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I tried at least 3 to-do apps but I still wasn't meeting goals. I was stressed. Successful, sure, but disorganized. I knew I could do better at life, I just didn't know how.
Then, my cousin Chuck (@chuckfeerick) came to visit. He took out this "bullet journal" thing and gave me an impromptu tutorial. I thumbed through the versatile life organizer. "Looks complicated, but I should really give it a shot."
I started a week later. Took some discipline to learn the format, but that was the small step backward I needed to launch forward. Months passed, and I learned the curves of my journal. Certain bits weren't helping me and other facets needed tweaking to fit my freelance lifestyle. Be on the lookout for a tour of my bullet journal and its particulars.
Ryder Carroll (@rydercarroll) is the designer of the bullet journal. He's also the reason I'm not homeless (I was that disorganized). Check out his work here.
Interesting! I’m all about organization and order, so this is really helpful for me :) but at the same time...seems like it would be a bit of setting up to do
@nicolejb it definitely takes some discipline at the start. They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit (sounds legit), and the bullet journal is most effective when used habitually. I'll make sure to tag you on my next post. It's a tour of my journal; it should offer some tips that can help you get started!
Hahaha yeah I’ve heard that too! I definitely don’t mind investing time in something that make me beat. And sounds good! I’m excited!
Could you tag me too, @nashtronaut? This is a very intriguing idea! I might start using it... I always have a lot of things to do flying around in my head, and to-do lists do seem to work well for me, but i like the idea of having a unified system. I also happen to be a graph paper addict and love writing things out by hand, so those aspects appeal to me as well. I wonder how flexible this is, though? Because I'm definitely a sub-lister, and a sub-sub-lister, and so on.. will you cover that a bit in your next card? Thanks for sharing this, dude :)
Will do @allischaaff! I think it's pretty flexible--it's a "feeling it out" thing. Your journal will evolve over time and I'll definitely cover how that process worked for me. For instance: I'm always on the move. I used to carry a second notebook for writing and sketching. Then I realized, why not flip over my bullet journal and start writing notes from the back? Now I only need one notebook. I also implemented a six-month preview to get myself planning further in advance.