Organization

Time flies doesn’t it? I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started bullet journaling.

The beginning of my bullet journaling

This is what I’ve learned so far:

  1. All you need is a pen and a notebook. That’s it. It can be any notebook. It does not need to be fancy. You probably already have what you need, just look around the house. Then if it works for you, you can upgrade gradually.
  2. Look for inspiration, but keep your needs in mind as well. It’s easy to get lost in all the images on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. At the end of the day, your notebook has to suit your needs.
  3. You get to format your journal your way. If you don’t like how a layout turned out, you can always change it on the next page.
  4. If you “mess up” a page, cover it up and move on.  This journal is only for you. The whole world does not need to know about your mistake unless you show it to them
  5. It’s a journey, not a race. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the layouts and etc. I’ve been at this over a year and I’m still learning. Don’t feel that you have to get it right from the start. In the end, you will find what formats work for you and what doesn’t and you’ll adjust as you need to.

The present of my bullet journaling

Have you started bullet journaling?  Please comment below about your lessons and insights.

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If you haven’t heard about Bullet Journalling already, it has been catching on.

I had started my Bullet Journal Journal Journey approximately 4 months ago. However, I was in no position to buy a new journal, tape or stickers.

Calendar - Mindful Bullet Journalling 

My only purchase was two packs of 4 color pens so I could write down tasks by priority and category.

As for paper, I decided to recycle what I already had. I already had the Staples Arc supplies (discbound discs, paper, dividers) graph paper from a notebook I didn’t finish and unused sheets from other journals. I also used a portable punch to punch the paper to fit into the journal, then I was ready. I felt that I was truly able to “do more with less.” Hence, mindful bullet journalling.

Vertical Calendar Mindful Bullet Journalling 

The best part about the Bullet Journal is that if you don’t like a layout, you can go to the next page and change it, no matter if it’s the next day, week, month or year. There are no two Bullet Journals that are alike and that what makes your bullet journal yours and yours alone.

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One of my organization clients received a gift. An assortment box of teas. However, due to dietary restrictions, they need to limit their caffeine intake.

Tea packets before.

Tea packets before.

 

Organized tea packets after.

Organized tea packets after.

 

Solution: Organize tea packets into categories:

  • Decaffeinated Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Herbal Tea
  • Oolong Tea
  • Black Tea

This way, they can enjoy their decaffeinated and herbal teas and leave the black tea for guests.

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Button organizer

From time to time, I will be posting new uses for old things.

This was a weekly medicine organizer, where one would organize their pills.

Now, it’s being used as a button organizer, where the buttons are organized by color and size.

This is a timesaver. Now one does not have to  rummage through a clear sandwich bag or drawer to find the right button.

 

 

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It’s that time of the year, when people start making their plans and/or goals for the upcoming year. Along with that, people decide what type of planner to use.

Nearly a year ago, I decided to make the shift from using a electronic planner (Google Calendar on desktop and iPhone)  as my primary calendar to a paper planner.

Passion Planner - paper planner

Why?

Writing it down is the start to making it happen.
My nana always says to write it down so that I won’t forget (her shopping list). This also works with ideas, appointments, meetings and planning.

I chose a paper planner to see the big picture, not just to make it through the day. If I focus on making it through the day, then that will always be my focus. If I look at the big picture, I can be sure to take definitive conscience steps to move towards my goals.

I still use Google Calendar as a backup. Now,  I mainly use it for directions.

Have you chosen your calendar for the new year? If so, is it paper planner or an electronic one?

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Moleskine Pocket Memo with Coupons

I parted ways with my former coupon organizer. I was winding down after a long day of errands and then it hit me. The Moleskine pocket memo I used a while ago to keep track of receipts can also be used for coupons.

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I took everything out of the organizer.

Moleskine Pocket Memo with Coupons

Then I put index card dividers with alphabetical labels. You can label the dividers with whatever you want.

Finally, I filed the contents in the appropriate place.

Closed Moleskine Pocket Memo

Case closed.

You can also use the Moleskine pocket memo as a wallet as well.

Did you enjoy this hack? Vote for it on the Moleskine site.

 

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Winter

In case you missed it, most of the New England area of the U.S. was slammed with snow. So much snow, that “Juno” pretty much brought everything to a halt.

What to do when you are stuck indoors due to Mother Nature? I have some suggestions.

1. Now you have an extra day (or two) to catch up on that indoor weekend project and/or hobby you’ve been putting off.

2. Declutter your desks. Test out pens to see if they work or not. Toss or shred papers you don’t need anymore.

3. Pick up the phone and call someone who you lost touch with. Nothing like a snow day to catch up.

Have an internet connection? Great! Let’s move on.

4. Catch up on emails. Responding to and sending. Also deleting ones that are no longer applicable, like past events (unless your the organizer.) Let’s not forget to unsubscribe to those emails that are no longer relevant.

5. Make sure your finances are in order. (s/o to #MoneyLoveChallenge).

6. Catch up on “Feeds” (remember those?) No, I don’t mean Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest, and  Instagram.  See what feeds and podcasts you want to subscribe, leave alone or delete.

7. Now you can reward yourself by streaming a show of your choice with the device of your choosing.

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Fly on a leaf

Summer is winding down. If you have been indoors and you have pets, this means that flies have more than likely made a visit.

It can be hard to find a non-toxic way to get rid of flies without harming your pets. Here is one method I’ve discovered by accident than can prove to be useful.

Use a used pet food can to get rid of flies in a non-toxic way.

Here are the steps I used.

  1. After feeding your pet(s), scrape out the wet food can
  2. Fill the can with some cool water about halfway
  3. Leave in an area where the files are for 24 hours
  4. After you come back from the day, flies may appear in the can
  5. Empty out water and dispose of the flies.

As the human of two cats, I can state that the method does work. More than a handful of flies have been caught in my space.

There are many factors than can contribute. Temperature, weather and humidity are some. Results may vary.

photo credit: VinothChandar via photopin cc

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