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A new age of journaling is here, thanks to bullet journaling, a trendy organizational method that touts itself as the analog system for the digital age. How does it work? You start with a blank notebook and pencil – colored if you’re the creative type. You create a key section, an index section, a future log and the monthly and daily sections. Using symbols, you can organize your lists, goals, tasks and loftier life pursuits in a notebook that has no boundaries on space, unlike a traditional monthly planner with preset boxes.
Its cult following has Pinterest and Instagram pages devoted to it. Many of them have taken it one step further by incorporating artistic doodles and drawings on their pages good enough to be framed.
Research suggests that drawing improves memory because it uses a combination of skills. Plus, the act of putting pen to paper engages a different part of your brain in a way that typing doesn’t – it forces you to slow down and leads you to mindfulness, said NorthShore Psychologist, Lara Jakobsons, MD.
Whether you prefer bullet or traditional journaling, the benefits can be profound, said Dr. Jakobsons. They include:
Here are tips for getting started:
If journaling to problem solve or express negative emotions, follow these ideas: