Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Bullet Journal?

I am such a stationery fiend.  I love the stuff.  Notebooks, pens, tapes, clips.  Anything you can find in the stationery department I will love it!!!

I have many notebooks and quite a few of this style which I bought a couple of years ago when they were on sale and very reduced in price.  They are lovely notebooks, 100% British made, they support the Woodland Trust and are lovely colours and paper.  Of course I have quite a few other notebooks too!  Not all of which have owls on them!


When I started using this notebook at the start of 2015 it was in rather a random way.  Just odd lists of things to do.


Then I started adding my monthly meal plans.  This worked quite well and is something that I have continued with and will continue with going forward.


Some other things worked fairly well such as this list of things to do in the garden for last year.  We got most of the things done!



I then started listing all of the chores I had to do each week.  The trouble was these lists got longer and longer and often repeated the same things day after day, week after week and month after month.  I spent more time writing things out than I did actually doing the things I needed to do - well, that was what it felt like anyway!!  You can see that I was getting larger and larger numbers of things to be done.

I was feeling rather overwhelmed by it all and this year I have fallen totally off the wagon.  It just wasn't working for me.  No matter how I tried to colour code the lists!


Recently I have been watching some podcasts and I recently found a lovely one called Holland Handmade which is hosted by Erin.  I have been watching it going backwards and recently Erin has been talking about her Bullet Journal and showing what she does and how she uses hers.

I realised that I have been doing a sort of Bullet Journaling even if I didn't realise it.  This could really work for me, I just need to do the things that work for me.

So this week I have started afresh.  This is the page that I made for this week.  It isn't perfect, I need to move what Erin calls the "habits" which are the things you do every day up to the top or bottom rather than having them on every day.  I also need to make a space for meals and extra notes.  This is a work in progress though and I can change it next week.


Instead of writing out the other jobs every week or month I have done one list and then a tick sheet on the next page.  As I complete them I can just tick them off and I only need to write out the list once.  Also I can easily see at a glance if I missed something in the previous month so perhaps need to be sure to get it done in this month.


I don't know if this is perfect or where this will take me, but so far I like it and I like the idea that I can make it what I want it to be.  I also really like the chart idea so that I don't spend so much time writing lists, but still have them accessible.

Erin also writes journaling and other things into her journal, that isn't something that I do, but I will add other things such as a page to track the books I have read, the steps I have taken - failing badly on that one recently!

There is only one downside at the moment which is the notebook that I am using.  It doesn't fold flat and is therefore a bit tricky to write in.  I have about half a dozen of these books though so I will keep going and use them and then when they are done I will find something better to use that lies flatter.  Waste not want not though in the meantime.

I am looking forward to this and developing it into what I want it to be.  If it works I will share more with you as and when!

Thank you Erin - if you are reading this! - for the pointer in this direction.

Joining with the lovely Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration.  Do go and visit!

Amy

43 comments:

  1. Oh Amy...I too love all things stationery...notebooks, pens, pencils, writing paper, journals...your notebooks look just like mine...I have lists for everything but it's feels so good when I look back at a week in my book and see things ticked off...if I can capture it all down on paper it's not cluttering my head!....Debbie x

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  2. I use my notebooks to keep details of web sites, books garden stuff, and for scribbling odd ideas of things I want to research, I have post it notes on my computer that pop up on my screen that I use for shopping lists and things to do.

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  3. I really like the idea of doing a bullet journal like that, but finding the time to keep it updated I just know I'd never be able to keep it up!

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  4. I love stationary too far more now than when I attended school. I have several items on the go which seems to fit in well with what I want xx

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  5. What lovely notebooks. I tend to use mine on holiday writing down places I have visited. Now you have given me food for thought. Have a great day. B x

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  6. It's always interesting to see what others do. I too keep a bullet journal but have now progressed to an A5 ringbinder filled with my own blank templates. I organise slightly different from you, by having a monthly(ish) list of things to do around the house and from that list I pick 6 daily using the 1-2-3 system; 1 big thing (in terms of importance or length of time it'll take to complete), 2 medium things and 3 smaller things. I've regularly got more done by using this system. I do a similar system for the garden chores.

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  7. I love note books, I just buy them because........ I don't why I just love note books
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  8. I found the Bullet Journal website back in January after I bought a lovely notebook in the sales. I usually update it for the next week on Sunday so I know what I need to do in the week ahead. I am in the middle of having an extension built so it is keeping me on track with ordering everything. It's good for jotting ideas and it's keeping me sane!!
    Good luck with yours the only downside is that I've spent hours on Pinterest looking at beautifully decorated examples.

