So I have the privilege of having access to the brilliant Thesis Whisperer, Professor Inger Mewburn at ANU. She recently told me about Bullet Journalling and with great gusto I have bought the book, two journals and learnt all there is to know about it. At first it looked a bit too complicated, but knowing the creator also has ADHD, I persevered and trusted I too could master it. I think it’s going to be a game changer. I know organisation is often my best strategy to keep on top of everything (duh), but in the past it has all gotten too hard as I attempt to juggle a system at work and another at home. Adding a PhD into the mix with all its various wandering paths, it just completely blew me out of the water and I had all but given up on even trying to be organised. That’s me…all or nothing. But with bullet journalling I have the option of managing everything all in one place. And that makes so much sense to me. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last few weeks, is that how I organise myself doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else, it just has to make sense to me. It feels really good to just embrace my diverse world, and stop trying to get better at doing things the way other people do it. So much wasted time and energy has gone into trying to live my life in a way my brain is just not physically wired to do!
Anyway, I have begun many new ways of organising my world that I’ve not been able to sustain. I’m optimistic that the bullet journal method does not feel onerous and I have the freedom to create it in a way that makes sense to me. Time will tell.