clintmemo wrote:The most interesting thing I have to do at work today is set up new configurations for my new bullet journal.
I've never heard of this until now, but this sounds really interesting. Do you like this method?
It is freeform and you get as much out of it as you put into it. I need to use it more. It would make life easier.
I used the Franklin/Covey system two decades ago and for about 2 years it was wonderful, but then job/life happened and I was in far less control over what I was doing so it made it fairly useless.
The way I use my bullet journal is more condensed than a FC daily planner - one page spread per week instead of one per day. Besides, a yearly FC set up is probably $150 now and a nice bullet journal is about $20.
I got this one:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HAPOME8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I prefer the dotted version to the lined version because I like to use grids plus it makes it easier on those rare occasions when I need to diagram something.
I want to add more lists to my next one so that I don't have to remember important things like "Have I tried this beer before and did I like it?"
The one I am about to finish lasted me almost exactly two years. In 2020, I want to use it more and make it one year per book.
To answer the obvious question - "Why don't you do this electronically? Microsoft One-Note would be perfect!"
Yes, it would, but there is some added value of doing it with pen and ink. It gets you into a different head space and stops you from doing destructive shortcuts* that are so easy to do with computers.
* I just coined that term while posting this.
This is a real problem that I have since I sit in front of a PC all day and it is hard to explain, especially to non-programmers, but I'll give it a shot.
Sometimes when you have a task, you start out first by doing analysis and planning and then by executing your plan. Very often in the planning stages, you see a short cut that will get the task done right now and the temptation of "just doing it" overwhelms your desire to finish planning. In the name of expediency, you use the short cut and solve the problem. However, very often you find that either the short cut is not as short as you thought, or is not as effective as you thought, or that in the future you have the same issue again but you don't remember how you solved it.
In the short run, you might be better off using the shortcut, but in the long run you are worse off for not finishing your plan.
Computers (and other electronics), with their ability to search, copy and paste information so easily, really enable destructive shortcuts, especially with finding and saving information.
Here is totally mundane example:
You want to cook a pasta dish, so you google recipes for it. You find one, follow it on your phone (why bother writing it down when I can just read it?), make the meal - and it's spectacular. Three months later, you go to make it again - and you can't find it, or the website is gone, or you can't remember which one of google's 9 million hits was the right one. Not writing it down was a destructive short cut.