Mindful Monday: Keeping Track

Motherhood has wrecked my once stellar memory. Once upon a time I could remember long grocery lists, pages long to do lists, addresses and phone numbers. Long gone are the days when I worked a full time gig, pursued a master's degree in the evenings and still ran a small company. 

I've tried multiple apps/ schedule on my phone. Each was useful, or helpful in it's own right but came with drawbacks. First of all, I felt like I was always staring at my phone. Not the best feeling in it's own right - - and - - not something I really wanted to do with my family. Nothing says "I love you" like checking your phone every ten minutes - am I right? Secondly, none of these solutions was helping me to get things done. I spent too much time doubling back into stores to get what I forgot. Or, I'm scrambling to find and file notes. When you feel like you're moving at ten-thousand miles an hour you need a system that helps you get things done. 

The key to simple shopping trips has long been a hand written list. Just some scrap paper with my list of 'to-do's' and 'gets' tossed in my purse. I decided to take things one step further and move to a paper and pen planner. I've settled on a bullet journal - and today, August 1st is the start of this great adventure. I'm committing to this month and then I'll evaluate what works, what can be changed and where to go from here. 

Now to be clear, I didn't run out to buy a fancy journal and posh pens. I'm a bit of a long hand journal addict, so, I plucked one off my shelf and got to work. I actually quite appreciated the way this would / could work with any journal or notebook you happened to have.  I was skeptical about the manual set-up but the hour I spent yesterday on 'set-up' was actually relaxing and I found myself focused and fresh this morning. I'm reaching the point of recovery road where things are more normal and I can get back to life. Unfortunately, after feeling sick for more than ten months I'm a bit overwhelmed about where to start. I'm hoping having myself organized is a good start. I feel like it's the first day of school