Here we are, a month into 2019 already. How are your goals for this year coming along? Often we start off a new year with great intentions and goals but within a few weeks we’re back to our old comfortable habits. When I saw the month flip into February a few days ago it was a bit of a wakeup call. The procrastination monster had me in its grip all of January but it’s time to plan an escape. Change is vital to productivity and growth—personal, professional, or otherwise.
For the next few weeks, here on the the iwantmyname.com blog, we’ll be talking about productivity, organization, and working toward our 2019 goals. For me, this means changing my old routines and habits and starting new ones, including starting a Bullet Journal, which is something I’ve resisted for years. If you are unfamiliar with the Bullet Journal concept, it is, an analog way to plan, take notes, and keep on top of your goals with a pen and a paper journal. I’ve resisted this because for 20+ years I’ve relied 100% on my tech devices for everything. Just holding a pen and writing for a sentence or two makes my hand cramp.
So, why go to pen and paper when it physically causes me discomfort? Science! Turns out there are studies that prove that the act of physically writing, even if it’s in point form notes, helps your trigger brain’s memory, creativity, and analytical functions in ways that typing it into a laptop or mobile device does not. I’ll be using a Bullet Journal for the next 90 days as an experiment (my hand just cramped at the thought of it) in an attempt to improve my productivity and creativity. I’ll be posting my results in early May.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in starting a Bullet Journal yourself, here are some resources to get you started.
- BulletJournal.com - the Bullet Journal is a little more complex than just writing things down with a pen. Lots of information about how the system works can be found here.
- Bullet Journal Youtube Channel - a series of short videos to help get you started with Bullet Journaling
- How lawyer Jennifer Chan uses the Bullet Journal system
- Lilah Raptopoulos on the cult, tech-free productivity system via The Financial Times
And, because I’m a digital/app lover at heart, next post we’ll talk about digital apps to help you improve your productivity and reach your goals.
Do you have experience with Bullet Journaling you’d like to share? A productivity topic or app you’d like us to write about? Joining me on my 90 day Bullet Journal experiment? Let us know and we’ll do our best to include it during our productivity focus over the next few weeks.