Hello Planning Mashers!
I have a real treat for you – today, Mark from @menwhobullet will be talking to us about using your Bullet Journal for work. More specifically – using your Bullet Journal for project management.
I know Mark is very practical about his Bullet Journal and uses it extensively for work, so I knew we had to invite him to Masha Plans to talk about it.
If you don’t know Mark, he is one of a few men in the Bullet Journal community, and I also had some great times when we both were part of the Archer and Olive design team.
My Bullet Journal is something I use for all kinds of things, including for my work. And it helps me immensely to stay on top of things and move things along in my business.
I also get a lot of questions about using the Bullet Journal method for work, but I feel like using it for your own business is very different from using it for a corporate job. So, of course, I went to a specialist.
Mark was nice enough to agree to share his knowledge in project management and his page ideas on how your Bullet Journal can help you with that. And I created a free printable to match his ideas, get more information on those at the end of the post.
That’s all for the introduction; let’s dive in and see what mark has to say.
This post may contain affiliate links. They will be of no extra expense for you, but I receive a small credit. Please see my Disclosure for more details. Thank you for supporting Masha Plans!
How To Use Bullet Journal In Project Management
Bullet Journaling is for more than just tracking your daily tasks or tracking your water intake – while I love to do both of those things in my own Bullet Journal, I also use my own Bullet Journal for project management.
Today, I wanted to share collection page templates that you can use to track a project using your Bullet Journal.
Project Starter Page
A project starter page is a collection page that has all the most important information when you start a new project. Even though project notes will go well beyond this one page, it’s a great way to get things in order. My project page is made of of the following parts:
- Project Name
- Start and end dates
- Team members
- Project overview
- Major Milestones
Once I have all of my project details and notes collected, I like to break projects down into smaller and more manageable parts. This is where my next collection page comes in handy.
Phase / Project Breakdown Collection Page
This page works similar to an organized brain dump or mind map. Across the top, you put each of the phases of your projects. Below each, you fill in activities of that phase. For example, as a part of Project A, I need to do research.
To help me break that down further, I build on that by adding details for User Testing and Competitor Analysis.
Once I have each of these phases, I can then move into planning my project into a timeline.
Timeline Collection Page
These types of pages can take on many faces, but this is one that I like to use to plan out my project’s activities and give myself an overall view of a project.
This collection page provides room for monthly or weekly timelines on the left vertical part of the page. Across the top, you add your phase activities and forecasted timeline blocks. You can be as specific with dates as you want or need when using this page.
I personally like to use weeks as my form of measurement of time because things change. For me, planning for a week of work is easier than day by day. But as I mentioned before, you need to find the right span of time to be most useful for project needs.
I have found a lot of success using these pages in my own Bullet Journal.
I hope that these collection page templates can be helpful for you as well as you manage and work on projects in and out of your Bullet Journal and planner.
Thank you Mark for sharing these incredible tips and of course – for giving me an idea for yet another free printable.
And of course, as soon as Mark created a video about project management I know I should include it here, so be sure to give it a watch.
Free Printable: Project Started Bullet Journal Spread
Of course, I wanted to leave you with a printable spread, and what is better than the first step of project management?
The idea is 100% Mark’s, since he is an expert in this.
You can get your printable in the Resources Vault, under the “Goals And Productivity” section.
If you’re not part of Planning Mashers yet – just sign up in the form at the end of the post.
I hope this post was interesting if you find it so, please share! If you enjoy my content and want to show your appreciation, please consider supporting me with a cup of coffee.
And remember: Keep Bullet Journaling and Don’t Be a Blob!