In January, several of us discussed the concept of the bullet journaling, and giving it a try. I think I’m finally ready to begin the actual journal part. But I thought I’d share what I’ve done so far – you know, so it looks like I’ve made progress. Because I have. Sort of. I think.
The first step was to recognize that I’d lost all semblance of organization. Prior to the birth of my daughter, I was THAT person. The one that sent a card for every birthday and anniversary. The one who never forgot to RSVP. The one who had her calendar memorized, who threw showers and parties for all occasions. The one who shopped year round, and had holiday gifts handled by October (if not earlier). But then, I had a baby, just after building a house and losing my job. Life became. . .chaotic. After a few years of on-going life changes, my daughter got older, began school, and suddenly I was trying to organize me, as well as our whole family. It took me a few years to realize that I couldn’t do what I used to do, because my life was different (yes, it took years to realize why I couldn’t get it together, but I was perpetually tired – my kid STILL doesn’t sleep well, and she’s a teenager now).
I finally reached a place where I decided to talk greater control of the chaos, and having tripped over the bullet journal concept, decided to give it a try. I visited the official site and explored. Next, I meandered over to Pinterest and did a bit of surfing. There are some excellent pages, full of tips and tricks and lessons learned.
My favorite provided not only visual and textual guidance, but recommendations on products. (At this point, I would like to state: What’s not to love about an organizational approach that requires OFFICE SUPPLY shopping?!? “Select a journal,” the site says. One? I can only choose one?! ) I tried to exhibit a bit of self-control, and purchased the recommended product, which was a budget-friendly, basic journal. It has lined pages, a flexible cover, and is a handbag or briefcase-friendly size.
I love pens, doodling, and color-coding, so I did have to order some special pens. Back to my favorite bujo blog, and then to Amazon. Did you know, you can not only buy journals and pens, but also templates to help you make all those fancy designs shown on the bujo blogs? Post-it notes sized just for the most common bujo sizes?! Stickers? Good heavens.
My self-control dipped for a bit, but I managed to remember that I had a budget to follow. I purchased a reasonably priced set of pens, and a small set of templates. Nothing else! (Promise.)
The journal arrived quickly (thank you, two-day shipping). The pens and templates arrived not long after.
But then, then. . .I got stuck. Everything I read said I should expect to make mistakes, and might even want to consider using a practice journal until I figured out what I did and didn’t like. Much like a prefer to paint without taping, because taping is too much work, I wasn’t a fan of this idea of a practice journal. But, I also hate making mistakes. *sigh* I decided that the best thing to do was, of course, more research.
Before that, however, I stumbled into the local Barnes and Noble. In our local store, the beautiful, pretty, lovely journals are right near the front, nearly impossible to ignore. Yes, dear readers, I did it – I bought another journal. Actually, two. One is for work, I promise.
THEN I went home, and found some helpful videos by Carrie Christie on YouTube to help me actually get started. I’m ready to go, and as soon as I publish this post, I’ll crack open one of these journals, those shiny new pens, and drop some ink on the page.
*For those of you who are paying attention, there are indeed four journals pictured, even though I only wrote about three. Shh! I snuck one in somewhere.