January Bullet Journal Walkthrough

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This is my walkthrough to the setup of my 2017 bullet journal to help me stay focused and productive in 2017. My goal is to take all I have learned from doing this last year to streamlining the system to make it work for me.

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Bullet Journal: January 2016 Reflection and February Goals

As January comes to a close all I have to say is that this month was BUSY! Even crazier is that February will be even busier and it looks like things start off with a possible snowstorm.

And seeing this potential for rain and snow makes me feel like Bernie

Just because last month and this month will be busy, it does not mean we cannot be productive. Something I am going to keep in mind and use a framework for February is breaking up my time into larger chunks of work time. This past month I divided and conquered in smaller sections and felt more anxiety and less productive than ever before.

As Charles Franklin Thwing said in 1912 in his book  Letters from a Father to his Son Entering College

“To save time, take time in large pieces. Do not cut time up into bits…The mind is like a locomotive. It requires time for getting under headway. Under headway it makes its own steam. Progress gives force as force makes progress. Do not slow down as long as you run well and without undue waste. Take advantage of momentum. Prolonged thinking leads to profound thinking.”

I will be focusing on a new system in my Bullet Journal to block off chunks of time. I tried many methods(see the video below) but all the methods took to long to draw, create, and then process. When the effort of documenting equals that of the activity it simply is not worth it and I burn out quickly.

What I found powerful is documenting a few specific habits that I want to get a gauge on. It is hard to argue the facts when they are in your face. Even crazier is how we can manipulate our thoughts to think we are making improvements. I have some habits to reduce next month to reach my levels of fitness and health and daily documentation hit me hard in the face.

For the month of February I will be keeping

  • my monthly workout and weight chart
  • My life energy source and drain source charts to develop a stronger baseline
  • Daily logs with weekends being clumped together
  • document one little life moment each day

For the month of February I will be trying out

  • methods to block chunks of time to work
  • methods to make sure I prepare each day instead of winging it throughout the day
  • A monthly goal of learning and figuring out how to log learning
  • better handwriting and graphics

One month in and I can see value in bullet journaling. Each person has their own system. The goal is to keep what works, drop what does not work, and try new systems to keep yourself learning and engaged.

 

In the end I am improvising another month of Bullet Journal to find out what works best to help me meet my goals and live a great life. If you have any tips or suggestions please leave a comment with the ideas so I can test them out.

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.

– George Gershwin

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ICYMI

Bullet Journal Episode 1: Preparing for 2016 and Migrating 2015 Notebook…https://youtu.be/efYiPTHGTR8

Bullet Journal Episode 2: The First 10 Days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZFfVYLR3kM

 

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Bullet Journal Journey Episode 2: The first 10 Days

I have used notebooks for years. I have a rather small obsession with notebooks where I have a massive stash of all types of notebooks for when the mood strikes and I must have a certain size, feel, color, paper texture, etc. Last year I blazed through quite a few Moleskine notebooks capturing all my random thoughts, notes, lists, links, and more. The problem with my system is that I am not able to track down where things were located.

This year I am dabbling in the Bullet Journal system. In my blog post where I recapped 2015 and made plans for 2016 I shared the following:

Last year I also tried to keep a logbook where I documented things each day. It started off good, but it fizzled out because it was simply too much with my weekly planner notebook and other notebooks where I scribbled down ideas. Now, looking back at things the notebook was super powerful and I wish I did not give up on it because so many little life events were captured that would have been lost forever.

This year I am not buying the 12 month variant color system(but I LOVE them and the look and wish they worked for me). Instead I will be using a new modified system where I am building up my own Bullet Journal system. This is something I have wanted to do for years and this year I am making it happen. I have already started merging ideas from last year to make positive gains in 2016. Check out my video here on part 1 of my preparation(part 2 coming soon). Even more exciting is that my 9 year old daughter is making one and we had a great evening making and preparing our notebooks. This year will be epic!

SO?

How have things progressed? I am ten days into the year. I have many things organized, but still have a lot of experimenting to do. I am experimenting with the #planwithmechallenge because I feel like it gives me a bit of structure while still allowing the notebook to be my ideas and my thoughts as I figure out what exactly I want this notebook to become. For January, I try to either set up the next day before bed or first thing in the morning when I wake up. I am taking things one day at a time until I feel ready to plan more extensively. I like the free flow of taking in each day as they come.

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I am using my Bullet Journal that funded through Kickstarter, but when this fills I will use any notebook that fits your liking i.e. Moleskine or some a cheap one found at the store.

  1. Tracking weight. I am tracking my weight daily on my January spread. I see a lot of people capture water intake, but I have an app for this recording that works.

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  1. I have added 7 goals to the month of January to accomplish. It is a bit overachieving but I can always move to the next month if needed.

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  1. Each day I try to title it with a word that fits the mood, tone, or actions of the day.
  2. Each day capturing little tidbits of stories, books I am reading, video game status, etc. Something that I think I would like to know at the end of the year when I go back through things.
  3. I have thought hard about my big goals of 2016. I made a page, but it is still a work in progress. I left room to add more as the year goes on, but I have five big goals to start.

What needs work?

  1. Artistic talents and font styles. I need to spruce things up but this will come with time. Right now it is a bit drab.
  2. Continue to sample with new ideas to see what works and what does not. I am still in the process of taking my old system of just writing all types of things down to a more organized flow. I don’t know how to do that so I simply am using my old notebook on the side. I know, stupid, but it is how I roll until I figure things out.
  3. Spiraldex. I am intrigued by this suggestion given to me on G+

Here is a video of what I have done so far(if you did not watch how I migrated my 2015 system and notebooks I suggest you start here first). I gladly welcome any comments, ideas, or suggestions.

Here is my Google Photo Album of documenting my journey with my own notebook throughout the year.

I am learning so many amazing ideas from the #planwithmechallenge Facebook group. I love seeing how people organize and am creating a file of images for ideas to try next month.

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