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  9. It all looks very organised Amy. I think I might prefer writing in the notebook to actually doing the jobs! x

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  10. I am a fan of lists, although not perfect for everyone it seems to work for me. I love notebooks, my family always top off a gift with a notebook they know me so well.

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  11. Lists are a classic management tool, but a longer and longer list just becomes a series of aspirations which are never achieved. That can be daunting and demoralising. The list has to be broken down in some way - as you have done - to make it achievable; people need to see progress. I use wire bound red and black books for work - not as nice as your owl, but inexpensive, good quality paper and very practical; the pages lie flat, you can fold the covers back and rip pages out too (which can be immensely satisfying!!).

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  12. Another huge fan of all things stationery here. Love lists, too, but these days find myself adding something I've actually done to the to-do list, just so that I can tick something! Can't just be me, surely?

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  13. Wow you are so organised Amy! I'm not a lover of lists so I tend to use notebooks by subject area ie. one for gardening tasks and for recording what I sow/grow, one for my business, full of ideas for future makes, orders, business plan etc, and one for recipes I want to try out. Household chores are done on an ad hoc basis (!) and meal planning in my head dependent on what I fancy cooking/eating or what we have available! Admin stuff just gets put on the calendar as a reminder, dealt with asap and ticked when done. It works for me as I tend to get more stuff done like this than if I have lists, as I've tried to do in the past, which always puts me off and i'll do anything but whats on the list - reminds me too much of work!
    Good luck with the charts!
    Gill xx

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  14. I love stationery too and I'm a big fan of my filofax. I find one of its most useful features is that you can move the pages around, so for instance, my regular jobs can be written out on a page and moved forward week by week or month by month as required. The same with other things too, the layout is so flexible. Have you tried a ring binder like filofax rather than a notebook, it may suit you better.

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  15. You are very well organised indeed Amy, I wish I was, too. I have no schedule for anything unless it has a deadline imposed by someone else. I tidy the clean laundry away when there is nothing left in the drawers, clean the kitchen floor when the crumbs annoy me etc... hopeless. I do love stationary and am easily lured into buying yet another sparkly purple pen or a notebook. Unfortunately I can't bring myself to actually start using a notebook... they are too pretty for my scribbles. Ah well, in my next live maybe :-)

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  16. Interesting idea, I love list making but I'm one of those people that has more fun making the list of jobs than actually doing them. Hope your new system works for you :)

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  17. I love journals, notebooks and stationary, too! I adore your journal with the owl on it, because yes, I love owls, too. :-) I am also a list maker but I'm afraid I'm not as organized as you. I start to make lists in notebooks and then I forget about them or get frustrated at so many lists!

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  18. Good luck! I've started so many journals for different reasons over the years and never, ever do I keep up with them. I wonder if I cab ever really be an organized, focused person. :/

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  19. I like the way you've organized it. I keep trying, I love listing things, but I get lazy.

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  20. Loving the lists and all the stationery. I have so many blank notebooks and i still love to buy more. Good luck with the journalling :)

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  21. I like these ideas as I'm a person who likes to tick off things on my lists. I like the idea of doing the regulars across from the sheet to check off the box. Genius. I just bought a new journal book so I might be trying this new technique. Thank you...

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  22. Interesting and totally fascinating. I love lists, I love being organised and I like the power of writing something on the family list as a pragmatic way of getting bloke to do something which if I asked him with my voice he would say I was nagging!! Clever eh? Jo x

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  23. I love stationary and I love lists. My husband jokes that I buy more in September than the girls - or maybe it's not a joke ha! I constantly have a list on the go, usually with a little note to remind me where to find the others and I am not joking about that. It works for me though and if I ever forget it I'm lost. A great post Amy xx

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  24. I keep listed journals for holiday meals including the recipes and I keep a garden journal, which is very easy because I just sketch it mostly labeling what is planted where and how it did last year. The household chores one ... I'm with you...scrub it, repeat! =D

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  25. Such lovely notebooks to keep you organised. I used to keep list after list when I was working but tend not to now. I do love pretty notebooks and journals:)

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  26. notebooks that open and stay flat . . are marvelous
    still, i start cramming stuff in and . . well . . sigh . . stuff happens.
    Thanks for sharing with us . . .

