What bullet journaling is all about?

Even the famous entrepreneur Richard Branson devoted his success to the habit of journaling his ideas and plans in a notebook.

He once said: “I can’t tell you where I’d be if I hadn’t had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people’s) as soon as they came to me.”

At the beginning of the year, one of my team members shared the Bullet Journal explanation video with me. I’ve never heard of the Bullet Journal before. It was, however, something that I was keen to try out as I’ve been trying to inculcate the habit of journaling to no avail.

After one whole week of writing down my thoughts and tasks, I realized it was hard for me to find some ideas from the previous week that I needed. When I needed something from the last month, or from the past few months, it could be even harder, if not impossible. Ideas and plans will be buried in the many pages and I will not be able to categorize, filter or search through them without going through all the pages one-by-one

What I needed was a way to organize my journaling. The Bullet Journaling method is a methodology which helps to keep your journaling organized as your ideas are grouped together by categories, and what I like the most about this method is that I can easily go back to the previous week or month to review my tasks and plans.

Bujo future log
Bujo future log

The power of the Bullet Journaling method lies in its simplicity and flexibility. Every person can personalize it for their own needs.

To learn more about Bullet Journaling, head on to the website: bulletjournal.com

Join a tribe of Indie Hackers

I started this journey alone. This was not my first attempt. I had many ideas before this that I had built with my companions, but none of them ever got finished or completed.

Humans are social in nature. We were not made to function alone, and we need support when things are not going as planned. For that reason itself, joining a group of people with the same interest and life goals can be very helpful.

Indie Hackers
Indie Hackers

Indie Hackers is more of a community than an ordinary forum. That is a place where product builders can come and meet to learn and support each other. You can also ask for help or advice from those who are ahead of you but most importantly, it is to help those who are behind you on that same journey of life.

There is always someone who can benefit from your advice and experience. Even if you are just a beginner, and you think there is nothing you can teach someone, you are wrong. Someone can be great at programming but very bad at communication or time management.

There are always some areas which you are good at, and some that are you’re not so good at.

This will still be true even after years and years of constant learning. Sometimes, you will learn from people you never expected to learn from. So open up your mind. Do less talking and listen more.

Delegate tasks

In order to finish building my product and publish it one day, I know I’d have to delegate jobs that I’m not good at.

The first step to effectively delegate is to admit that I’m not good at everything that I do. With that, I’ve identified copywriting and marketing as some of the skills that I’m not particularly good at.

At the same time, I want to build a team. The reason is that I need people who know about the product and have a passion for it. Occasional freelancers are an excellent option but I need someone who can be there to help me when I need them the most. I need people who will like the product and be inspired to work for the betterment of the product that we’re building

Rynosuke Satoro
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean – Rynosuke Satoro

For a tiny startup that’s being self-funded by myself, having people who are proficient in many skills are very precious to me.

I started by delegating copywriting tasks and designing logos to freelancers that I hire from freelance platforms such as freelancer.com, Fiverr, Upwork, and other job sites.

In the beginning, it took time for me to properly describe the task, and it also involved a lot of communication to explain what I actually wanted.

It is very easy for misunderstandings to happen if you do not put properly describe the task that you want your freelancers to do. A lot of people will just post to your job offers without reading the post description, especially on freelancer.com.

For that reason, I’d suggest asking them to post a secret word into the proposal. If there is no secret word in the proposal, you’ll know that the person did not read the job description at all.

I’m quite satisfied with the results that the freelancers have produced for me. The logo made fitted my needs and the copy that I’ve used on a landing page beat my copy when I did a split test. I started an ad campaign on Facebook for my landing page and the copy that I had paid for had better click-through rates than the copy that I wrote myself.

In conclusion, I’ve learned that it’s better to hire skilled people and learn from them than to spend time doing something I’m not particularly good at

No matter the outcome, I’ll do my best to enjoy the process and to give myself a chance to grow and learn.

Final words

This is my plan laid out for all to see and I’m not going to quit this time.

In the past, I used to have shiny object syndrome. Whenever I was in the middle of a project and I saw another idea, I would stop whatever I was doing and work on the new idea I just saw.

The cycle just keeps on repeating and in the end, I accomplished nothing.

Sounds familiar, right?

Also, perfectionism was also my enemy.

I always aimed to be perfect.

And truth be told, you will never achieve true perfection.

That’s why I chose to ignore the idea of being perfect that I had in my mind and focused on the all-important 20% of the project that will satisfy 80% of my customer’s needs.

In this blog series, I will share with you the ups and downs that I will face throughout this journey.

I will be transparent with you and discuss the issues that I come across, things I’ve learned and also the amount of money I’ve spent on this project, from the development to the marketing.

I don’t know where the road will take me but I know that the journey there will be sweet!

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