No, I’m not a doom-and-gloom nay-sayer I’m stating a simple fact. The end is near.
And I’m glad for it.
I’m talking about my current manuscript. I’m almost finished with the first draft. Although I missed my goal for finishing the draft in August, it’s going to happen in September.
In fact, it might happen as soon as next week.
My working title is Bullet Journal Basics. If you ever wanted to learn more about the bullet journal system, this book will help. I do not claim it will answer all of your questions. No book can do that. I do think, though, it will help you get a good start.
Since I hope to finish the draft next week, it’s possible the book will be ready for Kindle by Thanksgiving at the latest.
I’m struggling with motivation today. Its a case of so much to do and too little time to do it. I decided in order to get at least one of the things done (this blog post), I would make a short list of three things to do when your motivation is low.
Here they are:
Make a list of things to do. These can be things you need to do or things you want to do. Make a list. Get that forward momentum going again to help you build your motivation. (If you’re a bullet journal-er like I am, you do this anyway.)
Already make to-do lists but leave things off? It’s not wasted if you do something that’s not on your list. Add them to it and mark them as done. It’s not cheating. it can honestly help you see that you are getting things done and building your motivation back up.
Take a break. You’re not Superman or Supergirl. Nor do you want to be. (Trust me. The world would expect way too much of you.) Tell yourself it’s OK to rest, to take a break. If you don’t get everything done, the world won’t end. You can start again tomorrow.
So here’s one more thing I can mark done on my to-do list. Now if someone would write a query letter for me, I’d be set.
I said “goals,” plural. But, let’s face it, there’s only one real goal I’m focused on for the rest of this month.
Finishing the first draft of my current project.
I’m writing a book about starting a bullet journal. I have a section on getting started and a section on the extra bells and whistles you can add to it. At this point, I think I’m about half through it.
I’m going to include some examples of different styles. Some will be my own. Some will be used by permission of the people who did them. I will have a glossary and a resources section.
That’s August’s goal. For September, I will edit it and hopefully get it out by the end of the year.
Now that the ProBlogger Get Your Groove Back Challenge is done, I’m left thinking about frequency, topic coverage, and what’s next.
First, frequency. I know I cannot keep up a pace of posting on a daily basis. I would get bored with it and I would quit. It has happened before. I don’t want to do that again. Plus, I figure if I’m bored, you’re bored. That’s not a good combination any time. My current plan is to post a few times a week.
Right now, it’s Sunday evening. I’m going to go ahead and post this tonight, but in the future, posts will go live on Monday. I will also schedule things for Wednesday and Friday. We’ll see how that frequency works for a while. If it needs changing, I can certainly do that.
Next, topics. I still stand by what I’ve said before that this blog is about my path along the creative journey. It is. It will be. However, it will be a little more focused. It will include my main topic areas of writing, creativity in general, and planning/bullet journals. As I know you are aware, this will allow for a wide range of subtopics.
I’m planning on another fountain pen first impression soon. I’ll actually have the fountain pen in-hand tomorrow. It’s a Pilot Metropolitan Retro in orange. I got some Private Reserve Orange Crush ink to go with it. Stay tuned for that.
Now, what’s next? That’s a good question.
I’m working on a couple books. One is further along than the other. It will be an eBook, probably costing less than $2. I think this book has the potential to be very helpful and I want it to be affordable. The most helpful book in the world isn’t worth anything if you can’t afford it.
I am also planning some videos for my long-dormant YouTube channel. Anything that’s on there is …. old. That will change.
I’m making more use of my Instagram accounts as far as writing, the writing life, creativity, and planning go. Some of those posts may be lengthened and transported over here. (Yes, accounts. There’s my main one and my bullet journal/planning one.)
There’s more still percolating, but I think that just about covers it for now. Except for one thing.
I could tell you and show you exactly how to start your own bullet journal, how to set it up, personalize it, ad find what works for you. And I will do that, but fist, I want you to see something.
Carrie Crista has a two-part series on YouTube about starting a ullet journal. She describes how to get started here. The second video talks about how to use collections, trackers, etc.
Regardless of if you follow her approach or the system described in the original bullet journal video by Ryder Carroll, you need to make it work for you. If that means you have a separate journal for work projects, so be it.
In a future post, I will talk specifically about what I have done and why. Meanwhile, set it up, learn what it is, and make it work for you.
For years, I have searched to find a planner that worked for me. I tried the DayTimer system several times. I tried academic calendars. I even tried several apps on my phone, computer, and tablet. It finally got to the point where I was trying to make my own.
I actually made some progress on it. I had a working title and some project pages described. I called it the KNOWS – Keep a Notebook Organization Working System. I started researching DIY planners.
One day, I happened across this thing called a “Bullet Journal” developed by Ryder Carroll. In his video and on his website, he describes it as “The analog system for the digital age.”
Someone else had been having the same kind of issues I had and already did the work to create a flexible planning system that would do everything I wanted — and needed — a planner to do.
I abandoned the KNOWS and became a Bullet Journal convert.
I used it consistently for several months. Then, for various reasons, I quit.
Once again, I struggled. I knew I needed to get back to the Bullet Journal system. But it was so plain. How could I jazz it up?
Since I had found Ryder Carroll’s video on YouTube, I went back there. I typed “bullet journal” in the search and found Kara Benz and her BohoBerry channel and website.
Through her videos, I found out more about trackers, lists, collections, and other ways to add interest to my Bullet Journal.
Is it the “perfect planner?” No. But, like life itself, it’s a work in progress. I decided to have fun with it, try new things, keep what works, and change what doesn’t.
So, I guess the answer is also yes because it’s perfect for me and the changes life throws my way. One thing’s for sure: I’ll keep using it and helping other people implement it for themselves, should they want to.