So as you guys know I’ve recently begun utilizing the Bullet Journal, I’m roughly a month and a half in, and so far it is the best system I’ve ever seen. I use mine as a sort of master list for tracking all of the things I need to keep tabs on, from my personal development, to daily minutiae, all the way up to tracking the necessary metrics to ensure that I’m always moving forward on my bigger life ambitions. I still use various other methods, digital and otherwise, but the Bullet Journal is my master list. Something that I can flip through to see EVERYTHING at a glance, which is it’s real strength.
So What do I track with it?
Well first off, I have my year at a glance.
It’s nothing overly special or unique, and I usually forget it’s even there so its effectiveness is pretty limited for me.
One of the more useful trackers I use is my monthly overview
Which allows me to track all of the repeating daily tasks that I need to do in order to ensure that I am on track to achieving my goals. Things like reading the right books, listening to instructional or inspirational audios, communicating with my mentors, or ensuring that I am sharpening my people skills by conversing with new people daily. And it lets me see birthdays and holidays and stuff.
The weekly overview is another spread that I use quite often
Just a simple little 2 page spread where I can keep track of weekly things, or go more in depth about something that I have noted on the monthly tracker. A nice weekly breakdown of tasks and appointments, and a little section for things to carry forward, because sometimes things happen this week, but I need to address them later on.
And my personal favourite spread, which is a concept that I am still refining for analogue use, is the 6-Week Challenge.
This particular challenge had to be modified because some life stuff changed that made some of goals a default, rather than a stretch. Like the GYM goal. It was initially “go for a walk/run” then my work situation changed, and now I walk upwards of 13KM a day as part of my work, so I changed that to “go to gym” so that I can build consistency around that habit now that walking is a given.
So Why do I place such a high value on this system?
Because the bottom line is that Winners are Trackers. No one who has ever achieved Excellence in life, or their chosen field has EVER done so by accident. They had to be intentional about pursuing certain things with a fervour and intensity that would scare most people. Now sure, maybe Gretzky, or Michael Jordan were able to devote all of the free time during their formative years into mastering their sports, and once they hit the big leagues their primary job was to continually practice and improve, and they likely had some type of coaching all the way through. And those coaches likely had a plan, and end goal, and some form of tracking progress towards achieving it.
Unfortunately most of us aren’t professional athletes, don’t have elite coaches guiding us to our goals and pushing us to be the very best we can be, but we CAN learn something from them. Mainly; setting goals, figuring out a plan to achieve them, and tracking our progress. Which is how I use my Bullet Journal. Just like you I have a life to live; obligations to fulfill, chores to get done, a job to go to, and all sorts of minutiae to slog through all day. And on top of all that, my wife and I run our own small company, and we are in the process of growing it to a substantial enough level that we won’t have to stay at our full-time jobs forever. So just like you, I’m busy. I don’t have the luxury of being able to focus only on one or two key things. But with this system, I am able to keep track of all of it, so I can ensure that I’m always making progress.
What I’m Using
Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Dot Grid in Navy – http://amzn.to/2e3nRfX
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen XS – http://amzn.to/2e3lw4L
Staedtler Triplus Finliner Pens – http://amzn.to/2eizCOQ
Erasable Blue Pen – http://amzn.to/2eDLTQV