Anyone starting to think I should rename this blog: Running and Bullet Journals? I feel like those are the only two things I write about anymore.
Ever since I started talking about the Bullet Journal, several people have asked if I keep a planner/calendar AND a Bullet Journal. And the answer is…NO. I only use a Bullet Journal these days. Now…let me say that I always found calendars/planners great, but I only looked at them when I was entering dates or if I was trying to be organized one day. For the most part? I still did random To Do lists around the house on scraps of paper or notepads. I really only pulled out the calendar if I was at a meeting, making plans, etc. It definitely didn’t come out daily, most of the times not even weekly. If you’re really dependent on your calendar/planner on a daily basis, then the Bullet Journal is probably not going to allow you to ditch it. I liked being able to see things a month at a time, several months ahead, but it turns out I didn’t depend on it as much as I maybe thought I did. The Bullet Journal, with a few additional pages, has proven sufficient for me. And – I use it daily.
(Sidenote: I keep wanting to abbreviate it to “BJ” and play around with some double entendres. I even almost titled this: “LET’S TALK ABOUT BJs!” But then I remembered that when my oldest child is bored, sometimes he reads this blog and he might have a heart attack if he saw that title on a blog entry.)
The first “month” page is the one described in the original Bullet Journal video. Except he didn’t add shiny owl stickers or washi tape to his. BECAUSE HE IS BORING. I essentially start my Month page with the first “event” I have to put on the next month. So, I was working with a November page about halfway through October. Once book fairs, or PTA meetings, or soccer parties start popping up for the next month, I create the page, and work off two month pages for awhile. I probably only have one month page going for the first two weeks of the month. I haven’t started the December page yet, but I probably will soon.
The second page is the “Birthdays/Anniversaries” page. You could call it whatever you want, but basically it’s a page where I try to keep track of those annual events I don’t want to leave off the monthly pages. I messed up here trying to remember my Sister-in-Law’s birthday on my own in October and I was a day off. So, this page is a work in progress for this year, as I might realize as I adapt to the Bullet Journal that there are annual dates I need to remember every year, so I can add them to this page. Then, when I create the Month page as it arrives, I’ll check this page to make sure I have all of these days accounted for.
The third page is the “Future Dates” page. When things pop up that I want to remember: Races, Premiers, etc, but I don’t have a month page for them yet, I put them on this page. This helps for scheduling purposes so I can glance quickly to see if there are any conflicts when planning things in the future. And again, when I set up a new Monthly page, I check this one for important dates. I also like how this page shows the priorities in my life: Running and Entertainment.
I’ve heard some people making all 12 months as the first few pages of their Bullet Journals and if that works for you? Great! However, I like that the current month falls nearer to my daily To Do pages. I’m not sure if I would like flipping back to the beginning constantly. Also, as you can see I use tabs for the pages I reference a lot. And it would be hard to tab the months if they were all together. Finally? I think I’ll get…MAX…6 months out of this journal before I have to get a new one, so no point in doing all at once for me.
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