I am determined to get all of my stuff organized this year. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more.
I have a planner obsession that goes way back. I have tried, and spent a lot of money on, every planner system or gadget that has come out since the late 1980’s. Franklin Planner, Filofax, Palm Pilot, Blackberry, MomAgenda, Erin Condren, Martha Stewart, Levenger…they all have my money. LOTS of it.
Then I found this awesome system called the Bullet Journal, developed by Ryder Carroll. You really need to go to the website and check it out. I have gone from a huge bulky planner to this Moleskine Volant notebook.
Basically, it is a way to process all of that stuff running around in your brain. Take the dog to the vet, make cupcakes for the class, pick up the dry cleaning, sign your son up for drivers ed, find a cleaning lady, find a psychiatrist…you dump all of the stuff in your brain on to the page, then you process it. Here is the key I made for mine…
I divide my tasks into “contexts.” I have @booth for my antiques booth, @blog for my blog, @call, @buy, @paperwork, @go, @computer, and @house. When I am ready to make my phone calls I look at @call, when I am at my desk I look at @paperwork and @computer. Simple, right?
I also write my daily pictures to take for my Project Life challenge in my schedule. In the blank spot on my weekly schedule side I write in the weekly Flylady zone, the classic movie I am making my poor sons watch that week, and anything else I think up.
I still have a Flylady control journal that has all of my cleaning schedules, zone schedules, grocery shopping and meal planning. It lives on my kitchen counter where it belongs. There is no need for me to carry it around with me everywhere. I will cover that next week. All I need when I am out and about is my little notebook.
My bullet journal is also a great excuse to play with my washi tape and markers.