Bullet Journaling... what the heck is bullet journaling and why do I keep seeing so much about it? For me my bujo (throwing words around already- bujo=bullet journal) has made me a better sketchnoter and my sketchnote skills were super handy when starting my bullet journal.
At the beginning of this past school year I started to see information about bullet journaling pop up on the social media platforms; mostly instagram, youtube, and pinterest. I am an avid to-do list maker in a traditional moleskin notebook, and have also been known to use google keep, and momentum (I LOVE the chrome extension Momentum!).
I have also previously loved doing an art journal but just had a hard time devoting the time to consistently create. So to say I was predisposed to like the bullet journaling concept is hitting the nail right on the head. I eventually dove in at the start of the New Year. I was researching it quite a bit, and I mapped out and practiced a lot on my iPad Pro. During winter break and the MANY MANY snow days (we had a lot this year!) I began the bullet journal journey.
Unlike the art journal, this has become my life. I don't have to force myself to work in my bujo it comes naturally, and has helped my focus and creativity.
Towards the end of February I was asked to fill in and present at a local conference integratED or also known as #iPDX, it has been a great conference over the last few years and a real goal of mine to be asked to present. My brain was so involved with sketchnoting and bullet journalling at this point that I decided to find a way to work bullet journalling into a session. Which at first was a little crazy right? An analog "thing" at a SUPER TECH HEAVY conference. What was I thinking?
Turns out, THE SUNNI BROWN, was keynoting and doing a few sessions and we even were given swag at the beginning in the form of a Pocket Scout notebook. So my session just seemed to fit! What I was super curious about was how a bullet journal worked for teachers in the classroom. So I spent a good week getting ready for the conference and really trying to better explain why someone might use this system. Below are my resources from that session.
There are 8 main components to a bullet journal, and think of it as a funneling system. It is made to allow you to be hyper aware of your tasks and be super efficient:
Some Items to Get You Started...
I rely heavily on instagram for my inspirations from week to week. I think the ultimate reason I like the bullet journal is that I can make it work for me. If I want to be very minimalistic I can, if i want to go all out and draw crazy things I can. It is definitely all about how your brain works and how you can keep track of your own life. The idea for bullet journaling originally came from Ryder Carrol's Ted talk (see below).
Current thoughts and ruminations on educational technology.