Bullet Journals with a Twist!
I hope you're having a great morning. I just wanted to share with you something pretty cool that I have gotten involved in. I may have mentioned a little while back that I have gotten on to the Bullet Journal bandwagon. They're pretty cool. All in all, I think it is the simplest paper organization system and the most customizable I have seen so far. I started out trying to do the Bullet Journal thing like how others do it. I discovered pretty quickly that all of those tags and bullets got out of hand for me. I also discovered that as neat as my handwriting is, it is still pretty hard to tell which section is which.
So, I picked up a miniature binder and some filler paper. I also got a bunch of tab dividers and a few of those pages you can slip a picture or something into. It helps me to figure out what section is what and I don't have to worry if I have enough pages for a given section if I make a mistake in another one. I set up the first section to have my daily schedule. The next section has a bulleted list of my daily tasks. The section after that is a thing directly inspired by FLYLady. (You may remember my mentioning how awesome FLYLady is a while back. She is something of a life coach that helps you get your home less cluttered and your life more organized. It is a really flexible system. And, best of all, it is FREE!)
That section I just mentioned has the list of chores for the household zone I am working in. FLYLady divides the home up into 5 zones. Most weeks, you are working in just one zone. But if you have a week like this one where you transition between the end of one month and the beginning of the other, you will do some work in two zones. But, I have a list of chores that I check off. I only work for 15 minutes on the chores for that given zone. Aside from that, once a week, I spend an hour doing a quick general household cleaning. It sounded really weird to me at first, but then I realized if I do a little bit everyday in this fashion, I can stay on top of everything and not wind up sacrificing a full day (and a great deal of sanity) trying to clean all the things.
But, I adapted it to the Bullet Journal idea by making a list with check boxes. As I get things done, I check them off. It helps me feel more accomplished and I can see visible progress on things that I may not every day. (Dusting never ends and it seems like no matter how much you dust there is going to be more 5 minutes later. If not faster with small children in the house.) I am seriously considering adding another section that tracks how much progress I am making on some other stuff as well. I'm not fully decided. But the small notebook that I carry around to keep my schedule and notes on the day has really become super helpful. I just had to share it with you all. :)