My bullet journal – Or how and why I got convinced after all

Getting organised has never been my strong side. I try, though. I start using a certain app, for example, and start creating notes and lists. But then I forget my phone at home. Or I can’t remember my login.

Up till now, the most efficient way for me was to write lists on small pieces of paper. But after a while I had so many papers with lists lying around, that I had to start making lists of what lists to complete first.

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A couple of months ago I read about bullet journals on Miss Pixie’s blog. To be honest, I was not that impressed at first. Not because I didn’t like what she was doing, but because it looked like a lot of work, which would take up a lot of my time. And wasn’t that the problem? My time management? That, and the fact that I know myself. Say I would start a bullet journal, I’d focus on it being perfect, and not so much on its content. And all the hand lettering and decorating, not really something I was good at. And then I’m not even mentioning the chocolate stains that would definitely appear. I knew that if I started a journal, and I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out, I’d just give up again. Nope. Not for me.

Fast forward to about a month ago, when a colleague told me her bullet journal helped her so much with her planning, both in her private life as in her personal life. I heard what she said, but I wasn’t really listening. I still had the image of lovely decorated booklets with perfect handwriting, and I still didn’t feel like putting any time or effort in it. So my desk remained cluttered with lists and notes.

Next fast forward, to about 2 weeks ago. Another colleague, the straight-forward-tell-it-like-it-is type mentioned how she did listen to the other colleague, and how she had started her bullet journal. A very simple version, with a future log, a monthly log, and a daily log in which she kept the top 3 tasks she needed to complete that day. That suddenly sounded very simple and straight-forward. Maybe I should check it all out?

I watched the bullet journal movie, and I discovered that you do whatever you want with your bullet journal. It doesn’t have to look perfect at all, since you can just flip a page and start over if you’re not happy. And with a baby on the way, maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea to try and create order in my chaotic mind (again).

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So I got cracking. I started writing lists, again. I got so obsessed to put every single idea I had in my bullet journal, that I dreamt about lists for 3 nights straight. And about organising those lists.

Two weeks in now, and there’s all kinds of things in my bullet journal. My daily planning, a week menu, baby preparations, you name it. I have the feeling I’m completely pretty much on top of my game. Partly because you can add about any type of list to your journal.

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So yes, I created a list with all of the series I’d like to watch in the coming weeks (with months of breastfeeding and sleepless nights ahead, I’ll have some couch potato time at my hands). Yes, I know, Netflix remembers what episode you’ve seen and which you haven’t for you, but still, a list. So I can check them off, which makes me feel as if I’ve completed a task, not so much lost precious time watching tv.

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Up till now, I’m a fan. I still don’t trust myself that I will maintain my journal, but we’ll see how far I get. The biggest downside so far is that I want to keep adding lists. Over-organizing, actually. I’m creating breastfeeding trackers, nappy trackers and nap trackers as we speak. In a few months, I’ll see whether it all really helped or not, and what I can still improve. And whether or not I’ll use the same method in my professional life.

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How about you? How do you get organised?