Sometimes the positive aspects of motherhood get swept away in the deluge of busyness, discipline, the day-to-day grind, and the bigger burdens that weigh us down. Focusing on the little wins can be a great way to re-center and come back to what matters most. So that’s what today is – a celebration of motherhood victories, whether they be big or small. I’d love to hear yours in the comments.
My win this week is getting a new planner set up and ready to go. It’s not a traditional “weekly planner” kind of setup, although I continue to drool over the Day Designer and Simplified Planner and a few of the other planners out there. No, the planner I’m using this year is a blank dot-grid book organized in the style of a Bullet Journal.
Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until last year. I can’t even remember where I heard about it! I knew it would be perfect for me; I’d done a less-organized version of it for several years already, and it was exciting to see improvements to a method that’s been working for me already. The gist of Bullet Journaling is that you use a blank book and keep track of your entire life in it. You number the pages, and as you add new things to your book, you record them in the table of contents. It sounds kind of hokey and simple, but I love it!
Here are a few pictures of my setup…
It was a lot of setup, but now that it’s done I can use it weekly to keep track of our schedules and events (I didn’t include a picture of the first weekly schedule, but it’s basically a two-page spread that has a section for each day of the next week or so), to keep track of some habits I’m wanting to build, to keep track of meals and shopping lists and blood pressure readings, and to just clear my brain of all the random to-dos I hold in there (and often forget…). If it intrigues you at all, you can learn more about bullet journaling here, and I was inspired by the design and headings this blogger created.
How do you keep track of your day-to-day life? And what was your win this week, big or little? I’d love to hear about your win and cheer you on in the comments!