Status Reports

Status Report #31: 2020 Visions

Yes, the bad eyesight pun is absolutely intentional. I even put it in my bullet journal.


Also, I want to do a quick shout out to my friend Dani, who made this journal for me. She makes these absolutely beautiful notebooks out of recycled cardboard boxes. They’re very pretty and very well made. I’m going to be sharing some pictures of mine in this post, and if you like what you see, I encourage you to go check out her Etsy shop and give these notebooks a little love.

The start of a new year has a lot of symbolic weight to it, and I feel like that weight is stronger going into 2020 since it is also the start of a new decade. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks thinking about the concept of new beginnings, and about New Year’s Resolutions. Symbolically, a new year is a new beginning, and with it often comes a desire to better oneself, to make that new beginning meaningful. And, while I think New Year’s Resolutions can ultimately be good, I feel like there’s also a little bit too much weight placed on them. And, as someone who tends to fall into cycles of trying really hard to better myself before ultimately giving up a few weeks to a few months later, one of the most important lessons I’m trying to take into the new year is not to commit to too much too quickly, no matter how much the symbolism makes me want to.

So, that being said, my big major New Year’s Resolution for this year is to keep a bullet journal and, specifically, to be consistent with my bullet journal. If you don’t know what a bullet journal is, it’s basically a type of low budget planning system that you keep in a basic notebook. (Here’s a link to the official video explaining it.) I’ve kept a bullet journal off and on over the past few years, and I’ve found I’m a lot more organized when I’m actively updating it, so I wanted to commit to keeping it up for the entire year.

I keep my bullet journal pretty much exactly the same way it’s explained in the video, just with a little more washi tape and some stickers to add color. That said, for January, I added in a page of things I wanted to get done in the month (most of which I’ve blurred out in the picture for privacy reasons), and a couple additional trackers for fun and stats. The most pertinent one for Entropy is the project tracker, where I’m just writing down what I work on each day….for fun and stats. (I like stats, okay.) Something you might notice is that we are barely two weeks into 2020 and I have already started working on a project that has absolutely nothing to do with my current WIPs.

What does this mean for Entropy? Not a whole lot, just yet. My focus for January is more on my personal life and on cleaning my apartment while it’s cold and miserable outside and I don’t have anything better to do anyway, so Entropy’s sticking to the status quo for a bit. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some changes coming in the new year. What changes? Not sure yet. Just, changes. 2020 visions, if you will.

One thought on “Status Report #31: 2020 Visions

  1. I like the title of your journal. You may remember that ten years ago, I had a short story published in an anthology called 2020 Visions. David Gerrold, the writer of “The Trouble with Tribbles” also had an essay in there.


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