In the week and a half since the year started I’ve been binge-watching YouTube videos about organizing your life through cleaning your desk, overcoming distractions, and keeping up with everything you want to do in the form of bullet journals. “Bullet journaling” is the act of logging tasks and events in short increments, the purpose of which is to pressure you into getting things done. The key to success is to rapidly log your notes because having overly detailed entries takes up much more time, which results in you eventually abandoning your journal.
I didn’t think I’d jump into the world of bullet journalizing as quickly as I did, but in a week it’s really helped me out to get what I need done by dividing my tasks into different subsections:
- Blue = Writing: This keeps me accountable for tasks realated to my manuscript, which is now about halfway through its second draft. My goal is to get at least one chapter done per week.
- Green = Blogging: I like to keep scattered ideas for blog posts on the Evernote app on my phone.
- Yellow = Entertainment: I’ve realized I spend too much time watching short YouTube videos and I want to transition into watching longer, more professional content. This section is for the things I want to tackle for the week.
- Orange = Personal: These are general tasks, related to my personal life and things I need to buy.
- Pink = Professional: Until I land a steady job, this will be the least used section in my journal. For now, it’s focused on the projects I have to get done for my internship.
Last week I made it a priority to clean my room and clear out the clutter in my room. And I mean really clean it. I got rid of a gigantic stack of paper in a drawer. It was all notes from past classes that I know I’ll never look at again, so I emptied the drawer in favour of filling it with cables and smaller devices that have lower priority. It also got me to consume more media at a faster rate. If you know me, then you know how long it takes me to get around to actually watching something after you pester me to watch it (Still haven’t seen Stranger Things, haw-haw).
Also, while it has nothing to do with actual organization and task management, a bullet journal that I can’t recall the name of used the concept of recording good things that happen to me – literally anything. I added this because it’ll be fun to look back on at the end of the year.
My objective for this bullet journal is for it to be a time capsule on 2017, like a scrapbook of sorts. Here’s hoping it’s a good one.