How I use my bullet journal to finally get my parenting shit together!








You may have been a queen at organisation before you had kids... HA! How is that working out for you now, hmmmmmm?

Like it or not, actually trying to organise your time effectively isn't going to be easy peasy. For someone like me, who plans out every second of my life so as to suck out the chance of fun and spontaneity (because I am well and truly a fun sucker), this inability to do anything really ground me down.

However, I have a solution, and I am sharing it with you all. It's my Bullet Journal. I actually love this thing, possible more than my child.

Here are 5 ways my bullet journal has made me get my shit together...

1. Shopping lists

Look, I know this is incredibly anal of me, but I made lists of what I can buy cheapest where. Yes, it took a lot of time, and yes, it was totally worth it. I try not to shop at Tesco (even though it's most convenient, literally being at the end of my road), and if I'm able to, I shop around and check special offers on www.mysupermarket.co.uk

If you can make out my tiny writing and you have these shops near you, feel free to use the list next time you go!

Obviously there's not every single item on these lists.......... THAT would be ridiculous.... ha




IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tesco now sells custard creams the cheapest - 36p a pack. Priorities.

2. Money saving

This is my newest spread (that's what you call a page in the BuJo lingo, I'm so down with the kids) and I frigging love it. Can you tell what my weaknesses are?

I am going to hit my 30 days "spend free" - it's not really spend free as I obviously have to buy food and shit to feed my kid, but it's no spending on anything non-essential. I've got days out planned for weekends that are totally free, or if not, dirt cheap. For example, today I went to a local RSPCA centre with Olivia, saw the kittens, dogs, horses, and ducks and had a home made picnic, and all it cost me was probably a couple of quid in fuel and a small donation on entry (and yes, I am having to be stingy, so it really was small! - I'll make it up to them in a few months' time).



I am going to be the most frugal mum on the planet if it kills me! I'm fighting all of my instincts to do this and I neeeeeeeeeeeed to stick it out for at least a month or our Christmas is ruined... awkward.

3. Future planning


Anyone like Back to the Future? Do you see what I did there? I've literally just completed this spread and I'm feeling all pleased with my artistic prowess (that completely totally doesn't actually exist but let me pretend for like an hour, okay?).

4. Setting goals

I completed this spread on New Year's Day, and it has served me well! I followed it up with a 6 month progress spread to see how I felt I'd improved and in which areas of my life...

BUT I won't be doing this one again. I've found myself tracking things I don't need to track - i.e. spirituality! That's what happens when you use a template. I definitely will use a similar style to do monthly goals in the future, hopefully utilising some of my CBT techniques!




5. Habit tracking

This was my first tracker of the year, and it worked and it didn't work. For a start, I was tracking too many things, and I was still insanely busy at the beginning of this year. Now, in line with my money saving agenda, I'm tracking a couple of things. No spend is a continuous one, as are the amount of grocery trips, and then there's things like blog posts or social media.


You can use this tool to track what cleaning and household tasks you've done and how often, or even get the kids to do their own to track their chores and make it a bit more fun... If you think stationery and colouring in little squares is fun... Which I do... Don't judge me! 

It's such a versatile option and it really does help me get my parenting shit together!

What do you use to get your shit together? :) 




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