I have about 20 blog post drafts, 3 gifts to make and a Thanksgiving celebration to plan. So I thought I’d take a moment to do what I do best: procrastinate. It’s sort of Amy Jo’s fault. Okay, it’s all her fault. She mentioned Bullet Journals, and I just HAD to look it up one morning, which led me to discover that it would solve ALL of my problems and I would magically become superwoman!
Okay, not quite. I’m jumping in mostly because (A) I’ve had this grid journal for years and now have an excuse to use it and (B) as much as I love Paperless Organization, there are aspects of it that really didn’t work for me. It requires periodic access to an electronic device, and I’m wasting too much time on those. Also, I don’t think it’s good for the children to see me constantly checking my tablet, which they mentally associate with gaming. But I absolutely need something which I can access repeatedly.
I don’t know if Bullet Journaling will solve any of these issues, but I managed to set my system up in tiny bits throughout the day: it was the least time-consuming to figure out of all the systems I’ve tried. Admittedly, the principles and methodology laid out in Paperless Home Organization have gone a long way towards helping me discover what does and does not work. All that to say… I couldn’t find anything about homeschool mothers utilizing such a system. So I figured I’d talk a little about what I’m doing, and later I’ll decide if it works.
I have a set of “beginning pages” immediately after the index which contain information I need to reference to plan my days.
Daily Rhythm this page reminds me not to get bogged down into one particular aspect of our day.
Recurring Tasks These pages remind me of tasks that will roll around regularly. I have one page for monthly tasks, one page for each day of the week, and I *might* add a daily page, I haven’t decided.
School Notes One page for each topic, in which I can write down a book to buy, a memory selection to add to the rotation or a resource I am considering utilizing. Many of these ideas come to me during school time, and I don’t like trying to enter them into the Evernote.
Important Contacts There’s not very many addresses and phone numbers that need to be kept on paper: but for those that do, they go on this page.
Planning Ahead If there’s an important event that’s far enough ahead I don’t have the pages prepared for it, I will mark it on this page and then transfer it to the appropriate month when ready.
Chore Lists We have 1/2 hour chore times after every meal, but I have trouble focusing on my work and coming up with tasks that the children can tend to. They each have a few standard chores, but those only take them 10 minutes or less. I’m hoping that by having a standard list of appropriate chore ideas, I can look at the beginning of each day, decide what is the most pressing need and add it to their list of assignments.
I gave each month it’s own shopping list.
The Daily Calendar is where I really changed things up. I tried going with just one page, but not far into the first day I realized that I’m going to need a two-page spread for each day.
Each daily page will be given 5 sections
Household is anything related to indoor maintenance.
School is anything related to the children’s education.
Personal is where I jot down tasks for my personal education, notes on the children’s health or behavior, a prayer request, an inspiring thought or a tender moment, a book I want to add to my list, a letter I want to write…..
Farm is for anything related to outdoor maintenance: the garden and animals both come under this heading.
Writing is where I will add blog tasks, thoughts I want to share on the AO Forum or note one of the 100 random (but catchy!) sentences that occur to me throughout any given day.