While this time of year is usually full of resolutions that people just don’t keep. And usually, I’m one of those people. But this year I started a little early and decided to make actual changes in my life. Four days in and I’m turning some good leaves and feeling pretty damn good about it.
- I haven’t had a cigarette in five days as of this writing. (update April 2017 FAIL)
- I have switched from coffee to tea Monday through Friday (to avoid all the shit that I put in coffee that really isn’t good for me.)
- I’m meditating and doing yoga daily (this one isn’t new, but I’m actually being consistent.)
- And I’m keeping track of all of it in my bullet journal
And though all of this is pretty great for me, the one that I want to share with you is bullet journaling.
Why I Had My Hesitations
As this subhead hints at (haha) I had some hesitations about getting another paper product for my life for a few different reasons. I pride myself on being as paperless as humanly possible. No printed records, no job jackets. Businesses use a TON of paper and frankly I’m not down. Other than my personal journal and deck of Oracle cards, I keep as much paper out of my business and routines as possible. My reasons why aren’t groundbreaking, but I feel like they are still worth sharing.
Environmental impact. Just trying to make my footprint smaller. Not preachin.
Ease of access. When you’re working a full time job, it is super amazing to be able to work on your business on your lunch break, on breaks of any kind, all from your phone. At least it is for me.
Holy organization. I’m not going to go on and on about how Trello has rocked my world or how I run my business out of it, but it’s a thing. Literally.
So yeah. I had my reasons for hesitation. Another one that isn’t quite as prevalent was that I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to have a little notebook that had my everything in it. I live in a metropolis that is moving constantly. And like my metropolis, I’m always on the move to. See where this is going? But I still decided to go for it. What did I have to lose?
So after hopping on Pinterest (because it’s a search engine, not a social platform), I found that there was simply too much shit out there and there was no way that I could commit to trying to make my spreads that pretty on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. Nor did I want the responsibility to myself to do so. So I couldn’t help but think there had to be a better way.
Now when I think this, I usually have some truly top notch people that I turn to because they got the smarts and pretty generally kick ass. One of these resources is the Being Boss ladies. And how did they come through for me. If you head to beingboss.club, search journaling, and holy helpful.
Plain and simple they rocked it. It was all about finding what works for you, some great, simple spreads that are functional and not hard on the eyes, and above all else, they work like a freaking charm.
How It’s Going So Far
I think it is going splendidly. I haven’t bought a planner for the year and I love having all of my personal stuff and my business stuff in one place so that I can look at my life as a whole instead of trying to flip through forty different things to see what I’ve got going on day to day.
One thing I will say, my business is still digital until it goes into my journal. I still use Trello for everything, still use my Google Calendar, and lord knows I still use my apps for operational purposes, but I do love having everything in one place.
Far From Over
Though I can’t say what will come (crystal ball is in the shop : ) ), I can say that as of right now I don’t see why I wouldn’t be keeping my systems for my business and bullet journaling it all.
Have you started something new in the new year? I’d love to know what you’re up to!