I’ll be the first to admit it . . . I overthink just about everything in life. I’m getting better, but being somewhat of an analytical, philosophical type personality, I usually invest a lot of time and energy thinking about anything and everything before I finally make a decision. And then there’s the problem of being somewhat of a perfectionist. That can be good – but it can also have it’s challenges. When I decide to tackle a task or a project, I take time learning about it, researching it, experimenting with it, tweaking it, talking about it, thinking about it some more, and then I can actually sometimes convince myself not to do it, because I might not have it quite right. So the good news (as I’ve been told) is that perhaps I am a bit neurotic (but then so are you, even if you won’t say it out loud!), but the good news (as I’ve been told) is that, at least, I’m not totally losing it. At least not today.
But if I’m honest, I have to confess that I struggle with this in pretty much all of my tasks. Perhaps it is because I grew up with a mother that frequently reminded me that “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right!” So I carry on, doing my best to do my best, but also finally realizing that I need to relax a bit and stop worrying about “getting it right” and focus more on just doing stuff. So for whatever it’s worth, if you are anything like me, you might have considered this whole “bullet journaling” thing and felt like it would be rather overwhelming and pretty difficult to get it “right.” The question then becomes: “How do you do it RIGHT?” And my answer is, in my infinite wisdom: “Just start!” Otherwise you might never do anything and that would be boring.
There are so many ideas that you COULD incorporate in your daily journal / schedule / calendar / To Do list that it is necessary to simplify things a bit just to begin to break free from the paralysis of perfection. At least it is for me. If this isn’t you, I’m thinking this post will also be pretty boring. But if you want to get started, here is JUST ONE way to start moving in the right direction. If you are interested, you can read my original blog post about bullet journaling HERE. Then, when you are ready to start (today please!) just do ONE THING.
Take a look at this example of the way I have tried to organize my days and activities . . . which I have used quite successfully for . . . . well, a long time. This page can be printed out as is, you can punch holes in the top and put it in a three-ring binder, you can print it out with out all of the “prompts,” OR you can write out something similar on your own piece of paper or in your own notebook. That’s how I did it for years, and years, and years. I would just take a piece of notebook paper and draw lines on it. I would write the date at the top and then write the days of the week. Then, all you have to do it jot down the things that you do every day, every week, at specific times. That leaves you with a visual of the blocks of time that are available for other stuff like appointments or special events. It’s really flexible because you can move things wherever you need to move them, but it also gives some structure to your days.
Let me know what you think . . . but remember, this is just a place to START. No rules, no pressure, no expectations of adding anything else if you don’t want to. I promise it will help you develop a greater sense of order and structure to your days. Especially if you are a mom with young children and / or a homeschool mom. Just writing it down and prioritizing things will free up a lot of brain space for other things. Trust me. I’m old. I’ve been doing this a very long time, and I promise it works. If you do it. So, please, just start. You’ll be glad you did.
Here’s the same weekly schedule page with all of the times of each day left blank so you can fill in what works best for you. The above page is just an example of the kinds of things you can include. It helps me if I have a few things that I try to keep as a priority each day and things that need my attention regularly, every week. The rest is flexible for appointments or phone calls or other things that don’t occur every week or every day. Let me know what you think!
PS Please note . . . there are still “bullets” to keep you focused!
PPS: If you really, truly want to try out some of cute journaling accessories that are available, here are a few that might work for you . . . but remember, all you need is a pen and a piece of paper. But this stuff would be fun!