Wrapping your head around journaling in 2020

My previous post – Your 2020 journaling journey guide – covered just how simple it is to get started with your journal this year. This post presents you with two popular approaches you can use as you develop your technique.

Over the last few years you may have seen some beautiful examples of bullet journals on Pinterest, but what exactly is bullet journaling (or BuJo), and why has it sparked so much interest?

In a nutshell, a bullet journal is a single, indexed notebook which contains all the vital information you need to have at your fingertips along with all your random thoughts, shopping lists, to do lists, and just-for-fun scribblings. It’s a tool to declutter our minds, our computers and smartphones (exactly how many scheduling and calendar apps do you have now?), as well as a functional aid to get us to remember and do things. It’s beauty meets duty.

You can record everything you need to do in bulleted lists and then decorate them as you see fit – this can include collages, doodles, multicoloured diagrams. Some people get more technical than this (they add keys or legends and have very specific coding systems) – and the level of technicality seems to be directly proportional to precisely how organised and ordered you are as a person. (Check out this fantastic article if you are interested in learning more: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/can-bullet-journaling-save-you)

So look, this approach may not be for you if you still want to stick to your multiple notebooks and meandering scribbles across a multitude of calendars (some of which may remain from years long past).


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If the thought of a key / legend and very ordered and detailed notes are your worst nightmare, perhaps give BuJo a skip! 

All hope is not lost, though, if you do decide that you still want to keep a journal – even if it is one of many! Tony Stubblebine
(aka Coach Tony),CEO and Founder of Coach.me has developed an approach known as interstitial journaling for those of us who are not of the artistic persuasion (just kidding, you can still be artistic while using this technique). If you are new to journaling and want a more practical base – particularly to support you in completing work-related tasks, this may be exactly what you are looking for.

The premise of interstitial journaling is simple: You annotate your journal entry with short, succinct notes that enable you to better understand how you achieved what you did, how long the task took to complete, and add any other vital information you may need to. You repeat the process whenever you transition from one project or process to the next. In essence, interstitial journalling is a to do list which contains notes – but it’s even more useful than that: Each entry also contains information and planning to get you started on the next task or project. Read more about interstitial journaling by viewing these informative links (the first of which is authored by Coach Tony himself):


If you decide not to incorporate either of these techniques into your journaling practices that is fine! Do it your own way, because if you don’t enjoy what you are doing this new habit or hobby is not going to last very long. Whatever you decide to do (or not do) it’s important to realise that there are no rules here. Use your journal as you see fit. Think of these ideas as inspiration rather than hard and fast tenets. Above all, enjoy the process – it should be useful helpmeet not a chore! Good luck and let me know how your journal is coming along. You can drop me a line here: hello@notcom.co.za

All the best!


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