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Bullet Journalling for Human Failures – Jan/Feb 2018

Bullet Journalling for Human Failures – Jan/Feb 2018 Posted on 29/01/20185 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

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 N. 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.

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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.

My BuJo cover stickers are from RedBubble. Buy 6 or more stickers and get 50% off! YASS!

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 N 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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  1. You have a gift with blog post titles – I was loving this post before I even clapped eyes on the body copy proper! Does bullet journaling manage to bring said houseplants back from the dead? Because I have three pots of black twigs that could do with some loving. I also want to start bujo-ing, if for no other reason than I can use up all sorts of beautiful stickers. I’m rather impressed at how versatile it is, and how many different cool things you’re doing with it. I’m thinking if washi tape and some nice pens can help put me back in control of my life, I’m all for giving it a go.

  2. Your bullet journal is so pretty! I am intrigued by bullet journals, but at the same time feel overwhelmed because I feel like I will never make it pretty enough! They are all so pretty!!! On the other hand, I do have a lot of scrapbooking supplies like stickers that are needing a purpose in life, because I don’t scrapbook anymore.

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