It’s that time of the year when we’re all making new resolutions and wanting to plan and refresh to make the year ahead more organised and successful that the last one. So I’ve been seeing lots of posts and chats in Facebook groups lately about planners and journals and finding out what works for people.
I’ve been running both my own business (Qalbi) and MIB Network for 10 years now. I’m also a mum of 2 school-age children who do lots of sports and have different term dates. So the combo means that I have to be pretty damn good at juggling to keep on top of things.
Over the years I’ve tried various planners and apps to help me but never really found the right one, or one that worked well enough and was easy enough to keep going for me to stick with it. I’m great at starting things but not so good at persisting if they’re a hassle. But then I discovered bullet journalling (I can’t remember how) 3 years ago and have never looked back. I honestly don’t know how I got through a day without my bujo.
I started off watching the Bullet Journal official video on their website, then got onto Pinterest where you can find heaps of ideas for just about everything you ever want to achieve or track. And they all looked super-pretty too. So I armed myself with a brightly coloured dotted bullet journal from Amazon and a pack of coloured pens and got to work.
And whilst I have a creative business (as you can see from my table surface in the video!) and so really appreciate attractive design, what I discovered very early on is that I am too busy for pretty when it comes to my bullet journal. So the video tour below shows my “stripped back” version which does what it says on the tin, after trial and error and experimenting with various formats and trackers from pinterest which ended up not really working for me.
So this is one for all you other busy women juggling running a business around kids, I hope it helps…
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