Getting Organization…Discovering Bullet Journals

Getting Organized!

What are some ways to get organized?  I’ve tried many and I usually end up buying a calendar from a dollar store or a planner or something similar. However, these options usually are discarded quite quickly.

I knew I had to make sure I was organized this summer as  I have a lot going on!

I am continuing my Educational Technology Endorsement and so I am taking one semester class and five UEN courses so I can leave my Fall Semester with only one more semester class to finish the endorsement.

Although…since adding teaching theatre to my schedule in the fall, I need to start preparing for the eventuality of needing to get that endorsement as well. That means, I need to take some more classes! So…I have signed up for two classes that will be taught at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.  I have also sent off my registration for two summer classes at BYU.  In addition, I just found out there is a theatre conference.  I am hoping to attend that as well.

What does this mean?  Well, hopefully you can see why organization might be pretty important to me at this point.

What I do about it?

At first, I wasn’t sure.  I guess I could try another planner, a digital planner, etc.  But I really didn’t want to.  Then I came across an idea on a Facebook group I am a member of.

It mentioned Bullet Journals.  What the heck is that?

I decided to look into it.  There were lots of possibilities and lots of blogs to look at.  I chose to only look at a few…the Bullet Journals specifically mentioning how to organize the journal for students or teachers.  Below are a few I looked at:

Little Coffer Fox 

Productive and Pretty 

Hannah Emily Lane 

The Lazy Genius 

After looking into the concept of a Bullet Journal, I really thought I would like it.  I didn’t have to think or plan a year in advance.  I didn’t have to fill all of the pages with numerous ideas or scheduled pieces of information.  I just had to start.  It was pretty simply

  1.  Decide what type of journal you want.   Make sure your book has page numbers.  You can either buy one that has them already there or you can write them in as you go.

  2. Decide what you want to use to write with.  Some people like only black, some blue, some put a ton of color.  Whatever you want works just fine.

  1. Follow the guidelines as to what pages you really need:

a. Index: This is like a table of contents so you don’t have to worry about where things go or if they are even in a specific order because you can just go to the index.  It’s awesome!

b. Future Log:  This is a place where you can write down plans for the future.  You can also use it to mark birthdays, events, ideas, etc. Whatever you want. I chose to have a section for the future log where I put ideas down or things I needed to remember that were far off in the distance.  But I also put a calendar in there so I could track school dates I needed to worry about as a teacher and mother.

c. Weekly Log: This is where you add tasks, events, ideas, etc that you want to do each day or each week.  You put a strike through if you are done or you can “migrate” the item to another day or week.  I love the simplicity of it.

That’s it.  That’s all that’s required.  Anything else you choose to add is totally up to you and your imagination.  Trust me…if you don’t have one, check out those websites above and you will get more than plenty of ideas.

It’s only been a couple of days of using the Bullet Journal but I really like it.  I almost can’t put it down.  I added a couple of colors just so my mind didn’t gloss over what I have written but I definitely didn’t go as colorful as some have.

What do I like the most about the Bullet Journal?  I like the flexibility.  I like the fact that I don’t have to do anything special.  It can be just a reflection of who I am and what I need.  I can add notes, color, doodles…whatever I want and whatever I need at that time.

I can’t wait to use it during my first class next week:)

 

Decluttering and Simplicity

 

Simplicity is a good thing. 

 

 

Today at school, simplicity was the name of the game.

  1. Get needed information to the students as quickly as possible.
  2. Work on needed skills.
  3. Practice multiple times to gain confidence.

Students and most adults have very short attention spans.  So it paramount to getting instructions out to the students as quickly as possible.  Though it is also necessary to realize although the instructions can be quick, in middle school students will still have a lot of questions. So patience is also in order.

As we marked today as one week until our concert, we needed to practice. The skills that were most in need were specific places of choreography within a piece and/or being able to sing while doing choreography.

Therefore, we practiced many times.  I even warned the students their “favorite word” was going to be AGAIN.

Today at home, simplicity also came in handy.  It came in the form of many volunteers showing up to help in the moving of large items to another location in preparation of the yard sale this weekend.

I knew I had a lot of stuff but boy did I really see it today!

This leads me to the next part of today’s rant, oh I mean blog:)

Decluttering

“Decluttering does not mean getting rid of everything you own, it merely means taking away that which you really don’t want / need or use anymore.

There are so many advantages to decluttering, that it’s a great way to give yourself and your home a boost every so often.”

This quote makes me smile. Why? Well, because I am decluttering in a way that will purge so much from my life.  And yet, I have seen it in its fullness so many times before.

I grew up being raised by my grandparents.  My grandmother purged, now called decluttering, often.  I remember when I was fourteen, just after my father had passed away finding myself as the only beneficiary.  Of course, my grandparents couldn’t take all of the furniture my father had.  We didn’t have the space.  Homes where I lived were smaller than many are today. I was asked to select a piece or two to bring back with me.

I remember wanting my father’s water-bed.  It was a king size bed with beautiful wooden slats in canopy that made one feel at peace and at home.  It bounced when I sat on it and when I laid down.  I already had a full-size bed at my grandparents home so I really didn’t need a bed.  However, I really wanted it.  I was effectively told no.  Not because they didn’t want me to have my father’s things but because my room simply couldn’t fit a king sized bed! Yet, I persisted.  Eventually, my grandmother sold the bed to someone else.  I don’t even know who.  Since this was no longer an option, although I pouted about it for quite a long time, I ended up choosing my father’s stereo and stereo cabinet.

You know, that cabinet has been with me since that day.  The stereo has long been gone but the cabinet remains.  It is sturdy and strong.  It is made of hardwood. It is simplistic in structure and design. It treasures things behind the glass doors that has value. It is everything that symbolizes who my father was.

Today, I began a serious process of decluttering my life and working towards simplicity.

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The picture at the beginning of today’s post is the bed I have started dismantling and will sell at the yard sale.  It is just one item of many that will be sold. But my father’s cabinet will remain with us.  It will continue to stand for someone who showed me that despite whatever obstacles or challenges I may face, I can be simplistic and treasure things I value.  I can be sturdy and strong just like that cabinet and my father.