السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
One of the proud things I did in the year 2017 is the fact that I had a ‘to-do’ list for every single day of this year. Wow! Yes, every single day went into my bullet journal. Also, because of my everyday handling, the book jacket has almost worn out:D
I was always the ‘plan before’ kind-of-girl as far as I can imagine. I believed in to-do’s all my life, at least, it worked for me. But never did I own a daily planner. I would jot down my to-do’s at the back of my notebook in the midst of a classroom lecture or in any random piece of paper I was able to find. And then, as it goes without a saying, I would end up losing it.
Until, this time of the last year when I decided, this was not enough because I found myself failing to remember things I had to do in the weeks to come. I would get calls from people asking, ‘ Didn’t you do this yet?’ ,’ How could you forget this?’ And so-on. I cannot let my memory ruin my responsibilities, I had to find a way to tackle this, I decided for myself. This proved to be a decision I wouldn’t regret.
I had done a post saying,’ How I manage my daily planner’ in the month of March, featuring everything about the planner that I used on all the days of this year. I would carry this planner everywhere I would go. It wasn’t just the to-do lists that went into it, but also the important events of the day, my cash accounts, what my mood was like, what I need to buy, what books I’ve got to get my hands on and many more. There were so many worthy lessons I learnt from I year of proper bullet journalling. So here’s the list:
I would find this to-do list compelling me to get things done. I would be lying idly on my bed when I would remember some unchecked task in my to-do and then thinking of the satisfaction once I’m done with it, I would find myself jumping out of the bed and accomplishing the task! I usually write my lists on the previous night and if I see something like ‘ Make notes for chapter 5’ , I wouldn’t settle unless I get it done. So, yes, I did learn to be disciplined to some extent.💪🏻
2. Know that, everyday you can start over!
Not all days would be the same. Some days I would be awe-struck at my productivity that I put out that day, some other days, would be as gloomy as it could be, no motivation, only a pile of undone chores. But every day of 2017 had a page in my diary, which when I turned to the next day, would make me feel like,’ Forget yesterday, you have a new day in focus, know that you can start over, no matter what happened on the previous day.’
3. You can, if you plan!
I learnt that the common excuse, ‘I do not have enough time’, holds no good. You just need to squeeze in some time for anything you really want to do. You never have enough time, you can only MAKE time. It’s all a matter of priority and how much you want to get something done. I’m telling you, it worked for me. So plan ahead, allot time and get some real work done!
I’m totally up for a real planner than a to-do list app on my phone. A tangible planner book, for me seems to be the best option because you can feel so much personal about it. Also,
I’m hoping to update you about my new planner for 2018 very soon. So stay tuned for it!✌🏻
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