We get it - a bullet journal is meant to be used in an analog format, but we needed a digital version that followed a similar set of principles. Over the years, I've purchased several journals, but the habit never stuck. I was busy, life got in the way, and I forgot to write.
I became tired of this, so I built a digital solution for busy people who want the benefits of structured reflection, planning, and prioritization but haven't been able to make the paper journaling habit stick.
The planner is your command center for winning the day. As the same suggests, the daily planner is a place to see meetings, tasks, routines, and goals in one place. You can see how it all works in the video below:
Friday integrates with tools you already use, like Google Calendar, Outlook, Todoist, Asana, and several other task management apps.
There's a few other things you should know about the planner:
We tried to incorporate principles from bullet journaling here. For example, you can rapid log your todos right from this view. If you don't end up getting to a task, you can "push" it to the next day. Additionally, you can assign a due date for a task in the future and you won't see it until that day arrives. Check out this article if want a larger selection of daily planner apps to see how Friday compares.
Friday builds off of the planner with customizable routines, which are habits of prioritization and reflection. You can create a variety of habits that will help you reflect, plan, and prioritize your life and work. Feel free to pick a template or create your own customized habit from scratch.
The most important thing you should know about routines is the following:
Above is an example of an emoji question you can ask yourself to gauge sentiment, but there are other question types available, or you can pick a free-form option and write.
The key here is that Friday handles all the heavy lifting, so you can focus on building a habit of reflection, planning, and gratitude.
As you create routines in Friday, you will be able to see a running log of entries on the homepage feed. I've included a screenshot of how this looks below:
It may be tough to see, but I've created a "morning plan" habit where I answer the following questions:
I enjoy looking back through past responses and seeing entries from the past. I'm sure you will too!
The next aspect of the Friday digital bullet journal is that we automatically compile stats on the fly. For example, if you have a yes/no question, we will automatically create a chart so you can track your progress over time.
This is important as it reinforces the habit and helps you establish streaks. Remember, the goal of any solution is to create healthy habits and improve productivity, otherwise, you will not capture the benefits of journaling.
We also built Friday for Teams. While we recommend keeping your personal bullet journal separate from your work journal, you can invite peers and establish healthy work habits. You can use Friday to do weekly status reports, daily standups, and 1-1 meetings. The list of possibilities is infinite.
To wrap up, Friday is not a complete carbon copy of the bullet journaling method, but we've adopted similar principles and brought it to a digital space. If you are worries that you won't be able to build a regular habit with a paper journal, you should try Friday (sign up for free) instead!
We love paper journaling too, but we wanted to tap into the benefits that only a digital journal can provide. Here's how that works below:
Friday is deeply integrated into everyday tools you use at work, like project management tools. A paper journal doesn't do this.
Instantly measure and track results over time. See completion rate, charts, and sentiment over time. Better than paper.
With Friday, you can customize every aspect of your digital bullet journal (questions, reminders, notifications, prompts, etc).
Friday can be used for your own personal benefit or you can use it with your team. Browse more routines.
You don't need a meeting to share information. Hold your daily standups asynchronouslyDaily Standup
Easily see what everyone is working on every week with a few quick questions to track progress.Weekly Status Report
Any regular communication habit you can dream up can be accomplished in Friday.See templates