Bullet Journaling is a trending topic; just search for #bujo on instagram and you'll find thousands of #bujoaddicts spending a lot of time perfecting their bullet journal designs and documenting their process.
The main benefit of the bullet journaling method is that it gives you freedom to customize the design of your planner pages and have fun with it. As appealing as it is though, bullet journaling on a blank notebook can take up way too much of your time and discourage you from actually completing your tasks.
If you like the idea of the bullet journal but you know that creating a bullet journal could waste all your energy, consider trying The Focus Journal instead!
Here are the top benefits of bullet journaling and how you can use The Focus Journal to apply them:
1- Customizable to your needs
While it's true that nothing is more customizable than a blank slate, the Focus Journal template is so versatile and can be used in some many different ways, that it's almost like having no layout at all. The existing layout, is just there to act as a guide but you can use the journal as best fits your needs: It's the perfect compromise between a rigid planner that has very little room for free writing and a completely empty notebook.
For example: the focus journal is undated and the "date" section is divided between two lines. This allows you to:
1) Use a daily page for more than one day: you can use it for two days or a longer time span for example
2) You can choose to use the second line to write your location, project, special occasion of the day, or anything else you want!
There is also enough room on the pages for you to add your own sections: ie: you can add habits tracking (water consumption) in the summary section.
There is no right or wrong way to use the Focus Journal and you can use it for personal, business or both at the same time.
2- Easy to Set up and Navigate
Like a bullet journal, The Focus Journal is organized in a very intuitive and practical manner. It starts with the checkpoint pages for long term goals and to dos and then goes into the daily pages. It also includes dotted notes pages in the back. You don't need an manual to understand how to use The Focus Journal; most of our users understand the concept within 3 seconds of opening the journal for the first time!
3- Lots of space for notes
Each day comes with a FULL PAGE for your notes; this is a never before seen feature in any other planner. You can use these pages for anything from drawing sketches, making calculations, or writing down important notes from a meeting. In our surveys, our users indicated that they really appreciated this aspect of the journal because they didn't need to carry a separate notebook for their notes.
4- Great for keeping Lists
The checklist format has been proven to be the more effective way to get things done. Bullet journaling involves a lot of list making and so does the Focus Journal.
We spend a lot of time researching the best way to design a daily to do list and we came up with a format that includes space for your checkmarks and symbols and an easy way to track if a task has been started or completed. In the Focus Journal your "To dos" are organized so you can visually see what tasks are completed and which tasks you still need to work on. It is also very easy to prioritize and time your tasks so you don't get sucked into working on less important tasks.
Try using the Focus Journal and let us know what you think in the comments below!