A notebook and fancy pens does not a bullet journal make!
Do you need help making this thing work for you?
Real life requires planning, organizing, and follow through. Some Unrulies are still working on those valuable life skills. The bullet journal makes that possible. It's all the rage right now because it works. (Also, optional coloring but mostly because it works.) It's the only life organization system I recommend to my clients because it is highly customizable to meet you where you are while supporting your transition to the productivity and accountability you desire.
This time last year, I had a pile I carried around with me like a mobile home office. There was a calendar to keep up with personal and professional appointments. And I had a spiral notebook for journaling, brainstorming, and taking notes. There was a to-do list, or a collection of them. I wrote down a lot of stuff but the system was too spread out to be truly useful and resulted is something of a black hole effect. Great ideas went in but they never made it into the world where they could make a difference.
Kira (my now 18 y.o. woman-child) came home one day last spring and said, "Hey moms, have you heard of bullet journaling?" I was sold from the first visit to Pinterest. I learned the basics of the system and started using it within a month. Both Kira and The Beautiful One transitioned soon after. For me, there was a lot of stumbling to get my bullet journal in the truly helpful form it is today. I dreamed up complicated trackers for tons of data I consequently failed to track. I sometimes wondered off and floundered for a couple of weeks before making my way back to it but I kept coming back. I forced myself to stop obsessively scouring the Internet for the other people's solutions, instead focusing on what I needed to manage and creating straightforward approaches that were compatible with me and how my brain works. I hacked the bullet journal basics (creativity came later) and made it work for me. Now, I want to help you do the same.
Bullet journaling is a powerful solution. It can help you take back the reins of your unwieldy life but it won't do a damn bit of good if you're too intimidated to begin or don't know how to customize the system to meet your individual needs.
Join me March 21st to learn the basics, share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and get on (or back on) the bullet journal train. And yes, this too is traveling lightly. This adventure intentionally begins ten days before the new month so everyone will have space to prepare to transition on April 1st (assuming that feels true for you) and then continue into the month to help you make the most of this powerful tool.
Register for the Bullet Journal Basics:
- Weekly Group Sessions: We will begin on March 21, 2018. During the 21-day Bullet Journal Basics workshop, the weekly group sessions will be held by phone on Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm Central Time and on Saturdays @ 11:00 am CT.
- Virtual Support: There will be a private Facebook group for accountability, connection, and support on a daily basis throughout the journey. This space will be archived one week after this workshop concludes.
- Discounted Private Sessions: Every participant will have the option to add private sessions with their registration at a discounted rate of $75 (reg $125). Private sessions help personalize the journey. You can learn more about private sessions here.
Something to write in-Buy yourself a notebook or drag one out of the pile in the corner. This is a low-pressure situation. Your first one is about screwing up enough to figure out the best way for you to bullet journal. I use this Moleskine Classic Notebook for mine but you can use anything. Here's why I choose this one: I just do! It's the one I started with and I'm the kind of woman who sticks with what she knows works. I like the size. I like the soft cover, other people prefer hard cover. I like the dots on the pages but you can choose plain or squares, too. They offer enough guidance on the page that I can create the shapes I want without bossing me around like it feels like the lines will. They also have these cardboard cover, lighter weight ones that are great for starting out because it feels sort of trial run-ish. Anyway, you need something to write in. Use whatever you want.
Something to write with-You can use the pen from beneath the driver's seat of your car if that's all you can get your hands on. You just need to be able to write. If you want color, you'll need something with which to make color. I LOVE using oil pastels to bring a pop of color to my pages but it simply is not necessary. It's important to think of the basics first. Art is secondary to function here. If you've googled "bullet journal" you already know people go ALL IN with this. It doesn't have to be this way. It can be but it is not necessary. No stressing about this. If you want color pens to play with, I highly recommend these because they do not bleed through the page like some of the others I've tried. If you want to do more, go for it, but all you'll need to begin is a pen or pencil. The rest is extra and you won't need it to get started.
Observation-Between registration and the beginning of the workshop, be more intentional about the way you're showing up in the world. Grab a piece of paper (or a notebook) and write down what you do with your days. One day will work but the more days you're willing to document how you spend your time, the more information you will have to work with when we begin.
The Purge-This one is really important. You likely have a backlog of things to do. Write them down between now and the beginning of the workshop. Get all of that out of your head and off of the many pieces of paper and virtual places where they are stored. Purge the backlog and keep adding to it when you find more. Yes, it'll be long. You're going to be okay. You can do this.
Make SPACE for Bullet Journal Basics-Put the group calls on your calendar now. If you know you can't make it, leave space to listen to the recordings later. This system can help you but you'll need a little space to implement it. The power of a well implemented bullet journal system is absolutely worth the resources you will invest here. I'm packing the bulk of the how to/get started information into the first ten days so we can launch the new systems April 1. After that, you'll be able to relax a bit with the workshop and just use me for fine tuning and expanding your system.