Why I Use OneNote To Bullet Journal

Many people have seen the way that I used to bullet journal. However, paper has some disadvantages. For starters, it’s slow. It takes about fifteen minutes to half an hour of my day to write everything down, and even then there’s no guarantee I’ll remember it well enough to keep it in my head all day while I’m out and about. I could take the last daily log page, but why risk it when I can go 100% electronic now?

I’ve switched back to OneNote. It’s just so much faster and has so many advantages to paper. For starters I don’t have to constantly worry about looking stuff up in an Index. The Index is always to the right (or wherever I choose to put it).

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The order of these pages can be changed with minimal effort. No moving things around in a binder and altering the index by hand. The bujo can be copied by simply backing it up to my desktop. Oh, and I can also keep it on my phone and make changes on the fly. So really, I don’t see many downsides.

Aside from saving time and hand strain there’s other reasons to go full electronic. Minimalism is important to me. I don’t like to clutter and right now paperless is the best way to avoid this. Tomorrow I’m moving all but one of my notebooks to storage. I’m also doing the same with all but one of my books. This way I’m covered in case I feel nostalgic and want to write something or if I want to finish that fantasy book I haven’t yet but keep telling myself I will.

In any case, paperless is probably the way of the future, and I’m trying to be as far ahead of the curve possible.

Bullet Journal Tip: Put Tabs In Your Bujo

Today I wanted to share a method of Bullet Journaling I developed when I was still using a paper bullet journal. Instead of a regular bullet journal this requires a binder.

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There are four sections to this binder (A, B, C, and D), each with it’s own index except for D. Section A is for keeping track of future, monthly, and daily logs. Section B is for anything related to “other” stuff, like if you have lists or cheat sheets. Section C is for any drawings you might have if you like to draw art. Section D is simply for new pages.

So why is this useful? In a regular bullet journal when you have a new list or idea you want to add, you have to do the math to keep from breaking up your daily log pages. Your index will also be less organized. With these four sections every new page goes to its appropriate spot at the end of each section. If you make a new daily log page, all you do is go to the last page of section A. Every new idea you have simply goes to the last page in section B. Every new drawing you make goes to section C.

And of course this is not set in stone. You can have as many sections as you want and it works the same. That’s the thing about bullet journals is that they’re unique to each person.

Once again I know from experience how difficult it can be to keep up with things. That’s why I developed my system. I hope this helps you.