Setting Up My First Traveler’s Notebook

When I started my very first bullet journal in December 2015, it seemed like the natural next step after five and a half years of preprinted school planners. (I got my first one in fourth grade, at nine years old.) Pen-and-paper planning definitely worked for me, but I had my own ideas for customized page layouts and lists.Β 

Three and a half years β€” and three filled notebooks β€” later, I’ve decided to switch it up yet again. My parents got me a lovely traveler’s notebook cover last Christmas; since I’d have to set up a new planning notebook / system anyway, and in September I start a new phase of my life (professional pharmacy classes), the timing seemed perfect.

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GYST Days

Even if you were productive every day of the week (kudos to those of you can manage it, I am not one of you), you’d probably still have tasks left over at the end of each day β€” whether because they take a lot of time, or so little time that you de-prioritize them, or you keep putting them off because you just don’t have the energy or want to do them, or you just forget about them in the course of a busy day. Or if you manage to check everything off the list, odds are you could use a break: some self-care, whatever form that takes for you.

So you set aside a period of time β€” it can be an hour every morning, every Sunday, the first weekend of each month, or on an as-needed basis … whatever works for you β€” and get all those things, and yourself, taken care of.

Get Your Shit Together (GYST) days are a concept introduced to me by Clo @ Book Dragons, but as far as I can tell the term was coined by YouTuber Kalyn Nicholson.Β No one’s perfect and things can slip through the cracks all too easily, so it’s really helpful to dedicate some time to check in with yourself. And hey, if you find your life is running smoothly, you’re not stressed out and want to keep the momentum going, you can always get ahead for next week or next month. Adulting never stops.

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Prescheduling, Blog Organization & Mood Blogging

Hello and welcome to Bookending Spring on the BookwyrmBites blog! There are so many awesome prompts for the month and I won’t be able to get to them all; I really had to pick and choose the ones that I felt like I had the most to contribute to. But make sure to hop over to the announcement post and make sure you’re giving the organizers and all the hosts lots of love for their hard work!

I strongly believe that every month can be a fresh start β€” because life’s too short to always be waiting for New Year to make a change β€” as well as an opportunity to check in with your routines and processes to see if everything’s working out and whether it could be improved. So today, let’s pop the hood and see if any of the circuits need to be rerouted or replaced. There are circuits in cars, right? I don’t drive, I wouldn’t know.

(Oh and ICYMI, I am not the author of the previous post on this blog … but I did write a post that went up yesterday on another blog, if you can find it! πŸ”)

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2019, which is organized by Sam & Clo! Today’s (yesterday’s) prompt, “Pre-scheduling and organizing your blog ft. mood blogging,” is hosted by Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile.

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