John-Paul Flintoff

What A Relief To Write Tasks, Events and Insights On Paper

Earlier this week, I demonstrated to a SP member how I use my paper-based journal, to keep on top of tasks and insights.

The system is pretty straightforward: like using a conventional diary plus to-do list, but with tiny alterations that make a big difference.

On this page, you can download the handwritten notes I made in December, after reading about Bullet Journals online. (I don’t use that name, because I don’t like it.)

You can also watch a demo video. But first, here’s a quick overview:

In this pic, you see that every day I write down any TASKS after a dot, like this:

. pic of the book

As soon as it’s done (as in that example), I put a cross through the dot:

X pic of the book

This way, looking back much later, I can see what I’ve achieved (it would be hard to see that if I crossed out the words).

I have, however, crossed out these words:

link to Amazon book

This means that I abandoned that task altogether.

EVENTS get a circle, not a dot, thus:

O Rachel W call

TASKS that I haven’t completed by the day’s end get migrated to the next day (or to a separate page containing months ahead), with an arrowhead/angled bracket sign through the dot:

. sched year ahead courses


> sched year ahead courses

This enables me to see which kinds of task I did slowly/reluctantly.

Finally, INSIGHTS get a dash:

- Daily Mail sells books

Watch the demo

I know some people will prefer to watch a demonstration on video, so here’s one I made this morning:

Download the notes

File: Daily, Monthly and Future Logging (Notes by JPF).pdf [3.27 MB]
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Disclaimer: none of this was my idea, but came from a thing called Bullet Journal.

See also, this, about things I use / do in my work, which I wrote for the same people.

I hope it helps!

Keywords: journal

John-Paul Flintoff headshot, with Yours Truly written across it John-Paul Flintoff is author of six books, in 16 languages, including How To Change The World and A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech. He worked for 15 years as writer and associate editor on the Financial Times, the Sunday Times and other papers and magazines.

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