Finding Organization With Low-Tech Bullet Journaling

By Kelsey Ogletree, January 12, 2017

You may have heard of the bullet journaling concept that’s swept through the blogosphere as of late. Fresh on the heels of the adult coloring book trend, creating graphic journals of daily to-do lists and inspirations is coming into fashion. Why this regression to markers and colored pens in the age of high-tech solutions like Apple Pencil?

If you’ve been in the industry for a minute, you may recall the “good ol’ days” when people utilized what we now consider low-tech tools, like handwritten snail mail and office phones we couldn’t keep attached to our bodies at all times. Those days are behind us, and now we’re presented with more technology than we can keep up with or handle effectively. Do you break out in a sweat thinking about the glitches in your website that have yet to be fixed? Does your organization have a mysterious Facebook account even the most hacker-minded person on your team can’t crack the password to? Or maybe you have weekly nightmares about your registration system crashing leading up to your event.

As cool as major events like CES and E3 make technology seem, on a day-to-day level, anything that remotely falls into the realm of tech can contribute to major headaches for meeting professionals.

As editors of a meetings-focused magazine, we like to consider ourselves experts on the cutting-edge technologies you should be incorporating into meetings. We break down the latest updates affecting your social media accounts, recommend new gadgets for making #plannerlife a little easier, and check in with AV experts who address the most common tech problems, including whether to first tackle an issue yourself or call in a pro.

We can do the legwork for you, but the burden of proof lies in your hands to determine what technologies can help you, your event, and your organization reach your goals.

Easier said than done? Sometimes the best way to attack a high-tech problem is by going low-tech. Enter: the bullet journal. To start, all you need is a fresh notebook and a pen, preferably in your favorite color. Google “bullet journaling” to see hundreds of videos on how it works (OK, so there’s a little tech involved there), but the gist is to use a simple system of color coding, artistic inspo and symbols to break down your days into specific tasks.

Whether you try the bullet journal planning method or not, I challenge you to dedicate a specific day and time each week to delve into the research to determine what technologies can help you accomplish your meeting’s objectives, and ultimately help you do your job better.

Photo credit: Urban Cashmere Blog

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