I’m sure most everyone knows (or has heard) that Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook wears the same shirt every day. Not literally the same shirt, but when he opens his closet, he has dozens of the same color and style shirt hanging there, and says that the reason for this is that it is one less decision he has to make.
I get it, and I’m sure many others do. When I find something that works, I stick with it. I might need to tweak some things from time to time, but if I’m honest with myself, even my tweaks remain simple because like Zuckerberg, it’s one less decision to make.
My bullet journal Key, for example, is one of the constants in my bullet journals. In my most recent notebook, I didn’t even bother to dedicate a page to the Key. Since I know all of my signifiers because I’ve been using them consistently no matter what book I’m in for over 18 months, I chose not to include one because it was unnecessary.
BUT… If you love having a Bullet Journal Key at the start of your notebook, then do it. Remember, it’s up to the user.
The Key I use is very simple. I have either an empty task box I create using my favorite stencils or the dot (aka: bullet) to indicate a new task. Once it’s completed, I simply put an ‘X’ over the bullet/inside the box.
If I have to migrate the task to another date, I use the greater than (‘>’) symbol, and if I have to cancel it or it’s no longer relevant, I strike it through with a dash (‘—’). I never use signifiers for appointments, classes, or meetings. Those also get a box/bullet to indicate them.
If I have a memory I want to remember, I draw/stencil a heart next to it. If I want to look something up later, I draw a small circle with a slanted line coming out of the bottom diagonally.
And that’s it. Simple.
How about you: is the Key in your bullet journal as minimalistic as mine is? Or is it more complex? Leave me a comment with your thoughts, I’d love to hear them.
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