The best part about a bullet journal is how you can make it into whatever tool you need it to be. Personally, I need my bullet journal to act as a roadmap to my life. I'm not talking about calendars, to-dos, and grocery lists, although my bullet journal is full of them. My roadmap needs to be a lot more big picture.
Happy New Year! If you're like most people, January 1st is a time to make changes in your life and become a better you. It's a new year with a fresh start and you are finally going to make your dreams come true! I used to really love New Years. It's the chance to move past the mistakes and failures of the year prior. I always enjoyed making New Years Resolutions. I saw it as a way to take a good hard look at the way my life was going. Decide what major changes were needed to put my life on the track I was heading. Tackle obstacles and make real progress.
Last week I put it out into the void that I was going to focus on my career and financial goals. Well, the void gave it back to me and I have been absolutely swamped with work. This is also the reason I have been lax on updates here. Luckily, my bullet journal makes it easy to stay on top of my projects. My notes get a little messy, but my flexible journal system makes it easy to turn the page and write a fresh grid.
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm spending all my spare energy this week to focus on my financial and career goals. I'm chugging along and making great progress, but I wanted to take some time to look at different bullet journal spreads for managing finances. I have a spread that I like right now, but I'm always on the lookout for something to make budgeting and paying debt a little more exciting. One of my favorite things about bullet journaling is the way you can take kind of boring things and make them feel super interactive and fun, just by drawing a couple of boxes and doodling in the corners. Trackers? Count me in.
I've written before that I am a big fan of making up rules for my bullet journal. After all, it's a system for productivity. If you take the time to develop it as a system, you ought to be more productive, right? I used to think that meant I had to follow a complex system of listing and managing tasks while constantly coming up with ideas for new tasks to complete. I'm really great at thinking up new tasks to do! I'm not so great at accomplishing them as quickly. My struggle was one of blank boxes. After a couple of weeks in my clogged system, I had a very long list of tasks that I was simply rewriting at the beginning of the day. The sheer weight of it overwhelmed me and I would only end up getting a couple of things done. My long list of boxes was still empty, I had new tasks to add for the next day, and I didn't even want to open my bullet journal after a while.
I don't remember ever NOT wanting to be a novelist. I always assumed I'd need a day job, too, but ever since I was a little kid I wanted to write books. I've lost track of the number of manuscripts I've started and discarded. Maybe about five serious attempts. I write 50-150 pages, set it… Continue reading My Plan to Finally Get This Novel Written