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Welcome to the World of the Bullet Journal

Now that I've introduced myself, I'd like to share just a little bit about the most significant organizing tool in my toolbox--The Bullet Journal. 



Back in the spring of 2018, there was a lot happening in my world. There were significant changes at my job after a pretty steady decade of normal growth and movement. One of our children was entering a new stage in school, and my husband was in a pretty big job shift himself. At the time, none of these things individually seemed overwhelming, but the combination was life-altering. 


I found myself searching for tools, answers--anything to help me feel in control of my day-to-day. You already know from my original post that I love organizing. So, I turned to pinterest and the world of "planners" to see if I could find a solution. I went to the craft stores and the high-end planner websites, but nothing seemed to be the right fit. I needed something that I could personalize to balance both work and home in a compact way. And I could not be forced to mess around with big daily spreads that required more work than the benefit they might provide. 


That is when I stumbled onto bullet journals.

 

And.I.Love.Them. 


I will caution--it takes a little bit to get started. You have to learn the basics, discover what works and doesn't work for you, and then adapt. But once you do, it is the single best tool I have ever discovered. 


Over the course of the next few months, I'll be sharing useful information about Bullet Journals for you to consider. If you'd like to get started, go out and buy a  6" x 9" graph or dot grid journal, bound with a strap to keep it closed. Buy a few of your favorite pens. More on that later.


Start thinking of what information you need to organize, and how you might organize it. Think daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Consider the lists you keep, and how you use them. I combine my professional and personal life in my bullet journal, so keep your goals and activities for both in mind as you begin thinking about your new tool.


If you'd like to organize all those lists and plans you have, as well as manage your time to maximize your work and home life productivity, this is where you can start!  Over the next few months, I'll be sharing ideas for using a bullet journal to maximize your work and personal life. In the meantime, here are a few fun resources to explore:



I'd love to hear from you, especially if you have questions you'd like me to address in my future posts about bullet journals. You can reach me, Fay, at andshewritesblog@gmail.com.

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