The Bullet Journal. Productivity tool? Life’s Meaningfulness search? Sanity savior?
“Being busy doesn't necessarily mean we're being productive”
Does this happen to you too? Yet another crazy-busy day: it starts with the toothbrush in the mouth as I am stumbling on a race from one room to another enticing, urging, ushering, shoving the kids downstairs for their breakfast; hair - just hide it under the hat or clip it, definitely not in the stars for today! Breakfast? On the go! Lunch will probably suffer the same fate if ever happens… Kids forgot what are they are supposed to be doing with that spoon (again?!); school bus tires are screeching outside… made it? Not?..
“For most of us, “being busy” is code for being functionally overwhelmed.”
The first time I heard about the Bullet Journal, I was as doubtful as it gets! What?! Another task to add to my list? Fancy way to waste time listing out all the things I don’t ever have time to complete? Another something to worry about losing and forgetting?
“The Bullet Journal is designed to be your "source of truth.”
The system is uniquely simple and customizable. All you need is a notebook and a pencil. I didn’t even bother getting a special bulleted one, just grabbed the one at hand (though I did lavish myself with one for the new year - the bullet printed pages are the epitome of efficiency when it comes to helping you organize information on a page; the pages are thick and prevent bleeding ink through; the format of the official bullet journals is very helpful to keep it simple, consistent and efficient). I don’t indulge into cute little doodles or multicolored lettering projects. It is purely a productivity tool for me, and hell of a good one!
“It's part organization, part soul-searching, part dream-weaving.”
“If the journey is the destination, then we must learn how to become better travelers.”
“Often all it takes to live intentionally is to pause before you proceed.”
Thoughts and observations go into Daily Log as well. I haven’t had it even for one month yet, but one story inside Ryder Carol’s book made quite an impression on me. It was about a man who was really surprised by the breakup of his new relationship, as he believed, out of the blue. Wrecking through his memories, he could not fathom what went wrong. The budding relationship appeared so promising to him! Flipping through the Daily Logs, he noticed that the girl never showed signs of reciprocating his warm feelings; he could not find any acts of kindness on her part; and he eventually realized that his emotional reaction to the building relationships, apparently, was totally one sided - the bond he believed was slowly connecting them together - in fact was purely imaginary. You could say: “I could bet it was the case even without a single look at his Bujo-shmoojo!..” Yes, I bet YOU could. But HIS emotions shielded that simple truth. It is so hard to convince our own mind when our heart wants to believe otherwise! Been there, done in self-deception game all of us so good at… It is scientifically proven that our memory plays tricks on us. No friend could be helpful here. Except... BuJo: seeing emotionless and accurate account of events, could provide just the right gentle nudge that we need to move onto the right direction. What I found especially helpful - was the practical application section at the second part of the book. Actually, I found these articles more philosophical about life, happiness, perfection - than action specific. And I was really suprised how much I appreciated that philosophy - I’ve been quoting it, relating, even reading entire passages to those who I thought could benefit!
“True efficiency is not about speed; it's about spending more time with what truly matters.”
I finally got that cool bulleted-paged version notebook and, in honor of a New Year, “migrating” my old records into the new journal, weeding out the nonessential and packing it only with those things that bring meaning, gratitude to my life and completion of my goals :)) I am surprised, how silly old-fashioned scribbling really does help me feel calmer and more in control. It does help me stay on top of things that I need to complete. It does help me to find the time for the things are truly important instead of falling prey of priorities that add little to my life or of those I love and care for. Whether bedbound with pneumonia, as I was so recently, or on a holiday madness rush - it happened to be one thing that not only honestly helped me get through the day, but also to structure it in a meaningful, intentional way to get towards my goals, dreams, and… happiness!!
Bullet Journaling - “Mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system”
Please share what you use for organization and sanity!
“How do we best harness our curiosity while reducing the risk of failure? We set goals. When set with intention, goals can provide structure, direction, focus, and purpose.”
Keywords: book, book review, bullet journal, busy mom, busy mom cheat-sheet, calming, creativity, family, intention, journal, journaling, live with intention, manage, meaningfulness, method, photography, preserve the moment, productivity, review, sanity, tool
No comments posted.
Recent PostsThe most unusual name for a puppy Best Mother's Day Ever - the lesson from my very own kids! Family - how to preserving what you value the most at the time of crisis Best Home-Workout Videos Fascinating career story and what role a new headshot can play! Family Legacy: after our special family members are long gone... The Bullet Journal. Productivity tool? Life’s Meaningfulness search? Sanity savior? Busy Mom Cheat-Sheet: what can we learn from a toddler & prepping for the holidays! Busy Mom's Cheatsheet! - Drums, Wonders, Snowshows and miraculous mugs. Life in One Word