I’ve settled into my new hybrid system of using a Bullet Journal alongside the Things task manager. My morning routine is to open the Bullet Journal and first look at the monthly log for any tasks I might want to do from there. Then I go to the daily log and see if anything was left over from the day before and decide if it is worth copying into today. I finally open my Things Anytime list and pick 2 or 3 tasks to put into my daily log. I will then work from the bullet journal until these tasks are complete. Once they are, I’ll open the Anytime list again and do tasks from there. Sometimes I only finish the 3 tasks I chose in the morning and I’m perfectly happy with that.
I will still use the Things inbox to capture tasks throughout the day. But in my weekly review (which I do on Friday), I’m relentless about paring down my task list. I make sure I only have a few personal projects and a few work projects active at any one time. If I don’t think I will work on something in the next week, I move it to Someday. If it has been hanging around for weeks or months, I’ll just delete it.
I find this hybrid system is working better than a pure digital system which I was using before. I no longer feel like I have an endless task list that only grows. Physically writing the tasks by hand each morning forces me to think about what is really important. I also have the Things inbox to capture random thoughts, that will then have to pass this more rigorous filter before it gets done.
I don’t know if I’m actually getting more done, but it feels like I’m doing more of the important work and less of the trivial tasks that can easily fill up my digital system.
Another cool thing the Bullet Journal has helped me do, is I’ll write quick notes in the daily log throughout the day and then in the evening, I will sit down for 10-15 minutes and turn this into a fuller diary entry in Day One. I will also pick one thing to highlight from the day in the Monthly Log of the Bullet Journal. It is fun to look back over the last 2 months and see these highlights of my life.