My writing journal for Sunday, September 28, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
I woke up early, and started the day by outlining some ideas and insights. I’m happy to report that my bullet journal is VERY useful for this, and for idea generation. It encourages you to jot down any bright or dim idea which flits through your brain. You can develop them, or not, but at least you’ve recorded them. And ideas tend to breed.
Luckily, the ideas in my bullet journal grew into a couple of solutions for the character arcs for the novella that I was worrying about yesterday. I decided that I’d focus on editing the novella this morning. If I do that, and work on it tonight, I can get it to the contract editor tomorrow.
Breakfast for Honey, and for me. Thankfully, there’s just a few student emails this morning. I zip through them, and get back to working on the novella.
Your Idea Factory
I’m getting lots of questions about the bullet journaling process, and why I love it, and adore it more each day.
By the way, many people love it. Ryder Carroll’s Kickstarter campaign is now at $45,000, from a goal of $10,000. There’s still 17 days to go. I thought it would get to $50,000, but obviously I predicted WAY too low. :-)
I love the bullet journal because it helps me to get insights, and develop ideas. I noticed that from the very first day. If ideas and writing are important to you — and I know that they are — consider using a bullet journal. Today, I need to write, and you need to write. EVERYONE needs to write, and you need to become an idea factory.
The world has changed. You can be in touch with almost anyone, anywhere on the globe, as soon as you hit the Tweet button, or the Share button on a social media website. You may feel as if no one’s paying attention. You’ll soon discover that they are, if you post something you regret later. Our always-on, never-sleeps, new world brings challenges too, of course. Yesterday, I mentioned surviving the content flood.
Way back in the early 1990s, I was doing presentations called “The Internet Age: the Age of Creativity.” This was before the Web. I got online in the late 1980s, thanks to a Melbourne academic. Except for computer geeks, academics, and CompuServe people, no one was online. No one even knew what the Internet was, as I soon discovered. My audience thought I was crazy. What was the Internet? Why would it change everything? Questions… Looking back, I was way ahead of the curve, but that’s OK. I love the Internet now as much as I did then.
A generation later, here we are. Whatever business you’re in, ideas and writing are vitally important to you. You need to be confident that you ARE an idea factory… you just need to pay attention and collect your ideas. Your bullet journal will help you to do that.
Tip: even if you think you’re not creative, you’ll soon discover that ideas are everywhere. Once you get an idea collection and generation mindset, you’ll have way more ideas than you could ever use. That’s OK too. Keep generating and collecting — it’s important. If you keep generating ideas, you’ll get better ideas. It’s as if there’s an idea fairy, somewhere in your head (mine looks like Tinker Bell).
If you keep writing down your ideas, and working with them, your Tinker Bell gets serious. She’ll gift you with insights you can use in your work, in your relationships, and to manage your health. Tinker Bell never sleeps, and she’s very reliable.
Your own personal Tinker Bell will turn you into an idea factory, with the help of your bullet journal and this is a VERY good thing. We’ll have more to say on ideas, your bullet journal and your personal Tinker Bell in the coming months, because your ideas are a treasure chest that’s uniquely yours. You just need to discover it.
It’s time for my walk, and then for my Sunday commitments.
When I get back, I’ll get all the editorial calendars on the various blogs up to date.
Sunday blogging: editorial calendars, blog post outlines and images
It’s mid-afternoon, so it’s time for my Sunday planning session for my blogs, and those of my clients.
The bullet journal’s proving invaluable with this too. Previously, I’d have ideas and notes in Evernote, on the blogs themselves in draft posts, in EagleFiler, and on my phone and my iPad, in various apps. There’d also be a blizzard of sticky notes on a couple of bulletin boards.
Now I have Collections in my bullet journal; I still jot down ideas in the same messy ways as before, but I corral them all in the bullet journal as soon as I can.
With blog planning out of the way, I get back to ghostwriting the company history for an hour.
Finally, the word counts are done, the daily and weekly reviews are done, and everything’s ready for another week.