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Bullet Journaling to Know Yourself Better

teacher avatar Katie Kindred, The Reverie Project

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Prologue

    • 2. To-Done List

    • 3. Ye Olde Goal Scrolle

    • 4. Habit Trackers

    • 5. Goal Review

    • 6. Gratitude

    • 7. Best Practices

    • 8. Epilogue

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About This Class

Hey there, it's Katie Kindred from The Reverie Project. In this 19 minute class, I will be your friendly neighborhood guide to using your bullet journal as a tool for self-awareness. We'll explore topics like Habit Tracking, Daily Gratitude, and writing "S.M.A.R.T" Goals, among others! Knowing yourself is key in both life and business because it allows you to use your strengths and opportunities for growth in their most efficient ways. It also helps protect you from continuing harmful patterns that may have otherwise gone unnoticed! 

No experience is required, but having a basic knowledge of typical bullet journal spreads is recommended. 

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Katie Kindred

The Reverie Project


I’m a creative.

I grew up doing Theatre and Choir. I love making things with my hands and performing for other people. I crave beautiful things that make me feel all of the emotions.

I’m a professional.

I grew up with a special place in my heart for Microsoft Office. I love getting into the nitty-gritty and practical side of things. I crave productivity tips that help me do things I care about.

I’m a creative professional.

I grew up anticipating school supply shopping season. I love using conditional formatting to make my spreadsheets colorful and functional. I crave new ways to better visualize and explain data.

I dream of a world where people feel wake up with stars in their eyes, spend their time doing things that ma... See full profile

