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Bullet Journal Update: Long Form Journaling

April 30, 2020 -

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Wow, it's already been two months since my first blog post. This whole pandemic thing has really thrown me off the past couple of months, and right at the beginning of this new blogging habit I'm trying to start. Like everyone else throughout the world, I've had to get used to a new normal, and it's taken awhile to settle into new routines. I'm finally starting to feel back to normal, so it's high time for a post / Bullet Journal update.

At the same time the pandemic was starting in the United States, I also happened to get appendicitis and had to have an appendectomy, so I suppose I shouldn't be too hard on myself for not putting up a post in awhile. I was fortunate to get the appendectomy taken care of before the world shut down. Also fortunately, I've continued to use my Bullet Journal throughout the world's time in quarantine, so I do have some updates to give. My Bullet Journal is still pretty close to the base system, but I have made one small tweak that was introduced to me in a video by the creator of the Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll (video can be found here).

The tweak I made was to start doing my long form journaling in my Bullet Journal. I was doing long form journaling in another journal, but it was difficult to manage the two of them. I'm always working in my Bullet Journal, and almost always have it with me, so it made sense to just do my long form journaling in there. It's nice because I don't have to repeat details such as tasks I completed or events that happened because I'm rapid logging those things throughout the day. They're all already right there, so I can just provide my thoughts and feelings on the details I've already recorded.

I started using the "+" sign to indicate my long form journaling (as Ryder Carroll suggested in his video), but I ended up just using the same open circle bullet that's used for events. My journaling is usually centered around events and how I feel about them, so it made sense to use the same bullet. Gives me one less bullet to worry about remembering. My Bullet Journal is all about minimalistic simplicity, so I don't want to add additional bullets and signifiers if I don't have to.

I'm continuing to enjoy the minimalist approach to the Bullet Journal, and I still feel it's been the most productive use I've ever gotten out of a Bullet Journal. I will continue to share my thoughts on it, and will hopefully be able to do so more than every two months.

Written by: Brennan Davis