“Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skilful poet.”
Psalm 45:1 NLT
What to do with this sense of anticipation at the start of a new year? One thing’s for sure, this is no more than a feeling that will soon be moved on by other feelings. Something I discovered last year was the practice of Bullet Journaling. It’s a way of placing my life in one space; between the pages of a simple notebook, I carry with me at all times.
For me, the Bullet Journal works because it relies upon both an index and page numbering. I can manage my day, my to-do list and alongside this, my monthly log, listing the priorities for that month. These priorities may be work or home-related. They may also be the stepping stones I need to achieve my daily rhythm; perhaps those questions I need to ask myself to evaluate behavioural change, so hard to achieve yet so essential in navigating life more effectively and peaceably. I also make notes from the various books I am reading, and I use a principle called ‘threading’ to ensure I can always find where one series of notes ends and their continuation restarts.
I’ve practised this consistently for months now and I have found it the most effective time/life-management system ever. I am confident after this period of time to commend it to you as a great way to start your New Year. You don’t need to get hung up on the intricacies but simply read some of the background online and make a start.
New Year’s resolutions usually fail because we fail to establish a mechanism to implement them. A good productivity tool can be of great assistance as we first identify our resolutions and then decide what steps we need to take to implement them. Daily we can ensure we review if we have taken those steps and make the adjustments we want to. Start with the end in sight!
Do you need to find a tool that will help you start the year with greater order to help you make progress in 2019?
Lord, help me use my days, and the time you have given to me, well and with good purpose.