It's been a little while since I wrote a blog post about my bullet journal journey. That is in large part to me taking a little break from it after having the baby. But now that life has (somewhat) settled down and I am able to (somewhat) get back into the swing of things, I'm giving my bullet journal a little freshening up and sharing all about it with you!
Since it's a new season of the year, new season in my life, we're heading into the busy holidays and about to embark on a brand new year, I've decided to change things up with how I do my daily agenda.
You can see below the two layouts I've previously used to keep track of my daily to-do's and events:
While I did love them both, I'm just ready for something a little different that fits my current needs a little better.
What I'm going for now is efficiency - both in creating the page and chronicling what I intend to do each day.
A More efficient Creative Process
As I have mentioned before in my first and second posts about bullet journaling, I am no artist. I struggle with being impatient, clumsy, and a perfectionsit - all which make free-hand drawing incredibly difficult.
So to simplify making my pages look nice (which in turn motivates me to use them more), I've decided to use these adorable stickers I've found on sale at places like Target and Michael's.
It definitely cuts the time it takes to design and create a page by A LOT, but is still very cute and personalized to my tastes.
A More efficient daily agenda
The first big change I'm making is not cramming a whole week into one or two pages. I am stretching an entire day out over the length of one page instead. I will still have a page at the beginning of each week that kind of sums up what the week will look like, but it's bare minimum information that I need to remind myself to accomplish over the course of the next 7 days.
For my daily agenda, instead of creating a giant to-do list that almost never gets done, I am funneling my day through a few different categories: the big 3, 3 for me, and events. These are what I will shape my day around and be sure to get done.
THE BIG 3
This idea is not my own; in fact, I am borrowing it from a fellow blogger and writer, Skye from Skye Light Creations. She talked about doing this on one of her Instagram stories one day and it struck me as both brilliant and exactly what I needed in my life.
The idea is to take your 3 biggest tasks for the day and make this your driving to-do list. Everything else can fall by the wayside, but these 3 things should be priority throughout your day.
For me, my goal is to establish what these 3 things are each day and tackle them as soon as possible. Once I've completed all 3, the rest of my day can be filled with things, activities, and people I enjoy because I prioritized and took care of my business early on! And I don't have this to-do list hanging over my head with the potential of not getting to check off a completed task.
3 FOR ME
This is another one of Skye's ideas that I just loved. It's a list of 3 things you want to make time for everyday that help keep you sane, healthy, whole, and happy.
For me right now, those 3 things are checking social media a few times a day, reading, and exercising. They may change over time, but these 3 things feel like a 'treat' to me and it's so important to make them a mandatory part of my day.
These are simply appointments, errands, meetings, and anything else that requires me to leave the house that I need to do that day. Some days I might have several, others I may have none. And these are in addition to the few other things I've prioritized for the day.
Some other smaller categories I included on my daily agenda pages are:
So nothing mind-blowing or super fancy, just a bit of a change to freshen up my bullet journal and make the days more efficient while also giving me a little more freedom!
I do still recommend setting these up at least a week ahead of time so they are ready to be filled in once each day arrives. But the setting up part is so much more FUN with the use of these stickers, and so much less daunting of a task.
Do you use a bullet journal? How do you set up your days, weeks, month? I would love some inspiration from other bullet journalers, so feel free to leave your comments on bullet journaling below!
Also, check out my other posts about my bullet journal journey; part one and habit tracker!
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