Do you ever feel like you spend more time planning then you spend doing… cause I know I do! It’s a chronic problem for me that I know has a lot to do with the fact that I am an anxious person. Since I started using my Bullet Journal, I have become more productive! I think… I might be imagining it. Either way, I’m enjoying myself more!
I like to try and plan my life (and blog) a month at a time. Any farther into the future then that and everything changes before I get there. Life’s kind of just like that for me. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to planning in advance then I have a couple great tips for you!
Start With the Important Dates
The obvious first step, whether you are using your Bujo or not is to put together your calendar. If you’re drawing it into your journal you can either go for the classic calendar look (see below) or a list style. The list style gives you a bit more room to write, but I don’t use it as often because it doesn’t separate the weeks as obviously. If you’re not using a journal, there are a ton of amazing printable calendars online, or if you like something a little more simple, just open Microsoft Word and print a basic one.
Now that you have your calendar start by filling in all the important dates! Birthday’s, special events, Holidays, school events or due dates. All the things that you already know ahead of time. These are usually non negotiable so they’re a great place to start
Set You’re Goals
Whatever you’re goals might be, write them down! Always write them down. This is important because it keeps you a bit more accountable to yourself. Put them up right beside your calendar, to remind you daily of the things that are really important to you.
If they’re so important, do I really have to be reminded daily? YES
You know how life get’s. It’s like a run away train, when you get busy with work and kids and friends and life, you might forget that you planned to work out 3 times a week or start working on that business website…
OK so you have a list of you’re goals? Now put those into you’re calendar. Set a date to go with that goal and you are far more likely to make it the priority that it should be!
Be careful with this section, because it tends to get a little mixed up with the next section. The important tasks are the one’s that are really necessary RIGHT NOW! (or like this month) They are the things like renew your passport and pay your bills. The non negotiable little things that need to be done.
Again when you have that list written out fit those into your calendar. I know it’s starting to look pretty busy now.. but remember, when the month actually starts you’re only living day to day.
The To Do List
These are the tasks that are below the seniority of the important tasks. The ones that should be done but can be done at any time. It’s not essential to fill these ones into the calendar, but it’s good to have it on hand. If you are using a Bujo you likely have several different layouts with many different lists, and that’s awesome, but don’t forget to go back to them. When I create my new month page in my Bujo I flip back as far as necessary to make sure that I am giving attention to all the lists.
Before you get overwhelmed thinking of all the things that you need to plan, remember that theses are things that you focus on and plan all month, you’re just doing it all at once, which will save you time later!
Plan in a Little Bit of Fun Time
That was a lot of important, boring adultish things that you just thought of, and future you is going to be really happy that you did, but make sure you take care of your inner child to! Take a second to plan in a bit of adventure, oh and while you’re at it, make sure you plan in a little bit of self care time to. Life doesn’t always have to be so serious. Take time to enjoy yourself!
I love using my Bullet Journal to plan out all the aspects of my life! It’s a fun and creative way to stay motivated and organized. That being said it’s time consuming. SIGN UP below and you will get access to my full library to Printable Layouts. New pages added all the time!