how to keep productive

By Thursday, April 2, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Hatto_001I seem to keep getting asked the same question over and over again lately.

“How do you do it all?”  

Okay.  First of all.  I don’t.  I just simply don’t. I’m a work from home mom with 3 kids under 5.  I’m the first second to admit I have a full plate, and something needs to go.  I just haven’t figured out what yet.  Well…on second thought,  Maybe I have, but I’m just not ready to throw in the towel.  Anyways.  Some of you have it all together.  I’ve seen your houses.  I’m saying your name in my head right now.  And I don’t know how you do it.  Sometimes I get completely overwhelmed and feel like I’m crazy for even thinking I can do 1 thing, let alone the 10 billion things I feel need doing.

How is someone supposed to remember to call someone back?  Or to respond to an email? or create the email? pay the bills? go to the appointment? Or remember what to clean when? Or remember the giant list of household fix-ups you’d like to do? Or when everyone’s birthdays are?

Back in the fall, after a more laid back than normal summer with a pretty relaxed routine if a routine at all, I found it challenging (to say the least) to keep my life organized and show up at all the right appointments at the right locations at the right times.  There were times I was not showing up at all, and other times I was showing up a whole week earlier.  And those are just appointments.  I’d have “to do” lists written out EVERYWHERE.  and could never find them when I needed them.  I’m stressing out just thinking about this.  I just had a hard time keeping it all together and accomplishing the task that had to be done.

Into my life walks my saving grace, my companion, the one that promised to keep my life organized, and together, and enable me to just breathe easy again.

The Bullet Journal.

I was researching tote bags.  To keep my life organized.  When a bunny-trail led me all the way to YouTube video about the Bullet journal.  I watched and studied that video, and almost couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to go out and purchase all my supplies and get started.

It’s been 6 months using this system.  It works!  I don’t use it every single day.  But when I do use it, I feel like my mind is free and clear of clutter.  Here’s why!

  1. The index.  Oh the index!  Need to look back to February to see what you did then?  Gone are the days of flipping through pages, or sticky notes.  Flip to page one, find February, and BAM. I love having an index so much that I’ve carried the index over into my journal.  This is going to save me SO much money!  Instead of starting a brand new journal every time I have a separate thought that doesn’t belong in my current journal.  I can just index my topic.  and keep everything in one journal!
  2. The task lists.  I can now organize monthly tasks, I can organize household tasks, and event tasks, and easily locate them using the index.  I can also use this as a reference.  For example, what did I buy everyone for Christmas last year?  Easy, it’s on my Christmas list page.
  3. Dumping your brain.  At any given point in time I have at least 1, 716 thoughts and ideas flying through my brain.  I know this, because my husband will ask me what I’m thinking.  And I laugh as I recall the last 2 minutes of thoughts.  It takes me about 10 minutes to explain my thought pattern.  This journal allows me to dump my thoughts, my events, and my tasks all in one place.  Once they are written down on paper.  I don’t have to remember it anymore.  The Bullet Journal does all the remembering for me.  I don’t have to worry about where that hot pink sticky note went to with that important phone number went.  It’s always in my trusty Bullet Journal.

Some of my friends get a kick out of how excited I get about this thing.  But HONESTLY!  Where have you been all my life BJ?  And I know some of you in my world that are making plans to get your supplies right now.  Am I right?
Go to the bullet journal website, pick up a notebook, and start yours today!  Let me know if it feels like a little bit of sweet grace added to your life.

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This here is what sets this journal apart from all other journals. The index and legend key.

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I love that you can quickly look at your month at a glance, and your monthly tasks. (As you can see the ceiling fans keep getting migrated to future months – I’m short – ceiling fans are challenging for me – don’t look up when you come over)

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You can write down all your daily tasks, events, thoughts, ideas, in one spot.  This is SO HUGE for me.  It’s been so freeing to just write down the thoughts floating around in my head, and know they are somewhere safe where I can easily find them.

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We live in a very old home.  There is a LONG list of things we would like to do with this space.  The list is forever being added to.  But now the list is right here!  I can see what needs to be done, prioritize and budget the items in.

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and this!  So much fun.  I saw this in December and thought it would be good to try.  A great way to set aside about $1500 over the course of a year.  For whatever.  A trip, gifts.  We have been budgeting a month at a time, so we just move the months worth of money into a high interest savings account.  That way it’s out of sight, out of mind.  And it’s all being recorded and check off in my handy dandy bullet journal!

Do you have a a favourite tool that keep you feeling peaceful and all sorted out?

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