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.
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- 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.
- 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.
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...