First of all, a note: my bullet journal is not really a bullet journal. Not in the Ryder Carroll sense, anyway. Maybe I should call it a “Life Journal” or something else, so as not to be misleading.
I don’t use the official symbols (including bullets!). I don’t log everything as it happens. I prefer a more compartmentalized style rather than putting everything for the day in one list, and my #bujo is filled with checkboxes and colored Mildliner accents for no reason other than that it’s pretty.
However, whatever it’s called, I am loving it. I am currently using an Archer & Olive dot grid journal as my main planning notebook right now, with a calendar sidekick of the Live Rich Planner. Right now, this combo feels creative, flexible, and fun.
WHY have I temporarily ditched my previously beloved Hobonichi system twice this year? I think it’s because my planning needs are different right now. I’m focused much more on the present day/week than I am on future planning. I also feel the need for additional pages for journaling, goals, etc. I like the flexibility of being able to use a page of my journal to take notes at an important meeting or track monthly habits (Ben Franklin style, of course).
I have a page that I use to track COVID-19 cases. Do I need it? No. Is it an oddly satisfying ritual to check off daily? YES.
Things I currently have in my Life Journal:
A table of contents
Daily pages. Sometimes I will dedicate an entire page to a given day, with a time tracking section. Other days I just use half the page. I track habits, to do items, meals, music/podcasts, reading, etc.
Weekly pages. I am debating whether to shift to using my Live Rich planner for this (there is plenty of room for weekly goals), but I don’t necessarily bring the LRP up to my ‘office’ (home or real) b/c it’s huge. So for now, I have been creating a page for each week in the LJ.
Summer Reading List (books read also tracked here)
Monthly page, including goals & habit tracker
“Future log” page for month (important dates/events in list form)
Notes pages for various meetings (created on as-needed basis)
Thank you guys for so many valuable thoughts/ideas on yesterday’s little aside about work distractions! Generally, the distractions that get to me are not clinical though every once in a while that sneaks through. It’s usually a resident or faculty member: our APD, program administrator, primary care director, hospitalist director, chief resident OR a resident.
I tend to answer every time I get pinged by one of these people because a) it feels like I “should”; esp right now, it could be something urgent like resident with COVID diagnosis or something else dire and b) I fear that if I put things off I will then have a backlog of things to do at 5pm and my childcare is generally only until 5:30 (though honestly I don’t think our nanny minds working extra hours on occasion).
(I know some people — my husband included — often work a “second shift” in the evenings. To me this sounds like a form of torture and not how I want to live.)
I am going to try using the DND-Drive feature as suggested (with an away message stating I will check messages at X:XX time). I may even do this while I am seeing my telemedicine patients today – getting interrupted while you are seeing a patient on the phone is very annoying. Let’s see if this helps . . .