I just filled up my first bullet journal. This is my brand new Bullet Journal. I love it.
Alright folks, I am gonna be honest here. I am not a neat person. I am not an artist. I don’t have neat handwriting. This may be upsetting to you. It was quite upsetting to me at first. Now, I don’t care. The thing motivates me, and I enjoy it. Yes, I’m a geek and I don’t care. I have added some journaling and scrapbooking that feeds my creative needs, but it doesn’t look like the bullet journals I see on pinterest. That’s ok. I’m putting it here so that you can see that it motivates me to clean my house, and how it has helped me to adopt new habits.
Here’s the Index. Nothing fancy, just your basic index.
I follow the traditional Monthly Spread. I did not include it here, because it has all my personal info. After my Monthly Spread, I have a meal planning spread. I did a vertical dutch door, so that I could see my busy days, and plan meals accordingly. I have a grocery list on the right hand side. I shop at multiple stores, so I code each store with the first letter.
Next up is my Daily Tasks. This seems cheesy, but I find it extremely motivating for those things that you just forget to do. If I’m trying to adopt a new habit, I put it on here. This is how I started making my bed every day. It’s not working for exercise yet, but I have faith. It got me making my bed, cleaning my bathroom, doing my dishes, and laundry every day. That’s pretty darn good. Maybe I need to add a reward for exercising…
Next up, is hours worked. I talked about how guilty I feel now that I am a homemaker. So, I track my hours here.
Next up, is Mood Tracking. I find that I have quite blue moods in the winter. I am tracking my moods so that I can see that they cycle, and when I’m in a blue mood, I’ll be able to see that the good moods will come back around.Next up is weekly chores. This is the stuff I’d like to do every week. It’s just like the daily chores, but it’s weekly.
Next up are my monthly chores. This is the part I struggle with the most. I follow FlyLady’s system. I am a perfectionist, and this means that I attempt to deep clean my whole house every month. It’s too much for me. I gave up.
The thing is, she doesn’t actually clean her whole house every month. She just does a few things in each zone every month. This didn’t work for me either. I was spreading my time out over the whole house. No one room ever got clean. The whole house went from disaster to cluttered. It’s a good start, but room is “neat”.
I dialed way back. I am going to keep the downstairs neat on a weekly basis. I’m going to deep clean the downstairs monthly. I am going to work towards getting myself to deep clean my bedroom, and the children to deep clean their own rooms.
Next up is annual cleaning. I’d like to get on a schedule where I am purging my entire house once a year. I probably should do it more often, but I’m building new habits here, and I’ve got a lifetime of bad habits.
After that, it’s daily logs and collections. Again, it’s too personal for me to share. But, I do try to log everything. It helps me to see what I am actually accomplishing and what I am not. If the data is there, I can’t lie to myself. How do you stay motivated?