Biannual Bibliothon 2017 Blogger Book Tag

By Rho Lall​

1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

2. What is your favorite genre to read in Summer?

​Most of what I read could be pejoratively labeled, " the gospel of success". I like business non-fiction. 

3.Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

​I prefer reading paperbacks by the pool or at the beach.

4.What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

Exercising my first amendment right to read a banned book. 

5.What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?

Come back to me on this one.

6.What are your plans for summer?

Going to N.Y.C. & D.C.

7.Do you have summer reading playlist,If not what would be on it?

I am re-reading my list of best business book ever for working professionals.

8.What is your favorite summer movie?

Live Free or Die Hard. The helicopter scene is the best!

9.What book do you read every summer,if not what thing do you do every summer?

B.B.Q. I smoke meat.

10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

None.

5.What fictional character(s) would you hang out in the summer if you could?

That is a hard one. I don’t read a lot of fiction so the list of potentials is literally, Harry Potter, & The Hunger Games. I am going to go with the small group of people who know what Covfefe’ means.

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Why Your Salary Will Always Be Below Average

By Rho Lall

Have you been on glassdoor lately? Maybe you’ve tried the Payscale salary calculator? Is your take home pay below average? Chances are it is. Use the calculator below and find out.

It’s ok . . . i’ll wait.

Did you check it out? Is that surprising? Before you start planning how to bring this up with your boss you might want to take a second look at that number. I'll explain.

Income follows a power law distribution.

There are two issues with this number. First you will run into trouble if you look for averages where there aren't any. Income follows a power law distribution.

What’s that?

If you have heard of Pareto’s 80/20 rule, that is a power distribution. For income, 80% of the income is earned by 20% of people. Don’t take that literally. 

If we plot out income (see image above) you would see a small number of people (in green) earn a disproportionately larger amount of money relative to everyone else (in yellow). 

If you try to take the average of a set of incomes (any power distribution) your average will wildly misrepresent the truth. It's going to underestimate a small number of people, and overestimate the majority. The average (in blue) makes it seem seem like higher incomes are more common than they are in actuality. Case and point:

Bill Gates walks into a bar and everyone inside becomes a millionaire . . .
 . . . on average.

Accurate, real-time salaries for thousands of careers.

So when you or someone else pulls up a report on glassdoor and circles the average salary, it is likely not telling the whole story.

But. You might ask, what if Bill Gates doesn’t walk into the bar? What if in this bar we only have locals who all work the same job. I like where your head's at. You might be onto something. But no, you’re not.

Income follows a power distribution even on a localized scale, it's just less noticeable. Let's look at SaaS Implementation Consultants in Provo, UT (see right). The average is $50,800. But look at the range. The low is $39K and the high is $78K. There are a few highly paid individuals driving the average up but most consultants probably earn less than 50K. In full disclosure I don’t know. But the point is neither do you.


The average is not representative of this sample. Let alone the salaries that were not reported.

Implementation consultant earn $50,800  in Provo, UT are on average.

Average is not the same as usual and customary.

Here is the second issue. What do you think of when I say average? When we talk averages, most people assume it's a mean. Most people would agree that average and mean are synonymous. That is not the case. An average doesn't have to be a mean. You can google the definition: a number expressing the central or typical value in a set of data, in particular:

the mode, median, or mean

When you read about an average, you could be reading about one of three different measurements. It's easy to be mislead. The government reports median income. Median is the middle number: 50% earn above median, 50% below. But what if I want to know what salary is usual and customary? What do most people make? This is the mode. If you want to get a sense of where the long tail on the power law distribution falls, the mode would work best. It will tell you what the most common salary is. That could be useful.


The lesson:

Don’t hang your hat on average salary. First, averages don’t fit the data very well. You can take the average, that doesn’t mean you should. Second, when you see an average take steps to learn what kind of average it is. Personally, I find the bookends, the high and low values of a range, to be more useful.

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Why would you want to learn to “Bull Doze Through Bull Sh*t”?​

  • Would you benefit from a deeper knowledge from your data? Probably.
  • Do statistics and data analysis intimidate you? It intimidates most people.
  • Do you want to be able to make use of all the data you have access to, so that you can make better business decisions? Of course you do!

