One question that I see pop up over and over again in the Bullet Journal community is how to handle task migration. I thought I would dive into this topic a bit today and show you how I handle migration in my Bullet Journal.
** As with everything else in the Bullet Journal system, it’s important to remember that just because I do it this way, it does not mean that it is the only way to handle migration. It’s important to take this advice and that of others, and then decide what works best for YOU in YOUR system :)
I decided to make a quick “Mini-Tip Monday” video showing you my process for migration, but I also wanted to share some close-ups here on the blog to give you a better idea of how it works.
BULLET JOURNAL TASK MIGRATION
When it comes to migrating tasks, I found that the traditional method of migrating unfinished tasks daily just wasn’t working for me. While I love that the migration process forces reflection, I found that copying tasks each and every day was a bit overkill.
My new method is just as effective in forcing reflection, as I migrate unfinished tasks every few days, but I don’t have to copy them over and over again on a daily basis.
Once it’s time to flip to a new spread, then it’s time to migrate all of my open tasks and to-do’s forward.
This is where the reflection bit comes in.
If a task has become irrelevant, I will cross it out. If I decide to put it off until a future date, I’ll mark it with a left arrow. And if I want to keep it on my current list, then it gets a right arrow and it gets moved to the next spread.
It’s pretty common for me to just leave that list as is when it’s already that long, just because I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many to-do’s.
Of course, if there’s pressing tasks that need to be attended to right away, they’ll get added in after my migrated tasks.
This entire process repeats itself on every new spread. I continue to treat every single open bullet as one large to-do list until it’s time to repeat the migration process.
Any tasks that I was not able to get to this week get migrated forward to my new weekly spread.
This also serves as a mini weekly review of sorts. I can look back at my weekly spread and review my progress and then plan accordingly for the week ahead.
I like having all of my migrated tasks at the top of my weekly lists. It helps me to prioritize by knowing what items have been on my to-do list the longest.
This same migration system applies when it’s time to roll over into a new month. I’m constantly moving unfinished tasks forward so that they stay on top of mind.
Questions? Fire away in the comments below :)
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