Saturday, December 30, 2017

Getting Organized for the New Year: My Journal

You can read the first entry in this series HERE!

When you read the word journal, I'll just bet you had images of something pretty and feminine, didn't you?  Come on, you can admit it! 

If I could find something pretty and feminine that fit my needs without all the other things that I don't need being included ... and in my world, if the price for that pretty, feminine, perfect for the season of life I'm in journal was something I could afford, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. 

As you might image, I haven't found such a planner yet so this is what I've been doing for the past 2 years and will do for 2018 as well.  I purchase this planner every year and make it my own!  (Let me inject something here, just for the record ... I love pretty, feminine planners/journals! If you're using a planner/journal that works for you, stick with it, do what works for you ... that's what I'm doing!!!)


Please note that I do not pay this amount for this planner, I get this same planner at the local store that is in every town for $12.98.

Here's how I make it my own ...

There's a 2-page spread for every month ... losts of room to write in those squares!  You might not need that much space but I do!!!  I use this for various things like how many eggs we get from our chickens each day, etc.

Right behind the 2-page month spread is a 2-page spread for each week of that month.  I don't use this planner as a planner but use it as a journal meaning that at the end of each day or the first thing the next morning I sit down and write down things that happened or that I did on that day.  There's plenty of space for each day and this is what sold me on this planner ...ummm, journal!

You may be thinking about how unpretty and plain my journal is but it's only as unpretty and plain as I allow it to be.  Washi tape is perfect for prettying up the edges of the pages.  I use different washi tape designs for different sections depending on what I have on hand.  What, you didn't think I went out and purchased new washi tape to do this, did you???

I like to doodle so I write inspiring quotes and do a little doodling when I have the time. Since I am a Christian and belong to God, alot of the quotes I write in my journal are of a spiritual nature.

I also write in inspirational frugal/financial quotes!

Here's another inspirational quote and doodle I added to my journal.

(Sorry for the sloppy handwriting, sometimes I get so caught up in writing that I don't realize how sloppy it looks!)

(Someday, when my time on earth is over, I hope my children will cherish 'mama's journals!')

Several times I've had to look back at past journals for information I needed which meant I got to read all those inspiratonal quotes again and get another blessing from them.  In this respect, my journal just keeps on giving!!!

So there you have it, my planner turned journal that fits my needs perfectly at a price that I can afford!

Next in my getting organized efforts for the new year are my goals for 2018 ... I'll talk about those and how I'm being more realistic in the goals I'm setting for the upcoming year as well as how I'm breaking them down into doable steps.  That's tomorrow's post!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. I have an old Daytimer that I have used for years and years to write every single thing down in. I call it my "black book" and take it everywhere with me. Appointments, phone numbers, etc. I keep the old pages for a couple of years and often look back at them. I don't do well with journaling, though, so that's one reason my blog is the way it is--kind of an on-line journal. I hope it to be encouraging and helpful to others, but it helps me the most to keep family members in the loop, and so I can look back at things I want to remember. It helps my mom keep up with the grandkids, too. I love your ideas. It's great to hear the way others do things so I can keep learning.

    1. Becky, it sounds like you have a system that works for you and that's what we all need to be striving for ... something that works for us! I love the reasons you blog!!! Happy New Year!

  2. Love this idea Patsy!! I am going to try something similar once my life gets back to normal:)

    Blessings to you in 2018,
    JES ❤️

    1. JES, it is so good to hear from you! I hope all is well for you and your family! Happy New Year!

  3. Patsy this planner is something that I would use. I haven't been able to find anything like it. The one you have is not available in Aus. What I ended up with was a reasonable size(half A4) diary from Aldi. It comes with stickers for labelling on the pages for bill payments, vet visits and a few other things.
    I also draw little pictures, doodles, in my diary. It often helps me get my ethereal idea into something that makes sense to write down.
    My journal is on the computer and something I sit down with each morning. It helps me set up the tasks for today and to review what has been done.
    My daughter uses her phone and keeps everything on it. I guess whatever works for you is the best way to go for a planner.

    1. Jane, isn't it great that we have all these options!!!

  4. I just started to use a planner and I love all you put in your planner. I'll see how my simple one goes this year...I just might have to up grade next year!

    1. Vickie, my planner/journal is a helpful tool to me, I hope yours will be to you as well. Happy New Year!

  5. I have a little black book that I use as my daily planner. I put family birthdays/anniversaries in the back as well as my reading list, sewing project list and my 100 days of sewing chart.

    I do love that we have so many options available to us!

    I am currently transcribing one of my mother's prayer journals. She has had Alzheimer's for almost 13 years now and it is so nice to 'hear' her voice since she can no longer speak. Your children will treasure your journals!

    1. Cheri, I love that you are transcribing one of your mother's prayer journals. What a treasure! We're going to get back to the 100 Day Sewing Challenge this week so watch for that and I like that you also keep your reading list in your daily planner. I think I'll borrow that idea! Happy New Year!


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