A conversation yesterday on Instagram had me thinking about the extreme differences between my personal and work bullet journals, so I thought I’d do a quick run through of the journal I use at work.
I work full-time away from home as a graphic designer and keep a separate journal specific to my job. While I may not be constrained as some are by privacy protocols to keep my planners separate, they are used for very different and distinct purposes, so it just makes sense. It’s definitely not as “pretty” as my personal bullet journal but I don’t have a lot of time to spend on that kind of thing at work.
We use Trello for workflow purposes, so between that and my Outlook calendar, it’s not really necessary to keep a ton of information in my notebook. But I do like taking physical notes in meetings, and having a place to write a to-do list of things that may not be captured in the regular process. Also, just having an index to go back to is extremely helpful for finding those notes later.
I use a Fabriano spiral-bound, grid-lined EcoQua notebook that I found at our local Blick art store. The pages are thicker (85 g/m2) and have a much smoother feel than my Moleskine. The grid lines are soft and not distracting at all.
***Note: Do not use the Fabriano dotted gluebound notebooks, as the pages will literally fall out as you turn the page!
I usually end up using a Sharpie Pen at work instead of my nicer Pigma Micron pens.
I mentioned that I like the index feature to keep track of important thing that I may need to refer back to later. I don’t use it a ton, but am glad to have it for the few things I need it for.
I included a future log but haven’t ended up using it that much over my Outlook calendar. I do use a simple monthly page to outline the upcoming month.
I have experimented with several different daily/weekly formats and have found, for me, that this combination of a weekly column and a to-do list works best for me.
I put time or date sensitive items on the far left side. Then I’ll keep a running to-do list in that right column. On the right page, I’ll either keep notes from meetings or other information.
Sometimes, I’ll keep a running daily section on one side, one day at a time, using as much room as needed for each day. I colored this one with highlighters because, obviously, office supplies=work, right? 😉
I wanted to show you a couple of my more random, real and messy pages because I really do believe that a bullet journal is more about being effective than it is about being pretty. 🙂
So tell me, how do you bujo at work?
PS–I’ve converted two of my co-workers to using a bullet journal so you never know who is going to appreciate this system!