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Would you benefit from deeper knowledge from your data?
Probably.

Do statistics and data analysis intimidate you?
It intimidates most people.

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What Makes The Difference

by Rho Lall​

Hey:

I want to share a story with you from my experience at BYU. It was a memorable lesson for me, and I hope you’ll get something out of it as well.

At BYU, it’s common for alumni to return as guest lecturers. In this case, one of the men in the story had returned to share his experience with us.

The story starts on a late spring afternoon, twenty-five years ago, the day two young men graduated from BYU. These men shared similar qualities. Both were better than average students, both were personable, both were returned missionaries, and both were filled with dreams and ambition for the future.

Recently, these two men returned to college for their 25th reunion.

They are still very much alike. Both happily married. Both have four children. And both, it turns out, work for the same bank.

But there is one big difference between them.

One of the men is a mid-level manager of a small department of that company. The other is president of his division.

What Made The Difference?

Why was it that one of the men was a division president, and not just a mid-level department manager like the other? What makes this kind of difference in people’s lives? Do you wonder sometimes?

It usually isn’t just native intelligence, talent, or dedication. It definitely isn’t that one person wants success, and the other doesn’t.

The difference lies in what each person knows, and how he or she makes use of that knowledge.

The man that became the division president simply made better decisions. Over time, that led to him getting more responsibility, and the status and pay that comes with it.

Our world is filled with information, and almost everyone has access to it. Your ability to make sense of that data, and to use it to make good decisions, is the best way for your set yourself apart.

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Why would you want to learn to “Bull Doze Through Bull Sh*t”?​

  • Would you benefit from a deeper knowledge from your data? Probably.
  • Do statistics and data analysis intimidate you? It intimidates most people.
  • Do you want to be able to make use of all the data you have access to, so that you can make better business decisions? Of course you do!

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Why would you want to learn to “Bull Doze Through Bull Sh*t”?

Would you benefit from deeper knowledge from your data?
Probably.

Do statistics and data analysis intimidate you?
It intimidates most people.

Do you want to be able to make use of all the data you have access to, so that you can make better business decisions?
Of course you do!
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Why You Shouldn’t Grade Employees’ Performance on a Curve

by Rho Lall​

If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading, "Managing Your Processes Using Averages May Be Hazardous to Your Company’s Health." from my ebook, Bull Doze Thru Bull Sh*t. And if you have questions feel free to ask. Really.

Here are a couple additional power tips:

If you remove the top ten percent of a power curve you are left with . . . a power curve.

That means you can split power distributions into leagues. In middle school, for example, I was captain of the Jr. Varsity Soccer team. I could have played varsity (meaning I could have sat on the bench for the season). My coach knew I would rather play. I felt successful as captain because relative to my JV peers I outperformed. I was happier. I contributed more in the JV league then I would have in the varsity league. You can create similar results for your team.

Another point to consider, performance is dynamic. Take the time to find the areas where you outperform. Take the time to find the areas where your team member outperform. I'd rather have a team of out-performers that excel across a variety of areas than a team of individuals competing against each other in one narrow area.

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#1 Best Tip to Improve Your KPI Dashboard

#1 Best Tip to Improve Your KPI Dashboard

By Rho Lall

Key Performance Indicators PDF

I Hate Averages. And You Should Too!

 

Hate is a strong word. But I do hate seeing averages used as KPIs. The problem is they are so prevalent. The only practice more prevalent is reporting on raw totals: We did this much in sales, we worked this many hours, etc. etc. (See my Key Performance Indicators PDF for a set of great examples.) Averages are terrible:

One. There are better KPIs that communicate more meaningful information.

Two. You can be taken advantage of when you rely on averages.

Did I Tell You About The Time I Almost Dated A Model?

I asked a girl for her number. She was clearly out of my league and she let me know it. I responded that she was acting like a ten when she was clearly a seven. She agreed! Then she started in on herself about how she needed a nose job. Her error? Only comparing herself to other models (not all women). She blew her nose out of proportion (double pun intended). I got her number (And didn't use it). The lesson. Don't be taken advantage of.

