Bullet journaling is everywhere. I’ve added an 8.5 X 11 dot grid notebook to my shop for its devout followers. Check it out here!
In late December, one of my favorite bloggers mentioned she was thinking of starting something called a “bullet journal.” As someone who used to be a pretty prolific journaler but who has since gotten out of the habit, I was super intrigued. I followed her link to learn more about the concept, and my immediate reaction was, “Wait…what???”
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As a productivity professional, clients and audiences often ask if I can recommend a great To-Do app. I’ve looked. I’ve tested. I’ve spent more than one night at the App store far past a sane bedtime hour, evaluating what comes up under “productivity” and downloading dozens of top rated to-do apps.
With the year’s end comes the ritual of many households and offices: getting new appointment books, planners or calendars to hang on walls or put on desks. In an age of smartphones and the internet, you might think the days of paper calendars are numbered, but data suggest otherwise.
So it’s about to be 2017. Time to break up with the eggnog and look towards a better future. Of course the future is always better. (Said sarcastically). As a person always in pursuit of better, I don’t mean to mock the new year. I do believe it is a time to set new intentions and try to be a little bit better than last year. I just don’t believe in resolutions/ goals that require you to be a completely different person that you actually are. You will not get up and start running at 5am before work if you are struggling with getting to work on time. You will not start eating 500 calories per day if you’ve been accustomed to 3000. You will not start living like a minimalist if you are a hoarder. You get where I’m going with this. Think smaller. I know my phrase should be “Go Big or Go Home!” but most people just end up going home disappointed in themselves for not being that person they aspire to be. One more cliche here. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Think incrementally.
With any change, be realistic. Think about why you want this goal. Make sure that your why is strong. If will see you through in the dark times of wine and Haagan Daaz. Also, think about the why not? What has stopped me from attaining these goals before? A new year is a good time to reflect on what went right and on what’s not working. Maybe spending five nights a week on a soccer field is not where you want to be. Think about all the extra curricular things you do. Are they worth it? Are they contributing anything to my family or do I do them out of a sense of obligation? I know scrolling through Pinterest does not enhance my life. I still do it, but before I start, I always remind myself that this is for entertainment only and this is not furthering who I want to be. That will keep me from Pinteresitng my way through 6 hours and wearing dirty clothes to work. Be intentional. Not every moment in your day needs to be in pursuit of better but be aware when it is not. That screen time rabbit hole is deep.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. I resolve to be more consistent on my writing. I’ll be coming out with some new strategies for conquering common pitfalls in goals for 2017. You can be better than before.
For the bullet journal enthusiast looking for a notebook that is spiral bound to lay flat. Yes, the Leuchtturm1917 Notebook is awesome but costly and doesn't lay flat. This bullet journal is full size, 8.5 X 11 to accommodate any standard papers you need to slip in. It comes with dotted paper.
Unless you have already been busy bullet journaling, you probably know it’s the latest craze to hit social media. If you’re like me, you may have thought (by reading countless headlines and hashtags) that this was some mystical, magical, life-transforming methodology that had the power to shift reality.