I am a terrible organizer. I’ve never been one to use a planner, make to-do lists, color-code my days, weeks, or months. I’ve tried various times in my life, but I can never keep it up more than a couple weeks. For the most part, I’ve been able to get away with it, but the older I get the more things slip from my mind, and the busier I get, so I’m giving it all a go again. The goal is to become better organized to dedicate time to what is truly important and to boost productivity.
To start I’ve begun using a bullet journal, a combination planner/journal characterized by quick notes instead of lengthy writing, and the use of sections/modules that you can add as needed. I’ve kept a journal on and off for the past two decades, and I like the idea, even if I rarely write on them regularly for more than a couple months at a time. Bullet journaling strips things down to the essentials, and that appeals to me since I can use it only for what’s important to remember and do. It’s definitely a work in progress, a learn-as-you-go endeavor, but that’s okay because the bullet journal supports that method. I’ve only been using it for a week, and already I can see some improvements in my routine and time usage. I’m also able to look back and see where I could improve, and take those lessons forward.
By using the bullet journal, I also want to be diligent about carving out time for what makes me happy, writing. I find that I can sneak in a blog post here and there on most days, especially if I have a clear idea of what I want to write about, but when it comes to fiction, editing, complex essays, and game design, that kind of writing takes dedicated time and space. By using the bullet journal to plan ahead, I want to start setting goals and/or blocking time for my writing projects.
The last part of getting organized is reviewing what I currently have on my plate and making hard decisions about what stays, what gets backburnered, and what goes for the foreseeable future. I’ll talk about that on a separate post once I’ve gone through the process, which I’m sure is going to be hard because I hate to eat crow, as much as I recognize the value of self-correcting when it’s time to do so.