In early January, I wrote about I ditched my regular planner after discovering the bullet journal. From October until a couple of weeks ago, I used my bullet journal faithfully and it worked like a gem.
After the holidays, my school and home schedule started to pick up and I started to notice that my bullet journal wasn’t working quite so well. I also had noticed some fine motor difficulties from my MS that were making bullet journaling much harder.
Spring semester is always a bear for special education teachers- our paperwork and meetings kick into high gear. School events, rec ball practice for our kids, and other end of the year dates are also seemingly never ending this time of year.
One of the basic elements of the bullet journal is the future log. Because you’re creating as you go, the future log is where you keep track of events beyond your current month. As I began to schedule meetings and such several months out, the sheer quantity of what I needed to keep track of just didn’t work for the bullet journal.
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So I turned to Clever Owl Paper in search of a personalized planner with the elements of the bullet journal I loved with the benefit of a pre-printed planner. I’ve ordered two other planners from Clever Owl so I knew I was getting a high quality, highly personalized product at a reasonable price. Their website allowed me to start the planner in March and add three additional months so the planner will keep me through the end of next school year.
I ordered the “My Life Planner” from Clever Owl and added labels for each aspect of my life that I needed to keep track of. These were each areas that I was previously handwriting in my bullet journal. I also ordered extra note pages for the end to keep my faculty meeting notes, freezer inventories, and extra lists.
Overall, I took what I loved about my bullet journal and put into a pre-printed personalized planner. I’m really glad I tried the bullet journal for several months because I think it allowed me to know what worked for me and how to personalize a planner that is the most helpful for me. Between my fine motor issues and cognitive struggles, having a quality planner is essential for my day to day quality of life.
However, I still LOVE the concept of using a bullet journal. Your planner/calendar/digital tool should be something that works for you and should help your quality of life and not make it more difficult. Creating an organizational tool that does exactly what you need is at the core of bullet journal and I wholeheartedly buy into that. I’ve simply used an online personalized planner to do for me what all those empty bullet journal pages were previously doing.
One thing I’ve learned is that any tool is only good for the time that it works for you. Sometimes it’s only a season but knowing when to cut bait and try something new is a skill I’m still learning!
Have you ever found a great home or organizational tool that only worked for a season?