We all know it. If you are not organized, you are going to be wasting a great deal of time looking for things – papers, dates, names and numbers. Over the years, I created and refined a system to help get your inbox and all the information that travels through email organized; and more recently I found another system which helps with my paper journal.
I have always used paper and have carried a journal since opening the doors of LegalTypist in 2001. I started with a Staples branded calendar that was absolutely perfect … then they discontinued it (grrrr) so, I decided to go as generic as I could, and for years I’d use/carry a Mead 3 subject notebook. However, I came to realize it was way too clunky and big; so a few years back I upgraded to a Moleskine <-and I now carry the Evernote version (which you can buy here).
Let me first get you up to speed on DAFT:
DAFT Your Way To Organized!
DAFT is my personal productivity system and it stands for Defer, Act, File and Toss. It is a process that is tech agnostic and tends to works particularly well for getting an out of control email inbox organized. You can download the full process/system/ebook (2011 version) here <-yep – it’s free!
The first edition of DAFT Your Way To Organized! was published in the mid-2000s and in 2008, it was picked up by TechnoLawyer and turned into a TechnoFeature: Move Over David Allen A Better Way To Get Things Done.
I have shared this process with hundreds (if not thousands) of attorneys, administrators, assistants and business people/entrepreneurs and I always receive thanks and wonderful comments on how it helps.
Download a copy; give yourself 20 minutes or so to read/ absorb; and see if maybe DAFT is what you’ve needed to get a handle on your inbox.
Now on to Bullet Journal:
What is BulletJournal:
A little more than a year ago, I found and started testing BulletJournal. Since I rarely recommend a tech/process without first giving a thorough testing – I’ve sat and ruminated on BulletJournal just like I did NetDocuments and Firm Central. Unlike these other techs which help law firms get and stay organized but require a monthly fee – BulletJournal is absolutely free.
Why do I like BulletJournal?
I equate what BulletJournal has done to my paper planner as DAFT was able to do for my email and inbox – just a simple, effective way to get and and keep it organized.
The fact that it only takes 2 minutes to learn the entire BulletJournal system is just an extra special bonus! <-ok and I’m a bit jealous as I thought condensing 20 pages of DAFT into 4 for the TechnoFeature was quite a feat!!
While I wholeheartedly recommend the BulletJournal process to my clients and contacts, I have made some (rather significant) modifications to the BulletJournal system which I plan on sharing in future posts <-so keep an eye on this blog or put your email into the box in the upper right so you’ll get future posts via email (or use the RSS function to pull the blog into Outlook, etc.)
Between DAFT and my tweaked version of the BulletJournal process, my paper and digital – calendar, to dos and notes are completely organized and I spend virtually no time at all figuring out what I need to be doing; or where I’ve spent my time.
I hope you will give one or both of the above freebies a try and see if they work for you (and if they do, c’mon back and leave a comment)!