I love making to-do lists and checking things off as I complete each task. My meeting notes need a key and a cypher to be decoded by anyone else. The doodles, arrows and boxes map out a trail of random thoughts that eventually lead to cohesive ideas and directions. I have notes for almost every sermon and bible study I’ve ever heard in person and I have boxes of notebooks as proof. That’s right - I’m a list making, note-taking, get stuff done rock star living in the digital age. And let me tell you, it ain’t easy!
There’s an app for that
From your smartphone’s generic notes application to the more robust OneNote, there are literally thousands of apps and digital tools that help with personal organization. But for those of us who’s brains need doodles, bullets and a tactile experience to commit things to memory, typing text into a digital app is not effective. How many times have you logged a note into your phone only to forget about it completely? We’ve all had software updates that resulted in lost information. And don’t even get me started on passwords!
There’s always been an app for that…
There’s strong evidence that writing by hand is more beneficial than typing. Regarding goals, it’s been long believed and touted that writing a goal down increases the odds of accomplishing said goal. Although typing is undeniably faster, the tactile activity of writing is thought to help improve memory and recall and help with critical thinking and cognitive development. Check out this infographic; full disclosure, it’s from pens.com (so obviously they are biased) but they do include a list of references at the bottom if you’re skeptical. I mean, it’s on the internet, so it’s probably true). That said, if you need more reputable proof, check out this audio article from NPR referencing a study linking handwritten note-taking to better conceptual application.
I hate day-planners.
It hasn’t always been this way. My day-planned game was strong back in the day. One time I left my 8.5” x 11” leather portfolio at the bank. After retracing my steps and going back for it, the teller said, “I knew anyone this organized would come back for it.” Her admiration of my organization made me so proud. But suddenly, life changed. Sure I had your standard work appointments and birthday’s to track; but then I had committee meetings (and their notes). And church meetings (and their notes). And suddenly there were recipes I wanted to try, books, websites and blogs I wanted to read, and random creative ideas that needed a home. My day-planned couldn’t keep up without splitting the leather spine.
So, I thought, I’ll invest in one of those “cool planners.” You know the ones that come with stickers and motivational quotes and have spaces for long-term goals and short-term goals and places to document your plan to accomplish your goals and the progress you’re making on your goals, and…I quit before I even got started. Some were too frilly. Some were too complicated. And all of them were too expensive! So I retracted back to good old fashioned notebooks and notepads. Until this summer when I was introduced to the Bullet Journal.
The Bullet Journal is a game.changer.
If you’ve shouted “Me too!” to anything you’ve read so far, get ready to have your mind-blown and your world simplified.
What if I told you that you could transform ANY notebook into a simple, flexible notebook that you could use for ALL of your note-taking needs and life organization?
And what if I told you that in ten minutes you could have a system in place to track all your craziness by day, month and six-month look ahead?
Introducing, the Bullet Journal. You’re welcome. //MCH