Something’s in the air–everyone is talking journals these days. And that makes me all kinds of happy! My journal is the place where I do my best thinking and creating. It holds our homeschooling plans and records, my calendar, menus, and work schedules…..along with kid scribbles, glued in leaves, drawings, and collage! Here’s a closer look:
Lined Composition Book
These are cheap, easily accessible, and I really like the size. Large Moleskines (5″ x 7″) just weren’t big enough for all that my journal needed to hold. If you are doing a more traditional bullet journal, I do recommend grid paper. The grid makes the format easier to work with. I tried to use grid paper, but in the larger format, it was too busy for me. I’d really like unlined pages and thicker paper, but I’m going through a notebook every three months. So cheap and accessible are trade-offs that I’m willing to make.
I use a traditional calendar spread over two pages. The templates on Large Family Mothering are great for setting up the monthly view. I found that my mind didn’t process the list/calendar used by bullet journalers as well as these boxes. I use Google calendar for birthday reminders, but other than that, this is our real calendar. It marks out the hard lines–work obligations, saint days, fieldtrips.
For the most part I don’t use an index. The simple, elegant solution of adding a piece of washi tape over the edge of the page (hat tip to Mommy Coddle!) helps me to easily spot monthly spreads or homeschool plans. I use a dedicated roll of tape for each broad category so that all the monthly calendars are the orange polka dots. I don’t have to flip to the index and search for a page number anymore.
That said, for my newest journal, I am keeping a traditional bullet journal index. Because this quarter is includes Christmas and a new year, I thought that there would be lists and collections that I would need to reference. But I am using a hack from Journaling Sage: only numbering every other page (because I have to add them by hand–comp book pages aren’t numbered). And numbering on the left hand side because it’s easy to flip and add numbers.
Even though I use a lot of ideas from bullet journaling, my journal holds much more than lists and calendars. My journal includes
- cleaning schedules
- homeschool plans and records
- art and handlettering
- notes for work
- blog planning
- bu jo collections: books to read, movies watched
- monthly calendar
- weekly spread
That last one, a weekly spread, is a very new and happy addition. I’ll tell you more about how it works and why I love it later this week!