Getting Organized in the New Year

Now that we’ve established some tips on how to create New Year’s resolutions that offer the best opportunity for success, you may wonder about the most efficient ways to keep track of your progress. Creating a simple personal logbook called a bullet journal will not only help you in this respect, but can offer a quick yet effective system for organizing your life in general.

  • All you need is a durable, portable notebook. Keeping a bullet journal requires only an inexpensive spiral notebook, but choose wisely: Too small, and it probably won’t suit your needs; too large or flimsy, and you’ll never carry it with you. The key to a good bullet journal is spending a minute or two each day on keeping it updated, and that can’t happen if you don’t find it user-friendly enough.
  • If you can make dots and circles, you can manage a bullet journal. While some people prefer to customize their journals with color coding and decorations, those adaptations are strictly optional. A good bullet journal requires only a straightforward list of items coded by symbols: dots for tasks, circles for events, stars for priority tasks, etc. Pages can also be labeled with different topic headings to allow you to keep track of items on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis.
  • Keeping up with a bullet journal or similar organizational tool can decrease your stress level and help you achieve greater success in multiple arenas.  Again, it’s not just about your New Year’s resolution progress here. Keeping tasks, appointments, obligations, etc. organized and in one place reduces your stress level, which in turn positively impacts your health. All of the above can help you move into the new year with a sense of purpose and renewed clarity. 

Here are some great apps and informational tools to check out to help you get started on your organizational journey:

http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/

https://todoist.com/

https://www.wunderlist.com/