The Therapy of Bullet Journals

At the end of August I was kinda floating. Uni was done. I still had no results. Lockdown was still a thing. I knew I needed to do all the house sorting that everyone else did when lockdown kicked off, but I had no idea where to start.

Go go executive function issues (but that's a whole other blog post, coming soon). Obviously by soon, I'm talking ADHD time...


So, anyway. Someone on an ADHD Facebook group decided to make us accountable - join this Whatsapp group, post what you have to get done, and it was more likely to make us do it. Well, it worked, but that big a Whatsapp chat got overwhelming real quickly (as ADHD women tend to veer off topic fairly fast).

So, Calico had the genius idea that we would just have an accountability Facebook group. So, we trooped over there, and started adding our lists and support on there. Long story short, that is now a much bigger thing than an accountability group, and I am helping to run it... nothing like some impulsiveness and hyperfocus to make life fun.

Aaaaaaaaanyway. I started writing my list on paper. Then, I figured if I was doing that, I may as well try the bullet journal again. My first foray into The Craft didn't work out too well. I liked the concept, but I don't use paper diaries to keep track of appointments etc, so I was either forgetting to write them in it, or forgetting to check it, and then missing things because I decided to save them in there and not my phone etc. I eventually took Jessica McCabe's advice (I cannot for the life of me find which How To ADHD video it was, but there isn't a bad one, so just go watch them), and used the diary keeping that worked best for me - my Google Calendar. So the poor little bullet journal sat gathering dust.

With that in mind, I went with accountability. I wrote down what jobs I had to do, which ones I were there for me to do if I got the chance. I began to find it therapeutic. I was trying out different writing styles etc from Pinterest, trying different layouts to work out what I wanted to record and what I didn't. I started doing it as my first thing when I got up. Just 10-20 minutes making a pretty outline of my day. It helps me start the day in a calm brain space, and gives me some sort of shape for the day rather than aimlessly floating. This has been going on fairly consistently since August 31st. Some days, my brain says nope. That's ok, no need to journal that day. Just pick up again the next day. For the last couple of weeks I have done a "Week Ahead" spread on Sunday - writing down what meals I can make with what we have (which then gives me a clearer idea of what I need to order in the food shop), writing down the events happening during the week so I can check through it as I do the daily spreads, writing down things I want to get done for life, but also things I want to get done for me.

Strawb chooses two colours for me to use each day. She wants to be involved in everything and this is a way that she can be involved without me twitching about what she's doing to my prettiness. It was her who suggested my "Coffee" section - to remind me to check if I have a half drunk mug that I have forgotten. I'm hoping she might start making her own daily plan. I'm not suggesting it, it needs to be her own idea. Seeing how much it helps to settle me, it might have the same effect on her.

I'm nearing the end of my current BuJo's pages, but I have my eye on this awesome red one of the same style.

I'll leave you with some of the spreads, remember, it's a work in progress.

Have a play.

If you already do the BuJo thing, show me yours for inspiration!

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