Hey all! In my last post I talked a little about my new Years Resolutions. Here’s a little recap and how I’m progressing:
1)Enjoying who and what I have: I feel like I’ve done a lot better on this part! There are still times where I struggle, but you can’t change a whole mindset overnight. I think our whole family is focusing more on what makes us happy and just enjoying each other. It’s been a real win!
2) Being more focused and organized: Guys, I am kicking butts and taking names! I have my Bullet Journal 90% complete and it has helped me be SO much more productive! I thought I’d share a little info about it in this post.
So Bullet Journals (BuJos) are kind of a huge deal. Look them up on Pinterest or Facebook. It’s insane that I hadn’t heard about them before. Huge shout out to my friend Chelsea for introducing them to me.
The whole premise of BuJos is to have everything you need in one place. No more sticky notes hiding all over, and files on the computer, and to-do lists on scraps of paper in your purse and grocery lists on the fridge. It’s everything combined into one. And the best part is that you can completely customize it to what suites you because you choose what to include and what the layout will be! Sounds perfect, right?
When I started looking at BuJos, it was overwhelming. People seriously go all out in drawing and creative scripts for their BuJos. They look like works of art. Now, I don’t know about you, but my hand writing stinks and I can draw to save my life. I’m also a super perfectionist and don’t like things to look sloppy or unorganized, which I knew would happen if my horrible handwriting took over a whole journal. So I was really struggling with how to make this idea work.
After pondering on this for a day or two, I went right back to the initial idea that I can customize this to be what I need it to be. So that’s exactly what I did. I jumped on Word, made a list of any and every thing that I could think of to include in my BuJo and started making printable layouts on the computer. I’ve made a layout for every page that I could possibly think to include, from monthly/weekly/daily to-do and goal sheets, to savings and money transfer plans, to my baking orders, keeping track of work counts when I write, what songs and games I can play with my son, and SO MUCH MORE.
I printed everything off. Slipped them all into sheet protectors and put them in a pretty 3-ring binder. Perfection. I couldn’t be happier! Having everything sorted out and organized has helped me to be more productive this week. Even the process of thinking through everything I wanted in the journal was a journey. It’s helped me realize what I value the most and want to focus on this year.
I know this won’t be the last you hear about my BuJo. I’ll be posting about specific sections down the road. Why? Because it could help someone else down the road. That’s why! What not share what helps us succeed? And honestly I’m just really proud of it and it makes me oh so happy. Cause I’m kinda nerdy and get excited about organizing stuff.
Have you found any ways that help you be more productive? Whether that be in writing or life in general? I’d love to hear your methods!