I love Throwback Thursdays because they give you the opportunity to see the progress that you have made. Below are my first two quote pages in my first Bullet Journal. I was just starting out with improving my handwriting and the Bullet Journal system as a whole. The system gave me the opportunity to improve myself as a person and I am forever grateful for that. It just shows that if you set your mind to something you can and WILL achieve it. If you have any questions about how to improve your handwriting or the Bullet Journal system shoot me an email, I'd love to chat with you:)
In the month of June I made a big change to my monthly spread. I used to go through a lot of time and draw out every box of the month, but now I simply write the number of the day and the letter of the day. It takes a lot less time and is much more efficient for rapid planning. It just shows how adaptable the Bullet Journal system is for individuals. You have the ability to do whatever you have time for and whatever is easier for you. It's convenient and a great way to get tasks done. Reflect and tweak as much as you want!
Recently the creator of the Bullet Journal system created an app called the Bullet Journal Companion. In the app you can set reminders to do two daily reflections of a minute or so in order to ensure that the system is working for you, and to make sure nothing is not being used that takes a lot of time. It also gives you an opportunity to see the tasks that are coming. Getting a reminder on my phone really helps my daily planning a lot. I believe it's really important that what you're doing in your Bullet Journal isn't taking up too much time and has zero benefits. The companion really helps with that. Another great thing about the companion app is that it has blog posts from other people in the Bullet Journal community. You can see new ideas and see what's working for other people and give them a try. I love being a part of the Bullet Journal community, and I hope you do too, or want to join:)
I'm kind of a freak when it comes to carrying around my bullet journal and some supplies that go along with it. If I leave the house without it, I feel lost and unplanned. My Bullet Journal practically is my life and without it a piece is most definitely missing. I'm not alone in this, many users of the Bullet Journal system often carry either their actual Bullet Journal or a travel size version. I purposefully buy a purse that my Bullet Journal can easily fit into without a problem. If a new task arises while I'm not home, which happens ALL the time then I can whip it out of my purse and jot it down in the appropriate collection. It works well for me, so try it out and do what works best for you:) Whether it be a mini leuchtturm, a travelers journal, or just a mini notebook you picked up from the dollar store, it doesn't matter because the system was created for adaptability. Happy Planning!
Today's Plan With Me Challenge has a goal in mind, to get you to start thinking about the up and coming month. The last week of the month is always crucial to having a smooth next month. Start planning early and the month will feel like a breeze:) I made a new spread with some ideas and plans I have for July I can't wait to put them into action!
I'm on my second Bullet Journal and believe me I have come a long way. My handwriting has improved and I can plan better now. This post is going to show the transitions between my spreads and how they have evolved.
I have transitioned from a black hard leather graph paper Moleskine notebook to a royal blue hard leather Leuchtturm1917 dot grid notebook. I am definitely a Leuchtturm girl and I am so happy I chose it as my second Bullet Journal.
I started doing dailies late in the pages of my first bullet journal so they have evolved the least of my pages.
The spread on the left is my first weekly spread I ever created. As you can see I went from a lot going on to a much more simple approach that is not as time consuming. Simplicity has become my main goal for my spreads. This way I can focus more on what has to be done rather than just creating spreads.
As you can see my goal for my monthlies is simplicity. I went from drawing out every calendar box to just writing the dates and leaving two lines open. I love the simple goal because it helps me to be more productive.
This is my favorite evolution of them all. My handwriting looks like a different person did these spreads. It's amazing what practice does for you.
Today's challenge is New Ideas, and since I'm just off the ground running with elephant erin I still have a ton of ideas. Bullet Journaling helps those creative juices continue to flow. I'm constantly jotting down random thoughts and new ideas to keep you guys, my readers interested in my site. I have so much to share and want to make sure what I'm sharing is what everyone is interested in. So comment below and tell me what you want to read and what you're interested from learning from me:)
One of my favorite things about the Bullet Journal system is its adaptability. You have the power to decide what is the most important to complete based on the time you have during the day. That is time management. There are only so many hours in a day and deciding what is the most important to complete in the time you have allotted is an incredible talent. The Bullet Journal system helps time management become your favorite thing. Everyone is capable of being productive and capable of doing amazing things throughout their lives, but the first step is learning what is most important to you.
This is my all time favorite quote and ever since my grandmother gave a sign to me with this it painted on I have lived by these words. I hope it changes your outlook on life
As you grow up, you will have your heart broken more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures. Laugh too much and love like you've never been hurt. Because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.