Bullet journaling for personal productivity
I started my bullet journaling obsession about a year ago when I was relatively fresh into freelancing and was on a personal development mission. One of the many podcasts I was listening to at the time caught my attention with a session on bullet journaling. The woman sounded so incredibly together, organised and focused; from her morning routine to her diet to her daily habits around running her business. She credited so much to her bullet journal and I was instantly hooked.
Along with a few other tools I’ve picked up in the past year from the myriad of blogs, books and podcasts I’ve enthusiastically inhaled, I credit bullet journaling with helping me to significantly increase my productivity levels. Gone are the days when I would plan my day based upon what my inbox had in store for me that morning.
Now, I am planning ahead and am enjoying the extraordinary power in knowing exactly how I am going to begin my day, what the most important task is going to be and what I am going to eat for dinner once all the work is done (if I’m lucky, it will be veggie tagine or bombay potatoes cooked for me by my man).
Last year, I raised five times more money for my charities than I did in my most successful year of being self-employed. I also took more holidays.
The art of making space to plan my day, identifying the most important tasks and then executing them with clarity and focus is a newly found skill and one which I’m honing each and every day.
Reflection and thought were not something which were routinely part of my fundraising practice (maybe once in a while during a long run if something had gone horribly wrong). Now I have learned that they are necessary to enable me to get the best results.
Here are a few ways I find that bullet journaling really helps me:
- It is a place where I can offload everything which is in my head and organise tasks into daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists
- It provides a creative space for mapping out my dreams and setting goals to help me achieve them
- It has become a daily, personal ritual in self-care (made more joyous with coloured pens, glitter tape and beautiful stationery)
I am so excited to share my thoughts on bullet journaling at my session on Wednesday 4 July at Fundraising Convention.
The session will be a largely practical, workshop-style session where I will talk you through the bullet journal basics and encourage you to start your own there and then.
Please come prepared if you can, at the very least with a blank notebook (dotted pages are classic bullet journal but lined pages are fine – I personally prefer plain) and a pen.
Coloured pens, glitter tapes, stickers and highlighters also welcome (but not essential).
I can’t wait to share this amazing system with you. See you there!
Caroline Danks, Fundraising Consultant at Caroline Danks Fundraising and speaker at Fundraising Convention
Book your place at Fundraising Convention by 2pm on 29 June