In 2015 I am trying to take Action in my life. It sounds cheesy, but it’s really working well for me, so cheesy is ok! And one of the things I’m taking action on is getting more organized in all aspects of my life. In 2014 I added a planner (the Erin Condren Life Planner) to my life, and that helped me at least appear organized to everyone outside my home! And mid-December I added Mary Organizes Home Management Binder to my life, and that was a baby step in the right direction. But I needed more.
When I’m out and about? I’m too paranoid about my beautiful planner to just jot random notes down. (I know, insane.) So last June I started carrying a spare notebook to take notes in, doodle when I’m bored and keep a running shopping list. And it’s worked wonderfully for me! So much so that it’s not only become a regular tool in my life? It’s also rubbed off on a few of my friends!
I absolutely love this tool! I have a running shopping list, so as I think of something I need? It goes on the list, and then every time I’m at the store, I have the notebook out and I reference my list as I go. But it’s so much more than that. The quote above was jotted down while watching Girl Meets World with my little one, I loved it, so I wrote it down and then doodled a bit.
Every Sunday when I sit down to plan my week? I pull out my planner, my markers and my brain dump journal. I start with a list. I just sit for 30 minutes, with no background noise, and I dump everything in my mind out on paper. This past week? It had everything from my bathroom remodel project, blog post ideas, my upcoming luncheon (I need to find purple leggings) and next summers Relay For Life, as well as a few recipes I wanted to try!
This is incredibly helpful for setting goals, daily to-do’s and meal planning! (Which I’m trying to get better at!)
The best part? This journal is CHEAP! I totally covet the Moleskine Evernote Journal , but that’s not in my budget anytime soon! I just got a Mead Notebook for $.99 on sale at Target! (I like cheap.) But any notebook will do – I just love the “pocket size” because it slips easily in my purse.
Don’t spend too much, because if you’re anything like me? This will get beat up pretty good! I spill coffee on it, I have friends write recipes in it, I toss it on my desk at work and leave it for hours on end while I pile stuff on top of it. It’s just non-stop abuse, and so this cheap little notebook with a thick cover works well!
Do you have a Brain Dump Journal? (Or something similar?) What’s the most useful thing you’ve ever written in it? (For me it’s my friend’s salad dressing recipe that’s Paleo Friendly – you can see a small glimpse of it in the above picture!)