From Chaos to Order

For the last couple of years I’ve been using a bullet journal.

I’ve used a number of organizers, binders, and journals over the years (hard copy and digital), but they’ve always had a down side or two (which kept me looking for the perfect organizer that would meet all my needs).

The bullet journal is adaptive, so I can add anything I need or subtract anything that doesn’t work for me.

It’s an amazing tool for organizing information, ideas, appointments, and more. I encourage y’all to consider one if you don’t have a calendar/journal/to-do list/everything-else-book that works for you.

From Chaos to Order - Try a bullet journal!

Here is the basic information, shared by the creator – BulletJournal.com 

If you want to try it out for the last of your holiday planning, grab a small notebook and pen (nothing fancy). Make the first page an index page and number all the rest of the pages. As you fill out your pages, list what you do in your index so you can find it easily. For example, pages one and two might be a calendar page for December. Page three might be a gift list. Menu plans, your bucket list, or a list of holiday ideas (for next year) could find a home in your bullet journal. (I do use a couple of sticky tabs for the pages I look at daily.) Most people use symbols (bullets) to help them mark their progress, but again, this is up to you.

Bottom line, it’s all in one place, so you don’t have to look any farther than your index page to find what you want. You decide what goes in it, so it will serve your needs.

The only down side I have heard is that some people feel overwhelmed by the “artsyness” of others’ bujos (short for bullet journal). My response? Don’t compare. Make your bullet journal as simple as you need. Artsy is nice, but not necessary. I have very little foo-foo artsy stuff in my bujo and I’m an artist. My bullet journal is an organizing tool.

Here’s a picture of my weekly set up (Wednesday is my day off, so I don’t mind that it falls on the crease). I had to add overlay type because my writing didn’t show up clearly enough in the photo, but you get the idea. 

This is what works for me. The 1-3 in each column is for the three high priority tasks in my day. The Gr. is a place to list something for which I am grateful. The rest of the page is a work in progress. Right now I am trying to create some habits (the little circles) and some goal setting in different areas of my life. There is a high probability that all of this will morph several times in 2018, but that’s the idea. This tool serves your needs and can adapt as your needs change.

Here are a few more bullet journal ideas (remember, take the ideas, drop the artsy-fartsy).

Strive for progress not perfection.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you find a good system for dealing with your calendar and personal information.

 Bonny’s Oysterbed7: Pare Christmas Down to Four Priorities Preach it, girl!

 Life of Joy: Asking or Demanding Asking is far more kind.

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6 Comments on “From Chaos to Order

  1. Haha! I thought the “Gr.” stood for Gravy… in case you have something extra (or gravy) that you want to accomplish. Thanks for your posts! I learn a lot from you.

  2. I really appreciate you sharing about your bullet journal from time to time. You were the first one to introduce me to it and now I’m getting one for Christmas. I’ve been trying it out using a small notebook I had received but hadn’t found a use for yet, to see if would actually use it and it not become just another thing to do. But now I’m really loving that I have a place to put a quote that made an impression on me, plan a vacation or an event, my menus, and daily to-do lists. I also like that it is keeps me from cluttering up my area with notes that get buried.

    Also, thank you for sharing my blog post today. So very kind of you. :)

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