Lessons from using a bullet journal: track as well as set goals

By Ellis

I’m experimenting with using a bullet journal this year, and it’s resulting in some useful ideas for managing and planning technical authoring work.

Setting and achieving targets at the start of the year can be difficult. You may end up needing to spend time on immediate, more pressing tasks, and your list of targets can end up feeling like a statement of the things you have failed to achieve.

One of the ways that people use bullet journals is to keep a track of their performance in a month. This is an example of a habits tracker by Kara Benz:

It works like Key Performance Indicators – you set the measures you want to track, and you record each time you carry out those activities.

By reviewing and reflecting each day or each week, on the things you have done, it helps you spot the items that are being neglected. It also seems to prompt you to do those tasks, like trimming a sail or moving a tiller.

It also encourages continuous growth, rather than proficiency. If you focus only on a target, there is the danger that you stop once you have met your goal. Focusing on achievements is also more positive, from a mental perspective.

You don’t, of course, need a bullet journal to make a tracking journal. You could use any notebook, a Word document, Excel spreadsheet etc.

If you use this method already, do share your experiences below.

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