Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Bullet Journal: A New Notebook for Productivity

In a seemingly never-ending quest to find more ways to be productive, I stumbled upon the Bullet Journal as a way to organize your life and keep track of all kinds of minutiae as they arise. Rather than attempt to explain the system, it's easiest if you watch the intro video from the creator of the journal:

It's probably most helpful to watch it a few times to get a feel for what is going on and how to do a Bullet Journal (I know it took me about 3 watchings before I really got the hang of it). And once you've seen that video as a foundation for the system, you can find all kinds of websites with videos and hacks that you can use to adapt the journal to your personal style.

When I view the other videos, I'm immediately struck at how much more artistic, creative and beautiful the journals are by others. Mine so far has been pretty basic and boring (Note: Mine is full of privileged information and other non-public info, so there's no real way for me to share meaningful photos of it here).

It seems a rite of passage that whoever blogs about the bullet journal has to describe their tools and hardware, so for me:

I apologize for my lack of creativity, but then again, I'm new at this and maybe a year from now my set up will be completely different...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Here Comes 2017... Wait, Where Did 2016 Go?

The final mad dash to the end of the year is upon us, with one set of holidays remaining and the year 2017 staring us down a mere 34 days from now. Once Thanksgiving has come and gone, most of my clients gear up for this final dash in two ways: (1) wind down the year 2016 and (2) prepare for the year 2017.

As you are preparing to wind down for the year, take some time and look back and see how far we’ve come and all that you’ve accomplished in the past 11 months. It seems like just yesterday that the calendar was turning to 2016 and a whole year lay before you. How did you spend that time? Did you get married? Did you have a child? Did you start a business? Did you reconnect with an old friend?

Coming off of the Thanksgiving holiday also helps us look back and see what we are thankful for over the past 11 months. Have you spent more time volunteering? Maybe you helped out the community in some other way? There can be many ways that you impacted the world in 2016.

Before spending too much time looking back, now is also the time to look forward to 2017. Do you have plans to open up a business? Get married? Are you having a child? Are you planning a big vacation? Having a big birthday? All of these, and many more, possibilities lie in front of you in 2017 and the best way to get the year off on the right foot is to start that planning now. Even if it’s something as far off as next Thanksgiving, it’s never too early to start your planning. 2017 will be here before you know it!