One of my favorite uses for a bullet journal, and really for any kind of paper product, is to use it as a brainstorm session. It's fast, flexible, and I can even use multiple pages to illustrate ideas that connect in unique ways.
These are ways I think through new videos or courses or articles that I want to write. Anything creative I want to do usually starts as a brainstorm session on my bullet journal.
That could be mind-mapping, it could be list-making, it could be drawing a bunch of things back and forth together and just connecting the dots for ideas I have.
And this always works best for me as a thing I can do, a use I have, for the bullet journal. There's nothing for me to get distracted with, there aren't any notifications, and the battery life is great 😉
If we connect this back to the note-taking lessons, the brainstorm is bunch of fast notes. They help clarify my mind and get ideas out fast, but they're not fully formed at this point. They're not durable at all. I need to return and do the uphill creative work of expanding, researching, and turning the initial brainstorm into something that other brains can learn about and benefit from.
I want to keep pointing out the connections you're making with a personal productivity kit. You do these things naturally, but often the natural things we don't give ourselves credit for! So take a moment and realize the combo you've put together...
- Recognize there's a problem to solve —> take out the bullet journal
- Brainstorm the problem and possible solutions —> protected time to focus
- Return to the brainstorm and expand on best ideas —> note-taking
- Assemble notes to solve the problem or as a new project —> PARA framework
See how these skills build on top of each other? Start with one and pull in others depending on what you need to accomplish. I hope you see something else too - this is hero stuff! You're approaching each day believing that you have what it takes to do the work.
I released a video on YouTube about Heroic Productivity - I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think in the comments. I'm really excited about this topic and know it can be a game changer for you!