There are better options.

Why Averages Perform Below Average In Your KPIs.

 

Out of a group of two-hundred KPIs, I have researched the seven top KPIs for Professional Service firms. None of the seven are from taking averages. Six of them are ratios (and the seventh can be). Isn't that interesting. So what is so great about ratios?

Ratios reveal trends and makes large numbers easier to digest.

Ratios provide indicators of organizational performance.

Ratios allow me to compare apples to oranges.

 

Three Keys To Understand And Use Ratios.

 

First, ratios can be confusing because we were never taught to use ratios in a professional setting. We learned basic fractions. A half or a quarter is an intuitive number. I know what that looks like. I can imagine a pie which gives a fraction meaning. But if a ratio comes out to be 1.09, that is not intuitive. Is it 109%? 92%? Or something else all together?

Comment below on which you think is right?

 

Second, not every ratio is great. But the great ones compare two opposing metrics. Let's look at one of my top seven Professional Services KPIs. Revenue Per Employee. If you are in business then revenue is a positive. More revenue is better. More people isn't necessarily better. This ratio reflects the sensitivity between these two metrics. More revenue will drive the ratio up. More employees will drive it down. More employees will only drive the ratio up if synergies increase revenue at a greater rate. This ratio simplifies the relationship between revenue and employees down to a number. It also lets me compare two companies that are drastically different in terms of size and revenue.

 

Third. When I first started learning KPIs I spent a lot of time memorizing definitions. I tried to wrap my head around them. It was hard. I re-learned grade school fractions on Khan Academy because I thought it would help. It didn't. The memorization didn't either. For every new KPI I had to memorize a new definition. Don't waste time memorizing definitions!

There is a better way.

 

Next time . . . 

In my next blog I am going to teach you a very simple visual aid that has helped me break down ratios so I don't have to memorize definitions. Subscribe to my blog so you do not miss it! You might as well pick up my Key Performance Indicators PDF as well. It's free!

I'm shooting to have it out in about a week.

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I Got Fired because I made a huge mistake. What Now?

I Got Fired Because I Made A Huge Mistake. What Now?

By Rho Lall

There's an urban legend about a young executive sitting in Tom Watson Jr's office just waiting to be fired.

The year is 1968. The exec works at IBM. His boss is Tom Watson Jr, a leader of the information revolution. The issue at hand, a series of mistakes costing several million dollars. These mistakes led to him sitting across from Watson waiting for summary dismissal.

 

"I suppose after that set of mistakes you will be wanting to fire me."

 

Watson's response is now part of MBA cannon/lore:

 

"Not at all young man, we have just spent a couple of million dollars educating you."

 

Remember that the next time you make a mistake at work. But even if they fired you, the moral is to learn the lessons.

Source: Balanced Scorecard Diagnostics: Maintaining Maximum Performance.

 

8 Lessons Leaned When I Lost My Job Because I Made A Huge Mistake.

 

1. A lot of people get fired. Don't feel bad.

2. Verify what legally happened. Employers will "lay off" employees to limit risk of wrongful terminations suits. It is also a pain in the ass that requires a lot of documents. If it comes up during the interview keep your answer brief and to the point: "I worked at (that employer) for X years. I was responsible for . . ."

3. Ask for a letter of recommendation. It can hurt your pride, but not much else. A letter of recommendation makes calling for references unnecessary. If not from your supervisor, you can get them from other people in the company.

4. Never lie to a prospective employer.

5. With respect to Unemployment Insurance Benefits, do your homework. Rules and/or how they are carried out varies state to state.

6. Don't be a victim. It takes two to tango. If your side of the story is a version of "It's all their fault", you are only fooling yourself. Advocate for yourself, by avoid blaming, and be objective.

7. Learn from the experience. Take time for yourself to write down what you have learned from the experience. Share (even if it is only with yourself) the wisdom about yourself and your abilities that you have gained from this experience.

