Bullet Journaling Made Me More Productive
If you’re anything like me, you take notes on any blank piece of paper/napkin/receipt that’s readily available so you can find it at some future date and act upon the important information contained thereon. Only problem is, that piece of paper either winds up scattered on your desk with the dozens of other papers that contain information you need to remember, or it gets lost and discarded because you didn’t turn that envelope over to see the important note scribbled there before you put it in the garbage.
We live in an age of electronics. Many of us have smart phones, iPads, laptops – a myriad of gadgets to help us keep track of appointments, information, people we want to contact, dates we need to remember, notes we want to reference at a later time. With the push of a button, it’s all there at your fingertips. Only trouble for me is, I either forget to push the button, don’t remember which button it is I need to push, or I’m too busy to remember that there’s a button that needs pushing.
For years I’ve looked for the perfect system – one I’d remember to look at, one that was easy to use, a single system that works for everything, something that would help me keep my desk clean – you know, a miracle.
Enter BULLET JOURNALING. The first time I saw this video, I was surprised with how so many people could be singing the praises of a Bullet Journal when my first thought was how complicated it looked, but it’s far from it. I watched the video from beginning to end (it’s really short), read all of the bullet points, and some long-forgotten nerve deep inside me started to flutter with excitement that this might just work. In an age of electronics, I still love the thought of pen and paper. Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal system, explains it this way: It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.
Without being overly dramatic, my bullet journal has rocked my world. I’ve accomplished more in the last two months since I started using the system than I have in the last two years. My productivity has soared, my business has grown, and I’m much more on top of things because I don’t forget anything. To say nothing of the fact that my desk stays clean.
So check out the video and let me know what you think. I’ve made a few adaptations to make it work best for me, but I don’t go anywhere without it, and it’s SO SIMPLE! And be sure to check out their website at BulletJournal.com to see the details of the system.