My friends, I hope you’ll all forgive me if I begin to share a little of my bullet journal adventures here on the ol’ bloggo.
I’ve been using a bullet journal since October last year. I’ve been gathering links in anger over on Pinterest for a while now, and I take a particular interest in any ~BuJo hacks (o god I’m sorry but I’m not sorry) that can help me to be a more improved person.
Now, I know and maybe you know that there is little hope of me becoming a fully functioning successful adult human. Sorry friends, sorry employer, sorry Mr J-M. I am pretty useless on the overall. But I’m nothing if not a trier (tryer?) and one thing I love about the bullet journal is that if I try out a new spread or template and then end up abandoning it completely, I know that’s one not to try again. I’m not stuck with it. I also love the varying ways in which I can track sensible habits (meds, supplements, water consumption, anything else I want to hold myself to account over) and also keep track of my NEVER-ENDING TO-DO LIST.
I mean you guyz, I work full time and I study part time and I spend way too many hours I’m sure blogging and gazing longingly at bullet journal spreads on Instagram wondering why I’m not perfect which is silly because ha ha ha I will never be close to perfect. Ha. Ha ha.
Anyway. It’s February and I am implementing a new vitamin/supplement regime, and this Friday I begin an 8-week Iyengar yoga class which is designed specifically for chronically ill people/fatties and I’ve also downloaded the 10% Happier app and I will try to do the mindfulness/meditation challenge.
I am also finally finally finally at the top of the waiting list for long-term high-intensity therapy (yo this ‘only’ took about 9 months and in the meantime my Mum died suddenly so now I am like “lol you can add grief to the shopping list why not”). For the first time in my miserable life I will be able to work through a whole big collection of steaming wee piles of excrement that have been carefully packaged up, had a bow and a gift tag added, and shelved in the furthest corners of my psyche over the last 35 years.
I digress. I guess what a bullet journal is to me is a dynamic calendar, to-do list, journal, and caretaker all in one. So I thought I’d give y’all a wee peek into how it’s going so far this year and if you care to see more I can continue to check in every now and then with an update.
Hey, so I started 2018 with a list of goals. You can see that I am not hitting high here. No way. You might like to know that I have already brought 3 x houseplants to the very brink of death. Our faux-eucalyptus in the bathroom is in fine condition.
In 2018 I will come to the end of an (approximately) 5 year commitment to a debt management plan, set up by the wonderful and helpful people at Stepchange, a debt charity. I’ve always had a terrible and unhealthy relationship with money, and around 6 years ago I navigated a pretty devastating relationship breakdown and took on a lot of debt to assist with pulling my life back together (and moving house 3 times in as many months). I also bought a lot of stupid shit because hello I am 6 years old and I need Nice Things to make me feel better about everything bad that happens in the world and holy crap there is a lot of bad in the world.
Anyhoo, later in 2018 I will finally be debt-free, and I would like to start building some better habits. If y’all can recommend any resources that don’t involve religion please let me know!
I begin each new month with a wee calendar postcard that comes in my v delightful stationery box, along with a list of goals for the weeks ahead (you can imagine how pathetic these are given the state of the 2018 goals).
For organisation’s sake, I like to add a full month page so I can look ahead a little. Anything further out than the month ahead I stick in my Google calendar (which is shared with Mr J-M so we can remain vaguely functional as a unit) and then copy into this page when I begin the month.
This was my first weekly spread for January, and I tend to stick to a weekly layout alongside a to-do list/brain dump area. I tend to forget the bullet journal is in my bag/desk drawer and therefore forget to track water/meds a lot of the time. This is a work in progress. Slow progress.
This was a bit more of a freestyle week because my brain was SDKJSNDKRENJKENWKMEALMSAKS;LA yes full of bees, all the bees.
Ah, what on earth happened this week? I have no idea. Apparently I went entirely blank for 7 days. It happens. I am still getting used to the journalling.
A slightly busier week, but I’m beginning to notice that daily tracking of meds/water/etc., doesn’t really work. For February I’m going back to a monthly habit tracker…
Here she is!
And here’s the beginning of February, along with my delightful new washi tape.
This is a brand new Thing for this month. My mental health study mentor helped me map out my typical week. It feels counter-intuitive and restrictive to do this, but I promise that it isn’t. It enables me to plan out when I will do what, and builds in plenty of chill-out/social time. This means (wait for it) that I can do nothing without feeling guilty about it. Holy moly, right?
This is kind of earth-shattering for me. Overall, I am likely to be MORE productive and there is contingency built in in case I spend a few days having a massive brain fart.
I’ve also used other pages just for random brain-dump moments, and there are pages dedicated to blog post ideas and other fripperies.
I would love to see/hear about your own BuJo adventures and/or any suggestions for mental health tracking, money management, journalling in general! (Also if you hate this blog-diversion sorry but also not sorry of course ❤️)
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