The best part about a bullet journal is how you can make it into whatever tool you need it to be. Personally, I need my bullet journal to act as a roadmap to my life. I'm not talking about calendars, to-dos, and grocery lists, although my bullet journal is full of them. My roadmap needs to be a lot more big picture.
Last week I put it out into the void that I was going to focus on my career and financial goals. Well, the void gave it back to me and I have been absolutely swamped with work. This is also the reason I have been lax on updates here. Luckily, my bullet journal makes it easy to stay on top of my projects. My notes get a little messy, but my flexible journal system makes it easy to turn the page and write a fresh grid.
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm spending all my spare energy this week to focus on my financial and career goals. I'm chugging along and making great progress, but I wanted to take some time to look at different bullet journal spreads for managing finances. I have a spread that I like right now, but I'm always on the lookout for something to make budgeting and paying debt a little more exciting. One of my favorite things about bullet journaling is the way you can take kind of boring things and make them feel super interactive and fun, just by drawing a couple of boxes and doodling in the corners. Trackers? Count me in.
I've written before that I am a big fan of making up rules for my bullet journal. After all, it's a system for productivity. If you take the time to develop it as a system, you ought to be more productive, right? I used to think that meant I had to follow a complex system of listing and managing tasks while constantly coming up with ideas for new tasks to complete. I'm really great at thinking up new tasks to do! I'm not so great at accomplishing them as quickly. My struggle was one of blank boxes. After a couple of weeks in my clogged system, I had a very long list of tasks that I was simply rewriting at the beginning of the day. The sheer weight of it overwhelmed me and I would only end up getting a couple of things done. My long list of boxes was still empty, I had new tasks to add for the next day, and I didn't even want to open my bullet journal after a while.
Tarot cards evoke a range of different emotions in people. Some people think they are a powerful tool of their religion, while other people think they are tools of the devil. If you're a nonbeliever like me, you might be slightly annoyed at tarot cards because the charlatans they so often represent. But I'd like to take a chance to paint tarot cards in a different light: a powerful tool for self-reflection and journaling. If you don't believe in spirits and mysticism, then tarot cards are basically playing cards. They have four suits with numbers and a court (king, queen, etc). Then, there are 22 more cards that tell a story and represent different points on the journey of life.
I don't remember ever NOT wanting to be a novelist. I always assumed I'd need a day job, too, but ever since I was a little kid I wanted to write books. I've lost track of the number of manuscripts I've started and discarded. Maybe about five serious attempts. I write 50-150 pages, set it… Continue reading My Plan to Finally Get This Novel Written
I'm excited about this week's meal plan. Only one recipe is a recipe that I've made for my family before, so I've got four new challenges this week.
I love bullet journaling and there is no tool, app, thing, or system I've ever used that has made me feel more productive + happy + energized + optimistic about life in general. When I was in college, I used a detailed to-do list system that was actually quite similar to the original, minimalist bullet journal the system was inspired by. Now, I love to use more intricate designs and spreads that I'll come back to again and again. I'm about to move into a new bullet journal. I want to share with you the system I'm currently using to organize my life centered around my goals and the things I want to achieve.
I've dabbled and experimented with lots of different ways to organize my bullet journal. I love to think up different systems, spreads, and sections. But the truth is that I love to come up with new rules more than I like to live by the old ones. My bullet journal becomes a compost pile of the things running around inside my head and I constantly want to move it around and examine it.