To Watch, To Listen, To Read: To Ditch?

With my decision about my upcoming bullet journal move, I’ve been thinking about all my lists of media I want to consume. I have lists of movies, tv shows, anime, and podcasts in my bullet journal, not to mention the enormous list of books on Goodreads. I’m wondering if I should just declare “bankruptcy” on all these lists when I move journals. Sometimes I look at those lists and just feel overwhelmed. I’ve largely stopped adding to them just so I don’t get more overwhelmed with the lists growing.

Has anyone else experienced this feeling of too much to consume? How did you handle it? Have you declared “bankruptcy” and deleted all the lists? Let me know in the comments.

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Plan With Me #5: August

I’ve changed up my monthly setup quite a bit in the past couple of months. Keep reading to see how I’ve set up for the month of August. (Click on the images to view a larger version.)

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The first change is that I’ve added a title page of sorts with some washi tape on the edge of the page. I’m still deciding if I want to decorate this page (in July I just added a couple of quotes).

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The next spread has my monthly log and a self care tracker. Rather than the traditional monthly log, I’ve changed to adding only the dates that have an “event”–inspired by an Instagram post by Dee (@decadethirty). I also have a mini calendar with bill due dates listed below.

The self care “sun” is from another Instagram post by (@heartistic.jess). Instead of gratitude, I filled the rays in with things I did to take care of myself in July.

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My next spread has a future log (Alastair-style) for school and a new cleaning tracker I’m going to try (inspired by this post from @bossgirlbujo). My classes last for 6 weeks at a time, so I set up the Alastair future log for that time frame to put in test/quiz dates, club meetings, and other school-related items.

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Next up is a health/habit tracker idea from Rhomany of Rhomany’s Realm on YouTube. Her setup is explained here.

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Finally I have the weekly spread setup I’ve been using that’s been a big help with school. This was an idea from another Instagram post (@stphbz).

Three other pages I’ll be referring to this month are: my habit formation tracker, cat care tracker, and tv shows to catch up on. The habit formation tracker was modeled after another post from @bossgirlbujo and the cat care tracker was modeled after her post I linked above.

Are you trying any new spreads in your bullet journal or planner in August? Let me know in the comments!

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June 2016 Review

The year is half gone! How did that happen? In the spirit of bringing new content my blog again, here is my review for June.

I skipped doing these in my bullet journal for a couple of months and that probably wasn’t for the best. My last monthly review is here. I use Laura from How to Get Your Shit Together’s method, which can be found here.

Here are the highlights:

  • I kept up with exercising pretty well, but not so much with staying hydrated and getting enough sleep.
  • I slimmed down my bullet journal to the black discs again. I also started using a new-to-me task/time management system.
  • Our budget worked, so no major changes for the time being.
  • I’m trying to get back to blogging regularly (yay!).
  • I ran two of my favorite gel pens dry in June thanks to note-taking for school and bullet journaling.

Priorities for July: take care of myself by getting more sleep, staying hydrated, continuing to exercise, and starting to meditate again; manage my homework load to prevent having to do it all last-minute; finish a book I’ve been reading and the blanket I started knitting too long ago.

I decided to head off my journal restlessness by really thinking it through, then making an active decision. I’m tired of printing and cutting dot grid paper for my Arc. I’m tired of punching said paper to go in my Arc. I don’t want the lined paper I purchased to go to waste. I will continue using my Arc as my bullet journal until the Martha Stewart paper (it was aqua, ok?!?) I bought is used up, then I will purchase a new bound journal with dot grid or grid paper. I thought I had picked one out, but had to reconsider after reading some bad reviews regarding the construction (it turns out it’s not designed for use as a bound journal). I think I’ve got another one picked out, but we’ll all have to wait until the time comes. (Spoiler: I will not be contributing to the Great Leuchtturm 1917 Shortage of 2016…)

How did June treat you? Are you making any changes in preparation for July?

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“Where Have I Been?” or “Life (School) Happens”

This may be a long post as I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. First, I want to say to anyone still checking out my blog: thank you!!! Second, I did not fall off the earth/suffer an illness/forget about blogging/stop bullet journaling/forget my WordPress password/etc. We all know life happens to the best of us, including me. To pick up where I left off last time

The biggest change is that I decided to go back to school instead of trying to find another office job where I would be unhappy. I didn’t anticipate that calling to make an appointment with the school the last week of March would end up with me starting classes the first week of April. While it may look like a snap decision from the outside, it is something I had been thinking about for over a year, and 12 weeks in I have not regretted the decision. I feel like I am where I need to be now, and heading in a direction I need to go. 🙂

So far I have chosen not to work while attending classes, but that will need to change within a few months as my unemployment benefits aren’t unlimited (unfortunately). I’ve already put some thought into where I want to apply, so it’s just a matter of feeling “ready” to add work to my life with school. I do already have a college degree, but the first time school was my job and I didn’t have a home, significant other, or cats to care for (or bills to pay) so this time is a different experience. I’ve made improvements to my time management since April, but I want to be sure I have a handle on it before I try adding anything else.

