How Bullet-Journaling Can Help to Improve Your Productivity and Mental Health

Bullet-journaling and the general practice of journaling about common interests, personal happenings, random thoughts, goal sets, and much more is a common practice that stems back to the early stages of record keeping way back when. More recently bullet-journaling, which adds a level of personal style and creativity to the primary idea of journaling, has become very popular and a way for others to connect through their expression within their own individual journal. A journal can be an outlet for expressing your emotions or tracking your mental health each day to reflect upon later and recognize progress. You can also use it as a method of planning for school to keep a more tangible layout of assignments, deadlines, and grades. Your journal is all about you. There are no restrictions on what you do with it and what you choose to write in it. Think of a bullet-journal as your mind on paper.

Using A Bullet Journal For An Outlet for your Emotions:

You may choose to journal as a way to release pent up anger, stress, sadness, happiness, etc., or even to jot down a summary of the day you had. This is usually deemed as writing in a diary. Within your bullet-journal however, you may use different methods of relaying your thoughts that may work better for you rather than simply writing long, extensive entries. Here are some methods of tracking your moods and thoughts.

  • Create a daily mood tracker.

  • A daily mood tracker entails a chart or empty shapes that you will color in each day in whatever color that correlates to your mood. (Feel free to find a fun printable mood tracker to cut out and paste into your journal for safe keeping).

  • For example, I may create a key of three different colors: blue for sad, yellow for happy, and red for in between. Then, upon reflecting on my day I will color in a circle that has the day of the month in it with that color. Get creative with it! After the month is over you will have a paint-by-number kind of picture to capture your emotions.

  • Write out one thing you were grateful for or that made you happy each day.

  • By listing out in a word or more something that improved your day is an effective way to keep track of things to keep in mind when feeling down. This is also a helpful tool to guide your excitement along for what tomorrow will bring.

  • Write letters to people who are affecting the way you feel.

  • Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation that makes your emotions twist and turn in a positive or negative direction. You also might find it to be that by talking to this person or voicing your busy thoughts about them may cause conflict or you are not ready to share. By writing a letter to somebody, even a group of people, it allows for you to step into a new perspective of speaking directly with them.

  • If you feel necessary, these letters may be to people you simply feel scared to talk to directly about uncertain subjects, such as a parent. As a way to mend these uncertainties, the letters you write can be shared with the person without confrontation and they may write back to you to express their side of the story.

Using a Bullet Journal to Organize your Schoolwork and Habits:

You can also use your journal to organize your weekly assignments, future projects, and much more. Setting up calendars for the month and filling the days out with work to do or even making to-do lists for the day can help you to stay on top of all your work and be more productive. Writing down everything you want to accomplish, which can include long-term goals, and keeping them in a confined place to reference later will surely keep you on top of things and very organized. Here are some examples of school organization used in bullet journals.

Lastly, get creative with it and have fun with your journaling. Everything is up to you!

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