How do I make sure I don’t miss stuff?
Last post I told you about my best week ever, how I’ve cracked the code to feel more in control and get stuff done. Click here to read last weeks post about this simple scheduling tool.
This week I want to tell you about the second thing I do to keep things under control and make sure I don’t miss stuff.
It’s something I came across a few years ago and have been using ever since. It’s called a Bullet Journal, developed by Ryder Carroll (www.bulletjournal.com).
What is a Bullet Journal?
The bullet journal is a to do list. But it’s not just any to do list, it’s a way of organising your tasks and ideas, notes and events, so that nothing gets missed and you can easily find stuff. It’s a framework you can use, along with thousands of other people, to keep yourself organised.
And it’s nothing short of amazing!
You start with a notebook and number the pages. Leave a few spare pages at the front for your index, and get started with setting up your first month. Each month you’ll have a one page ‘ at a glance’ log on the left and your task list on the right. The log is just a list of the dates / day and you slot in any events that are happening. Keep it short, it’s just for reference. The task list is things you want to get done this month and includes anything carried forward from last month. This is an ‘at a glance’ page as well.
Day to Day
Then comes your daily log. You put the date at the top and write down things as they come to mind. There’s a key, certain symbols for different types of things. As you complete things you cross them off and at the end of the month you review what’s left and assess if it still needs to be done and if so, carry it forward. If not then cross it out. Simple! It takes a bit of work to review it every month and that’s deliberate. It makes you stop and think about the things on your list. Do they really need to be there?
What about projects? Things you’re researching, or events you’re organising? Maybe a new system you’re implementing which you want to brainstorm about. These all go into the bullet journal too. You just start it on the next page and – here’s the important bit – put it into the index at the front (the heading and the page number). So you might have your initial brainstorming on page 22 and then a few weeks later do some research on page 35 and then a shopping list on page 39. Make a note of the page numbers in the index and voila, you can find what you need later on when you need it.
To sum it all up
The Bullet Journal takes a bit of getting used to but it’s well worth the effort. The idea is that you stick to the basic concept, but you tailor it to suit you. Writing stuff down gets it out of your head so you’re not worrying about it. And having a system helps you keep things under control.
Check out the website – bulletjournal.com – and there’s a Facebook page too.
So that’s it, step two of my process to keep things under control.
Let me know if it helps you!
Don’t forget you can download your ‘Best Week Ever’ template here.