One of the problems I’ve had in the past with setting goals is a ‘set and forget’ mentality. I’ve set goals because that’s what you ‘should’ do, and written them down because that’s meant to help you achieve success, but then let them get buried under piles of other papers and magazines and forgotten about, only to be discovered much later during a clean up!
The other problem I’ve had is having a different notebook for planning each aspect of my life e.g. gardening, business planning and projects, exercise or training, plus a paper diary for daily to-do’s and an electronic calendar for appointments. This has made it impossible to get all parts of my life running smoothly when my system for being organised is totally dis-organised!
When I was planning my wedding last year, I had to figure out a system to get organised and stay on track with having the wedding organised as the wedding date deadline couldn’t be changed! I had to get it all done – no excuses! This is when I discovered bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a combination of daily tasks and to-do lists without the limitation of only one page per day. It’s a way of tracking progress and migrating tasks that are left undone to another day or list. Because your pages are numbered, it’s easy to find the lists you’ve written for a particular project.
My initial journal was pretty rough, but it achieved it’s purpose – my business kept running, I stayed on track with my health and fitness, my garden got kind-of done, and my wedding worked out fantastically!
I’ve continued with this system, spending a bit more time working out how to use it more effectively and with fewer pages. When we went on our honeymoon – a tour of the South Island by motorcycle – I used the bullet journal system for planning our days and recording our journey with the highlights and memories. As a result we had a great time as each day ran pretty smoothly. We now have a record of everything that happened as well as the photos we took.
Coming back to ‘reality’ of business and life, I’ve only had to open my 2017 journal to read and review the goals and milestones I’ve set to get back on track and into work.
What I love about the bullet journal system is that it gently reminds and pushes you to do what you’ve put on your lists. I’m sure I’m not the only person in the world who has certain tasks they would rather avoid! If you don’t do a certain task, it gets migrated to the next day and so on until it gets either ditched or done. I find that writing things down physically and having my list in front of me all day motivates and encourages me to take action – even if I don’t feel like it! In fact, on the days I don’t feel like doing much at all, I still manage to do something towards my goals. Because I get a sense of satisfaction about ticking things off a list, I make myself do things because it makes me feel better about myself.
Bullet journaling can be used to plan and track whatever is most important to you – your business, your health and fitness, housework, or just helping you to create a healthy work life balance. Not only is it a useful tool, it can also be a work of art, adding colour, images, quotes and fancy fonts to make it a fun and attractive way of organising your life!
Because I think this is such a wonderful system, I’d love to share it with more people, so I’ve created a half-day workshop to get you started. For more information on dates, or to register click here.