and that you enjoy reading it!

 

Part 2: How to alternate calendar weeks with color coding

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This is another quick post on how I use and adapt my Bullet Journal to my day-to-day life.

As might have become evident from my last post in the Bullet Journal-Workshop, I am somehow a fan of color coding. Generally, I do use color coding for various purposes while trying not to overdo it – if you color code too much and color becomes ubiquitous in your Bullet Journal, the colors might loose meaning and significance. Used sparsely, however, I do think that color provides very helpful keys for the eye.

Having just come back from a little vacation here in Stockholm, I just set up my February-spread and thought I might shoot a quick one on how I use color coding in my monthly log. As you can see on the picture, I do simply use alternating colors beside the dates plus adding the week number in the middle of each color-strip. This gives me a good sense of where I am in the month/year as it adds a rougher-gridded dimension to the mere date.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to adapt for yourself or leave me a comment. Also, feel free to check out the other parts of The Bullet Journal-Workshop.

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