This is the second post in a series of posts (Living with Multiple Allergies 101). In the first post, I shared my four point plan for surviving the early days after a diagnosis of multiple allergies. My fourth point was “Get organised”! Well, this is how I do it. I use a bullet journal (sometimes shortened to bujo). Please note that this post contains an affiliate link that helps towards paying for the running costs of this site.
Bullet journalling can seem very complex at the beginning; hang in there because it’s really not and it can change your life for the better. This method of personal organisation was invented by Ryder Carroll so I think the best starting place is a link to his video explaining how bullet journaling works.
Here’s a quick crib sheet of the different modules of a bullet journal:
Index – a table of contents that you update as you go
Future log – a year at a glance calendar
Monthly log – a month at a glance calendar
Daily log – what you need to do today
Bullet journaling involves writing short, bulleted information. The bullet points used tell you information about the task. I only use a few: • something that needs doing, / something that is half done (e.g. I have trialled a recipe and taken photos, but not put it up on the blog yet), X a completed task, – a cancelled task, and > something I didn’t get around to that needs to be put on another date.
The great thing about this system is how flexible it is so you can tailor it to your needs. I don’t have all the modules that Ryder suggests someone uses in their bullet journal. I have an index at the front to keep track of all the pages. This is followed by a double spread Future Log for sixth months with jobs marked in it that I know I have to get done at a certain time of year, but not necessarily on a specific day; e.g. buying supplies for the boys’ birthday parties. I break this down further by having a page as a task list for each month. I have a double spread for each week and I mark my errands, appointments, etc.
A bullet journal is a combined planner, calendar and to do list, and you can include lots of other information between the log pages. For example, I shop at multiple supermarkets so I need to have multiple shopping lists on the go. I find this better than having lots of pieces of paper all over the place.
I also use multiple online food suppliers (and I have a bad book buying habit!). I find this Waiting On list a really helpful way of writing down orders as I make them. It helps me keep track of any missing parcels.
Finally, a really allergy-specific example is that I keep track of the boys’ food trials. This is my notes from our rather sad trial of rice that ended with them both being ill.There are some truly beautiful bullet journals out there (search for bujo inspiration). I use mine in a very practical way. The only equipment I have is my trusty fountain pen, a short ruler that tucks in the back pocket of my journal, and my slightly extravagant Moleskine Soft Underwater Blue Large Dotted Notebook. If you would like to see some beautiful and useful spreads, then I recommend this Buzzfeed collection of Bujo ideas for health.
Next week – I will be writing about “picky eating” and our approach to meal times.