Like most moms, I juggle a lot of balls. I have my work, my blog, my running, two kids with activities, social activities, the house, the cat (who is on every other day meds), and a gecko (who also gets fed about every other day, but is inconsistent). I’ve tried coschedule for blogging, I maintain multiple Google Calendars, and I have lists all over the damned house. And yet, somehow I recently forgot to fill out an important form, I almost missed a meeting I needed to attend, and my house desperately needs organizing.
I keep hearing about this whole Bullet Journal thing and honestly, it reminds me of the heavy use of day planners that I used to do back when I worked full time. (And yes, I actually do still have them in a box in the bedroom, because hey, I may someday want to know what I was up to on this day in 1998 and Facebook won’t tell me that far back.)
- At heart, I’m a writer. I don’t mean that I write stories or even that my blog writing is all that awesome. What I mean is that I write things down to remember them and to organize my thoughts. As much as I love computers and technology, there is something about using an actual pen and paper that works for me.
- I already use a notebook to organize my work. And another one for blog topics and notes for drafts. So, having everything in one place, in an organized manner, is actually going to be an improvement over my current system. At the very lease, I’ll only have to keep track of one notebook instead of 2 or 3.
- I carry too much in my head. Or I pretend to carry it in my head, but really I forget things on a regular basis.
- I have pieces of paper all over my house. I actually do really well with daily to do lists, but sometimes I don’t finish everything. Then I either need to add it to the new list I’m starting or keep the old piece of paper. I confess I usually keep the piece of paper until I can cross it off as done. The end result is lots of little pieces of paper to keep track of. I think I will be much better off being able to just look back a day or two or look at the monthly task list.
- I have a ton of half used composition notebooks in my house. Every year during elementary, the kids have to have several different composition notebooks for subjects. Nine times out of ten, they come home at the end of the year with only a third or less used. Since my kids refused to reuse them, I have quite a selection. It’s a great way to try out the system without making a financial investment.
I don’t know if Bullet Journaling is the answer, but I figure it can’t hurt. Don’t worry though – I’ll still have my Google calendars. How else could I look at my calendar, my husband’s calendar, my boss’ calendar and the school calendar all at once? Because, yes, some days I need to do that just to go for a run…