GRID IT - Bullet Journal prep for the coming year
I was slow to jump on the Bullet Journal bandwagon. I have always been attracted to gorgeous planners and I follow lots of BuJo junkies on Instagram, but I figured I really didn't need one. As an introvert, I'm never happier than when my calendar has ZERO entries on it - no interruptions, no obligations, no deadlines, nobody tugging my sleeve. I'm also officially retired. Why on earth would I need a planner?
|Pictures clipped from an old children's dictionary, washi tape, and rubber stamping enliven the page.|
But then I began to put two and two together - if I'm designing the planner myself, I can design it exactly for my needs. Maybe I don't need or want a lot of space for daily calendar entries, but there are definitely things I want to accomplish - daily goals, weekly tasks, projects that need my attention. When I noticed how people were using their Bullet Journals for establishing or breaking habits that were either productive or holding them back, I saw my entry. For sure, the creative process ofmaking weekly spreads and monthly habit trackers is a large part of the charm. But I also do find that I'm much more likely to take my vitamins or lengthen my daily dog walks if I'm tracking them this way, and clean out closets if I have to keep moving that incomplete task to another spread. At this stage of my life the things I want to track are primarily related to my health and well-being, and since I travel internationally, I'm trying to teach myself how to tell the temperature in Celsius by recording it every day to get it into my bones, so to speak. I have plenty of other creative projects, so I don't need my planner to be absolutely stunning, but I do like it to be fun to make and fun to use, which pretty much guarantees that I will indeed use it. I don't use all the "official" Bullet Journal techniques and strategies, but hey, this is my planner and what I don't need or find useful I don't intend to use.
|I can check off daily boxes when I have completed my meditation exercise, and the journal card in the pocket will be a my gratitude journal for the month.|
Mary Beth Shaw's Grid Stencils Set Set9
6 inch degraded grid by Seth Apter from December 2017 club set
Stencil Font by Mary Beth Shaw M100
Hip to Be Square Small Alphabet by Carolyn Dube S521