I’m starting to think it’s all about security. If you present me with a problem (as happened yesterday) after I’ve done the emotional bit, the first thing I’m going to do is make a plan. The plan might involve going to bed and sulking for a while but, these days, it’s more likely to be a productive one. My problem isn’t going to get sorted if I go to sleep and hope it disappears.
My first plans, when I was very ill and still hoping I could sleep my problems away, were just lists and routines. I soon learned that, with a list in front of me, all I had to do was start at the top and work my way down. Sometimes I could only do 15 minutes at a time but I made an important discovery: There’s something magical about ticking things off your list! So I made more and kept ticking.
Over time, this practice has evolved into my current Bullet Journal. One of my favourite times of the week is becoming ‘Planner Time’. While the cleaner’s here, I go to a coffee shop with my BuJo and some pens and … plan. I also plot and scheme. I mull things over and daydream. And I come out with plans and the motivation to carry them out.
I’m also starting to enjoy the creative aspect of Bullet Journalling. My parents very kindly gave me a printer for Christmas this year so I’ve been printing out little quotes and pictures and glueing them in. I’m also experimenting with coloured pens and pencils. The other day, I drew a tree!
So I plan for security and also because it’s helping me become more creative.