Updating the Bullet Journal and following directions

It has been that season of the year again. For a couple of months now, social media and YouTube has been flamed with diy planning ideas. There are the scrap book styles of Bullet Journal, the simple versions, the combo journals, and everything in between.

I am a combo planner. I have a travelers notebook style bullet journal. I try to keep the artsy crafts crap to a dull roar. Yea, there is washi tape in my journal. I use it sparingly. Very sparingly. It adds bulk to an already bulky system, and I seriously don’t want to haul it everywhere I go.

I don’t tape in photos, printouts, or stickers. I don’t have all the pens, because they bleed through and that defeats the purpose. I also don’t have the most expensive notebooks in my travelers notebook.

My travelers notebook is one I made myself.. I used old planners or scraps of leather for my notebooks. I used dollar store and walmart cheap notebooks, some cut to fit. I use colored pencils when necessary, and crayons.

I am cheap.

Now, if you haven’t had a stroke, and run for the hills….

I’ve been tap dancing around flylady for years now. I am working on the baby steps yet again. However, instead of a control journal, I have a bullet journal. I own a copy of her book, and I also own a copy of many of the source books for her system. So, in one notebook of my TN, I am slowly adding lists.

My long term collections list book gets these. I have routines written down. I have The master grocery lists, and I am still adding to those. I have the “Zone lists” and when the house is decluttered, I will adopt the zone system. So, adding flylady, adapted to my lifestyle, with major input from sidetracked home executives, just makes sense.

What adaptations am I adding?

Morning routine.: She has a master list of stuff she does. That is great, but not really necessary. I put the things down that I actually do. Until I purchase a dishwasher, I don’t have to unload a non existent machine. I do however get up and let the dogs out. I do read Dear Abbey and update my journal. I make coffee, and my bed. I study, write and knit. I take my vitals, including blood sugars, and eat breakfast. Then I get dressed. Screw the shoes, I hate them. Even in winter, for emergency purposes, I can be found outside, untangling a dog chain barefoot.

I check on any shipments that are scheduled, I look over the days plans, and I get busy. I do my 11th step. I make and receive phone calls, and I check in with family and friends via text.

On website update days, I check with my client, and make any changes necessary.

The bedtime routine, is much simpler.

I take a shower, set out the next day’s clothes, take my vitals, and do my tenth step lists. I then play a computer game, or read after journaling as I go to bed.

That’s about it.

I am throwing a few 27 fling boogies, and a few hotspot fire drills into my day for now, and the crisis cleanings into every day. I’m not jumping into the deep end of the pool, because I just can’t swim.

A couple of updates that are needed on her website though, is that technology has dramatically changed since she wrote that book, and since Pam Young wrote hers. I wear a smart watch. I can ask the watch to set a timer. My emergency contacts are in the cloud. Most reminders come from the cloud as well, either on the watch, or my smart phone.

So, why the hell do I carry a bullet journal yet?

Because the physical act of writing slows my overactive brain down. It’s the time that I take, pen in hand, that gives my brain time to see what my day really is like. Notes, ideas, meeting notes, appointments, everything goes into my bullet journal. Doctors visit notes go in there, gift ideas, project plans go inside. Patterns for knitting and crochet. Sewing ideas, and tracking my medical. It’s what works. Most importantly, my recovery goes in my planner. And that is where my life eases up.

I better get back to it. I am expecting a yarn swift and ball winder via fed ex this morning. It’s a good thing.



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