Tired of hearing that OneNote and Outlook are the only two tools needed to be organized? You’ve tried going digital and it just isn’t for you? I’m with you. I am not one of those people. For as long as I can remember, I have always written notes. I keep handwritten notes for to-do’s, grocery lists, meeting minutes, you name it. This is why keeping a notebook works so well for me.
For my tasks, I follow “true” Bullet Journal methodology. This system, invented by Ryder Carroll, focuses on having a new task list for each day. You can read more about the Bullet Journal on Ryder’s website. I highly recommend watching the video. As you accomplish tasks, you cross them off. If you are unable to complete a task, you must migrate it to the next day. (I have seen variations of this system that involve one running list for a whole week. This weekly method is what I follow for my personal organization system, since my tasks are less time-sensitive.) For work, I create a new list each day. When a task comes up, I add it to the list. By keeping one daily list, it reminds me to do things as soon as possible. This greatly helps reduce procrastination since I am constantly focused on completing the tasks on the list. As soon as I finish a task, I go to mark it off and see what’s next.
At the end of the day or beginning of the following day, I take all remaining, uncompleted tasks, and add them to a new list for the day ahead. When my task list looks overwhelming and someone stops by and ultimately produces another action item, I am able to see realistically when I can get to their request. In a later post, I will write about how I handle deadlines and forward planning. Does following this method work for you? Each person is different. If this system doesn’t work for you, why not? What do you think you are missing?