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Thanks for visiting Joy42. Follow along on my adventures as an American Expat, a newlywed, and someone trying to figure out how to take care of myself. I hope to encourage you to seek out the little joys in your life.

Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling

For years, I was a loyal Erin Condren user. I lived for the day I could order my next Life Planner and couldn't wait to get it in the mail, even though it was only August! (Before that, I was a loyal whatever-planner-is-prettiest-at-Target user.) One year, I decided I wasn't going to order Erin Condren again. I guess I just couldn't justify the $50 price tag after I had gotten pretty lax about using my last one toward the end of the year.

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After that, I attempted to use my iCalendar. I spent a whole day entering everything I had scheduled and syncing it between my laptop and phone. I marvelled at how easy it would be to actually record things as they were being planned rather than saying I was pretty sure I could get coffee next week, but I'd have to consult my planner when I got home. Who even knows how long that lasted. 

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Last spring, my friend (and then boss), Shalisa, suggested I try out the Bullet Journal, or BuJo, if you will. She showed me hers and I instantly wanted to give it a shot to get back into pen-and-paper planning. I was excited at the freedom I would have to customise every page to be exactly what I wanted. I found some #bujoinspo on Instagram and in a few Buzzfeed articles and I just couldn't believe how creative people were and how beautiful their journals were. Mine, of course, was going to be just like that.

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Cut to now. I haven't consistently used my Bullet Journal over the last 8(ish) months. I mean, when you're unemployed and leave the house maybe once a week, it's easy to keep everything straight and it's honestly just depressing to once again move "do laundry" to another day because you still haven't done the laundry between episodes of The Big Bang Theory on Netflix. However, since I started working at the end of November, I've been using it consistently again.

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Over those 8 months, I've experimented with a number of iterations. I've tried a number of organisational methods. I've written out recipes and made lists. I've tracked my money and I've even recorded 104 days (yeah, really) of weather as I set out to prove that England doesn't actually have 300 days of sunshine, like Colorado's claim to fame.

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Some pages are basic and some lists are simple. Sometimes I experiment with different lettering and embellishments. Sometimes I've tracked days with a daily calendar, sometimes a weekly calendar, sometimes a monthly calendar.

I always stick to my colour-coded system, though. Always.

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Right now I'm on a daily calendar. Each page is it's own day and I write out the time from 6:00 to 23:00, skipping every other line. This allows me to incorporate my favourite thing about Erin Condren's Life Planners. I loved the vertical layout. I loved being able to plan my day from the top of the page down. I hated using a list that made me put something happening earlier in the day below something happening in the evening just because it got planned afterwards. I like the freedom it gives me to include anything and everything throughout the day, instead of feeling confined to just a few lines per day. The biggest problem is there are only 240 pages in my journal and I started doing a daily calendar on page 134 with Wednesday, 29 November. Eeek!

I love following different accounts on Instagram to get some more Bullet Journal inspo.

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