8. Remember, you are not Justine Sacco.

 

Justine Sacco used to work as the PR Director for InterActiveCorp (IAC). In 2013 she tweeted to a following of under 200 people,

 

 

Then she boarded her flight and turned off her phone for the eleven hour flight. When she turned it back on there was a message from her friend, "You need to call me right now! You are the number one world wide trending topic on twitter."

Jon Ronson does a fantastic job of telling her story:

 

 

Ronson doesn't finish the story. The story ends where it begun with the Gawker editor who first published Sacco's tweet, Sam Biddle:

Justine Sacco has a PR job she enjoys now, but she deserves the best and biggest PR job, whatever that may be. Give it all to her. Justine Sacco is the most qualified person in her entire field. She has the expertise of ten lifetimes when it comes to dealing with bad press. She survived a genuine personal crisis. She's unkillable, and smart, and she will tell you to shut up, idiot, it can't get any worse.

Learn from Justine. Learn from the experience.

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Is there Sunshine In Your Soul Today?

Is there Sunshine In Your Soul Today?

By Rho Lall

I keep telling myself that I am going to start writing about "work related" management and team building. And here is another post that is going to appear to miss the mark, at least on the surface. I say that because team work (I hate to use the term management, but if I don't it will not be clear that I am talking about leadership in management) is about building teams as much as it is about getting work done.

Elder Holland spoke during the Saturday afternoon session of conference. I resonate with what he said because this is the conversation we should be having. Instead, I blurted out, "This is the greatest talk I have heard in a long time #Amen."

 

 

 

Elder Holland confessed that he feels guilty singing of “blessings which [God] gives me now” amidst the world’s staggering economic inequality. “That chorus cannot be fully, faithfully sung until we have honorably cared for the poor." We live in challenging times:

 

"These challenges can come from a lack in us, a lack in others, or just a lack in life, but whatever the reasons, we find they can rob us of songs we so much want to sing and darken the promise of “springtime in [the] soul” that Eliza Hewitt celebrates in one of her verses [“There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today,” Hymns, no. 227]"

 

When we have challenges at work I will often chime in, "First world problems." It is helpful to put things in perspective and remember the assets, advantages and good fortune we do have. I'm not saying to put on rose colored glasses and gloss over challenges, I'm saying we need to take them off.

 

We build teams when we acknowledge the individuals on those teams. When we hear their challenges (and are supportive) we foster a strong team environment. 

 

 

And Jesus listening can hear
The songs I cannot sing.

This comforting verse gets lost in an otherwise sunny, bouncy hymn. Just because your song can't be heard doesn't mean it's not there.  Just because it does't conform doesn't mean it doesn't have value.

I don't mean to demean first world problems. Many suffer from mental and emotional illness and other debilitating health limitations. They must not suffer in silence. Elder Holland says, 

 

“When we disparage our uniqueness or try to conform to fictitious stereotypes — stereotypes driven by an insatiable consumer culture and idealized beyond any possible realization by social media — we lose the richness of tone and timbre that God intended when He created a world of diversity.”

 

Never abandon the choir.

 

These quotes underscore the value diversity brings to teams. Just as a choir needs a harmony of different voices, so does any team. It isn't enough to recognize the value, it is important to acknowledge everyone's seat at the table. A survey of CEOs asked about their role said their job is to maximize shareholder value. We should take a wider perspective on who we consider shareholders, they include clients & employees in addition to those who hold ownership interest.

“You are unique and irreplaceable,” says Elder Holland. “The loss of even one voice diminishes every other singer in this great mortal choir of ours, including the loss of those who feel they are on the margins of society.”

“And someday I hope a great global chorus will harmonize across all racial and ethnic lines, declaring that guns, slurs and vitriol are not the way to deal with human conflict.”

“There is room for those who speak different languages, celebrate diverse cultures and live in a host of locations. There is room for the single, the married, for large families and for the childless. There is room for those who once had questions regarding their faith and room for those who still do. There is room for those with differing sexual attractions.

 

 A choir is a team, just like a SEAL team or . . .  your team. Never abandon the choir, the sentiment is the same. Teams are stronger than individuals. A united team of poor performers will outperform a talented individual.

