When I resigned from my job at the end of 2017, I took time to rest, recover, and consider what I wanted to do with my time and my life. My son was three and I was fortunate enough to not to have to rush back into the workforce.
Since the year of my recovery (2018), I have begun to write regularly and I’ve become involved in more projects and activities (just last week I began a new role). My usual methods for keeping track of everything were not working as well as I wanted and I was looking for ways to staunch the tide of overwhelm that was threatening to drown me some nights as I reviewed my day and agonized about what I may have forgotten.
And it wasn’t mainly those day-to-day things that bothered me. I am a writer and I need ideas to write. When I got these ideas, often at the most random times, I would scribble them on a Post-It, place them in an app (or two) on my phone, or in one of the three notebooks I had at the time. I wanted a way to streamline everything into one place. Enter, the Bullet Journal.
I was first introduced to Bullet Journaling by Anne Bogel in February of 2016. It piqued my interest and I started doing research. I bought a notebook for my professional life and while I didn’t use the exact process, I began to use the key and signifiers to keep track of my to-do list. It was very helpful.
Skip forward to early 2018: When I left my job, while resting and recovering, I didn’t really need to keep track of my life in a succinct method. I wasn’t doing a lot. Now I am and I have been feeling discombobulated. My brain is officially a “mommy brain” and things that I thought I could once easily remember were seemingly falling through the cracks. It was a bit unnerving.
This month, I was given the task to look at different organizational methods for a project I was working on. I am also reigniting my love of drawing. I started following @amandarachlee and @ShaydaCampbell on Instagram and YouTube. They are also Bullet Journalers. So, all of this created the perfect storm and I went to Bullet Journal.com. This was the second thing that I saw:
That was that! I ordered the book The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Campbell via Snail on the Wall. Received it, began reading it, found one of the empty journals that I had kept from KonMari(ng) my home and began.
And so begins our second EnjoyLife Project of the blog: KonMari(ng) My Mind. I’ll keep you updated.
Do any of you bullet journal? Please, share your tips, suggestions, and questions in the comments below.
You can check out our first EnjoyLife Project: Creating Home through KonMari here. I just finished most of the komono, including the kitchen and will be posting my updates soon.