Since their introduction in 2013, bullet journals have become popular around the world for their at-a-glance design that lets people from all walks of life collect their thoughts and schedules in one convenient location.
Sometimes called a BuJo, these personal organizers are simple to try. The most basic method only requires a blank notebook and a pen. However, part of their widespread appeal can be attributed to the ease to which they can be customized.
If you are unfamiliar with bullet journals and are curious about this useful tool, here is a simple introduction to the system and the ways they could benefit you in your assisted living apartment today.
The official bullet journal website has a five-minute video that introduces the key elements of the organizer, including how to use symbols to dictate upcoming events in your schedule, tasks that need to be completed and notes about what has happened throughout the day.
There are simple break-down tutorials by the Dummies book publishers and tips by other users on how to personalize your notebook and what information to write in it if you are just starting out.
One of the biggest benefits of a bullet journal may be the sense of control and accomplishment that it can bring to your life. While many of us are aware of how we spend our time more or less, what we actually do throughout the day and whether we complete everything on our to-do lists can be more difficult to track.
Though you have to spend some time to create a weekly or monthly plan, the investment has the potential to be returned with interest. Careful time-management can not only ensure that you accomplish the required appointments and events in your life, but it also helps you achieve goals and dreams that you long to complete but never seem to get around to doing.
The bullet-point style of these journals lets you see an overview of important information and keep a record of common and uncommon activities in marked locations. This makes it easier than many traditional day-planners to adapt your plans when unexpected events occur such as a family member dropping in for a visit or a friend inviting you out for an afternoon coffee.
Part of the fun of using a bullet journal is making it your own. Adding different colored ink pens to your system can highlight which notations are a priority and which are simply ideas, and a basic ruler can help keep everything looking tidy.
You can also build on the original symbols for sections and add your own doodles or artwork to pinpoint key areas. Drawing music notes around Lawrence Welk showtimes, for example, can break up text and help you to remember the engagement.
This customization can also make bullet journals convenient for seniors who have a difficult time writing due to mobility issues or arthritis. Instead of drawing symbols and lines themselves, users regularly use patterned Washi tape and stickers to form the layout of their journals.