- Handy tool used commonly by those people wishing to simplify and catalog life by paying attention to the details of the everyday.
- A sometimes scary journal you bought but don’t quite know what to do with.
Only recently did I find out what a Bullet Journal, aka BuJo, is and that in my normal routine of documenting life and its myriad details I was actually creating my own. While I am not a purist, I have found ways to make my bullet journal both a relaxing place to gather my thoughts and a tough workhorse for the life of a homeschool mom.
What do you need to begin a bullet journal? You need a journal. I prefer a grid style Moleskine. You need something with which to write. I like Paper*Mate Flair pens. You need a plan. I can help you with that. Do you have those two things (don’t worry–I got your back with a plan!)? Well, you are ready to begin. I like a fairly sizable journal; I use it for 6 months at a time and it holds both my day to day family life details as well as our homeschool information. I divide the journal in two. The front is where my master index, calendars and family matters reside, the back end holds homeschool schedules, observations, and a master goals list for each child.
I have found that only if I keep the journal simple does it do its job for me. Keeps me organized and focused and allows all my jumbled thoughts a home. There are planners out there showcasing gorgeous spreads that make your eyes pop. My bullet journal–and what I’ll be guiding you to do–is not that. It is a worker bee, not a queen. That does not mean I only use black or blue ink. No, no. Only that I find I have time enough to detail my life and its work when I keep my eyes on the prize. For me that is a mind at peace thanks to a bullet journal that holds all the life-giving details of my life in one place.
You Can Do This
Perhaps you are like me and find yourself on spring break this week. Or you are reading this over a weekend. Or you can block out time, an hour or so, to consider what you would like this journal to do for you. Here’s what you should do to prepare for our next time together when we will work on an index. For now, decide where to do a Brain Dump or a Mind Map or whatever strategy you use to free up your mind space by getting all the thoughts out of it and onto paper.
I choose to do this in the back of my bullet journal. Here’s how: I divide my journal roughly into two halves and then I take less than a third of the room in the very back of the book. Why? I figure there will be less in the homeschool section of the bullet journal since my children’s work will be kept in their portfolios.
Fun Work/Action Steps
By the time we meet again, here’s what you can do to prepare for your BuJo adventure~
- locate a journal that pleases you
- have a set of pens handy in colors that make you happy
- divide your journal into three sections (homelife/homeschool/brain dump)
- take time to get out all those thoughts in your mind that you would like to find a home for
- dump or map those thoughts in the last section of your journal
- consider thoughtfully what you want out of the bullet journal
I look forward to taking you on this journey! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a specific question or concern because I’d love to tailor this series to you. Subscribe or follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or IG so you don’t miss a thing. See you back here in a day or two. We will continue this exciting journey!
And if you missed the beginning of this series, check it out here!
- Bullet Journals: A Powerful Miracle Worker for Homeschool
- Homeschool Planner Love: The Most Fabulous One is the One You Use
- The Calendar is the Brain Behind Your Bullet Journal
- How to Do It All: Accountability with Bullet Journal
- Do You Need to Organize Your Homeschool Planner?
- Planner Love: Finding the Perfect One for You!
And—-and! If you are on Periscope, come and follow along! So. much. fun.