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This week I’m wrapping up April with my bullet journal. I really loved and enjoyed April through and through. April brought spring days and a sense of renewal. How fitting to use a new bullet journal this month, too! That little journal has helped me all month long, and I feel like I won April.
1. The Calendar
As always, the monthly calendar layout was so useful. I used that calendar all month long to review my meetings, appointments, and baseball games. I added to it as needed as the month went along. The layout helped me understand where that appointment fell within the month. Because it was so helpful, I planned really well.
2. The Task List
The monthly task list is a key to my month. This month, I tried something new. I wrote down all my monthly tasks, and then sorted through and wrote down which week they would get done. That helped me balance out how much I needed to do with the time I had available.
We added spring sports into the mix; however, for the first time in many months, I still completed my entire list of tasks. Plus I added two along the way. How’s that for efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity!
You will note that one item is crossed out. I don’t need to change out my fridge filter until June, but I wanted the task on the list, so I would keep it in mind if I ran across any sales on the filters. I happily saw a sale on April 30th, so I ordered the filter. I ended up getting that one done, too!
Now I can’t say the month went along without any struggles. Deep cleaning my bedroom had been on my list for March and April, and I didn’t want to put it on the list again for May. However, I struggled with the IDEA of working on it. It was not just my areas of the bedroom I had to contend with in there.
When I created my monthly list in April, I put it on the list for the 4th week of the month, so I scheduled to do it on Saturday. I ran out of time on Saturday, so I moved it to Sunday. We had company on Sunday, and I moved it to Monday.
By Monday, I was determined to get it started. I told myself, “Just get one thing done in there. Just one.” I completed that one thing and I was inspired to keep going. I still ran out of time, so I ended up finishing it on Tuesday. And as always, I thought to myself, “Why the procrastination? It hardly ever takes as long to complete as I expect.” As you can see, the key to this task was just getting started.
3. The Daily Book Read Notation
Several months ago, I added a “Book Read” section to my daily log, and it’s been helpful. I read almost every day, and I jot down the name of the book I read that day. It was a kind, daily reminder to read. I love to read, but my days are so full. I don’t read every day, but I do read most days.
March didn’t see any book completions, but I did have a few books started. This month, I finished reading four books and I started another.
4. The Daily Personal Goal Notation
Part-way through the month, I added a new part to the daily log to bring attention to a daily personal goal. I kept my bullet journal open at my desk more and made notes about my daily goal as I needed and wanted. I found that useful. I didn’t always meet my daily goal, but I had it in front of me anyway. I could make notes as to why or why I didn’t meet a goal.
5. The One Day Per Page
And finally, keeping a page for each day was a great idea! I liked having one whole page to play with however the day unfolded. I had plenty of space to keep notes on thoughts and ideas. As I listened to an audible book or YouTube, I took notes on interesting topics. I had plenty of space to journal in my evening reflection. After being careful about what space I had left in my old bullet journal during the month of March, I felt free in April to use the page however I wanted.
Amazing April is in the books. I was productive everywhere, and I used this bullet journal to help me guide my way.
Question of the Week: If you keep a bullet journal or another kind of organization system, how did it most help you win April? Share your answer in the comments section below, so that we can learn from one another.
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