I’ve been starting and pulling the plug on side projects for years. I often find an idea, buy the domain name and/or set up a prototype of some kind, do some work towards that idea and then it fizzles out. This is a waste of money, and time. It also and makes me question my skills, ideas and self.

Fear of failure, fear of success, short attention span, not knowing what I want to do. Ball of confusion.

I find I’m better the more I work on paper for capture, idea generation and validation. I recently read Annie Mueller’s six-box todo list and some other posts about yearly goals in bullet journals.

What’s a Bullet Journal?

Though it does require a notebook, Bullet Journal® is actually a methodology. It’s best described as a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system. It’s designed to help you organize your what while you remain aware of your why. The goal of the Bullet Journal is to help its practitioners (bullet journalists) live intentional lives, ones that are productive and meaningful.

I’ve not adopted the system 100%, but I think that’s OK. It has allowed me to focus and plan and execute. I’ll take that.

The Strategy

For 2018, I’ve committed to five focus areas, each with a million projects per. Some of the project are large and others small. I’ve basically made a backlog of things I want to do to meet the requirements of the five focus areas. I’ve set up some basic metrics for the projects. So I am up and running.

Each month, I’ll plan what projects to take into the monthly backlog, and determine what will make them successful.

Next I zoom into the day view. Taking the page (literally copying the page from Annie’s bullet journal) I have a chart for each day. It’s in seven sections”. One for each of the focus areas, one for that 5% of things you need to do that don’t fit the focus areas and lastly, a schedule.

I’ve excluded my day-job from all of this, which I think is against traditional wisdom, but my day-job is very dynamic calendar wise (many people to arrange calendars for) so I track all my day-job work through a legal pad and Instapaper. That’s a different post.

Still fresh

This is all still fresh for me, as I’m putting this into practice and seeing what works for me. More details as they emerge. I can say that I am not as overwhelmed as I was before adopting this.

Posted on 11/5/2018

Where the Light Gathers is a blog by Chad Moore.

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