Showing posts with label bullet journaling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bullet journaling. Show all posts

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Experiment

This stage took me three to four months of designing pages and using my journal/planner daily to determine what pages I'd actually use. The only thing I knew for sure was that I  wanted to make my pages only once and then copy off more as I needed them.



I started with a composition notebook for a few reasons:
  • I like the size (9.75 x 7.5), will fit in my purse, and I can add more pictures. I also have more room to write on my calendar page.
  • They are inexpensive. I can get these during Back-to School sales for 50 cents. It didn't matter if I totally messed up my experiment.
  • I used so many composition notebooks in college that using them now feels like going home. I buy stacks of them every year even if I don't need any.
I made lists of everything I wanted to keep in my journal/planner.
  • Monthly calendar with a to-do list
  • Gratitude pages
  • 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin
  • Quotes
  • Reverse Bucket List
  • Story and Blog post ideas
  • To be Read list
  • Home projects
  • Fun with Grandkids
  • journal pages

I designed a blank monthly calendar with space for my to-do list for home stuff and writing goals. I have to add the dates and holidays but I don't have to plan out a new spread every month.



4 Gratitude pages came right after the calendar. I numbered each day and left 3 spaces per day. I should be able to find at least three things to be grateful for!

13 Virtues is a habit Benjamin Franklin started to improve his life. I took many of his ideas and added some of my own. I focused on one virtue every week. At the end of the day I evaluated my behavior and wrote it down.

I added a quotes page, a page for story ideas and blog posts, a to-be-read page, a fun with grandkids page...


And journal pages. I discovered having journal pages with my planner helped me write more consistently because of the convenience.

I experimented with tabs and borders and added pictures wherever I wanted. I tried out different colored inks. I tried out almost everything I saw on Pinterest.




I used stickers for the index instead of numbering pages. I thought it was brilliant at the time. I also added paperclips to the calendar pages for faster access.

At the end of four months I could see which pages I actually used and the ones that went to waste, like my doddle page or my Amazon wish list page.

PROS
  • I really liked being able to see my whole month and to-do list at the same time.
  • I was able to group my gratitude pages together after each calendar.
  • I really liked the size. Like I said before, big enough to add pictures and be able to write on the calendar and it still fit in my bag, but I also found that it fit my desktop perfectly.
CONS
  • I still had pages I didn't use.
  • I could only schedule one month at a time. Future trackers were just another list. I needed to see my months mapped out.
  • I had to tape in extra pages or cut out pages when I miscalculated how many pages a spread would take. I still wish I had more mobility.
Enter the Disc system.
To be continued...

Happy Journaling,



Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Journey into Journaling

Timeline:

2008--I started a Gratitude journal and only wrote when I
             remembered. It was not a priority.
2013--I discovered Art journaling. Not always pretty but it
             held my interest and I kept coming back. There is
             something about water coloring my own backgrounds
             that made me feel like a kid again.



I added favorite quotes and song lyrics.





It gave me a creative outlet.



I have always struggled to find a relevant planner. Pre-printed planners meant a lot of wasted paper because they didn't fit my life.






About this same time I decided what I wanted in a planner:

  • A desktop calendar/planner, a month-at-a-glance with a to-do list on the side.
  • Gratitude journal pages.

April 2013--I discovered the Bullet Journal on Pinterest.
          There are so many different ways to use a Bullet journal.
          I think it was originally designed as a minimalist way of
          of tracking a to-do list and goals. It's a type of planner
          that turns a calendar into more of a list.

Free printable at this website (copy and paste into your browser)
https://www.tinyrayofsunshine.com/blog/bullet-journal-reference-guide


PROS
  • I love making lists and this is the grandmother of all lists.
  • The journal most often used for this had good quality paper--dot grid helped me keep my letters more uniform in size.
  • It made a good goal tracker.
  • It was adaptable to any life.
CONS
  • The most common journal used was small 5 x 8.
  • Had to draw out new daily, weekly, and monthly calendars/spreadsheets.
  • Had to number all of the pages and make an index because like pages were rarely grouped together.
  • Had no way to schedule future appointments because one month at a time is built. The future tracker was a list. I need to see the whole month.
  • The whole process seemed to take more time than I wanted to invest.
My Epiphany
At first thought, the Bullet journal system was not for me. But, wait a minute...the Bullet journal is adaptable--what if I tweaked it to fit my life?

Stay tuned for The Experiment...

Happy Journaling