November #Planwithmechallenge Day 28

Day 28: ideas for December

I want to go back to tracking my daily self care habits and more detail of my cleaning routine. I’ve found that having these things separated out from the rest of my task list works better for me. I’m going back to having the whole month of tracking together though.

As I showed in my last post, I’m adding specific project tracking in my Arc.

I’m also dividing off a “notes” section for collections that aren’t referenced too often.

There may be another major change on the horizon–discontinuing my pre-drawn weekly spread. Once again I thought I had the month all figured out and another idea came along. This time it came from a discussion on migrating in the Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group. It’s making me consider going way back to the basics of building on a task list daily. I tried this in the beginning of October, so I flipped back to those pages to find out why it didn’t work. The two spreads I tried this on before switching to a pre-drawn weekly spread made it pretty obvious.

I didn’t have use of the entire spread for my list, which made flipping back and forth necessary. If I hadn’t tried to use those spreads for other things at the same time, it might have worked. I didn’t quite see that as the problem in October.

Going back to the one list–and migrating only when I’ve filled a spread–is definitely worth considering. From the official videos, I always thought that migration was done daily, but thanks to the wonderful planner community I see that may have been my (mis)interpretation.


November #Planwithmechallenge Day 22

Day 22 of the #planwithmechallenge was Projects. I haven’t done much project planning in my Markings journal, but I wanted to show my projects section that I have set up to start using in my Arc notebook.

Before I start, I want to say that this idea for organizing projects is not my creation. All the credit goes to Kristy at Giftie Etcetera. This is merely my interpretation.

I thought this quote was appropriate for my projects section. (Divider can be found here, under A5 blue divider.)


Anyway, right behind my divider is the projects index, set up in the same fashion as Kristy/Giftie Etcetera’s in the post linked above. As she mentions in her post, this index can be updated/replaced as needed. (This section is where about half of my million page flags stick out!)


Among my projects are:
– a “shortlist” of tv shows I’m watching and movies I want to watch soon-ish
– a 1-year saving challenge printable (found here)
– food lists for the 17 Day Diet (can be obtained here; I may need these in between holidays)
– a list of blog post ideas (which might be obsolete now)
– a space for “mindless and easy” tasks, inspired by Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine
– a “waiting on” list, also inspired by Kim
– a knitting project tracker
– a credit card payoff tracker
– a checklist for doing a KonMari challenge (yes, I read that book too; finally finished it, actually)
– a bill tracking sheet for the year
– a “random crafts/DIY” projects tracker
– a reading tracker
– a “personal maintenance” tracker (for things like trimming/coloring my hair, taking a bubble bath, giving myself a pedicure–little self care things)

I’m using the pages for knitting, KonMari, DIY, reading, and personal maintenance all with a weekly tracking format. I can mark off when I’ve worked on what, and have an idea of how often I’ve been working on one of these projects or tasks. (In the case of “personal maintenance”, I can make sure I’m doing at least one thing for myself every week. I’ve already started using a couple of them, so I’m hoping to be more accountable to myself on these things. Especially in the case of knitting, I’ve been letting projects just slide and go on forever instead of finishing them or making noticeable progress.

I currently have 3 “active” knitting projects: a Doctor Who-themed scarf for Andrew (long overdue), a pair of socks for my mom (owed from last Christmas–yikes!), and a sock yarn leftovers blanket (for me, to be done as I have time and leftover yarn). I’ve divided each into manageable sections that I can use to mark progress. The “X” means I didn’t work on that in the particular week, “/” means I worked on it but didn’t finish, and “shading” means that I finished it.


This is how I’m planning to handle projects for the time being. It’s a new process for me, so it might need tweaking as I go. I’ll post an update with whether it works or doesn’t.

Thanks for stopping by!

November #Planwithmechallenge Day 17

The prompt for Day 17 of the #planwithmechallenge was “One or many?”.

In my earlier post about the challenge, I talked about the notebooks I was using. Since that post, things have changed. I got a bit overwhelmed and decided to drop the page per day challenge altogether. I’m not saying I won’t go back, but I had to reduce my journaling to the minimum.

