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Dailies – Your Zen Space

“The Daily Log is designed for day-to-day use. At the top of the page, record the date as your topic. Throughout the course of the day, simply Rapid Log your Tasks, Events, and Notes as they occur. If you don’t fill a page, add the next date wherever you left off and you’re ready to continue.

Tips: Don’t set up Daily Logs way ahead of time. Create them as you go or the night before. You never know how much space you may need any given day.” Ryder Caroll

This is probably the most contested point of a Bullet Journal and one that I stand on for the sake of FUNCTIONALITY the firmest. Create your daily log as you go. Please DO NOT set up the days ahead of time as in a conventional planner. There are so many reasons for this.

You don’t know what the next day will bring! When people set up a box of a specific size and dimension in anticipation of a specific amount of stuff to do to fill that box and no more, you are mentally setting expectations on that day. If it doesn’t fill the day, subconsciously people feel the need to fill it with extra STUFF that doesn’t add to the function of your day, only to the minutia of your page. If you have more stuff than fits in your box, you feel like there was just too much going on, too many demands, not enough time or resources “Oh my gawd! where will I put any more notes? I can’t do more, there’s no room!” Sounds silly doesn’t it? It is. It’s added drama that no one needs. It’s the drama that the BuJo is intended to eliminate. You are setting up artificial standards for yourself days, weeks, months before you know what life will even look like.

Mind like Water.

David Allen in Getting Things Done expresses a very old Zen principle this way: “In karate, there is an image that’s used to define the position of perfect readiness: “mind like water.” Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact.”

Mr. Allen was speaking specifically about the response to data and I’m interpreting that to this specific function in the BuJo. Use as much space to record as you need for the day, no more, no less. Do not conform your needs to the artificial bounds of a box that you drew yourself based on measurements that some printer decided upon without any consideration of you, your needs or your life!

Now THAT sounds silly, doesn’t it?

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