I looked at Carolyn Stice’s and Sarah Liben’s Get Productive assignment. I was surprised that all three of us decided to explore the Bullet Journal formatting. I have to say, Carolyn’s journal is amazing! I’ve always wanted a journal that was visually appealing, but I’m not very artistic, and drawing seems to take a lot of time and energy (for me). I’ve always wondered how people make their journals look so pretty, and when Carolyn stated that it was a stress relief, it made sense. I know lots of people who like drawing/painting/coloring for stress relief. It’s pretty cool that she incorporated that into her organizational tools. I also love that she tracks so many activities. I’ve tried tracking activities before, but it gets to a point where I feel overwhelmed at the amount of papers in front of me. Let’s just say, Carolyn’s journal(s) is what I aspire to have one day, but for now, it’s boring, simple lists for me.
One thing that I really related to with Sarah’s post is the idea of finding the right agenda. Finding calendars/agendas can be so difficult. Many of them have extra stuff that makes me feel overwhelmed. She mentioned that her ideal one had a blank square with enough space to write stuff. That’s why I created the To-Do Blocks that I showed in my post and designed my dry erase calendar the way I did. I like keeping it open but still organized.
Like I mentioned above, I find it interesting that all three of us were drawn to the Bullet Journal format instead of a computer/tablet/phone resource. Sarah mentioned that she prefers to write things down rather than typing them because she retains more. For me, there is a satisfaction that comes from hand writing, and I would agree with Sarah that I retain information better when I hand write it (something to reflect on in terms of classroom practices with note taking 🙂 ).