Minimum for me is the one bullet journal notebook–still the Markings through the end of the month. (My Moleskine gets used sporadically, and only for knitting.) In the meantime, I’ve been getting my Arc all ready for December.

Pens on the other hand… I can’t seem to get down to just one. I like the Sharpie Pens for some things, but sometimes I want a finer/lighter line. I’ve been using the Acroball multi pen I ordered from Jet Pens and I like it–much better than the Inkjoy ones I had been using. When my willpower runs out I need more pens, I may order some other colors of the Acroball.

I can’t do with just one highlighter color either. I’ve actually been color coding ever so slightly with my dual color one, using one color for tasks migrated to a day, and the other for tasks I just complete without migrating. The incomplete tasks stand out against the highlighted ones. This has been working well for me the past couple of weeks, so I’m going to keep it up.

For me, the answer is one and many–one notebook to rule them all (couldn’t help myself there…), and many pens and highlighters to interchange for the situation and my mood.

Fountain Pen Follow-Up

I thought I’d jot a few words about my fountain pen experience.

As I mentioned in my Jet Pens post, I decided to dip my toes into the fountain pen world by purchasing a Pilot Metropolitan. I’ve used it here and there, but honestly, the experience wasn’t what I expected. I was super excited before I got it. It writes perfectly fine. I didn’t have any trouble figuring out how to hold it. It’s heavy though. Heavier than I expected I guess.

About the same time I got my order, I decided to work on improving my penmanship, which included trying to retrain my muscles to hold writing utensils at a different angle. I’ve not totally adjusted to the new habit, so that could be coloring my opinion of the Metropolitan. I’m not ready to give up on fountain pens altogether, but my experience so far has certainly put a halt to my obtaining more gear.


Overwhelm Followup

My plan for last Wednesday worked and got me through the day with much less anxiety than if I hadn’t made any kind of plan. Here’s what it ended up looking like in my bullet journal:


Since I didn’t have any appointments for the day, I made a list of things I did to take care of myself.

I got my must do’s accomplished, and migrated my should do’s.

My dailies are tracked on the other side of the spread, but I did better than the earlier part of the week.

Overcoming Overwhelm

This week I have been feeling pretty overwhelmed by life. I’m behind on my daily chores, the #planwithmechallenge, my sleep (as evidenced by the fact that I’m writing this at 11pm), the reading I want to do, writing blog posts… You name it, and I’m probably behind on it. I started the week feeling pretty good about things, so this is a pretty big letdown–especially since the week isn’t even half over! Time for a new game plan…

For Wednesday:

Cook dinner as soon as I’m home from work. There is leftover pasta with veggies in the refrigerator, so I just need to add the chicken that’s been thawed in there.

After dinner, priorities are grocery shopping, laundry, and dishes (unload then reload the dishwasher).

Since I finished the audiobook I was listening to, and I know I’m on hold for another one, I’m going to just wait for it to be available instead of adding yet another book to my reading burden by borrowing something that’s available now.

I’ll read some of the Kindle book I have borrowed from the library (for some me time). Then I will go to bed early. That’s the ideal plan anyway.

Thursday I will take on when it gets here.

Week in Review (Nov. 2-8)

This post will be short because my blog planning-ahead fell to the wayside this week. (Sorry readers!) I did still want to post something though…

I’m checking in on my planner unrest issue to say I’ve made progress! I stuck with the way I drew in last week’s spread without adding anything or feeling like any part of it didn’t work for me. Things still got migrated (and in a couple of cases, not done at all), but that is on me and not the planning spread.


One thing that worked extremely well for me was having a sticky to do list for things I hadn’t picked a day for yet, but that I wanted to compete last week. By having them separate I didn’t have to migrate a million tasks daily, and I also limited myself on how many things were allowed to be on the list. (I decided during the week that I couldn’t move to a new sticky until the week was over.)

I’ve got this week all set up just the way last week was, and I couldn’t be happier!