For the past couple years I’ve been using a bullet journal as an organizational tool and have been mostly happy with it. If you’re unfamiliar with the bullet journal concept (BUJO for short) you can explore the internet to find out more. There’s even a book that you can find at bulletjournal.com or watch a video by the guy who created the concept at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=fm15cmYU0IM
The beauty of the system is you can buy one, or create your own, tweak it for your life, and make it as plain or creative as you wish. Some people like to make doodles and add stickers, but I used it purely for organization and tracking projects. The system was humming right along with constant updates and adjustments until my father-in-law started to decline and then died. At the same time one of my best friends entered hospice care. Suddenly, I could care less about projects and goals.
The BUJO lays open to the last week of July and I have no desire to take it up again. But life goes on - absurd as it may be - and there are still seasons, holidays, and deadlines to deal with. But for some reason this journal has some kind of emotional attachment and I can’t restart it.
Moving forward as best I can, I’ve decided to go with a ready made planner and see how it goes. Enter the Define My Day planner/journal. You can start it up at any time since it’s not a traditional calendar although I’m going to start it at the beginning of the year as a sort of fresh start. You can find the specs at their website: https://www.definemyday.com/.
We’ll see how it goes.
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.