Bullet journaling

Not to be confused with Mark Bullett. 😉

Long story short, it’s this interesting way of using bullet lists to organize your day and get shit done. Being a penmanship and line weight nerd, I was instantly drawn (ugh) to the concept upon discovering it over the long holiday break a few weeks back.

If you google it, you’ll find an endless supply of Pinterest superstars; gorgeous daily planners you’d not be crazy to assume were created by people whose one thing to do that day was draw a fancy calendar.

I’m using some of those ideas. (I’m a creative nerd, remember?) But I’ve held off on mentioning it here until I had a sense of how well it would work out for me, personally.

Truly, there is power in the bullets themselves; the way you differentiate appointments and critical stuff from the rest of the day’s notes and ideas. But the real power comes from developing a habit around writing down your goals and proactively working to achieve them.

I’m even color coding this shit. Like some kind of wannabe Pinterest superstar. Lulz.

But three weeks in, bullet journaling is proving useful.

If you live and die by your to-do list—and like carrying around clever notebooks and pens (nerd)—you might want to check this out.

A side hustler cut from the same cloth

I talked to a guy who’s launching a new magazine today.

He’s a side hustler like me. Works a full-time day job, spends 3-4 hours A DAY commuting, is involved in professional group activities, AND he’s standing up a new magazine. By himself.

Chris tells me, “He told me the first issue was 70 pages—no ads.”

Chris knew this was significant, but wasn’t sure how to reply other than, “I gotta introduce you to Brian.”

I’ve got one customer cranking out 80-90 pieces of content per month with a team of SEVEN.

I’ve helped another build a team on a Friday afternoon that delivered 40 pieces of content over a weekend.

But this guy—this guy—is cut from the same cloth.

The case for less than 7 hours’ sleep a night is getting airtight.

I don’t have a 7 year horizon. Yet.

Also inspired by Valeria Maltoni’s Learning Habit newsletter. Check it out.

I love the thinking behind a seven year horizon. It’s less than an arbitrary decade, but longer term than most. Compromise, and yet not.

In June, I was let go from LeadMD. They’re a tribe of fierce robots hell-bent on delivering results to customers. LeadMD was founded in 2009.

I started GBXM in 2009.

My friend Adnan runs CarThrottle.com. He started that in 2009 as well. (Gave me the ground floor opportunity in 2010, too, but I passed because GBXM.) He now has millions of subscribers and offices in London and New York.

GBXM never went anywhere.

More and more, I think the lesson learned is compromise has its place, but not when it comes to delivering value.

In any case, I’m in the process of rebooting GBXM. Again.

I don’t have a seven year plan. I don’t even have a three year plan.

It’s just the thing I feel like I need to do right now.

Where will I be in seven years? When GBXM turns 15?

I don’t know, but there’s only one way to find out.