Bullet journaling to combat fibro fog

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VegAthLes

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Does anyone use bullet journaling?

I am the type that I HAVE to write things down or I forget, even seconds later. I had been trying to keep a paper planner because the physical act of writing helps me remember, but I couldn't get the planner to conform to what I wanted and needed.

I just started a bullet journal this month, and things are SO much better! The fibro fog is still there and just as bad, but because of the bullet journal, I have one place and easy access to all the information I need on a given day, including personal information, symptom tracking, bills, and anything else you can think of! It's wonderful!
 

Ruralchick

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I've been trying to be more organized as I have notes on pieces of paper in the 2 areas I read or watch tv. Like you, writing things down helps me remember things, but not for long. I can't seem to remember much at all. I need a notebook or something like it to keep like notes together so I don't have to shuffle through piles of little pieces of paper! I like paper rather than the computer. I often wonder if my poor children will have to toss out most of what I have spent my time on! GET IT TOGETHER is my mantra. Sigh.
 

VegAthLes

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You should check out bullet journaling. Very simple, streamlined, all in one notebook, and very effective (at least for me!). If you go to the bullet journal website, there's a video about the simplicity of the original process developed by Ryder Carroll. It has been effective for me because it was what I was already trying to do in my planner. It doesn't work for everyone, but you said you like pen and paper, so it could be good for you.
 

DK_engineer

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I use a very similar system, though I use fewer kinds of bullets. I kind of made it up back when I was in grad school a million years ago (ahem). Over the years I've used it off and on. Now that I have fibromyalgia I find I really need it at work, even to remember things that came a short while ago. It really does help me stay on track.

The other thing I do is always thank people for reminding me about tasks.
 

VegAthLes

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The other thing I do is always thank people for reminding me about tasks.

I always try to do that, too. Before I was diagnosed, I would get frustrated because my wife would have to constantly remind me of stuff. Not that she didn't think I would do it, but because she knew that if I didn't have it written down, I'd forget. I didn't always take it that way. My new system works better, and since I'm able to stay on track better, I can take her reminders in the love in which they're intended.
 
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