Staying organized with: Mini goals

Welcome to the third, and final, installment of my Staying Organized series. I’ve already told you about how I use an online calendar and my bullet journal in my organizational routine, but there’s one more element I want to tell you about: my use of mini goals.

This post is shorter than the others, but I’m hoping it’ll be just as useful, especially since mini goals are one of my favourite elements of my little organizational routine. So, let’s get started.

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New Year 2018

It’s officially 2018! Which feels a bit odd, to be honest. Last year passed in a bit of a blur, for a lot of different reasons: it was busy, it was emotional, and it was filled with opportunities and challenges.

This year is likely to be the same, with a couple of it’s own unique situations thrown in. For example, did you know I turn thirty this year? That’s already bringing some interesting emotions into play.

Anyway, the first day of the year seems like a good chance to combine my annual and monthly updates. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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Staying organized with: A bullet journal

Bullet Journal Key

Welcome to the second installment in my mini-series of posts on staying organized! Last month, I talked about how an online calendar helps me figure out everything from my monthly blog schedule to my daily schedule. Today, I want to tell you about the second step in my organizational process: my bullet journal.

The concept of a bullet journal isn’t exactly new; they’ve been featured on blogs quite a bit over the last couple of years. But, for those who aren’t familiar, here’s my quick overview: A bullet journal is a cross between a planner, goal tracker, habit tracker, general journal, and whatever else you want yours to be. You could, for example, track your budget, plan your days, keep a record of project progress, track which books you’ve read… anything you can think of, really. You start with a blank book and customize it in whatever way fits you best.

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Perspective

Plant From Below

Perspective differentiates us, and that isn’t always a bad thing.

Your perspective on this photo is different from mine. To you, it may be a picture that keeps your interest for a couple of seconds before you’re distracted by something else. Or one that wasn’t worth posting in the first place. Or one you can’t look away from because you can’t quite figure out what it’s actually a picture of. But for me, it’s a reminder of a fun afternoon spent with a friend.

Your perspective on this month might be a reminder of frantic writing as you try to reach your NaNoWriMo goal. Or it might be the excitement that comes between Halloween and Christmas. Or it might be grumbling about having to get through another cold, icy winter. But for me, it’s usually all three.

Your perspective could be that this is American Thanksgiving weekend, which means family and food and friends. Or it could be Black Friday weekend, which means sales and shopping and smiles. Or it could be just another weekend at home, which means comfort and coziness and cuddling. But for me, Sunday is the first anniversary of the day we lost my dad, which means…

Well. I probably I don’t have to tell you what it means. We have some amazing people in our lives, though, who have helped us to get through this past year, and who’ll help us get through this weekend. I’m incredibly grateful for them, and for the sympathy they’ve shown me and my family. Many of them lost my dad, too, in their own ways. But because we each have our own perspective–of my dad, of the love we had for him and for each other, and of our pain–we’re able to help each other.

Perspective differentiates us, but it can bring us together, too. And there’s a sort of beauty in that, don’t you think?