No, not one of those pretty, pretty bujos with the frilly flowers and brush lettering and stuff, because I can’t draw and all of my journal flatlays turn out like this:
Yes, that’s a mug full of wine because THAT’S HOW I ROLL.
(Also: please contribute donations to my campaign to help those afflicted with Instagram Wristlessness. As you can see, I contracted this condition myself after browsing through the #bujo tag for two minutes.)
My goodness, this wine is delightful. Darlings, you simply haven’t lived until you’ve come to Bulgaria and tried their homemade vino. Seriously, everyone’s father, uncle, grandfather, great-uncle, grandpappy, etc. has at least a few barrels down in the basement. And all of it is TASTY. Trust me: I’m from Oregon, the land of pinot noir and snobbery.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, I was about to tell you how I keep a bujo for work.
I started using this Hobonichi Weeks back in mid-December to keep track of work to-dos, but it took a couple of months for me to settle in and get comfortable. The result is a hybrid system that mashes up the seven-day spreads in the Weeks with Ryder Carroll’s version of the Bullet Journal system.
The first week shows the •, ×, and > bullets from the Bullet Journal system in use. I also highlighted time-specific events like meetings with a fluorescent pencil.
By mid-January, I’d ditched the colored pencil, which streamlined the utensils I needed for planning down to a single multipen with blue and red ink. Events and other important bits are written in red, everything else is in blue.
The bullet system is simple:
- To-do items have a • bullet.
- If a to-do item must be done on a certain day, I write it on that day. If not, I just write it in the current day.
- When I finish a to-do item, I × it out.
- Time sensitive events have a ○ bullet and are written in red.
Every Monday morning, I migrate all the tasks I haven’t completed by marking them with > and copying them into the new week.
One of the things that always annoyed me about analogue planners is handling tentative items, like a task or event that hasn’t been finalized yet. I don’t like having crossed-out items or eraser smudges all over the place. This time around, I’ve been using post-it notes to keep track of items on the days they might occur. Once finalized, I remove the post-it note and write the item down in ink.
Of course, I still have the occasional cancelled task or meeting, but using post-it notes has reduced the number of crossed-out items considerably.
As a computer sysadmin/programmer/jack-of-all-trades, most of my big projects are tracked in an online ticketing system. I don’t usually bother copying those items into my planner. Instead, it’s been useful for tracking the smaller things that can sometimes slip through the cracks of the workday.
My work planner isn’t pretty, but it’s simple and it works for me. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s 5:30pm in Bulgaria and I think I’ll have another mug of wine.