2017: Year for Practical and Organized Living

Hello, 2017! 🙂

For the past years, I’ve made a self-tradition of establishing one empowering word for the new year. In 2016, I did a little change-up to that tradition, and instead tied the year through anchor verses. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep up with posting more anchor verses (I only posted two.yikes!). I have no other excuse to offer, and instead am just raising my hands in surrender because I have always been guilty of being lazy and of being a procrastinator. And well, we all know that writing is one task you should never procrastinate. Words are such creative escape artists, and they’re gone the second you finally act on the urge to tame them.

So this year, I will try to get another go at writing and posting content throughout the year. But, instead of using an empowering word or an anchor verse, this year I’ll give a go at practical living. No heavy words (I hope), just goals, and yes, more lists to get through this year.

The Goal

One of the things that really give me joy is organizing. I can’t say that I am good at it, or that I am an organizing enthusiast, but I can say, though that organizing really excites me. It sparks joy in me. I love reading blogs, googling and pinteresting (haha!Because they are acceptable words now, right?*cringing inside, though) for ideas about organizing.

Out of that simple joy comes one of this year’s goals: to get more organized. I don’t expect to become an organizing expert by the end of the year, but I do expect to create a habit of daily organizing. And, with this new skill/habit, I hope I can be one step closer to reaching bigger dreams in the near future. (*sigh) I also intend to share parts of my organizing journey here, and hope that they might be useful to you, too.

Get Started

To get things started, here’s what I accomplished so far during the first week of the year:

 1. Goal setting. Created a mind map for my goals in 2017 as inspired by this article. I find this technique highly effective. It’s fun to do and easy to follow. Also, I find that organizing goals into categories, and laying them down visually creates an overall sense of feasibility and encouragement.

Simply put, a mind map makes you feel like your goals are doable and highly possible. To give you a better idea about creating mind maps, here’s Jenny Blake:

2. Task organization. Okay, so I am such a fan of lists. I have an everyday to-do list at work, and some I also make for personal use, especially when I feel like I get cramped up with tasks. I love lists because they are easy on the eyes, and again, they create a feeling of feasibility and encouragement. By chunking down tasks into smaller details, it makes you act on it, one item at a time, which then spurs a less stressful way of accomplishing a big task.

So, bullet journaling or the Bullet Journal is a method of journaling developed by Ryder Carroll. The BuJo might not need further introductions because I know it’s been creating such a big buzz since last year. You can search for it across all social media platforms and just a warning, be prepared to get astounded with your search results.

But for the sake of those who haven’t heard of it yet, I best like Rachel Miller’s definition of the bullet journal:

Bullet journal: a method of journaling and note-taking that uses bullet points as the core structure

Read more about it here: Buzzfeed

I started two bullet journals—one for work, and the other for personal use. I might share some spreads here. A little disclaimer: I have a super minimalistic spread. As much as I would want to get creative with my bullet journals, I believe that the only way  I can maintain and constantly update them is to make them fully functional. So in this case, it has to be functionality over aesthetics.

By the way, here’s a video from Ryder Carroll about the bullet journal:

That’s it, for now. Cheers to 2017—the year for practical and more organized living! 🙂