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VIDEO: A Simple Networking Tactic for the Non-Networker – includes the exact email script.

VIDEO: A Simple Networking Tactic for the Non-Networker - includes the exact email script.

By Rho Lall

Mark Granovetter, head of sociology at Stanford, discovered that weak-tie acquaintances were often more important than strong-tie friends because weak ties give us access to social networks we don’t otherwise belong to. This research has been discussed over and over again: The Power of Habit, Linked: The New Science of Networks, & The Tipping Point.

 

 

The white collar workers in Granovetter's study learned about new job opportunities through acquaintances, rather than close friends. Granovetter showed that weak contacts were twice as effective (28%) as strong contacts (17%) for finding a job. Casual connections were more likely to lead to a job.

 

This seems counter-intuitive. On the surface it appears close friends would be better. But if you think about it, you interact with close friends on a regular basis. You consume similar media. By the time they have heard about a new opportunity, so have you. It's your weak-tie acquaintances, i.e. rarely used gmail contacts, who can tell you about opportunities you would otherwise never hear about.

 

While you process this uncommon sense here's something else to consider. We assume society is homogenous because pop culture places so much emphasis on the individual. But it's not! Sociologists have learned that society is made up of groups of people, clusters. Granovetter's research shows these clusters are particularly important in channeling people into the best opportunities the economy has to offer. People trust and trust in people they know.

>75% of high end white collar jobs were found thru personal contacts or acquaintances, not close friends.

“But I don’t know what to say.”

First, you are overlooking the power of empathy. You bring value to the table because you understand and can share the feelings of those you connect with. Your job benefits other people, but have you lost sight of your human impact? It’s not the typical focal point of your work. There is value in the connection, but here are some ideas.

 

Do any little thing that benefits them, not you.

 

Or just send them a link they might find useful.

 

Still stuck? Okay, send them the link to the post you’re reading right now.

 

If this has helped you it can probably help them too. 😉

 

One great idea is Adam Rifkin’s “Five-Minute Favor”: a favor that takes less than five minutes. Imagine taking a couple minutes every day to help someone in a way that's a small commitment to you, but could be of large benefit to someone else. For an examples you can check out my five step decision making process or my Instagram bio.

For contacts:contact_email

For strangers:

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The Case for “Alternative Facts”.

THE CASE FOR
“ALTERNATIVE FACTS”

 

Is there is such a thing as an alternative fact?

Aren’t facts by definition true?

 

If proven false then don’t they cease to be . . .

fact?

 

In the land before the internet I enjoyed court room dramas. Inevitably the prosecution and the defense would take turns interviewing their experts who would present competing evidence. With the internet it is possible for any debate to become a courtroom drama. You can find evidence, facts, and experts that support any believe or opinion. Now for the matter at hand I don’t care if Trump had more attendees or not. My first thought when I see a headline like that is that there isn’t much going on at the moment, (but they have to report on something). I don’t think crowd size at the inauguration is blog-worthy, let alone a press conference, but I believe what has happened here is a microcosm of the larger drama between the Trump Administration and the media. That is worth taking a closer look at.

It’s worth paying attention because in this case we have access to all the facts. That will not always be the case. We can look at the facts and draw our own conclusion. Kellyanne Conway believes this incident is a “symbol for the unfair and incomplete treatment that this President often receives.” Is that what is happening here? Or do we have, as the Media tells it, a situation where government is brow beating reporters for telling the truth.

Recode does a fair job of covering the issue but there are some other sources I want to reference. It started with the Times reporting that fewer people attended President Trump’s inauguration than President Obama’s in 2009.

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The Times reports the images were both captured 45 minutes before the oath of office. The Times’ expert, Keith Still, estimates that the crowd on the National Mall on Friday was about one-third the size of Mr. Obama’s. He is a professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in England and a crowd safety consultant. He has consulted for the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as the Saudi government on crowds for the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

I tuned in about 10 min before noon. There were performances and prayers just before the swearing in of Vice President Pence. According to the Times attendees were still entering the National Mall up until Mr. Trump’s speech. Better late then never. That is like showing up to a movie for the last 15 min. There obviously was room for them. Fox news provides some additional facts that support the Times’ narrative.

