Starting a Prayer Tracker in your Bullet Journal

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Praying for one another is the first act of serving others that a Christian learns to do. We pray for the protection of our families. We pray for those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as their Savior. And we pray for our own spiritual growth. But sometimes we forget to pray as we ought to. This is why I have included a Prayer Tracker in my Bullet Journal.

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Christian Bullet Journal – October Flip-through

Christian Bullet Journal

I’ve finished making my first monthly Bullet Journal flip-through. I can tell you one thing for sure, it is different from other Bullet Journals. You see, I’m a Christian and that means I have a Christian Bullet Journal. Well sort-of…

I mean, a Bullet Journal is an inanimate object, it can’t be a Christian. But a Bullet Journal tends to reflect the personality of it’s creator. Since I am a Christian, my bullet journal will reflect that.

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5 characteristics of life dreams

Characteristics of life dreamsHere is a question, what is the driving force behind your life?  Do you have life dreams and what are they?  I am convinced that everybody has at least one life dream, most of us have many life dreams.  Some of us have given up on our life dreams, others actively pursue them and then there are those that want to pursue their life dreams but find something is lacking in their ability to do so.

How do you recognize your life dreams?  I have found that the following are characteristics of life dreams:

  • They were created in childhood or as a young adult
  • They were the result of a fond memory or life changing moment
  • They have never gone away, it is always at the back of your mind
  • The themes behind the dream are intertwined with your personality
  • Choices you made that pulled you away from your dream are the ones you regret the most

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Bullet Journal: The easiest task management system

Simplest Task Management System - Bullet Journal

There are many task management systems out there to manage your to-do lists.  You could use David Allen’s Getting Things Done for example, but I have found that Getting Things Done is over complicated for entry level workers, and people who do a lot of work as it shows up.  That is why I love combining GTD with the Bullet Journal system by Ryder Carrol.  The Bullet Journal is an effective and easy task management system.

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5 things you need to navigate your way through life

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“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.” – Edward Gibbon.

When I first heard this quote, it sparked both my interest and that of my husband.  My husband, Mark, enjoys sailing.  He has a Hobie Cat 14ft.  The first time I went out on his boat I was amazed at how even a smallest wind would allow the boat to cruise steadily along, all it took was positioning the sail correctly.  This got me thinking, what does one need to do to navigate your way through life?

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Getting Things Done Workspace at home

Desk at home, reorganized.
My desk at home before cleaning it
My desk at home before cleaning it.

On Saturday I cleaned up my workspace at home to minimize the clutter and make it more functional.  It was my intention to create a functional home workspace using principles from David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done”.  I have limited space to work with at home, since I only have a small desk that sits against a wall between the living room and kitchen.  Our living room and kitchen has an open plan design.  On this small desk I need place for my 3-tier inbox, writing surface and computer. Continue reading “Getting Things Done Workspace at home”

Getting Things Done: Office Workspace

Yesterday I decided that I needed to completely re-evaluate my office and home workspace.  My goal is to minimize clutter, get rid of the items I don’t need and make sure that I have easy access to the things I do need.

The most basic getting things done office workspace

In David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, he describes that the most basic workspace has a writing surface and place for an inbox.  This surface can be expanded to also contain a computer and anything else you need to be productive.

I came up with a list of items I need to be at my maximum efficiency while I work.  These items are:

  • Computer
  • Headphones
  • Writing surface
  • 3-tier inbox: in, reading and filing
  • Pen and Pencil holder
  • Mini note paper
  • Post-its
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Paper Clips
  • Binder clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Paper punch
  • Sticky Tape
  • Rubber Bands
  • File Folders
  • Dustbin

My office workspace before I GTD’d it

My workspace was seriously jumbled, as you can see by the before photograph below:

My workspace at the office before I tidied it
My workspace at the office before I tidied it.

My office workspace after I GTD’d it

Here is an after photograph:

My Getting Things Done Office Workspace
My workspace at the office after I had tidied it

Spot the difference!  The printer is still on the desk, but it is hidden behind the laptop.  I moved the laptop to the left hand side and put the second screen in the center back.  I cleaned out the inbox, and repacked the stationery drawer.  I actually didn’t remove too much stuff, I simply reorganized the stuff that was there.  What I love is that I now have the whole right hand side as a writing surface.

I have easy access to my writing surface, inbox, pen holder and computer.  In the top drawer I have mini note paper, post-it’s, headphones, paper punch, stapler and staples.  I also ordered paper clips, binder clips, a sharpener and sticky tape from Takealot, it is due to arrive on Thursday next week.  Under the desk is a dustbin.

I need to bring rubber bands and file folders from home.

Next, I must set up an identical system at home and put together my “office in transit”.