Monday, May 1, 2017

Getting Organized

It has been a crazy few months.

Not all good crazy. Not all bad crazy. Just a mixed bag of life comes at you fast crazy.

In an attempt to keep up, manage it all, keep the crazy from overtaking life and even thinking I can get ahead, I have had my foot firmly planted on the gas pedal.

In all the craziness I managed to become a bit disorganized and less focused on the details. As someone who takes pride in being a keeper of copious notes, to do lists and schedules, I found myself trying new tactics that, in the end, complicated things and added to my stress level.

Over the years, technology has changed the tools and convenience of taking notes, but not everything equals the ability to keep a nice log of handwritten notes.

I have become a big user of the evernote app to clip online articles and websites to read later while cruising social media and not having the time to dig in to a particular topic at that time.

Back when I was working and training for an Ironman, I kept an amazing journal with motivational quotes, fortune cookie sayings, details of my training, nutrition and general thoughts. I was so into the process and ability to look back and understand performance and factors (environmental, nutrition, etc.) that affected my performance, I kept this type of journal for many years after the Ironman.

I have often come across this journal and flipped through to find motivation, read a great quote and relive fitter, faster and seemingly better times.

I miss this. I miss being this focused. I miss being this immersed in the details of making myself better. I miss having an account of the things that made me go fast, fail, hurt, feel good, etc.

While looking for a way to get back to this type of focus in my current daily life and different set of responsibilities and training, I came across a cool site & practice: Bullet Journal.
The System
The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. 
It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. 
It will teach you to do more with less.

I am feeling inspired by this, so I went out and purchased a new journal.

Stay tuned to my attempt to 'restart' this practice.

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