One-of-a-Kind Bullet Journal for Blog and Business by Maureen Beaucond
Maureen Beaucond created this valuable tool for her own Blog and Business and is now sharing with you
because it WORKS!
How the Ultimate Bullet Journal for
Blog and Business Works
Many years ago I was invited to be a member of a business think tank at a local hospital to give feedback on the executive health program they were creating.
They showered participants with a lot of useable promotional products as a thank you but one item became a most valuable record of my personal and business life.
That item was a very thick hot pink steno-sized spiral-bound notebook that soon became my brain book. I wrote things to remember, feelings I had, wins and disappointments, wild-hare ideas to someday put into action and anything else that I didn’t want to forget or thought I might not be able to recall when needed.
This pink notebook, although small, came to be known as my brain book.
Since that first experience with what many now call a “brain-dump,” my use of spiral notebooks has evolved into a more organized style. To a stranger picking up my spiral notebook it would appear to be a huge mish-mash of gobbledee-goop. To me it is the content that I treasure and use almost daily.
I want to share with you the exact system my Ultimate Bullet Journal has become. How-to follows but you can attend my free workshop to learn even more.
If you are an active user of Pinterest I am sure you have seen 7,329 versions of bullet journals. Bullet journaling has become a science to some people who meticulously create illustrated and extremely organized bullet journals. But, for me, the simple process my journals have become is foolproof, easy to enter stuff and even easier to find the important entries I have recorded.
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Here the basic overview of how it works…
1. Choose spirals that are 80 to 100+ pages but not too many pages, maybe a third of an inch in thickness
2. Be sure the notebook(s) have a perforated tear line in case you need to remove an intact page
3. I use 4 colors of pens for entries. They are black, blue, red, and green. I like the Uni-Ball 207 gel pens
4. I use good quality highlighters that don’t bleed through a sheet of paper in the colors of yellow, orange and pink. My favorite and the only brand I buy is Sharpie Smear Guard Highlighters. I like the shape and they don’t bleed.
Before you make any entries into your bullet journal you must do three things:
1. Leave the first 5 sheets blank (10 pages.) This will be your index.
2. Number each of the remaining pages. I use a rose-colored marking pen. To me the color is important. It doesn’t throw a blanket on my creativity. Yes, really!
3.When you make an entry of significance, enter the description or key notation on a single line in the index with the page number and the date in the margin.
Here is the what I collect in my bullet journals…
My journal is where I store information and ideas to later collect, compile and communicate as content for my blogs, websites, writing.
I record my brainstorms (usually evergreen, meaning they are rather timeless) to process at a later time or when it fits a sequence of content I am sharing with my readers.
If what I am recording is not evergreen it needs to be noted to my editorial calendar to ensure it is used for a specific date or season. The calendar can reference a notation in my bullet journal by date for specific information.
I record my book reviews and notes in my journal. I am known to always have a big stack of library books by my reading chair. I like to record the library call information for the book along with my specific comments or reference to passages and these are noted by the book’s page number with the thought or content I am recording. I also note the date of any photos I take with my phone of content for reference, like a bibliography.
Tech knowledge and how-to is an important section of my journal. I have a boat load of usernames and passwords that I keep alphabetized and recorded in a separate 3-ring binder. But, there are some tech related tips and procedures that I don’t often use and more often forget.
To keep from wasting time looking up the solution to a tech challenge, I record the solution or process in my journal with reference to the journal page and date recorded in the index.
Date is important for tech tasks because they are always changing and I know to use the latest recorded how-to.
Details of my bullet system are very basic.
You can customize, add to, or eliminate individual pieces to fit your needs. And, you can attend my free online workshop for even more ways to customize your journal. In the workshop I will cover everything I put into my journal and why I keep that content at my fingertips. If you plan to ever work away from home, like traveling or staying at your weekend retreat, having your Ultimate Bullet Journal at your side is a must.
YOU’LL BE SUBSCRIBED TO UPDATES AND TIPS, TOO.