I have spent a lot of time pouring over Bullet Journals on Pinterest Here is a few pins I have saved on the subject. They are really creative, can be made to look very pretty and totally up my street, however, I can’t help wondering, Would I use it?
In 2012 I began a Smash Journal, I bought lots of mini pads, washi tape and other accessories to go with it and over a period of a few months or so used about 5 pages and it has been sat in my draw since. Yes, it is true that there are very many “normal days” where there is not really an awful lot to write about never mind photograph. However, since it has been sat in a draw being ignored I have been on a few holidays, got engaged and been married so there has certainly been a lot I could have used it for, but for some reason didn’t. I remember seeing so many examples of peoples completed journals and being inspired to fill mine up too – but I didn’t.
I’m sure some of this is due to the fact that I am a natural “digital by default” person, I read books on a Kindle and spend more time that on social media than I should on my laptop, tablet and smartphone. I use a digital calendar and to-do list and Evernote as a digital filing cabinet, craft inventory and inspiration folder. You can read about how I use Evernote for this here, yet, when I pour over the blogs and emails I receive from others and the diary/time management/planning products they use they look so pretty and I get that “I want one feeling” knowing though if I’m honest I am not likely to keep up with it.
I would love to hear from anyone who manages to maintain a paper-based journal whilst at the same time using digital products for the diary and to-do list purposes. How do you find the balance and use them all effectively without duplication of effort?
As so often happens, I mind myself coming up with an idea now, whilst blogging, there is something very cathartic about writing down your thoughts. My new thought is that I stick to what I know I will use – i.e. digital. But create some pretty page templates using Craft Artist. I can then create a new book in Evernote and make it my Gratitude Journal. Each day I will aim to take a photo of something, however, insignificant it seems, that I want to remember about that day; include some small thing I feel grateful for, any progress I/We have made journeying from our current situation to the life we wish to lead.
Maybe by doing this, I will have the pretty journal that I am hankering for but in a digital format, I am more likely to maintain. I will let you know how I get along.