Then Spicer entered the debate. I find it odd that the White House held a special press conference on Saturday ahead of the first scheduled conference on Monday to address the matter. He made five points to refute the Times:

“This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual.”

“All of this space [from Trump’s platform to the Washington Monument] was full when the president took the Oath of Office.”

“We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural.”

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”

“This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.”

Each of these points have been proven false. I have the same question Chuck Todd asks Kellyanne Conway in the clip below,

Why send Spicer to the podium to litigate a provable falsehood? Mind you about the smallest, pettiest thing.

“Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods,” Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r

Kellyanne makes a great point, “Presidents are not judged by crowd sizes, they are judged by their accomplishments.” She follows up with the statement,

“I am about things that are quantifiable and important.”

But the Trump Administration’s actions tell a different story. Is she avoiding the question?

So is there is such a thing as an alternative fact? Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods. I want to make the argument that we should consider and even seek out facts that contradict our opinions and beliefs. We don’t need to rename them. They are simply fact.

If proven false they cease to be . . .

fact.

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An Analog (Printable) Monthly Planner for Tech Professionals in 2017

WTF is a Bullet Journal?

An analog (printable) monthly planner for a digital world.

It is not about adhering to a system, it is about getting things done. Are you looking for a printable monthly planner for 2017? Probably not. I wasn’t. But now I’m trying out this new tool: a bullet journal. You can old school GTD with this tool. I wouldn’t consider it otherwise. David Allen, the creator of Getting Things Done (GTD) has said that all you need from your software is a good list manager. Bullet journals meet the need.  And if you are poo-pooing it because it’s analog . . .

. . . the cornerstone of almost every tech company today is a powerful analog task management system, stored on a whiteboard (or the nearest window), called Scrum.

 

Cliff’s Notes On Bullet Journals:

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Flexible enough to handle whatever I throw at it.

Fast enough that it doesn’t get in the way.

Track the past (Journal).

Organize the present (Organizer).

Plan for the future (Calendar).

 

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“Why opt for a print planner for 2017?”

I found this article to be really helpful:

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  • You can use any notebook but dot-graph paper is the most versatile.
  • You jot down quick notes instead of writing long sentences.
  • It is a to-do list, planner, & organizer . . . all-in-one.
  • You use several symbols to distinguish between notes, events, and to-do items. (See image of key page below.)

That makes a lot of sense to me. It is efficient and effective to roll these three records into one.

 

 

 

 

 

“It took me less than an hour to set up.”

There are a half dozen pages you need to set up the bullet journal. It really took no time at all.

Symbol Key & Index Pages.

printable monthly planner for 2017 - symbol key and index.

You use several symbols to distinguish between notes, events, and to-do items. You can customize them for your own use. The key page documents what they mean for reference: a dot for tasks, a dash for notes, & circles for events. The reference helps because symbols can evolve between books. The index page organizes important pages for easy reference.

Calendar Pages.

printable monthly planner for 2017 - calendar

 

Year At a Glance Page & Book List.

 

printable monthly planner for 2017 - year at a glance

I will go back and fill out the year at a glace as needed. I realized that I don’t write so much these days. I noticed certain muscles in my hand cramping up.

Weekly Log (Sprint) Page.

printable monthly planner for 2017 - weekly log

The weekly log #IMHO is the key to this whole system. A month is too long, and days are too short. The obvious criticism is the systems greatest strength. You can’t maintain a large backlog. That is a huge strength of this system. An over-sized backlog results from the inability to say no. A bullet journal will force you to say no because you need to copy over (migrate) the backlog to the next sprint. It forces you to think about items before moving them over. it’s also a great motivation to complete the weekly sprint (so you don’t have to migrate it forward).

Daily Log.

printable monthly planner for 2017 - daily log

I use my daily log to track my gratitude, happiness, and food journals. I also choose items from my weekly sprint to work on. Did you notice I fold my pages? This helps keep my notes short and minimizes white space on the page.

 

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Other References I Found Helpful.

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2017 At A Glance

Some updates for 2017

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