Day #16: How are you Going to Remember All of This?
Remembering all the ways to say NO.
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own.”
~ Bruce Lee
Over the past two weeks, I've shared with you a number of techniques and resources for taking back control of your time and focus and hopefully taught you the benefits of saying NO
There is a lot of ground to cover, and we only have 30 days in this challenge. For that reason, I'm going to recommend that today, you get yourself a Bullet Journal, or "BuJo".
What the hell is a BuJo and why should you need one?
If you've never heard of a BuJo, you're not alone, but once you start using one you won't want to stop. I've been using one since 2017 and it has changed the way I do and remember everything.
“It will not only help you get more organized but will also help you become a better person.”
~ Cal Newport, author of the previously recommended book, Deep Work
Short of just copying and pasting text from the official website, I can tell you it's an analog method of arranging your thoughts, your goals, your methods and process, and your future. It encourages and facilitates mindfulness, gratitude, and all of the things that you keep hearing about that you've been 'meaning to get to.'
There's nothing spiritual or 'woo-woo' about it; it is as adaptive and customizable to your personal needs as is possible. Watch a super-quick explainer on how a Bullet Journal works here.
You don't have to buy the official Bullet Journal. I've had several, and the one I've settled on is a basic dotted grid journal from Amazon ($5.29) Once you've got yours, open the pages, create your own index page, then start adding the methods you've learned over the past 2 weeks into the journal as you see fit.
There may only be one lesson in these entire 30 days that you actually found useful. That's totally fine. Only write down that one if that is the case. But the reason to write it down is to be able to open up your BuJo every morning and see it there, as you review the pages in preparation for your day.
Some people get REALLY into their BuJo, and you can search Instagram or Pinterest to see how the pro's do it.
One thing I would discourage you from doing is using the to-do list function of the BuJo as a working list. If you need to write down long-term goals and aspirations, that's fantastic, but be sure to plug any day-to-day to-do's (especially those high-priority ones) into your Calendar, NOT your BuJo.
I couldn't recommend this practice enough. If you fill your BuJo with ways to say no, yo u could to call it a BuNo.
Baby steps. NO takes practice. Start small, and work your way up.
Ryder Carroll -- The Bullet Journal Method
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