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1. Prologue: Our lives are like a pitch black room filled with our dreams, our goals and our setbacks. Imagine that you're in that space. You can't see anything but the ground you've already covered in the darkness and uncertainty in front of you. You want something more for your life, but you don't know where to go or how you would even begin to get there. So what do you do who stick up your fists, ready to fight tooth and nail for something that makes you feel alive? There's no guarantee you'll head anything, and you might just be right hooking the air. Hey, it's Katie, your friendly neighborhood guide here to help you use your bullet journal to recognize and understand important insights about yourself so that you can illuminate your room of life and move past things that are holding you back. All you need is something to write with, something to write on and anything else you want to bring in this super cool adventure of self discovery. I like candles. Are you ready? Let's get started 2. To-Done List: a two dem lis is just a to do list for stuff that you've already done. Think about something you did this week that you were proud for. Write it down, write something down, no matter how small. If it was super hard for you to get out of bed today because you had a headache, but you still got out of bed anyway, write that down. If you nailed even a second of a new yoga pose, write that down. If you started your very own to done list, write it down. This isn't something where everything gets a trophy, but rather an organized collection of your small and trackable winds, so that you can focus on progress instead of perfection. If you focus on, perfection will crash and burn. But if you focus on progress, you'll soar. That to done list helps you combat imposter syndrome, defined by the Harvard Business Review as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evidence success. Gross. If you're doing anything important at one time or another, you will feel unqualified. That's a done Lis helps you figure out that you're not practice makes progress, so start practicing 3. Ye Olde Goal Scrolle: If you want to start tracking your small winds and see how they add up over time so that you can know yourself better, you have to have goals in the first place. I suggest picking anywhere from 1 to 4 goals for being the absolute max. Don't spread yourself too thin. You want to make sure your goals are smart, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound. There are a lot of variations of that acronym, but I like that one the best. You want to make sure the goals that you set have each of those criteria so specific. That's self explanatory. You want to get as specific as possible when you're choosing a goal and then deciding toe work on it. That's gonna help you clear the most self doubt. Or, um, kind of feel bad Z's If you want to use the scientific term, Uh, that's gonna do you avoid that. You also want to pick a gold. It's measurable. That way you can track it in your habit tracker. Make a goal that's actionable. So you want to have a goal where you can actually take action on something and you have clear and define steps. Even if you can only see the step right in front of you that's still actionable. You also want to make something that's realistic. When I first started studying habits, I listened to a podcast that talked about If your goals are too big, for example, if you're only $11,000 a year, it's kind of unrealistic for you to think that in the next year you're going to make $100,000. Now, if you do more power to you, that's amazing. Let me know how you do it. But you you don't want to set yourself up for failure. Not that you would fail, but it's likely that you would if the goal is too ambitious for you. So pick something that you know you couldn't actually dio in the time allotted. That brings me to my next point. It needs to be time bound, so you should have a deadline. I think that would really help I. I like to do my goals every month, so my time blind is a month, but you can pick something like a year legal now. The bigger the time, the bigger your goal will be. So keep that in mind when you're reading those down Now, how do you improve a goal that you've already set? Let's take one that I wrote down in my bullet journal. It's get dat money because, you know, I like to have fun. This thing is more of a resolution. Some way that you could make it more smart is to create and maintain a budget weekly. You could have Wednesday's be your budget review days where you go on to your bank account and you see all the places where you use your debit card or you look through your receipts or all of the above. I can even make a supercool spreadsheet like you girl has, and it could be a fun time. And if you don't like reviewing your budget, try pairing. That was something that you do like like your favorite T. Or maybe you could have a nice small piece of chocolate. You know it's up to you. You know what you want in this world, and if you don't, your bullet journal is a great way to figure it out. 4. Habit Trackers: Now it's time to convert those goals into trackable habits. The things I track are my miracle morning routine, my Goga, my devotionals, my working on my business and running. I also track things like my mental health, my mood. And if I read my goals that day for me, these air high priority trackable goals. This is my favorite part of bullet journaling to know yourself better. And this is where it really allows you to hone in on what you're doing every day and how you're spending your time. Some people even like to track their time in their bullet journal. I'm not that hard core, but you could be. The point of old journal is that the system works for you. So this habit tracker works for me. And if you don't like the design that I use, you could use another one. But my favorite thing about the habit tracker system is that data doesn't lie. For example, I tracked my mood and so I could be feeling really, really anxious about the month and feeling very down on myself that I haven't gotten anything done that month when really, if I look at my mood tracker, and I see that most of my days were pleasant. And if I look at my to done list on, I have even just one thing on their, that's just simply not true. I have done things so your emotions can get in the way of looking at the cold, hard facts. And so this is a cool way Teoh actually see your life as it's happening in a quantitative way. It also allows you to correlate things to see if habits to get other habits. So, for example, you contract and see if running is correlating with maybe a pleasant day. Or you could also track bad habits, too. If that's something that you want to manage, I like to keep it on the positive side. I live off of positive reinforcement, but like I said, it's everything that works for you. And so you could also see if you know you're doing that bad habit. If that affects your mood, I do. I do track one, um, I guess, unpleasant sort of thing. And that's my buzz tracker. It's whenever I, um, feeling symptoms of depression, which I have been diagnosed with. I can see if maybe actions I took that day. Maybe I didn't go for a run. Maybe I sat in my bed and watch TV all day. If I did that, then that would be a pretty good reason for why I had a neutral or even unpleasant mood that day. I spent most of my life doing something on stage, whether it be performing a musical or performing a show or singing on stage at my church. So I'm not a stranger to speaking or singing in public. There's a saying in show business that the show must go on, and I think it's really helpful to apply that mentality to your everyday life. If you mess up, you keep going. You don't start over. You just plow through it because if you're on stage and you flub a line, everybody else is going. Teoh, try and help you move the show forward. You can't