No, this is not a discussion on firearms. In my never-ending quest to find better ways to do things, I recently came across the Bullet Journal.
The basic idea is to help you keep track of your information, tasks, appointments, etc. using a good old-fashioned notebook and a pen. You set up the notebook using the Bullet Journal system and create various parts like an Index, a Future Log, a Month Log, a Day Log, Collections and more. You are encouraged to use the parts of the system that work for you, delete or modify the parts that don't, and add in new parts that suit your individual needs.
After you have it set up, you add your information using various symbols and short sentences to the appropriate parts of the journal. A dot indicates a task, a circle indicates an event and a dash indicates a note. This lets you know what category of information you are dealing with at a glance. You can also add signifiers, like an asterisk to indicate something is important. (There are, of course, 'hacks' out there for different symbol systems.)
There are a lot of moving parts to getting a book to market beyond putting words together in a coherent format. You need to run it past beta readers and editors, incorporate any feedback into revisions, produce the book (designing the cover or having it done for you, generating the eBook files, generating the print book files, getting proof copies of the print book and making corrections if necessary, create a good title and cover blurb, make audio recordings, etc.) and finally get it on to the market through distributors like Amazon, etc.
I'm hoping that the Bullet Journal will help me keep better track of all this. My current system is what you might call 'organized chaos.' But that is not a good long-term strategy. I generally know where things are in my environment and as long as people don't come in and move anything, I'm usually pretty good about retrieving things. I generally know where I am in the above process with any given work, but I'm just starting out. I'm sure as time goes on, being more organized will be of great benefit.
There is a whole community that has sprung up around this technique. Many participants recommend fancy notebooks, but to start off I'm using a plain spiral-bound notebook. There are many YouTube videos created by the community showing off different 'hacks' to the system. Many of the participants are also quite creative in 'decorating' their pages with art and stickers, truly making the system their own.
I started today and I'll try it out for a month or so, then evaluate whether or not it is helping me. Here's hoping it proves useful.