Bulleted Journal

Are you one of those writers who journals merrily each and every day?  Do you write page after morning page, detailing your thoughts and plans?  Joys and sorrows?  Then this just is not for you.  This post is for the writers who can’t seem to journal for more than a week or two.

I’ve been keeping my journal now since February.  It isn’t page after page of text but a bulleted journal.  I’m sure that other people do their journal differently, but mine is an elaborate to-do list.  It doesn’t have the cute graphics that so many people incorporate.  I played with color for a while and I even fiddled around with hand lettering.  This was about the best that I managed.

As you can see, it is not a thing of beauty.  It is functional.  Hmm.  Functional.  I do that really well.  Let’s strip down the letter and have just enough color to keep me happy.  Other people?  They can keep their own journals.  But I’ll also paste in a star each time I complete a category.  That gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  Ahhh.

So now I have this. Not terribly different but stripped down works for me.

As you can see, it is dated this week.  But it is clean.  And there room to add things that I didn’t know about on Monday when I made the listing. The sections with the open bases?  That’s so that I can pick one to work on and go wild.  The one on the far right?  That’s the proposal that I finished this week.  Woo-hoo.

The funny thing is that a bulleted journal done right is whatever you need it to be.  Need a page to keep track of the billable time spent on a project?  Than do it.

I’ve got lists of books read, movies seen and story ideas.  So far I’ve read 89 books, watched 30 movies, and I have 184 story ideas.  The best thing is that this is not a computer file.  I can tuck this notebook into my purse when I travel.  I took notes in this when I went on retreat and when we were in the Smoky mountains.

This may not be what works for everyone but for someone who has issues with conventional journals?  It seems to be the thing even if it is, like so many things, a work in progress.