So after a stumble at the start of November in using my Bullet Journal to get things done I am doing better with it this week so I wanted to give you a little update on how things are going with it.
I have added two things to the month: a “Waiting On” list and a daily focus of three things I want to get done by the end of the day. The first I discovered from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. The idea is that you have a list of things you are waiting on before you can take the next appropriate action on them. For example, mail I need to receive first before I can act upon it, or when you’re waiting on a phone call from someone. This allows me to know when something hasn’t happened yet and I need to prod the person. If anything it makes me want to be sure I never have to be prodded to get something done.
The three things idea comes from The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey. When you start your day by figuring out what you need to get done, you select three things that you want to be able to say that you did by the end of the day. These can be discrete tasks or higher level concepts such as a project that you want to work on today. I usually manage all three, but sometimes I don’t and rather than let that annoy me, I just move it forward to the next day. I can then track how many days it took me to do this “important” item and resolve to get better at it.
Finally, you’ll notice I have done some stamping in the notebook. This was mostly to make me feel like I’m using said stamps and second it personalizes the notebook. I know it’s my notebook just by a casual flip through the pages. I used Memento ink by Tsukineko for all the images and in each case there’s a little soak through to the next page. You can see it, but it hasn’t soaked through so much that it renders the other side unusable. However, what I plan on doing in future is perhaps not stamping on a page that I’m not done with yet. or not stamping on a part of the page where I’m still planning on using the other side. After that, all bets are off.
I hope that this has helped you in some way. We’ll visit my notebook again in a few weeks.