A New Year, A Fresh Start

ImageHi everyone! Remember me? It has been a long time since my last post, July to be exact. Things were crazy over the last half of 2013. School ramped back up in August so I returned to work, I interviewed for new jobs (and got hired), I resigned from my current position, we celebrated my daughter’s first Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, worked on potty training with my son, and my Thirty One business really picked up. It was hard for me to carve out any free time for blogging.

But blogging makes me happy and I resolved to make it a regular part of my life again. It gives me the opportunity to share things that are important to me with you. Because it’s a new year and everyone gets a fresh start, I’m working on becoming more organized in order to be able to write more. One way that I’m doing that is with a Bullet Journal and I’m excited to share it with you!

The Bullet Journal is a concept developed by Ryder Carroll and you can find his tutorial here. I first found the concept on Pinterest and knew instantly it was for me. I am a chronic list maker and prefer a paper and pencil planner over a digital planner or app. I would give you detailed rundown of how to use one, but I don’t think I would do it justice. Ryder’s videos and websites are wonderful.

The basic concept is this; the Bullet Journal is a rapid logging system to help you keep track of tasks, events, and notes throughout your day. On his website, you can get more information about how to format your monthly calendar and daily pages.

I will say that one thing that was missing for me, was a way to log future or upcoming events. Using Ryder’s system, you only have one monthly calendar written out at a time, but I like to plan ahead. For instance, I already know of an important meeting and a dog grooming appointment in February and a doctor’s appointment for my littlest in April. I solved that problem by creating a spread after my index that lists all the upcoming months in columns. I numbered down the side of the page like the monthly calendar and when I have a future event, I write the page number on which I made a note about the upcoming event. That way when I make the monthly calendar pages throughout the year, I can refer to this year-at-a-glance spread and go to the page numbers listed to find all of the details about the events I need to include for any month.

I’ve already included numerous tasks related to my blog to help me get back into the swing of things. I’m currently working on perhaps the most awesome crochet project that ever was and I’m chomping at the bit to share it! I’ll also be sure to update you on how the Bullet Journal is working for me in a few months to see if it’s something sustainable.