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In my 12 Things I Do For My Anxiety And Depression post I talked about how planning helps ease my anxiety, and how I use the bullet journal method to plan my day (if you haven’t read the post, you can read it here.)
Do you ever find yourself stress searching for important papers? stress levels through the roof as you riffle through piles of papers laying around your house. Numbers chicken scratched onto ten different scraps of paper, or perhaps written onto a dirty napkin because you had a crying baby on your hip and the dog was incessantly barking.
Barking at what you ask?
Not just any ol’ butterfly. No. This one was special. This butterfly was sent on a top-secret mission by the Butterfly King to assassinate her beloved family.
A bit dramatic if you ask me, but that’s what I’m working with.
The Butterfly Killer
For a long time stress searching was a norm for me.
Stress searching while hopped up on coffee, frazzled nerves, with crying babies and a dramatic dog.
-and no idea how to adult.
That is until I started taking charge of my day.
A few years back I started planning my day with the bullet journal method. And ever since, my planning related anxiety has decreased.
Because now I have a plan for my planning 🙂
The bullet journal was invented by a man named Ryder Carrol, and has become a popular method for planning .
For good reason too
“Konmarie for your racing thoughts”Vogue
At bulletjournal.com its best described as “a methodology…a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system…The goal of the Bullet Journal is to help its practitioners (Bullet Journalists) live intentional lives, ones that are both productive and meaningful.”
Intentional, Productive, and meaningful. Those are words I can get behind when trying to plan my day.
What you’ll need to bullet journal: If you want to start your own bullet journal journey, the links in the bullet points will take you to Amazon and are available for purchase
You can make your journal as simple or as complicated as you like. With my busy schedule I tend to lean more towards a minimalist approach. However, If I have uninterrupted time (which isn’t often with little ones in the house) then I’ll take my time and be more creative.
This month I had an opportunity to be more creative; as you can see with all my supplies.
I decided to document this months bullet journal to give you a better understanding of the process.
Draw out your calendar
Fill in all the important dates (work schedule, meetings, appointments, social events, bill due dates, school events) you can also use symbols and a key if you like. I use a key for events that occur every month and I pencil in the rest.
Write a monthly goal list.
These goals are your big goals for the month; your big picture goals.
I broke mine down into categories.
- Blog posts
- Social media
Create a budget page.
This is where you will be keeping track of your bills and daily expenses. I plan on doing an in depth budget post in the future.
When I’m done writing out my calendar, goal page, and budget page, I like to tape the ends in washi tape. I choose a different washi tape for each month. That way I can quickly find the month I’m looking for.
Every day create a “Hustle” page.
This daily page is where you write down the date, day, daily goals, chores, and self care.
First, Write out 3 goals you want to accomplish for the day. I found 3 to be the sweet spot for getting things done, anymore is too much.
Next, break down your chores into
(adjust the time of day for chores depending on your work schedule)
Lastly, write down your daily self care.
My two favorite daily self care items is a hot cup of tea at night (chamomile or tension tamer 🙂 ) And time with GOD.
If my husband’s home and I can have a little extra time for self care I’ll paint my nails or put on a face mask.
Fill in or check off each item as you complete them or at the end of the day. Filling in completed tasks is so very satisfying❤
keep in mind that there are many way to organize and construct a bullet journal and this is just one way. Remember the goal is to do what is helpful for you, and that can mean leaving out pages or adding different ones depending on what your individual goals are.
Leave a comment below and let me know if this post was helpful, and for my fellow bullet journalist any tips that have been helpful for you.
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