Years ago, I kept a journal. I started in high school and kept it up for years. All through college, I wrote pages almost every day and I have a xerox box in my attic completely full of spiral notebooks, all hand written. I used to write out my goals at the beginning of every year. Then med school, residency, and the electronic age came in. I didn’t have time to write like that anymore. So I started keeping a small notebook in my white coat and scribbling in it when I got the chance. My journal was reduced to a “Scut List”, a post-it note with a list of things to do. After I could not find replacement pages for that notebook, I started trying different electronic methods. I remember using a Handspring Visor, where I could write with a stylus and take notes. Somehow that didn’t last. Over the years as my life got more overwhelming and chaotic with work, I kept struggling to find a way that worked for me to keep track of lists, organize my life and write random thoughts and ideas down. I have never been one to organize my life on my phone. I just don’t type fast enough on it, and I found there was something sorely missing without the organic touch of pen on paper. So eventually I gave up on that, too.
This weekend I was tackling Project 365, and while I was reorganizing the dresses in my closet, I was thinking about ways to increase my creativity. I looked up definitions of creativity online, and I read articles on how to increase it. One click led to another and I ended up on Pinterest looking at posts on bullet journaling. And I thought, “what in the world is that???” My curiosity led me to Ryder Carroll’s original video on how to start a bullet journal. I was totally confused about how to use the symbols and how to organize it, so I kept watching videos on YouTube of various people showing how they did their spreads in their journals. I’m hoping that the built-in customization and flexibility of creating my own bullet journal will work for me.
I just started my journal last night so I’m just at the very beginning of it… but optimistic that I will eventually discover some system that works for me. So here are 3 lessons that I learned from this weekend:
See you next week and stay tuned for updates!
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