Hi! I’m Brian Hazard, MA, CADC, CODP I, HS-BCP. (Look at all those letters… It’s like soup!)
I’ve been studying productivity and organizational techniques ever since discovering the amazing book Getting Things Done by David Allen in 2014. I am constantly trying out new systems and experimenting with ways to get more productive and efficient. When I was diagnosed with adult ADHD in 2016, it answered a lot of questions and gave me some direction on what I needed to learn next. Then in October of 2018, I discovered Bullet Journaling and its amazing community.
My incredibly busy life has been a blessing, so now I want to help others benefit from everything I’ve learned about organization, productivity, and self-care.
I’ve worked as a counselor and administrator in the field of substance use disorders (addictions) since 2006. In 2020 I was the Vice President of Clinical Services of a large drug rehab when it occurred to me that I had gone down the wrong path. I struggled with time management and procrastination because I hated my job and couldn’t admit it. So I took the plunge, quit my fancy high-paying job, and started doing what I love most – being a counselor at Unbroken Family Counseling in Plainfield, IL. Check out my fancy Psychology Today profile! Now I get to spend my time helping people help themselves and creating content both here and on YouTube. I get to focus on mental health, addictions, and self-discovery – and I couldn’t be more excited!
I love to teach, so in summers past I worked as a subcontractor for Asmodee Games, demonstrating Fantasy Flight Games at Gen Con (can’t wait until we can have conventions like that again). I am a person in long-term recovery from using any drugs or alcohol since 1997 and I continue to interact with others on the same path. I have been mentoring others in recovery since 1999 and am currently mentoring 7 men. I also infrequently travel and speak for recovery events
For fun, I am an avid tabletop gamer and amateur singer/guitarist who dabbles in video/audio editing. I like making small, metal models (Metal Earth – so cool) and putting together nice, wooden organizers for my board games to live in. In addition to running this website and interacting regularly in the Facebook groups, I also run two small YouTube channels – Game Spasm (for gaming) and this one (for everything else). Last year, I decided to combine the rules for my favorite 4X game and its expansions into one giant, easy-to-reference, 52-page Master Rule Book which I continue to update… because I didn’t like juggling the books while playing. 🙂
In-between all of the above, I fit in meditation, journaling, self-help meetings, and a monthly men’s meeting – all while continuing to experiment with other forms of self-care.
While I look very organized and productive on the outside, I continue to be challenged just like everyone else. I keep exploring and experimenting with the tools that can help make me a better Brian.
I have a beautiful wife of 18 years (Jenny), two sons in their twenties, a noisy cat named Malcolm, and an adorable pooch named Kaylee, and a lunatic mutt-pig-horse-dog named Kit.
I created Frankenlog to meet my own needs, but I made Frankenlog.com to see if I could help others meet their needs as well. Let me share my experiences and discoveries with you!
About My tools
These are the things that keep me moving in the right direction (updated 12/28/20).
- Calengoo (Android)
- The Pomodoro Technique
- Last Pass
- Official Bullet Journal Edition 2
- The Bullet Journal Companion app (Android)
- Tombow Mono 03 Drawing Pens
- The Moxiedori Journal Ruler
- Samsung Galaxy Fold 3
- Lenovo Yoga 9i (an update to my faithful Yoga C930)
- Amazon Kindle for Windows
- Custom Frankenlog A5 Journal Cover by Allegory Goods (link is to the non-custom “Frost” model)
- Allegory Goods Arc Edition Pen (made with historic wood – really cool)