style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
The Bullet Journal. I'm actually ill-prepared to write about this topic. I just started my very first bullet journal. Like, two weeks in, complete beginner. It’s really too soon to report any success or failure. But I figure a girl can speculate and share what’ she’s learned so far…
If you've never heard the term Bullet Journal or have only a vague notion of what it is, here are the basics. In a nutshell, it's a notebook that's used to house all of your calendar items, lists, ideas, wants, needs and more.
It's like a diary and a desk calendar and a to-do list all bound together.
I’m a self-proclaimed paper person. I’m not exactly sure why, but I have a long-standing obsession with paper.
Truth be told, I came to view this situation as a problem even before Marie Kondo brought it to the forefront of my tidying project. I tend to have too much paper in circulation at one time.
Too many notebooks, too many lists, too many journals, too many calendars.
I realized long ago (with my sweet husband’s help) that I needed a new system. Enter the online calendar. Which definitely has it’s perks. Using an electronic calendar has greatly improved my life in many ways.
But I've found that when using my Google calendar, I fall short in one crucial area of execution...I rarely manage to transfer my to-do list items onto my Google calendar.
And if I actually do assign each task to a day and time...I rarely follow through and do the task! Seems I don’t refer to my laptop or phone when it’s time to DO the to-do list.
Then with little accomplished and more to do, I reach for a clean sheet of paper to scratch out a new list.
This method works just fine until I've started five separate lists. Then it’s madness. There’s no hope of actually completing anything!
Next I gather all of the little lists and rewrite them...creating one GIANT MASTER LIST! Ta Da! All good. Except most of that stuff never gets crossed off or transferred to my online calendar.
What's a modern paper-loving girl to do?
Enter the Bullet Journal.
I saw several inspiring women using this method at the Nine Revolution. (The retreat I attended in September, more info here). I was intrigued by their stylish, personalized, creative notebooks. I heard whispers of the wonders of bullet journals. I wanted one!
Upon returning home, I decided to explore the available options in the world of Bullet Journals.
I learned that I needed a notebook. A pen that made writing fun and didn’t bleed through the pages. And maybe a few colored markers or stickers.
Then I took myself on a field trip to Michael’s craft store. Big mistake.
An entire aisle is dedicated to the goods one might need to maintain a proper bullet journal. Stickers and stamps. Calendar templates and Washi tape. I wanted it all!!!!
Until I paused long enough to take a breath and remember my truth.
When starting a new project, especially one that involves cool supplies, I have a tendency to go ‘all in’ too soon. Stocking up before I'm sure that the 'new thing' is really my thing.
I’m thrilled that I now recognize this about myself.
I’m proud to say that I bought just one pack of fancy stickers at Michael's and a hard-cover notebook at Costco (came in a three-pack, I gave the other two to Matthew). I found a fast-writing ballpoint pen and a few Paper Mate colored markers at home.
I watched a few informational Bullet Journal videos. And it was time to begin.
For me, the toughest part was actually putting pen to the first clean page and hoping I didn't mess it up. Once you get rolling, it’s quite fun and peaceful to have everything in one place.
The early report:
So far, this system is working for me. I still use my Google calendar for the big picture. The bullet journal allows me to keep track of what used to be on five different lists. And the best part...there’s an actually X’ing out of the finished tasks! Woohoo!
I was really missing that part with my Google calendar:-)
I’ve committed to using a bullet journal for the rest of 2017. I figure that will give me enough time to see if it actually works for me.
And if this method is a keeper, I will welcome 2018 by sprinting into Michael’s and stocking up on all the bullet journal things!
If you'd like more information on Bullet Journals, I suggest spending some time on YouTube. There are dozens (and dozens) of videos to help you get started. Keep in mind that there is truly no wrong way to do this. Your journal can be simple or elaborate...you decide what works for you.
Okay, your turn.
Do you keep a bullet journal?
Please share your thoughts and tips!
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