I have some new fluorescent gel pens, bought on impulse as a treat when shopping in Bruton with a girlfriend.
It turns out, they’re invaluable!
I came across the concept of a bullet journal, and wanted to personalise it to incorporate some of my learning about my mental health through occupational therapy.
At the beginning of a month, I brain-dump the things I’m aiming for in a bulleted list. Examples of mine are:
- swim in the sea once a week
- build some raised beds in the garden
- organise crèche provision for a course I’m delivering
I try to keep the overarching aims to 1 page of my A5 journal. Then I circle the bullets with a colour in beautiful gel pen:
blue – work related
green – self care
yellow – my kids
pink – social time
pink heart shape – my husband & I
orange – house & garden
The colour code helps me to look at the balance of priorities, and to be really mindful of when there’s an over-emphasis on work at the expense of other areas!
Each weekday, I bullet my to-do list in the same way. I make sure to bullet self care time such as blogging, tea alone in a cafe, running, wild swimming. When there are naturally days with a swathe of blue work tasks, I’m reminded to book in the other aspects of life later in the week. I get to see where I’m putting blue circles in days they’re not needed, and here’s a very useful thing:
An X over the bullet means I did the task or activity
An > over the bullet means I just move it to another day
I’ve found this extremely liberating in comparison to a traditional to-do list where I can feel I’ve failed if it’s not all crossed out by the end of the day.
My bullet journalling helps me to prioritise and also to notice when my expectations of a day have been unrealistic. I really love that little > symbol…