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As a self-confessed, life-long, list obsessive one of the biggest attractions of the Bullet Journal system was it’s rapid logging, list making element.
I always have a list on the go… usually multiple lists. How the heck does anyone get anything done without one?!!
Each month in my journal, after my monthly spread, I create a master to-do list for the month. I then migrate tasks from this list into my weekly/daily spreads as appropriate. Having this master list really helps me “brain dump” everything I want to achieve at the beginning of the month, including both the priority items that I will likely get done first, along with the lower priority items that might get forgotten.
Not long into Bullet Journaling I started cranking up the ante on my to-do list by adding in additional games or challenges. Completing these games adds an additional reward to the satisfaction of ticking something off of the list!
The first (and probably my most often used) style is the Tetris to-do list. (See below).
Picture 1. Tetris to-do list
The Tetris to-do list works by assigning each item on this list a number between 1 and 7. Each Tetris piece is also assigned a number. When you check off an item on the list you add a Tetris piece with the corresponding number to the “game”. This is a really fun way of challenging yourself to get items on your list completed, based on what shape you need to add to the game… especially those that you might not otherwise prioritise. I use my bookmark stencil to quickly and easily draw the Tetris pieces and my Tombow Dual Tip* pens to add colour.
The next style I like to use is the Pac-Man to-do list. I create a Pac-Man game as a border around the page using my 80’s icon stencil. Every time an item is checked off of your list Pac-Man eats two pieces of the board (represented by colouring the dots/fruit in). The idea is to complete all of the items in the list and therefore colour in all the dots/fruit!
Picture 2. Pac-Man to-do list
Another fun idea is a Jigsaw to do list. I draw a box taking up approximately half a page in my journal. In this I add a simple design/picture of some sort. (In the picture below I’ve drawn a cactus design). I then draw a Jigsaw design over the top of this image using my 80s icon stencil. For every item checked off of the to-do list I colour in a piece of the Jigsaw. Wanting to get the Jigsaw finished drives me to get things done on the list!
Picture 3. Jigsaw to-do list
A final idea was a new one for my August to-do list. The Kaleidoscope to-do list involves me first drawing a circle using my circle tracker stencil and dividing into segments. I create a corresponding number of segments to the number of items on my to-do list. The segments are coloured in with a Kaleidoscope of colours every time an item is checked off the list. Therefore the only way to complete the rainbow is to complete the whole list!
Picture 4. Kaleidoscope to-do list
What I really love about the Bullet Journal system is that the variations are only limited by your imagination! I’d really love to see more ideas to “pimp your to-do list” so please go ahead and tag me on Facebook or Instagram @OopsaDaisyUK with the hashtag #PimpYourToDoList.