Habits, Organizing and the Bullet Journal

I realize that habit is a very strong component in organizing someone’s life. I really enjoyed the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and thought that there were some valid ideas brought up that can effectively improve my life if I get around to implementing them. The suggestion to be mindful of my habits was also highlighted by Dr Barbara Oakley in her “Learning How to Learn” online course (which I highly recommend).

Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” Charles Duhigg.

Recently, I was looking for a way to organize my days better, build better habits and increase my productivity, and came across the Bullet Journal. Typically, after going through the site and associated links trying to grasp the concept, I started checking out YouTube videos of how various people are implementing it. Sometimes the more you discover the more informed you become BUT also the more daunting it gets. I struggled to tear myself away from the sweet visually alluring siren calls inviting me to drown in a sea of beautifully designed, meticulously crafted, elegantly written (oh how I envy those lovely handwriting!), bursting hardcover showcase pieces, despite well-meaning assurances that you don’t have to focus on aesthetics, that it is perfectly fine to keep it minimal and that you only need to put in what you want to get out of it.

Anyway, I’ve decided enough with the researching and reflecting and to get to the doing, so I went out and bought a dotted notebook and a few pens.

I’m giving myself the weekend to get started.