Hope you’re all well and enjoying the festive season, however you may celebrate it.
In this blog post, I wanted to have a chat about my December bullet journal spread and how to try to find the balance between being organised and staying relatively calm and relaxed at this rather busy and sometimes chaotic time of the year.
I find that working in a bullet journal is often the perfect way to do this. While organising your thoughts in a condensed way, it is also the perfect place to express your creativity (particularly during the festive season) in a fun and relaxing manner. Personally, I enjoy everything about this time of year and find the lead-up to Christmas exhilarating and exciting, but it is also a tad stressful and a full on time of year that requires quite a bit of organisation. In our efforts to achieve the impossible we often forget it should also be about relaxing and appreciating this special time with family and festivities.
Recently, I drew up my December pages in my bullet journal for this month and I was reminded that this sort of creative planning is the perfect combination of relaxed doodling and mindful organising without even thinking about it! For me, the bullet journal is the perfect place to focus my thoughts. As I also have a couple of diaries, I chose the smaller size for my bullet journal, and am currently using a black small Moleskin journal with gridded paper. It works wonderfully, as the gridded paper adds order to my sometimes chaotic thoughts and I love being able to decorate and embellish each page. Relaxing at my desk with a candle, some Christmas music (‘The Holiday’ soundtrack of course!) and a cup of tea, I used my favourite pens, washi tape and Christmassy inspired images from Pinterest to create a bujo spread for December that is planned and organised but also arty and was a joy to create. Just taking that time to be in the moment, and making sure I kept the balance of planning for the holidays in a peaceful, expressive and artistic way, is something that I think we should try to incorporate more into our daily habits if we can.
We get so busy during this time of year that we forget to just enjoy the simple moments. It doesn’t even have to be with a bullet journal - even just the act of sitting down with a cuppa and or a candle, getting creative in some shape or form, making a list and thinking about Christmas makes you instantly more grateful and excited for the holidays.
Good luck with your Christmas journaling and organising – may you find a nice balance between keeping the creative, relaxed vibe and being your productive organised selves.
So, until my next post,
Over and out.