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In January 2020, everything changed. My productivity went through the roof. I was suddenly able to keep track of long-term tasks and milestones. I didn’t lose ideas, and I was able to even get things done that I tasked myself months beforehand. Even my assistant said that she could tell that I was much more on point, on task, and able to get things done in a more timely fashion. So what was I doing that changed so much?
It’s not magic. It’s Bullet Journaling.
We know that the human mind works better when writing. The physical act of writing something down uses more of our brain, which means we remember it better and it has a greater impression upon us.
I know you felt the same way. You have a scratch paper here, a notebook there, sticky notes covering everything.
I switched to digital because I wanted everything in one place and I thought that I had to use a cloud system in order to scale a team. But with digital, things were out of sight out of mind, and I quickly forgot that the system even existed.
Then I discovered Bullet Journaling.
This is a system that not only keeps track of your tasks, it keeps track of your projects, ideas, plans, doodles, lists, future plans, calendars, and more. It’s a system designed so you don’t lose things. And that is what made it so powerful for me.#BulletJournaling is a system that not only keeps track of your tasks, it keeps track of your projects, ideas, plans, doodles, lists, future plans, calendars, and more. Click To Tweet
I knew if I wrote things down, I was more likely to get them done. But oftentimes I wouldn’t get everything done in a day, and then I would lose things or lose the idea for months into the future because there was nowhere to put a half-done task. Bullet Journaling solves that problem.
However, Bullet Journaling wasn’t designed specifically for entrepreneurs. I regularly get asked how to scale using such a paper system. So, I want to tell you my top three favorite features of Bullet Journaling for entrepreneurs.
The Future Log
The future log is incredible. It may seem simple; it’s just a few pages that catalog the next twelve months. But the Future Log means that you can task your future self, a critical activity for entrepreneurs.
My future log guarantees that I am getting things done, even when I plan something six months down the road.
I know I’m not going to lose it. I know I’m not going to forget about it because it’s in the digital format and it’s out of sight out of mind. I know for sure that it’s going to get done.
The reason that I love migration is that it is a system for reviewing and processing what happens every day to make sure that things aren’t getting lost.
Say for example, that you only get half of a task done, today. What happens next?
In a digital format, you wouldn’t change much, if at all, on the task. In the Bullet Journal, you need to interact with the task in order to migrate it to the next day or week.
The process of Migration also forces you to reevaluate your daily tasking, so if something didn’t get done and gets pushed to the next day, you don’t end up with more tasking than you planned. It is an expert system for moving things around without losing a thing.
The Weekly Log
The weekly log is the staging area for your week. It’s where you pull everything together from your various systems and disperse them across the week. What I love about the weekly log is that, because it’s on paper, it means there’s a limited number of spaces. I use that limited space to limit how much I assign to myself in a day.
In the same space also go meetings and appointments. If I have a stacked day full of meetings and appointments, I don’t have a lot of room left to write in more tasks, which keeps overwhelm out of the picture.
I found that a digital platform just couldn’t combine meetings and tasking to generate a balanced day.
I’m calling this a Bonus Feature because this is actually not a feature of the Bullet Journal. This is an idea I found in the Getting Things Done book. It is the someday / maybe concept.
This is a place where you write down your ideas — especially the outlandish wild ones. It’s a place to hold them, plan them, play with them, and either someday move them forward or cross them out.
By externalizing our tasks and ideas, we’re not using the best parts of our minds to hold them. Instead, we can use our minds to create and be the best business owners we can be.
If you’re curious about how all of this works for an entrepreneur, especially if you’re using a tandem digital system, I have designed a Bullet Journaling for Entrepreneurs Course that teaches you how to use the Bullet Journal as an entrepreneur to optimize your business as well as use it in tandem with the digital space because you’re going to be using a calendar scheduler and digital Task Manager, especially if you have a team.CHECK OUT THE COURSE IN SCALING:LAB Facebook Linkedin Twitter Reddit Telegram Business Tips 23 Case Studies 4 Personal 8 Self Care 6
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