This week I bought my first Moleskine notebook. It made me feel so grown up. Is that weird? It’s almost the same color as my new logo … a deep turquoise. The cover has a lovely soft leathery feel to it. It’s divine.
I have a thing for office supplies. It’s probably not normal … this deep and abiding love of pens, clips, Post-it notes, page flags and Swingline staplers. Chuck it in the “She’s such a geek” category. I’m more sure of that than anything else about myself.
One of my goals this year is to get organized. I think this has been my goal every year for as long as I can remember. It’s unfortunately not my strong suit. But I’m not willing to write it off in my world as I clearly see a need for it in my life. Every year I fail but each year new little habits stick so it’s not a total loss. My fails aren’t quite so epic these days. And I’ve found that the things I care the most about I CAN organize and plan well.
I’d rather pin all the things that tell me how to be organized than do the actual organizing, though.
This past weekend when I was road tripping down to Destin to hang out with some really cool bloggers I listened to an audiobook called Eat That Frog. If productivity and organization aren’t your strong suit but you don’t have any choice other than to buckle down and learn to be wise with your time, I can’t recommend that book highly enough. The basic premise is to tackle the big important jobs first rather than filling your time with all of the little things that don’t matter so much.
This, of course, would involve list making.
I hate list making as a general rule. But I love being able to check something off a list. Apparently when we make that little check mark endorphins are released. Completing a task, no matter how big or small makes us actually, scientifically feel better. How cool is that?!
Then I started watching Bullet Journaling videos on YouTube. My brain nearly exploded with all the lovely feelings. I love artsiness. I loved scrapbooking back in the day. I love my journaling Bible. BohoBerry is now my spirit animal.
Now. Here’s the thing. I can already tell you my journal will look nothing like hers. Mine will be much simpler. But I loved so many of the things she’s incorporated into her journal … the daily gratitudes, the task tracker, the fun quotes, the time tracker for each day and more. I love it all.
So for today, here’s what I’ve got. A beginning. And it’s ingloriously on the fifth of February. Sometimes starting things on a random day takes a little of the pressure off of a girl. At least that’s what I’m hoping for. I’m thinking mine will land somewhere between the very simplified basic bullet journaling and the Pin-worthy bullet journaling.
For now I’ve got to go clean out the sink so I can get my check mark and then write my list for tomorrow.
And on that list will be to visit my blog planner and work on putting action plans into place for the bazillion ideas I got from my weekend blogger retreat before they poof out of my brain.
What kind of planning tools do you use? Are you a doodler?