Every time I read The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll, I come away with a new nugget of insight that changes my mindset around my creative practice.
Here are the top 5 practices I learned from reading this book that I apply to my life every day:
Practice 1: Control
Worrying about deadlines, appointments, and tasks can leave you feeling paralyzed.
Knowing what you can change begins with defining what you can control. By identifying what's in your control and forgetting about the things you can't control, you'll reclaim your attention and be able to focus on what's important to you.
This was a powerful mindset shift for me and it's something I remind myself of every day.
Practice 2: Endurance
It can take anywhere from a few months to 10 years and more to become "an overnight success" as a creator.
The most successful creators I know are in it for the long term and can endure the endless challenges that come with growing online.
The way to keep your endurance? Connect your work to a powerful purpose. For instance, I hate getting up early in the morning for work but I know that work puts food on the table and allows me to pursue things like my creative practice.
Practice 3: Goal Setting
Setting a goal or goals is important to move you in the direction you want to be going.
Without a goal or a purpose, you're like a rudderless ship sailing aimlessly at the mercy of the tide.
Start simply by writing out the long-term goals you want to accomplish then break them down into shorter action items to complete each day/week/month.
Practice 4: Kaizen Mindset
Kaizen is a Japanese word that means "improvement" or "change for better".
It's a powerful mindset shift that changed my whole approach to projects, goals, and self-improvement in general.
The framework for improvement is: Plan (plan a change), Do (put the plan into action), Check (analyze the results), Act (act on what you've learned).
Practice 5: Reflection
As you constantly move from project to project, day to day, it's hard to remember to stop and reflect.
Without taking stock of where you're at right now, you won't learn from your experiences which means you'll make the same mistakes over and over again.
Regular reflection of your life and work is important to ensure a healthy and fulfilling life. It helps you to be intentional with how you spend your time and helps to clarify the things that are most important to you.