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!