I’ve been trying to put together a post on my new summer project, but time has really gotten away from me. While catching up on my favorite blogs, I noticed that Tara at 4th Grade Frolics had a new post in her way popular Monday Made It linky…so I decided there’s no more procrastinating. I am jumping in with both feet 🙂 I really enjoyed this linky last summer because I need creative release when I’m away from students to bring me back to a happy place. I love that she posts projects that aren’t just for the classroom (but they’re always super-cute!). My kinda people 🙂
So my own Monday Made It is really just one project with a bunch of smaller components. If you’ve read my blog lately, you’ll see that I’m kinda (ahem…maybe a lot!) into my bullet journal and artsy journal project. You can read about the how and why here, but the long story short is that I need to find two ways of journaling that work for me: the daily task lists to get things done (I’m a list maker–are you?) and a pretty, journal/scrapbook way of keeping track of my days as they go by.
I started with the Bullet Journal idea for the task list/to-do part of the project. Essentially, the Bullet journal is just a way of tracking your tasks, to-dos, events, special days and other calendar items in an easy-to-follow format. You can do it with any planner, and you can read more about it here. (Be sure to check out the video. Super-short and super-informational).
The first thing I needed to do with my own bullet journal was to develop a key or legend. The main reason I decided to start this project (which I am really hoping follows me into the school year) during summer break is because my schedule is much lighter than it is during the school year, and I wanted to get a solid handle on the system before the insanity of the teaching year came back around. My key is realllllly simple:
There’s a legend to use for tasks as I get them done, events, meaningful dates and exercise. Yeah, I probably need to add more of those little dumbbells to my pages, don’t I? 😉
My main worry at the start of the journal is that I tend to find I have a lot of events to add to my planner that happen way in advance–several months, usually. In the traditional bullet journal, there’s really no place to do that, but I improvised and created my own long-term calendar. I am sure I will fill this journal up long before I get to the end of the calendar, but it is a little bit of a security blanket for me:
It’s filled up a little since I took this photo, but not a lot. That’s the way I like my summer: slow!
The third big piece of the bullet journal is the monthly and daily spreads. This is where the real benefit to planning comes in. I know lots of folks say…well, just buy a planner and your days will already have the outlines…but for some of us, we like the creative challenge of making ours work for us. I must admit, my first month (June) spread is rather blah, and I kinda cheated on the daily pages as I simply cut out planner pages from an Etsy printable I purchased, but just to get my feet wet. This week, I’m working to find a daily spread that I like. In the meantime, here’s my June calendar (boring, I know!), a weekly spread and one of my daily printables (I just love the colors…)
That’s really the bones of the bullet journal (and that is a terrible pun I truly did not intend…lol!) What I love most about it is that it lends itself well to requiring me to sit down each night and each morning in order to really focus in on the tasks and to-dos that I want to get accomplished during the day. I will say it’s been very successful so far–having these lists so close give me no excuses for not getting things done.
What I’d really love to show you is my artsy journal project, but it’s late and my overhead light takes atrocious photos! I need a little sunlight to take a good photo so you can see all the colors yourself. (I like colors. They make me happy!) So, if you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading, and if you’re curious about the artsy journaling, come back tomorrow and I’ll have photos to share.
What kinds of crafty things are you getting into this summer break? Be sure to link up with Tara and share–your great craft can be someone else’s inspiration!
Enjoy your week…