According to the Bullet Journal website, “Migration is a cornerstone of Bullet Journaling.” Here is how it’s done:
At the beginning of each month, go through all the pages from your previous month and find any undone tasks. Think about why each task was not done.
After you have found an undone task, you have a decision to make: is this task worth re-writing to a new task list and finishing? Or can you let it slip into the Abyss of Forgotten Tasks? How do you decide?
This is where you find out what’s really important to you and what’s not. You might decide the task wasn’t important after all and you can let it go. If that’s the case, draw a line through it and forget about it.
If you decide you still want to do the task, indicate it’s been migrated (moved to a new task list) by using a specific symbol or signifier, or you can indicate in some other way. I like to use a designated color highlighter for all my migrated tasks.
This makes it very easy to see if I’ve been procrastinating. As the months progress, I can easily see which months I procrastinated more and which ones I did better.
You might still want to do the task, but not this month. You can put it into your Future Log to do some other month, or into a Collection. Or you might decide the task should be done this month. In that case write it into the current month’s task list.
By doing this exercise, what you are actually doing is a Month Review where you notice what you accomplished and what you didn’t, what you procrastinated, and what fell off your radar. Maybe some tasks became irrelevant. Maybe your goals or focus changed. The monthly review/ migration allows you to revisit these items and adjust accordingly.
The act of re-writing forces you to evaluate each task and makes you decide if you actually want to do it or not. After you’ve re-written a task more than once, ask yourself why it hasn’t been done yet and what you should do about it.
By doing this every month, you’ll be able to increase your productivity by seeing what you’ve accomplished and what you haven’t. This will help you adjust your priorities and will help you be realistic about what you will be able to accomplish in the coming weeks.
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For more tips on bullet journaling, look for our Rhodia bullet journaling posts here on Rhodia Drive on the first three Fridays of each month!