On starting a bullet journal

Andrew Macrae
3 min readMay 10, 2021

What I’ve learned so far

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Unsplash

Productivity geek that I am, I’ve been aware of bullet journalling for a few years now, but I’ve never jumped in to try it.

I started journalling this week, and I’m really liking it. It’s providing something that’s been missing from my system.

Currently, I use Omnifocus to store all my tasks, and an electronic calendar to schedule time for tasks and keep track of appointments. It’s basically, a Getting Things Done approach, where you put all of those open jobs and threads of things you need to do into a single, trusted system so you can get them off your brain and focus on them in a systematic way, one thing at a time in terms of available next steps.

At this point, I have to mention that I don’t have a lot of complexity in my life that I need to manage — I don’t work with a team very often, and mostly I’m doing one thing at a time until it’s done and then moving on to the next thing. Really, my current system comprises reminders of all the things I’ve promised to other people and when they’re due.

Bullet journalling has introduced three new elements to my system:

  • the concept of logging — and particularly expanding logging beyond just tasks so that over time you gain a helicopter view of goals…



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