|My Bullet Journal with Sketches.|
Who is this goddess of the underworld, and why would anyone want to fight her?
This goddess is from the underworld, so it goes without saying that she might be evil. Lethe is the personification of oblivion, forgetfulness, and memory loss. For ancient Greeks Lethe (memory loss) was feared alongside Ignavia (sloth), and Limos (starvation), and this terrible trio lurks in today’s modern world too. (Except for Limos; starvation not so much, if you catch my drift). Today’s modern lifestyle requires us to remember everything and manage tasks simultaneously.
|My bullet journal with more sketches and notes.|
I remember using a Franklin planner long before they became Franklin Covey. ( To give my readers a time frame: I think Franklin Planner became Franklin Quest in 1997, then later Franklin covey.) Not only were the journals and refills expensive, but you couldn't even purchase the system without taking the day-long seminar. Talk about pricey and inconvenient. I've used digital systems, but they all fail me in one important way. The information I put into the system ends up in the cloud, and I never see it again because I forget about it. I never review the information, and because it is so fast and easy to input information, my mind is not imprinted with what is there. And don’t get me started on digital sketching; the tech is not quite there yet.
A bullet journal. Bullet journaling is an analog way to make attractive notes and sketches. It’s a quick way to plan busy lifestyles with indexes, and to-do lists, and when lightly modified, freehand architectural sketches. It’s simple and flexible, and I've adapted it to fit the needs of an architect battling imaginary Greek villains. At the end of each month, the previous month is reviewed and brought forward. Three categories, a few icons, a calendar page, and an index page are all that are needed to start. The official website can be seen here, or watch the YouTube video below.
Why does the bullet journal work so well against Lethe?
The bullet journal works so well because it imprints information upon the mind, instead of mindlessly pushing information out of sight. It helps my natural process of recollection. The forward information transfer at the end of each month alongside the task of handwriting somehow imprints upon the mind so very well. After writing it manually, I can remember my task list without looking. Go figure. With digital systems it seems to be sync it then forget it.
This is not to say that I will abandon digital organization. I really like Google keep, and timed reminders, so moving forward I will certainly utilize a hybrid solution with the bullet journal at the center.
Do you use the bullet journal? What productivity tricks are important to you? Share your thoughts and your bullet journal ideas in the comments below.