Better Resolutions

   Is your life plan on Post-it notes falling off the
refrigerator, scattered over old calendar planners, or
lost in “organize my life apps” that don’t work the way
you do?  If there is an element of truth in any of these
scenarios then you’re a candidate for an old idea   
that’s been revived.  The method is called journaling.  
In essence, it’s a return to hand written idea
organization and planning.

   There is something about memory that works better
when we write.  Students who take written notes
remember more of the lecture than students who type
notes into an app. The same principle applies to
planning. As many are rediscovering, organizing your
life on paper is still an excellent approach.  What had
been written off as obsolete in the face of technology
advances is new again in the form of paper planners.

   Perhaps the most popular paper planner joining
this revival is the “
The Bullet Journal.”  The idea is
that no idea, aspiration, appointment or
accomplishment, need be lost if you write it down.

   When used correctly, the Bullet Journal can
improve you’re productivity, reduce stress and
perhaps even help you sleep better. Good planning
helps free up mental space and helps simplify life.  
Many find “Bullet Journaling” creative and fun.  As a
bonus it becomes a handy diary when you need to
reference past activities, contact information, etc.  
Regardless of whether you tend toward being ‘
brain’ or ‘left brain’ person, the Bullet Journal can
accommodate you.  For examples, visit
and enter the search term ‘Bullet Journal.’     

   All planning approaches require effort.  
Fortunately, the Bullet Journal is one of the easiest to
learn.  For a short tutorial, visit the web sites listed on
the next page under the heading, ”How To Begin a
Bullet Journal.”

   Getting through life without a good plan is like
chopping wood with a dull axe.  You can do it with
enough effort. It just makes sense to sharpen up first.  
It’s about realizing your potential - perhaps even your
most imaginative wants and dreams.

   For many, a daily walk is when their best ideas
bubble up.  With a pencil in hand to spear your great
ideas and a Bullet Journal to help put your ideas into
action, the value of a walk might surprise you.  With
your creativity organized, life becomes more
productive and more fun.

   Join me for a Saturday morning walk and talk about
your plans for the New Year.  You may even spear a
new idea.  Regardless, of how the fishing goes, it’s
still a wonderful way to start the day.

Nancy Neighbors, MD  

 How To Begin a Bullet Journal

   Starting a Bullet Journal is pretty easy.  Just visit
the links below.  As you follow the content in these
links, plan to spend about 20 minutes mastering the
basics of bullet journaling. After that, enjoy the fun of
journaling and review the remaining four links for tips
about adapting journaling to your life.

Quick Overview  
Getting started  
How to Bullet Journal  
How to Bullet Journal:The Abs. Ultimate Guide  
The Tech-Savvy To-Do List: A Bullet Journal  
The Bullet Journal, Minus the Hype  
Rocket City Mom Helps You Get Organized  

   Even with the best of plans, bad days still happen
to good people.  In so many ways, life cannot be
controlled.  Life is messy.  Success is making the best
of the occasional mess. So what to do when
disappointment comes?  First, return to your plan.  
Then, plan around the detour.

   Although it won’t solve the problem, one thing that
can turn frowns upside down is a good TED Talk.  
Positive stories of others overcoming adversity can be
inspiring and remind us to be grateful.  Positive
stories help us remember how lucky we are and
inspire creativity.

   Next time you have a bad day, tune in to one of the
Ted Talks listed below.  Often, the missing  ingredient
is a temporarily lost perspective on what’s important in
Click here to access the seven inspiring TED
Talks listed below.

   • 3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed
   • In Search of the Man Who Broke My Neck
   • How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make
         Us Who We Are
   • Living Beyond Limits
   • The Beauty of Being a Misfit
   • Your Elusive Creative Genius
   • Never, Ever Give Up