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  27. I am also a stationery fiend and adore notebooks and pens in particular. I love the idea of a bullet journal, will have to give that one a go when I have a chance to sit and get it organised. I think I need to combine my notebooks and perhaps just use the one, I currently have a book journal which I am proud to say has recorded all my books read since 1987 (now on my 3rd notebook) and I have one for my menu plans and yet another for my crochet ideas/information/colour schemes. Your post has inspired me to write some task lists and then just perhaps I will become more organised. xx

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  28. I do love a good list. I don't have anything as lovely as you to write them in though. It's about time I treated myself to a pretty notebook. X

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  29. I too have lots of notebooks - but many of many have not a word written in them!! Your lists are incredibly organised - can you come and organise me please!!

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  30. I love, love, love notebooks as well, and I always look for ones that are Made In Britain - the most important thing. Just now I was looking through a small (ahem) pile of them picking a fresh one out for something. Can't resist them. My son is the same. He tried to persuade me into a stationery shop on Saturday. I said, "No, we're not to be trusted in there". A narrow escape. CJ xx

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  31. i have a friend, her mom has a book of meal planning from years in the past ... it is amazing to see what they ate each night of the week. personally i always want to do this but i find i need to eat different things because i feel i get in a rut ... i dislike that. i always want the hubby's input ... i know what i love ...but he tends to not agree. i can only imagine if you did have kids and had to feel folks who didn't love what you liked. my Dad has a lot of health issues or what he can & can not eat ... i do make lists but i find a lot of the time they get misplaced or lost .. i see ladies who do those schedules/or calendars & i find that would take me a long time to do or get worked up. more time than i want to do or take... i would prefer to use my time in other places. ( ;

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  32. Isn't it fun to mess around with how we order our days? I must say I am far from consistent when it comes to a certain type of journaling, but I'm always interested to see what can be done. I've pinned a few bullet journaling pins. You get a lot done, Amy! I'm glad you are all well and good.

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  33. Thank you Amy for such great ideas. The pointers you shared are very useful. I have a daily calendar but I find it's hard to write my daily activities in it. Have a great day, Pat

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  34. I enjoyed this post so much Amy! I love seeing how others organise themselves. I love a list and I make one for myself every night of what I need to do the next day. It's the only way I can stay on top of things as I work almost full time, my wee daughter has lots of activities and social engagements (!) and I can't stand my house to be messy! I just make a list in the notes part of my phone. It works for me and I love it when I manage to get everything done from my list although admittedly this doesn't happen every day!
    Marianne X

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  35. You are such a Lady after my own heart Amy! I'm such a list person too -and something about the visual nature of it - as well as crossing off or checking off what's completed - just so satisfying!! Lol

    Thanks for sharing and love the great tips! :) xoxo

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  36. Your lists are so detailed! It was kind of fun reading through a couple of them though ;) I like making lists, but usually just short ones for the day ahead. And usually they have something fun in them involving sewing or baking. You put my method to shame, but I don't think I'd have the patience to achieve the list making method you are adopting. Good luck with this Amy, if anyone can make this work I know you can!
    Wendy x

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  37. I love to write things down and make lists too. I should add walking to my list as I see you have. Maybe I would be more faithful then.

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  38. I love writing in journals too and since I have been getting older I have a book just to remind me of what to do each day. I don't think it is so much of not remembering to do things, it is that I procrastinate more now. I also agree that I do not like the ones that are hard to lay flat. When looking for new books I always look for the ones that do lay flat now.

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  39. I like this idea, Amy! I am always making lists, too! It's always fun to look back and see all that was accomplished. Every once in a while I find one from years and years ago. I've never kept them in journal form, but now I will try it. Thanks for sharing. xx Karen

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  40. I am a notebook buyer as well as pens, I love pens. I find this post fascinating and it makes me want to bullet journal every single thing in my life!! thanks for sharing.

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  41. I'm a letter-writer so I am definitely a stationery fan also. I love the idea of bullet journals even if it is just a way to keep all of my lists in one place. Yours looks good Amy and the best thing, it works for you.

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  42. This whole idea appeals to me so much... But then I do love a list!

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  43. Last year I finally devised my own to do lists for each week, each month and then quarterly jobs which needed doing around the home. I also sorted out how I want my diary pages to look and bought a plain writing pad so I could write out my own as nothing pre-printed was what I wanted. I'm loving this post, it's something which is I may be able to use to further my organisation quest. Thanks for sharing and I'll be back to read it again!
    Lisa x

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