It’s number 5 in the Journaling Journeys series! This series is all about meeting real people using planners and journals to make things happen in their lives. Every month I have a different contributor who tells us all about how they use their journal, how it’s changed their life and they give you some pieces of wisdom to do the same! This month I have DJ who uses a Bullet Journal to help her develop her career in finance.
Just because you have a super serious job doesn’t mean you can’t have a lovely planner! DJ and I have connected a lot recently over our employment woes on Instagram but both of us have found that using a Bullet Journal to help us stay on track with career development has been a huge help.
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Hello there! I am Dipashree Joshi, DJ in short (I have a complicated name!). Originally I’m from India but I’ve recently moved to Luxembourg with my husband. I have more than 8 years of experience in the finance industry. At the moment I’m preparing to re-enrol for my CFA Level I exam. I was planning on sitting for it this year but exams have been postponed for 2020 due to the current unpredictable times. Hence, I intend to use this delay as an opportunity to better prepare and retake the Level I next year. You can follow me on Instagram here.
What kind of journal do you currently use?
I use the Bullet Journal system and the notebook I use is a MUJI A5 spiral bound dotted notebook. I have always used the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted A5 notebook but a friend had got me a couple of these MUJI notebooks as a gift and I wanted to try them out as a Bullet Journal! They’re actually a great alternative to the Leuchtturm but I may switch back to my old favourite once I run out of pages in these.
How did you begin your Journaling Journey?
I have always been encouraged to write as a child. My mother is an English teacher and she always encouraged me to keep a scrapbook to write and draw into. I remember my mom gifting me my first journal for scrapbooking when I was about five or six. But as it happens with so many of us, the habit of journaling gets lost as we grow older and get busy with higher education and busy careers.
I got back into the habit when one of my friends tagged me to a Bullet Journaling video in 2018 and I was so amazed by the whole system! That is when I decided to get back into journaling again. I researched and found tons of videos and photos of great Bullet Journalists on Google, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube for inspiration. Since then I have completely given into the Bullet Journaling system and I’ve used it a Bullet Journal a lot for my career.
What ares of your life has journaling had the biggest impact on?
I guess I have always been very organised as a person and a lover of lists. But journaling, more specifically Bullet Journaling has helped me to bring planning and creativity all into one journal! The beauty of the system is how customisable it is! On months when I have a lot on my plate, I just keep my journal spreads minimal with lots of space for planning. During slow months I let loose and make them as creative as possible!
But other than this, I think journaling has really helped me to get back into my studies for my career. It is not easy to just enrol for a course and start studying especially if you haven’t been studying for the past five or six years. And the exam that I’m preparing for, as many would know, needs extensive planning and organisation. One needs to map out which topic to spend how much time on, track progress each day and keep an eye on how much study material is left to cover. Journaling has really helped me to create and plan a customised study schedule based on my needs and time wh
Were you surprised by anything when you started Journaling?
When I got back into journaling again about 2 years back, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it again as much as I did as a child. I was also not sure that I would be able to stick to it. But to my surprise, I have been able to do both!
Another really uplifting aspect of journaling is to see how much this community has grown over the years. And with the huge presence and availability of social media to share work, I find it really refreshing to see the work of other artists, take inspiration from their spreads and creativity. I find my journaling process has changed from just rough writing to a more organised, functional and crisp system. For example, earlier I would have to do lists scattered all over my journal pages. Each time I would remember to do something, I would immediately jot it on the current page of my journal that I was using. Now I have a master to do list for each month with sub-sections so that I can finish things that are a high priority.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to start a journal?
The first and foremost thing that they should remember is that starting g a journal is not a task in itself. I find most people think writing in their journal is one of the to do’s they must complete each day. My advice would be to play around with a journal and find a system that suits them the best. I have a friend who keeps a journal to just write one line of gratitude each day. Anything more detailed than that makes her anxious. I myself need to have a very detailed bullet journal to track my studies and progress. Someone may need to start one to explore their creative side and just draw in theirs. So, it is a very personal journey and no two people need to do the same thing or follow the same process.
Anything else you want to say about your Journaling Journey?
I consider my journaling journey more like a learning process. I don’t think I can say the journey will end one day. Hopefully I’ll be able to stay inspired and continue to grow and learn along the way. And like they say, in the end it’s not about the destination but the journey.