say, Oh, stop the show. I must step line. Sorry, everybody will refund your tickets and then we'll start the show all over again. In fact, it would be a pretty scary, weird, rare thing if you went through a show and he didn't make any mistakes at all same thing for life. And so in my time on stage, my theater director told me how you practice is how you play. You can't go to rehearsal and kind of half do your lines, because how you practice is how you play. And the great thing about habit tracking is that you can track your progress in real time. So when you're by yourself, you're working, you're practicing. That's gonna bleed into when you have something to show other people. So it's great to have things for yourself. But it's also great to really hone in on what makes those things awesome and then put all of your energy into it. It's cool to see how that flourishes in real time. That also gives you the satisfaction of small winds, which I touched on in the to done list lesson. If you do nothing else from this course, definitely try tracking your habits. It will make a huge difference if you take it seriously and really study the data and apply it to your life when you're getting out your habit trackers. There's a trick that I learned in probably elementary school that is so cool and it helps you remember how many days there are in a month because, honestly, I forget. So you take out your knuckle or you don't. So you take out your hand and you can see that you have these knuckles and those represents months that have 31 days. So it goes January, which is a knuckle so that has 31 February, which is not a knuckle, so that's a shorter month. It's 28 or 29 days, depending then March, which is 31 days. April 30 May 31 June 30 July 31 August 31 September 30 October. See. It's hard for me, October 31 November 30 December 31 and that's how you do it, and it's great. You could also look back onto other bullet journal pages, but why waste the time when you have a calendar right at your fingertips? 5. Goal Review: So once we right, there's goals out at the end of the month, it's really, really helpful to do a review of those schools to see if they actually benefited you. That's something that's really important, I think overlooked when you're trying to know yourself better. If you don't know what you're dealing with and you don't know if your approach is working or not, then why do the approach it all? So what I like to do when I conduct a gold review is I left out my previous schools and then under each goal, I write down the question, What worked? So then I list what worked for getting that money. I did actually get a lot of that money, but I it was spending that money to and hasn't falls under our opportunities for growth. So what didn't work? I like to ask both of those questions. Another layer that you can add on to your gold review is asking why? So why did that certain approach work, or why didn't it work? You can really go crazy on figuring this stuff out, but I think it's kind of fun, and when you really get curious about your goals and kind of attacking them in the best way . Uh, then that's when things start to happen. In my humble opinion. Then you want a list, your next steps. What are you going to do next to? Maybe you take either a new approach or keep focusing on your old one. Then I like to end with some inspiration so you can add your favorite stickers or write down some affirmations based on your rules, anything that gets you fired up about the goals you just reviewed so that you can start writing your new ones. 6. Gratitude: There's a cliche and fitness that says you are what you eat, and even though it's a cliche, it doesn't mean that it's incorrect. I like to apply that same philosophy, Teoh things that you think about yourself and things that you tell yourself and things that ruminate in your brain. And especially if you have any thing like anxiety, you can play things over and over and over in your head and convince yourself of things that may or may not be true. So that's one of the reasons that I like writing down my gratitude list every night. You are what you consume, so if you consume more gratitude, you'll be able to notice it more in everyday life. And it will be easier for you to write down a page of things that you're grateful for in time. I encourage you to fill it out and fill it out until you can't be grateful for anything else. And it doesn't matter if you said it before I write sleep in my gratitude list pretty much every day, so nobody's judging you. You also don't have to feel obligated to write certain things down first. You don't have to write down my family or shelter or a nice computer or smartphone or device that you're watching this skill share class on. You just have to write down what comes to you in that moment. It could be seeing a dog on your morning run. It could be the way the sun felt against her skin. It could be finally dipping your feet into the creek after a long, hard run. Anything. It could even be that your bed is soft or fit. Tomorrow will be a better day. It's up to you. But it's important to Dio, because when we are grateful for others and the things around us, then we start becoming a source of things that other people are grateful for. 7. Best Practices: I want to get the most out of using your bullet journal to know yourself better. It's best to fill it out every single day, and the way you can do this is to pick a time to right near bullet journal. So I do it every night before I go to bed, and that's really great because it's not digital so I can wind down. I put my phone across the room and I can just right. It's super super meditated for me. In fact, when I am behind on my bullet journal, I feel like my life is still really falling apart. Uh, that may be the same way for you, or it may not be the best bullet journal is the one that you use, Like I've said many times. If you don't find something helpful if something doesn't resonate with you, you don't have to use it. Your bullet journal can be as colorful and intricate or as minimalistic as he wanted to be . It can even be both. It's all up to you. It's really a creative exercise, and you can put whatever you want into it. Let me tell you guys there is such an amazing feeling When you flip through your bullet journal, it's all full, and it's even more fun to review your appeal. A journal frequently so that you can tell how much you've grown. The the first bullet journal spread that I ever made. I wrote the wrong month, and now the last bullet journal spread that I'm making for this bullet journal is this month. So it's so interesting to see how the bullet journals, bread and all of the different parts have evolved, and I really want that for you. 8. Epilogue: you look down at your clenched fists and realize you've trained for this, you realize the best way to traverse outward is to first explore inward. Armed with this self knowledge, it's is if there is a candle and a neon sign telling you which way to go. You can't see past the step in front of you, but somehow you're okay with that now. Thank you so much for watching this class and for putting your time and energy into knowing yourself better. I promise it will work. If you work it for your project, you'll create a monthly spread of your very own, complete with habit trackers, too dumb lists, gratitude lists and anything else you will use to know yourself better. You can also post photos of your progress in your skill share project to keep us updated at the end of the month. If you want to share your progress, you can post it in your project, along with one thing that you learned about yourself in the process. And if you post it to social media, use the hash tag. TRP Bhuj O. You are known your loved, and you are ready to illuminate the darkness around you with the help of your bullet journal. I can't wait to see what kind of projects he posts. So start posting and I'll see you in the discussion.