52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 10Ordering my Life

I – like many people – have a busy life. I work a full-time job while I’m working to build a consulting business from the ground up, and I try to be a good husband and father at the same time. Oh, and did I mention that we get possession of a new house in 2 weeks?

I have struggled for years, in jobs that are far less demanding of my time and attention, to keep my life organized. When I found that my time was slipping away and that I wasn’t being as productive as I could (and should) be, I decided that I needed something to organize my life better. I tried one of those expensive day planners, but I just couldn’t get into using it. It didn’t seem to fit my needs. I tried using electronic calendars, but trying to get my work calendar to sync up with my personal calendar was a nightmare.

I have tried keeping journals at various points in my life, but it was increasingly hard trying to keep one journal for work, a second for consulting, and then trying to find a way to keep my family life in order. I liked the process of journalling, but I struggled to find the time to get it done.

So, when I first heard about Bullet Journalling, I dismissed it as something that wouldn’t work for me. Until I ran out of options (and had spent a couple hundred dollars on various solutions). So, when I was walking through my local Chapters the other day, and saw Ryder Carroll’s book “The Bullet Journal Method“, I figured I had to give it a shot.

As I read through the book (in a day and-a-half), I discovered a solution to a problem that I hadn’t been able to articulate. Here was a system in which I could not only keep a daily journal, but also flag tasks to be done, plan for the future, create lists, keep track of thoughts and quotes, and do just about anything else that I used to spread out over multiple notebooks and calendars. I should mention that I still maintain a separate logbook for work, but that has to do with the nature of my employment and not with my needs.

Look, I’m only a day into it, but so far I’m enjoying it more than any other method I’ve used so far. Is it going to change my life? Who knows! If this doesn’t work, I’ll move along to the next idea. So far though, this seems to be a pretty good option that makes a lot of intuitive sense to me. I’m still learning, and figuring out how best to use it, but I’ll keep you updated as I go along!

If you’re interested in getting started with the Bullet Journal method, you can click the photo in the middle of the article which will take you to the Amazon page for the book. If you’re looking for journals to use, here’s a few:
Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted Medium Black – This is the cream of the crop. Leuchtteurm has partnered with Ryder Carroll to produce this notebook that is specifically designed around the Bullet Journal Method. This is the book I’m using as I need all the help I can get!
Amazon Essentials Large Dot Matrix Black Notebook – This is a cheaper version by Amazon that doesn’t include all of the fancy bells and whistles of the Leuchtturm notebook, but will still work well for most people.

Oh, and I’m publishing some of my best work over on Medium.com. You can check out my first longer-form story here!

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