In order to stay on top of everything I have to do (or not do), I use a traveler notebook as a bullet journal.
If you are not familiar with the concept bullet journaling, I strongly recommend that you get familiar with it, as this type of planning has changed my life and helped me “declutter” my mind. Go check out the official website of bullet journaling, by the creator Ryder Carrol. Basically, you need a notebook and a pen. Ryder Carrol, I’m forever grateful that you shared your idea with us!
In using bullet journaling, I plan my days, weeks and months. I like to sit down, before a new week begins (or a new month), to plan out the week, to check if there is anything in particular I have to remember that week (or month). This gives me an overview of the upcoming events, and also of the available time we got to our disposal to plan new events.
For my monthly log and weekly log, I have bought travellers notebook inserts with prints, but I know a lot of people like to make their own outlines.
I use a blank insert where I write out my daily logs (as in the picture).
I do not plan all days, and how many details I include vary from day to day. If I am really stressed out about a lot of things happening a day, I plan more detailed, and I may include tasks such as “shower”, “breakfast”, “get mail” etc. It is not as if I wouldn’t remember these tasks without having written them down, however, when I write them down in my journal I feel I can stop going over the next day in my mind over and over again, because I know I have everything on paper in my bullet journal. Furthermore, I LOVE crossing off items on lists, I feel that I accomplish great things in doing this (haha), so this motivates me to carry out the tasks in my journal.
Before I started using a bullet journal in my daily planning, I would try to “remember” everything I needed to remember, and I ended up forgetting a lot, which lead to a lot of frustration and stress. In addition, it was difficult to “declutter” unimportant tasks from my mind, and to notice if I was spending too much time thinking about unnecessary tasks (or worrying about these) . After I started jotting down tasks I wish to do, I now can quickly see when a task is ignored and not carried out, and I can weed these tasks out of my system, and out of my life. For example, I put down several weeks in a row that I should clean the floors upstairs. This task rarely got carried out and it didn’t bother me that it didn’t happen (I dust and vacuum the floors), so I stopped putting this up as a weekly task as this is a task which is carried out more rarely. So instead of thinking about this task and becoming increasingly stressed out about yet another task not completed, I realised I could eliminate it. And I have managed to do this with several tasks which I spent a lot of time and energy thinking thinking about.
In addition, I include a sleep tracker and a habit tracker in my weekly log. Since I like crossing off items off lists, I have developed several positive habits (taking my vitamins, eating breakfast before I leave the house for work etc).
What do you do to declutter your mind? Do you plan out your days?
Lots of love,