Kill two important, necessary birds with a single, brilliant stone. It’s just an idiom, vegans.Read More
i get it. you’re trying to be productive and focused with your little list and complete every item before the East Coast feed of your favorite show becomes available online. all you wanted was to show those tasks who’s boss and settle in for a new episode of Homeland.
but you blew it.Read More
while i continue deflecting under the guise of ruminating on how to most accurately portray my yoga & hiking retreat, i present bullet journal.
described as an “analog note-taking system for the digital age,” i think the bullet journal is valuable for at least these three crucial elements: you’re teaching yourself something, there’s nothing to buy and despite the name it's non-violent. full disclosure: i also love it because i’ve developed my own rudimentary version.
indeed, discovering ryder carroll, the art director and interaction designer who created bullet journal, was like finding a kindred spirit of a higher order. the kind of order that lets him have his shit together enough to basically codify the often disorderly task of list-making.
while my notations and symbols reflect carroll's, i use scrap paper for daily to-do lists. one friend referred to this as “native american,” since in addition to reusing i recycle the paper upon completion. but the bullet journal can really work for long-term planning projects like an overseas move or wedding preparations. or for anyone less obsessed with paper elimination than me.
the added bonus, of course, is you’re essentially creating a book of your life. even if the items are “just” stuff you thought about, wrote down and eventually accomplished, they amass over time, generating a narrative. a few of my long-term lists reside in my lime green moleskine notebook and it’s always impressive to reread them and see how far i’ve come or what occupied me at a particular time.
carroll’s meticulous video and engaging website explain bullet journal better than i ever could. watch it, read it and start streamlining your brain.