With our busy lives, it feels hard and difficult to plan our lives successfully – to keep track of everything we need to do now, and to plan the things we want to do in the future. This is where learning how to find a bulletin board can help.
You could invest in a paper or digital editor to keep track of everything, or a journal to write down your thoughts and ideas. You can have Post-It notes on your desk or use an online project management tool like Asana or Trello.
The thing is, we know what we want to do and are willing to do it, but then life gets in the way and our initial happiness and commitment diminishes.
In this article, I will help you to focus on what is important despite the ongoing changes in your life by knowing how to get the magazine.
To set up your Bullet Journal
Here’s a simple guide to setting up your alphabet magazine:
Set Your Index
This should be on page 2 of your bulletin board. This is where all your programs and collections are organized and redirected to a specific page number. Start at the top of the page and write it down.
For example, September may be on page 6. Only indicate the things that are important to you and that you want to return to.
I will have Index that includes monthly plans, long-term goals, weekly schedules, thank you log, motivational quotes, etc.
It is recommended that you keep the key in the front or back of your alphabet to track what all the symbols mean.
This is actually how you set priorities, events, and appointments for months to come using alphabetical points.
This could be 12 months in advance or six months in advance. Next, decide how many items a month to list. Try to keep it around 10 to avoid feeling frustrated.
Monthly Gog keeps track of all your priorities, events, and appointments throughout the month.
The purpose here is simple. Some people will write daily at the bottom left of the page every day for a month.
Others will build boxes for each day to fill and complete. Once you have decided what works for you, add it to the actual event, activity, or project.
The idea is to start the next month at the end of the current month, rather than at the beginning of the month. As the month progresses, you can update and add to it.
You can fill your day with all activities and events, listed under the date.
For many, the letter of the alphabet is as fun as you can use the quick login and use symbols (from key).
When the task is complete, you skip with a simple X.
How to Make a Bullet Journal Effectively
Now that we’ve touched on a brief look at how the bulletin board works, let’s go over 15 tips you can use to get up and use your bulletin board today.
Explain your purpose
Be clear about your intention to use the alphabet. The main purpose of this magazine is to increase productivity, but is that your main reason for using it?
Do you put all your notes, ideas, and actions together in one place? Do you want to combine your personal and business goals to track your progress? Do you want to remember your day more? Do better remember things?
When you know what motivates you, you have a better chance of making it work in the end.
- Start at the Fountain
The video below is from the founder of the alphabet magazine Ryder Carroll , who runs to meetings on how the alphabet magazine works.
- Keep It Easy
Most people start with a pen or a simple pencil to keep going, while others put money ahead and buy things like artist barns, intermediate and fineliner pins and a watch tape.
Now that you have your notebook, the next step is to count the number of pages per page in your alphabet.
Whatever you feel comfortable with at first, go with it.
- Customize Your Needs
Explain why you are using the alphabet, and tailor it to match the results you want.
If you have items that you want to keep in one place, e.g. idea board or bucket list, you can draw a space by leaving blank pages for that.
If you want to get rid of certain habits, such as how many hours of sleep you spend each night or when you exercise, you can do the same.
You can use as much or as little as you want in the editor. You can keep it simple or even more creative and use colored gel pens, highlights, or watch tape to suit your style.
- Review quarterly
When I train independent clients, we always set ourselves a 90-day goal and review performance regularly.
One key here is that the goal remains, but the way to reach the goal can be fluid.
The same is true with your alphabet. Sit down quarterly and review what works – what parts you like to do and what things go wrong?
Think about how you can maximize and eliminate the negatives to maintain momentum and interest in your growing bulletin board.
- Plan ahead
As with anything else, planning ahead will save you time and reduce your frustration, especially when you are just starting out.
Plan your weekly or daily broadcast in advance (I personally make my weekly magazine on Sunday night). After that you will have a clear picture of your next week but you will still have time to add things later.
- Set Your Properties
There are two main buildings that almost everyone will use.
This is a monthly spread, which gives a clear view of the coming month. This is usually the style of the calendar each day in large blocks close to each other. You may, in the process, choose to do a doodle with a color theme these months.
The following is a weekly spread, in which you place your church, usually on two pages, and complete it as you would in a diary.
You may be more comfortable with a horizontal arrangement, but it can be fun to try a straight list for each day of the month.
The important thing is what you record. Focus on things that are out of style.
- Try New Things (and Stop Inactive)
You can start using the traditional Ryder Carroll method or follow the method used by one of your friends in the beginning.
The key here is to find your style, which works for you. If things don’t work out, stop and find something to do.
This could be a combination of traditional layouts mixed with creative collections and tracks.
- Start with one set
The bullet journal, its package, production plan, so it’s important to start future planning and health management with monthly spreads, weekly spreads, tracking habits, and dailies.
It is also a place for your great ideas, a place to discover and discover yourself, and a home for your dreams and goals.
A collection is simply a collection of things that are important to you under a simple topic.
This could be a bucket list of places to visit, a thank-you log, a list of books to read or podcasts to listen to, inspiring quotes, an exercise regime, or goals and dreams.
Start with one. Have fun with it and get out of there.
- Create Habit Tracker
Having a custom tracker forces you to be honest with yourself and can motivate you to reach certain goals that you may have.
Most of those who use a bulletin board for tracking help to improve their mental and physical health.
You can track anything that is important to you right now. In the stream, list all the habits you want to follow on the left.
This may be related to sleep, exercise, running, blogging, meditation, story writing, etc.
In addition, write daily for 1-31 days. Then, each day, against each habit, color in to see if you have completed the habit.
At the end of the month, you can see how you are developing the habits that you want to improve. If you missed a few, look for ways to improve next month.
- Build a Habit
To ensure that your enthusiasm for launching your bulletin board does not fade after a week, however, commit to working on your journal for some time each day.
If the tasks you have entered are not marked as complete or your collections are not updated regularly, you will be immediately bored.
It is also important to set up your weekly pages in advance to be ahead of the curve.
If you develop a daily routine and enjoy the experience of updating your alphabet magazine, you will create your own rhythm that will help you plan your time successfully.
- Don’t compare
Instagram and Pinterest are full of amazing photos of other people’s magazines, so it’s important to remember that your magazine is different from yours.
You will improve your style along the way, so do not compare yourself with others. The incentive may go down and you can start trying to copy the style of others.
The most important thing you can look back on is why you wanted the alphabet magazine in the first place. If the goal is to be able to plan more effectively, then that is the only thing that matters if it works for you.
Seeing other editors and postponing things will stop you from just getting started.
- Do not overdo it
Start small and build from there. Easily use your character magazine and know what works for you.
Overloading yourself at first with multiple collections, daily trackers, and picture boards with full drawings can result in you completely abandoning the character magazine.
- Give It Time (and Don’t Be a Complete)
If you are not used to using a planner or journal, give yourself a good month to really get into it.
Don’t worry about your artistic skills. It should always work better than good.
If you are worried about making mistakes in the beginning, do not simply use a pencil or a pen.
- Re-include entertainment items
To stay motivated and motivated, use the alphabet magazine to cover both health and home life.
Incorporating things like memories, motivation, goals, exercise, gratitude and dreams will balance daily, weekly and monthly programs.
One of the great things about a bulletin board is that it should cover your whole life and give you important events and success to look back on.
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