Using my Bullet Journal as a Planner – Update!

How the heck did it get to be April??? The first quarter of 2017 is already over, and it’s time to take a peek into how things are going with my BuJo (or if you missed my last post, my Bullet Journal).

I am actually super happy to be able to tell you that I am still using my BuJo very diligently. I love it SO much STILL!! Honestly, I have found that it has greatly reduced my stress level and anxiety.

Not at first though…It took me a couple of months to trust the system. When I first started, I would lay everything out and then wrack my brains and freak myself out thinking – What am I missing, what am I forgetting??? – because I was literally so conditioned to pretty much do this constantly in life. With so many plates spinning, it’s really challenging to remember everything, all the time. Sound familiar?

But truly, after a couple of months, I would lay everything out in my journal each week and think – Ah, there it all is, now I won’t forget. And everyday I would look at my to-do list and my schedule for the day and think – This is manageable, this is all there is for today, I got this! On my down time, of which I am actually finding I have some (imagine that!), I can rest easy and guilt free because I know everything has been remembered and taken care of. Seriously, this has been the biggest blessing that I have found from all this BuJo business – to truly rest and relax when it’s time to and know that I am making all my things happen and I am putting forth my best effort.

Another cool thing is that after 3 months of bullet journaling, I have finally figured out a weekly spread that works well for me. Here it is as a skeleton and with my weekly planner partially filled out.

WeeklySpread

I found that I like to have my long terms lists on the weekly spread, so they stay top of mind. I used to keep a daily gratitude log on a separate page, but I found that I was always forgetting to fill it out at the end of the day, so now I have it right here on my weekly spread. I LOVE taking a second every day to just note something I’m grateful for. It just helps to keep things positive and in perspective, ya know?

Here is how my monthly spread is shaping up.

MonthlySpread

I like to have a big open space to note what is going on that day, and then smaller spaces for morning, afternoon, and evening. One problem I am having is that there isn’t enough space to note when there’s more that one thing going on at once, like two things in the evening for example. I know this is going to happen more and more as my kids get older and are even more involved in activities. Next month, I might axe the time slots all together and just have a big, open line just to write down everything for the day.

So you see, it’s always a work in progress. I am always tweaking and reworking and figuring out what works best for my crazy life. My life is constantly changing, and so is my bullet journal. That’s why bullet journaling is so practically perfect!

And if my BuJo looks so different from week to week and from month to month, guess what? Your Bullet Journal is going to look COMPLETELY different from mine. No two bullet journals are alike. Yours is going to be perfect for your life, and mine is perfect for my life and that is awesome!

 

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Emma’s spinning plates include momming, wifing, substitute teaching and running her small business with Trades of Hope. When she isn’t busy with that, she can be found bullet journaling, organizing, knitting, baking, traveling, reading, dating her husband and hanging out with friends and family, all while listening to music. She is British, an ongoing survivor of bipolar disorder and an avid Belieber.

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