In addition to school, we had planned and budgeted to attend PAX East 2016 in April. (See my highlights here.) Since part of the trip had been booked already and the rest had money set aside, we went. One benefit of having started budgeting late last year is that we already had a buffer and a plan. The past couple of months Andrew has had more hours at work, so that’s helped to make up the difference between what I was paid while working and what my unemployment is. We’re not paying off debt with “gazelle intensity”, but our 4 walls are more than taken care of. (Just don’t tell Dave Ramsey I’m taking out student loans…)

I’m still doing couch to 5k! I haven’t actually completed the program yet, but I’m still working at it. I’ve reached the point where I don’t want to miss one of my 3 weekly sessions of jogging/walking, and I’ve even decided to add in a bit of additional fitness.

I’ve been trying to make sure not to forget self-care–or just taking a break in general. I like getting things accomplished as much as the next person, but especially with homework my brain can get fried.

My bullet journal… That may have to be its own post. Habit trackers always end up being a fail for me because, well, they just do. I try putting too many things on it and it becomes a source of guilt (the opposite of its intended purpose). Toward the end of the month, I always seem to have restlessness about moving from my Arc to another notebook. I tried two different notebooks I already had in April and ended up back in my Arc. I bought some Martha Stewart lined paper for it (aqua!) so I’ve now decided my bullet journal stays put at least until that is used up. I would prefer grid paper, but I have crappy (thin) copy paper at the moment and got tired of printing (and cutting and punching) my own and then every pen bleeding through. I’ve already started setting up July in the Arc, so I am delaying the decision of a new notebook until further notice.

I think that’s all for this time, readers. I don’t want to put a novel up here. How did Spring treat you? Are you ready for July yet?

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March 2016 Review

March is (nearly) over already! Although in a sense, it couldn’t end soon enough… Anyway, time for a review and to plan out next month. See my February review here.

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Here are the highlights for March:

  • I need to develop a routine now that I’m not working. This includes spending less time on social media and practicing better sleep hygiene. Depending on the events of the rest of the week, I may get it all sorted sooner rather than later. (Stay tuned!)
  • Self-care dwindled to the absolute basics for a fair part of the month. I need to regain my habit of staying well-hydrated (especially now that I started “running”).
  • I ran into the issue of having lists on more than one spread again. I’ve been experimenting with a different “weekly” spread this week.
  • In light of everything that happened this month, and some things I want to establish habits for, I’m bringing back the habit tracker in April. We’ll see how it goes this time.
  • I’ve experienced some unrest in my Arc notebook, so I may be switching my bullet journal to a new home(!).

How did March treat you? Are you making any changes in preparation for April?

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My Couch to 5k Journey

I haven’t made any formal announcement anywhere, but the first week of March I was laid off from my job. While I’m deciding which is the best path to take from here I needed a reason to get out of the house and not be a total hermit. I figured there was no better time to start couch to 5k since there is basically nothing else to work around in my schedule.

I’ve never been a runner. I loathed gym class all through school. I’ve gotten into the habit of walking for exercise–outdoors or at the gym–a few times over the years, but I never had the courage to start running. Last week, I thought about it and realized I was the only one standing in my way. I needed to do this for myself, and to throw aside what anyone else thought.

I already had workout clothes from the gym habit I fell out of last year, so I downloaded a training app to my phone and some music to motivate me and just went out there.

The route I picked the first day was the wrong one. The hill wasn’t too bad going down in the beginning, but it was killer coming back up. My legs were sore for days. I almost didn’t continue. I fought off the idea of quitting and (after 3 days of giving my legs a rest) picked back up with day 2. I took a different route and that jog/walk went much better. Day 3 I almost jogged all 8 sections.

I contemplated repeating week 1, but figured it was better for each day to be just a little out of reach so I can keep striving to get stronger. Tuesday (22nd) I did week 2 day 1. I wasn’t quite able to jog all 6 parts, but I did so much more than I ever would have thought before I started the program. It feels so good to be making progress with something that is good for me.

Those who follow me on Instagram have seen my post-jog/walk check-ins. What I haven’t shared before now is my progress tracker that I have in my bullet journal. This is what I teased in my last post. Since my Fitbit is tracking in miles, I’ve marked my tracker off in miles. I’ve put the tracker in to be a reminder of how I’m doing–that I am moving forward.

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At the beginning of the year, I had no clear fitness plan for myself. Is anyone else starting a new fitness routine now? Let me know in the comments!

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Plan With Me #4

I’m doing another “plan with me” post since I haven’t done one in a while.

Since I start my week on Mondays, Sunday is the day I get things ready for the next week. First I put my weekly log header on the left-hand side of the next spread along with a mini calendar with the week highlighted. (Inspired by this photo from Kim, of Tiny Ray of Sunshine.) I’ve been using this style of weekly layout for a few weeks now. It works pretty well for me–at least until I go onto the next spread with dailies, then the flipping back and forth starts. In the photo below, I’ve already written in one “must do” item, and some day-specific notes.

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After that is done, I flip back to last week’s log and daily sections to look for anything that didn’t get completed. I decide if these items should be migrated and move them to the new weekly log.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve added a small tracker to the bottom left to note when I went to bed and how much water I’ve had to drink each day. The space in the bottom right normally gets used as a menu (dinner) list for the week–more for tracking than planning ahead.

The photo below also shows the pens I used to set this page up–Sharpie Pen in black and my Lamy Safari I mentioned in my last post. Today it’s loaded with Diamine Amaranth, which didn’t look this deep before today. Crazy inks.

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This past week saw the addition of a progress tracker for something I started. The progress tracker idea came from Blue Paper Trail. I’m going to leave you hanging on what it’s being used for. 😉

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