I have yet to find the perfect way to manage all the stuff that floats around in my head. Agendas, planners, calendars, notebooks, diaries, journals … paper, digital … you name it, I have tried it to no avail.
The concept of a Bullet Journal appeals to me, but holy crumpets it seems to be quite the undertaking! Google ‘bullet journal’ and you will find a plethora of setups and spreads. I need something to simplify my life, not create more work.
I decided to give it another go and ordered two notebooks from my Treetop Love Series.
I got two, because I realize I have two different types of information I capture. One is my thoughts.
And the other my actions.
I have LOTS of thoughts, so filling the pages of this book is not going to be an issue. Lists, books I want to read, quotes I like, research I am doing, it’s all going in here.
But tracking To Dos? If it is multi-dimensional tracking it makes sense, like this posting schedule:
But beyond this I am drawing a blank. For example, how do I track actions that will help me attain my goals?
I was trying to model Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project tracking. She was motivated by seeing all her little boxes filled in. I even got my notebook filled with graph paper to make this easy-peasy. However, in trying to set up my journal, I realized that filled in boxes don’t motivate me. At all!
Let’s take the health goal of drinking 8 glasses of water per day. Filling in 8 little boxes per day ain’t gonna do it for me. Gretchen would be like “Yay! 8 little boxes filled in. I rock! I’m going to fill in some more!” I want to be like Gretchen, but I know those filled boxes would in no way influence me drinking more water.
The search for goal tracking and attainment is back on.