Bullet journals: Getting started

A blue bullet journal with a black marker

Organization is somehow one of both my strong points and my weak points. When I’m organized, I’m really organized: I know exactly what I’m doing, when, and for how long. When I’m not organized, though… well, let’s just say that my days end up being about as productive as a sloth that hasn’t eaten in a while.

The real problem is, however, it takes a lot of work for me to be as organized as I need to. I’ve shared here before some of what that takes—how I use calendars, my bullet journal and mini goals—but, as part of my recent efforts to stay more on task, I thought I would share a little bit more with you.

So, I’m introducing a new series here on my blog. My posts about bullet journal back in December  really only scratched the surface about what I use my bullet journals for. I thought it would be helpful, both for myself and for some of you, if I shared a little more. Each month, I’ll share a different part of my bullet journal experience: things that I track, lists or records that I keep, layouts I’ve found useful, that sort of thing.

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Red and White

The centre of a red and white petunia

I posted about my new flowers a couple of weeks ago,  but I didn’t share all of them with you. In addition to my little purple-veined petunias, I also planted a few red and white ones.

The thing is, though, I’ve been having some trouble getting pictures that I like of them. This is the best I’ve managed so far, and I’m still not entirely happy with it. Happy enough to share it, I suppose, but not quite what I was wanting when I took the picture.

I won’t be giving up, though. The flowers are still alive, which means I can keep taking pictures of them. Maybe soon I’ll have some that I love.

Book recommendation: Soulless, by Gail Carriger

Soulless, by Gail Carriger, next to a teacup

This is going to be a short recommendation, folks. Why? Because I can sum up what I thought of Gail Carriger’s Soulless in just four words: I absolutely loved it.

Alright, I know, you need more than that to convince you to read it. I do have more to share, I promise. And as a historical paranormal romance, Soulless had plenty to offer. Sass, vampires, werewolves, Victorian London, and a unique premise that brings it all together? You can go ahead and check each of those boxes right now.

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Catching up

A pre-made goal tracker and two pencil crayons

Remember in my Monthly Update on Sunday, when I talked about needing to get back into a routine and rebuild my good habits? Well, part of that involves catching up on my social media tracking and goal-setting.

Usually, each month, I set goals around how many tweets, Instagram posts, and Facebook posts I want to send out. I track my engagement, and (new in the last couple of months) I figure out where I want to advertise my prints.

I figure out what went well the month before, and what I can learn from. I track what sorts of posts and tweets I’m sending out, so that I know what’s working and what’s not.

None of that has happened for June yet. I need to catch up on my social media tracking, and actually set some goals for the month. So that’s what this weekend is about–catching up. Not only on my social media, of course, but that’ll will make up a good chunk of it.

How about you? Do you have any catching up to do?

Wednesday links: On publishing

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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