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I'm also big on writing things by hand. It helps me stay focused, and keeps me more grounded in what I'm doing. It's also cathartic when I can just write and write. In a way that's different than typing. While typing things out can help sometimes, writing it down by hand gives it more meaning and permanence, and helps me work things out a little bit better than typing.
My old system, however, was starting to get a bit overwhelming, and I needed to find an alternative, and found bullet journaling.
A Look At My Old System
- Trello - I use Trello to keep lists of media to consume. I'm big on media consumption—movies, television, games, visual novels, comic books, etc. Before using Trello, I didn't really have a system, and I became overwhelmed with things I wanted to try, or where I was in a particular season of a television show, for instance. Thanks to an episode of the Geek to Geek cast, I tried out making a list, and it helped tremendously to keeping me focused on what I wanted to look into, and made me feel not as guilty for possibly putting something to the side because I wasn't enjoying it.
- Google Calendar - Google Calendar is what I use day-to-day outside of my Plum Planner (more on that next). I live via my Gmail, and I use it as a way to keep my contacts and calendar organized. It's a good quick on-the-go tool for me when I need to add an impromptu work meeting, a get-together with a friend, or a therapy session. And it's easy to pull out my phone rather than my Plum Planner, which can get kind of unwieldy.
- Plum Planner - I like paper planners, and I liked this one because I could keep (most) everything in one place. It had pockets to keep papers, to do list sections, menu and grocery planning sections. But, the more I used it, the more wasted pages it had because I wouldn't use a particular section one week, or I'd be using another one of my systems for a few days, etc. There were also the times when my sticky notes would get lost, or papers would fall out, and I wouldn't know where something went, and it was just too big to carry around casually in my purse.
- Sticky Notes - Sticky notes are my go-to "I need to jot something down to remember it now." sort of thing. Especially when I didn't have my Plum Planner around. But then they would get lost, or fall out of my planner, and it was never a good thing.
- Tumblr - As a part of my CBT, my therapist likes me to attempt to journal twice a week. About anything I want. It could be extremely personal stuff, or just general things that I would/sometimes did put in the blog. For the extremely personal stuff, however, I have a private Tumblr account where I could just let it all out. But, typing never really did it for me 100%.
- Gratitude Journal - As another piece of my CBT, I keep a gratitude journal. Just one or two things every day that I'm thankful for. Or that even just made me happy. I keep these in a small notebook by my bedside table.
- Legal Pads - I use legal pads like nobody's business. They end up full of to do lists, but then I have a difficult time tracking if it's a repeat task (things like dishes get done every day, so did I check it off yesterday or am I behind on dishes?!). And then sometimes I end up with random thought dumps, but then if I lose the pad, I lose the thought dump, and a lot of times those were half-written out blog posts.
- Magnetized Memo Pads - This one feels like a no-brainer for me. I keep magnetized pads and a container with pens (and a few things like coupons and my stamps) on the fridge. If I need to purchase something for groceries or I have a menu idea for next week, I jot it down. These then get torn off the fridge and used as my grocery list and a way to menu plan (which would then be planned out in the legal pads).
|This was my "organization".|
I think you can see where I'm getting with this. In an effort to simplify and keep myself organized, I wasn't really doing much of anything. And while it helped for a time, it started to just feel overwhelming. So I started looking for alternatives. That's when I stumbled onto this thing called Bullet Journaling that I discovered through Jaedia, but have since found a few other bloggers that have made it a habit.
I've only been doing it a month, but it's helped tremendously. I'll delve deeper into what it is, and how I bujo (bullet journal) in another post, however, or this one will become much too wordy.