Identifying the Essential

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta
Day in and day out we write down tasks, cross them off and start again the next day. Sometimes the task list piles up, and we start to wane in our efforts. It can sometimes become too long and insurmountable a list to conquer. The great thing about the Bullet Journal is that at any point in time you can simply turn the page and start again. The fresh page is a gateway to a new way to handle your entries. The best way to keep up with progress is by keeping our system as simple as possible. The Bullet Journal system is a very simple solution designed to get tasks done with the lowest amount of effort exuded on our end. Simply open the notebook, write down what you need to, and bam! That’s it. Just as easily, you can decide to say “No” to more of the things on your list. Do you really need to do everything on your list today? At all? If not, cross it out. If you’d like to do the task in the future, schedule it into the Future Log either in a future month or a blank Future Log page for things you want to get to at a later time without a time constraint. In order to make progress in our everyday activities, the goal isn’t to do more, but to focus our efforts on less to get more done. It may seem paradoxical, but writing down less things on your Daily Log is key to ensuring that you will get the important things done. Things usually take a longer time to do than we anticipate and because of this, it is important to review constantly in order to focus our efforts on what is essential. One of the toughest things in any productivity system is seeing the progress of our efforts. Luckily, the Bullet Journal is an analog solution designed to keep a tangible record of your everyday activities. The Bullet Journal encourages deliberate movements to write down what you are willing to spend time on, not only on working on them, but in writing them down in the first place. It’s a system that encourages constant active review, which is a necessary part to staying productive.



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