Bullet Journals and Changing Your Mindset
So many new things in my world that I haven't had time to blog. I usually hate people who say that, as though they're boasting about being busy and important, but I am not lying when I say I haven't had time to scratch my bum, so I have started this new logging process called Bullet Journaling.
It is an amazing system, but it does tend to make you see how much you have to get done, as one task leads to another, and then you have a to-do list for life that feels productive if you get it all done, but overwhelming if you're a bit tired.
For the past five years, I have been in flux in many areas of my life. Now I can plan again. As I said to a friend over the weekend, it feels like the wheel of fortune has turned in my favour again. God knows I've been on the bottom, and at times, hanging off the bottom.
So back to the bullet journal. If you Google it you will see 1000 ways to keep this journal but I like to keep it simple. I see it as a place to log all your thoughts of what you need/want to do. It can be something you want to do tomorrow, or a goal for the next year, or in five years.
When you're in a bad place, and you're just surviving, there are no plans, other than just getting through the week, or even the day at some times, so trying to remember how to dream and make goals is a foreign concept.
Permission to dream is a luxury. Sometimes life is such a clusterfuck of bad luck, bad decisions, illness and external disaster that you can't breathe for the bad juju, but when things turn around you can start to change your mindset again.
And this is why I'm writing it all down so I don't forget the good stuff. It can feel like life is slipping past you when you're struggling mentally or physically, as though you're in the gutter waving at the parade of good things, and not being asked to join in the celebrations.
So in the Bullet Journal you list everything you have to do for the month. The week, the day and then break it down into lists again.
Your journal is really like a blueprint of your brain. If you have 1000 ideas in a single day, then this is your place for putting them down.
Book ideas. Books to read. Songs to download. Films to watch. Places to visit. Things to look up. The lists are endless. This is your life, so start dreaming and go for it!
*These are not my journals. These images are from Pinterest.