My BuJo version, or how I stay organized

A few weeks ago, I launched my planner, the LEAFY planner. I love this planner because it’s beautiful and includes all the organization tools that I need as well as mindfulness and well-being practices. However, before I made this planner, I used notebooks as my daily organizers.

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I loved using notebooks because it is creative and customizable to whatever you might need. I was inspired by bullet journaling, but I tried to keep things simple and manageable. Here are the basic parts I always included.

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1. Trackers: After deciding on my goals and priorities at the beginning of the year, I made some tracking grids that I used all year long. Those grids helped me stay accountable and on track.

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2. Weekly spreads: I used this on a day-to-day basis to keep track of appointments and things to do. At first, I used an hourly to-do list to help me stay productive while working from home. When I got the beat of this, I then switched to a daily to-do list which was more flexible.

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3. Creative space: I always made sure to keep some space to take notes, doodle, draft out posts or work on my projects. I liked having that room to be creative because it meant that I always could write down ideas or draw, even on the go.

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4. Interior pockets: I love adding pockets onto the interior flaps of the notebook’s cover to put some business cards or important papers. This made the notebook a lot more practical.

5. Tabs: I used tabs to have the current week’s spread easily accessible. This also meant that I didn’t have to flip through the entire notebook when I needed to take an appointment or something. It also meant that other people didn’t have a look through my creative notes but only my weekly spread, which I liked.

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I really hope this was helpful to you. I really enjoyed using a notebook as I was able to create my own system and make it really practical and relevant to my own needs. I strongly encourage you to try it out and to create your own system!

2017

(Version en français plus bas!)

What a year!

2016 has been one of the toughest year I went through so far. A lot of changes, a lot of questioning, a lot of doubt. A lot of crap too: getting my identity stolen, car repairs, health issues.

Mainly, a lot of great stuff too, if I squint my eyes, and reflect for a while.

I learned a lot more about myself, about what I was capable of accepting, what was off-limits. I also know now what I want my professional life to look like. I also did a good job cutting off relationships that were one-sided, unbalanced or barren. I reconnected with my creativity in ways that are self-rewarding and exciting.

Not so bad for a single year.

Now that it is the final day of 2016, I thought it would be a good idea to share my goal-setting routine. Like many other people, I’m taking this opportunity to celebrate what goodness 2016 has brought me, and to say goodbye to all the negative things it also carried. I looked at 2017, and asked myself: “What do I want from this year? What do I want to say about it at the end? What is important in my life?” With these questions in mind, I set out priorities. These are going to be the broad areas that I want to nurture and pay attention to in the next few months. From these, I was able to derive some clear, realistic, specific and measurable goals. Finally, to make myself more accountable, I drew trackers in my bullet journal already for the WHOLE year. It’s all starting tomorrow, and I’m pretty excited.

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When working with goals, I found out through time that it might be a better idea to keep them to myself. I read a bunch of studies, and it does make sense. I feel a lot more accountable when I have my goals written somewhere, a tracker and only me to answer to. It might sound counterintuitive, but I feel like when I share one of my goals with others, it often feels like it is less “shiny”, less important. So this year, I’m keeping them for myself as long as possible.

I hope you find time in the next few days to establish your priorities and to write down your wishes and goals for next year. Take a moment to reflect on this past year as well. After all, we do learn from history!


Quelle année!

2016 a été l’une de mes années les plus difficiles. Beaucoup de changements, de remises en question et de doutes. Beaucoup de soucis aussi: mon identité qui a été volée, des réparations de voiture, des problèmes de santé.

Beaucoup de bonnes choses aussi, si je plisse les yeux et que je réfléchis pour un bon moment.

J’en ai beaucoup appris sur moi-même et sur mes limites. Je sais maintenant de quoi ma vie professionnelle idéale aura l’air. J’ai également fait un bon débroussaillage dans mes relations pour ne garder que celles qui m’apportent réellement quelque chose de positif. J’ai retrouvé ma créativité de façon intrinsèquement significative.

Pas mal pour une seule année.

Maintenant qu’on en est à la dernière journée de 2016, je me suis dit qu’il serait peut-être intéressant de partager ma routine de motivation de nouvelle année. Comme beaucoup de gens, je prends cette opportunité pour célébrer toutes les bonnes choses que 2016 m’a apporté et pour dire adieu à toute sa négativité aussi. J’ai réfléchi à 2017, and je me suis demandée: « Qu’est-ce qui est important pour moi? Qu’est-ce que je veux que cette année m’apporte? Qu’est-ce que je veux pouvoir en dire dans 12 mois? » Avec ces questions en tête, j’ai écrit mes priorités, les choses vraiment importantes de ma vie. Ce seront les grandes lignes à partir desquelles j’ai établis des objectifs spécifiques, mesurables, clairs et réalistes. Finalement, pour me rendre encore plus responsable de les atteindre, je me suis même préparée des grilles de suivi dans mon journal pour TOUTE l’année. Tout ça commence demain, et je suis plutôt excitée!

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Lorsque je travaille avec des objectifs, je me suis rendue compte avec le temps qu’il était une meilleure idée pour moi de les garder privés et même secrets. Je me sens beaucoup plus responsable de mes objectifs lorsqu’ils sont simplement à moi. Les partager les rend moins important, mois “reluisant” en quelque sorte. Alors cette année, je les garde pour moi le plus longtemps possible.

J’espère que vous trouverez un peu de temps pour établir vos priorités et écrire vos vœux et objectifs pour cette nouvelle année. Prenez aussi un moment pour réfléchir à cette année qui se termine. Après tout, on apprend de son histoire!

 

Organization tip: Bullet Journal!

A few weeks ago, I came across a video on bullet journals. I was instantly hooked and wanted to start one right away. I still did a little bit of research, mainly here and here, before heading to my go-to paper store. There, I found a on-sale notebook and some ink for my fountain pens.

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Then I took some time to think about the different categories that I needed, and the ones that were suggested that I didn’t really need. I also wanted to know how I would organize each section so that it made sense, was accessible and, most of all, EASY! This was really important because I wanted this to work out since I like the idea of journaling every day and keeping a trace of my life as it passes.

Now that I have started on this, I love it! I really like how flexible it is to add rubrics, keep track of things to do as well as fun things. I realized that I didn’t need to follow all of the things that ‘true’ bullet journals use, but that’s the fun of it too: you can easily make this system your own!

Let me know what you think of this, and how you keep track of things.