I wrote a post looking back on 4 years of bullet journaling at what I saw was useful and memorable and what made me groan or feel nothing at all. The last 4 months of the year I got back into journaling, after a period that brought me to write Creativity in the midst of things a free pdf.
Here’s what I noticed and will continue to do:
I stuck in pictures and quotes that still served me but I wanted to take them off my vision board, there’s a lot of empty space at the start of a book.
As I got back into journaling I started small with the categories I felt mattered to me, as cheesy as it sounds these were: mind, body, soul, relationships, do the work and relaxation. I wrote about things from my day that fitted those and added stars or coloured circles to highlights, resources, unexpected surprises.
I felt like a newbie in a creative world again so I tracked highs and lows with a ^ for good things and pointing down triangle for the not so good-terrible thing I was writing about. It helped to share how I felt and daily happenings without getting attached to them.
I also did a mood tracker for two months because I felt so many different things I ended up with 10 different feelings, I coloured different portions of a pumpkin and flowers but as I started feeling better, getting more done, having more fun I had less need and time to track! They are a brilliant tool and can be easily simplified, just type mood tracker into Instagram you will find loads!
I did a bit of zentangle, practising shapes and lines with my black pen.
I tracked how teachings in a book effected what I was doing in life, instead of just copying out of a book such as all the special days I spent tidying Kon Marie method!
As I found my focus again, at the top under the date I wrote a 1. for my main task or one thing to do that day, I later added 1B as in a business task. It allowed me to have focus and accomplish one task I really wanted to get done and address what I can do to drive my business forward too.
I started adding some collage from magazines at the top or bottom of the page, my paper pallet after painting and the notes of things I had manifested too! It just gave pages colour, even interiors I liked gave pages character and showed scenes I loved.
I added notes from our time at Nanak Naam workshop, the only seminar I attended that year, highly recommended.
I downloaded a Soulful Habit Tracker from Danielle La Porte, I used it for 3 months and have just got too busy to track!
As well as my usual monthly budget plan, I followed the movement of Cait Flanders and wrote a weekly spend report that I do each week to track my finances and grow financial intelligence!
I did more journaling!!! Now I know it may not come as a surprise, it’s called a bullet journal and I love to write but compared with other times I freely wrote in it how I felt, what I was doing in my day, reflections rather than just lists and it is so so rewarding.
I have got a planner on the way, fresh moleskin sketchbooks and a diary to journal in 2019 however Bullet Journals always seem to win and outlast any planner I’ve bought!
So much love, Taran