Meet the designer who revolutionized analog note-taking with Bullet Journal
I’ve found nothing as fast and flexible as good old pen and paper when it comes to capturing my ideas. The blank page just gets out of the way, the tools disappear and it’s just about the ideas.
My Bullet Journal acts first and foremost as a capturing and filtering tool. It’s the first, but not the last step in my organizational process. Given that the nature of my work is collaborative, I use digital tools also.
Yes. I usually use Trello, as I find it’s easiest project management tool for clients to grasp, and more importantly, to use. Simply put, it’s not about using the Bullet Journal for everything, it’s about using whatever tools are best for a given situation. Too many tools get in the way of being productive.
It’s coincidental. Until the Kickstarter, the Bullet Journal did not generate any income. That said, the Bullet Journal did lead to work. I think side projects today are most valuable kind of resume you can have. Show, don’t tell.
That has happened. My best advice is to create simple contracts that are very clear about deliverables and timelines. In that contract, build in a section that covers conditions for additional work and what is not included in the scope. That section should include how the client can order work that is out of scope. That way you have a defined scope, but also have the flexibility to scale a project in a way where both you and your client are happy.
Definitely. I think the biggest difference now is how I explain what the Bullet Journal is.
The simplest advice I can give is be your own problem solver. When you get frustrated with something, dismantle the feeling and address it head-on instead of shrugging it off. Come up with a few actionable steps that will help iron out what’s going on or how you can avoid the situation in the future. In short, learn from you mistakes by taking the time to study them.
Time was always the biggest challenge. It’s your most valuable commodity. Managing it becomes a critical balancing act. On the one side of the scale is keeping the lights on, and on the other, is staying sane. Make sure you charge what you’re worth even if it means passing up some gigs.
Find other people in your field. Community is critical, and it’s something I didn’t realize until far too late into the game. Aside from networking, surrounding yourself with people who are very good at what they do, will make you learn faster and push harder. It will make you better. Always be learning.