Are you Hot Mess? Mommy? Blogger? (Bullet Journal)
All three? Chances are that if you are reading this, you are a multi-tasking mom trying to do it all: build a work-from-home business, side-hustle, keep up with social media, take care of the kids-your husband-your house-yourself, attend extra-curricular activities, sign up for online courses, teach dance, paint, do crafts, get involved in your kids’ schools and activities, juggle a full-time or a part-time job etcetera, etcetera.
If you are managing to do all of this in a well-organized manner while maintaining zen at all times then you are a monster. This blog post is not for you. Haha. Leave now.
This blog post is for all the hot mess mamas out there who don’t have their s*** together and are just winging it from day to day. Good for you! I’m just like you – possibly worse.
My Name is Chandra, I’ve been a Hot Mess since…
I work part-time managing export sales for bakery machines, teach dance and aerobics five hours a week, attend my own dance classes in Milan two hours a week, teach piano once a week, run after my hyperactive toddler in the mornings while I cook, clean, wash, iron and organize the house. Then there’s this blog, monthly newsletters, the Learn Italian newsletter, blog promotion, social media upkeep, affiliate marketing, pinning, scheduling, online courses and blog parties. I’m also going to throw in the fact that my husband and I are doing major renovations for a new home and are about to start a new company together. Hot mess, or what?
I’m not here to tell you that I have my crap together but rather, to invite you on a journey with me to become that monster boss mom. Because here is the truth: we can’t go on like this. With the hot mess mama life comes:
- disappointment that we never get anything accomplished or that we could have done better;
- Guilt from not spending enough quality time with our babies, husbands, family and friends;
- Hopelessness as we watch others seem to succeed and feel left behind
- Moments of extreme overwhelm that affects us and others negatively
Start a Plan and Get Organized
Inviting you on this journey in January of 2018 is fitting (it’s technically still January, guys). It’s a new start, a new beginning. The first thing we need to do is to plan and organize. Who just got butterflies in their stomach? #clairedunphy #organizationporn #modernfamily
I’ve tried all forms of organization: Google calendars, pre-made planners, hardcopy calendars, meal planners. You know all those blogs that make you sign up for their newsletter so you can download those organization printables? It’s like candy for me. However, in the end, I always find myself NOT sticking to the plan because the format never really fits my daily activities. All this, to say that everyone organizes and plans differently. You really need to come up with your own printable planner if you want it to cater to you. How?
BUJO – Bullet Journal
If you haven’t seen it on Pinterest, then I don’t know what Pinterest world you live in. BUJO stands for Bullet Journal. There are blogs dedicated to organizing and getting ideas for your personal bullet journal. It really can be anything you want it to be: a habit tracker, meal planner, memory keeper, calendar, goals tracker, statistics tracker (for you, social media and bloggers), yearly-monthly-daily to do lists etc.
For me, personally, it is a way for me to keep track of my daily activities, to stay on top of my goals and to give me a creative outlet.
Here are some photos of my first Bullet Journal for 2018.
I can’t tell what will work for you, personally, in terms of format and style. Maybe you like to embellish your titles or maybe you prefer minimalist fonts and clean lines. I can tell you that you will need:
- Journal: It can either be blank or dotted on the inside to help you draw calendars, shapes or whatever.
- a black pen
- Coloured Pens
- Mildliners (mellowed out highlighters)
- Washi Tape
It’s best that you get a neat and elegant journal. The more you treasure it, the more you will put time and effort into getting your life organized. Don’t be the Frugal Queen and staple pieces of reused printer paper together for a makeshift journal because you will end up making ugly scribbles on random pieces of scrap paper which you will eventually lose because you or someone else will mistake it for garbage (because that’s what it is.) Raise your hand if you do this. Guilty. Just get the journal.
Five Format and Style Resources to start your Bullet Journal
I’ve put together a list of BUJO resources that I found helpful to create my own style and organizational format.
Format and Style Ideas for Monthly Calendar Spreads
Format and Style Ideas for Weekly Calendar Layouts
Format and Style Ideas for Daily Calendar Layouts
How to Style your Bullet Journal with Banner, Divider and Lettering Ideas
Format and Style for Habit Tracking
So that was number five. I can’t count. haha. Here’s another resource for you!
List Ideas for Bullet Journals
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