It’s that time of year! Most people are excited about fall for the festive decor, pumpkin everything, and cooler weather. I’m excited for “planner season”. We’ve passed the school supply rush that happens at the end of the summer. We are now entering the time of new yearly planners. While I personally have found an organization system that does not rely on a planner, I figured I would begin to share my knowledge of planners to help those of you still deciding what tool to use. I’ll start with the Moleskine planner. I have used two different planners by this brand, the Moleskine weekly planner and the Moleskine daily planner, over the years. Many people are familiar with Moleskine and these are widely available.
I recently received a comment from a user who asked how to overcome the anxiety of getting started. This is a great question! This kind of anxiety is common within the Bullet Journal community. There is no right way to get started, you just have to try some different things and see what works for you.
I started a notebook or Bullet Journal as a way to keep track of my personal to-do’s. I had struggled with finding a planner that worked for me and stumbled upon Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal® website and intro video. If you are thinking about your work/personal organizational system and just want some ideas, head over to The Bullet Journal Website and watch the video. Once you are ready to give it a try, remember that it is completely okay to try things and have them not work.
Recognizing and understanding how long your daily, routine tasks take to complete is crucial to having a successful work organization system.
Think about the tasks that you do all the time. Checking your email. Calling a supplier. Calling a customer. Filling an order. Grading homework. Patient charts. Each of our jobs have different “routine” tasks. I made huge strides in work organization when I became very realistic about how long it takes for me to do these routine tasks.
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.
The hardest part is getting started. Whether its rolling out of bed to begin your day or touching pen to paper to write a paper. I’d be lying if I said publishing this first post wasn’t a bit of a struggle. I spent so long trying to decide what the first post should be. Do I do an introductory, fluffy post? Do I jump right in and start posting details of my work notebook? Even with all this difficulty, I knew that I should just started.
If you are struggling with starting a bullet journal or devising the perfect organization system, it’s okay. Just pick something and start. The beauty of the Bullet Journal system or making your own notebook