Bullet Journal Time Management Bar

January 9, 2016 25 Comments

Happy weekend all! Is it just me or does this year just seem like THE year? The year that everything wonderful is going to happen? Maybe it’s just me, maybe it isn’t. Anything is possible though, if you decide it so!

I am pretty stoked on how the week has went, I think it has gone so well because of the system that I have been using. I spent a good portion on December going over what I needed/ wanted and what could be helpful throughout the year. What things I could add into my bullet journal to help me actually succeed in what I wanted to do.

Managing time with a time management bar in your bullet journal

The time line is something that definitely caught my eye, I went back and forth with the idea because I didn’t want to add something that was pointless. Thinking that it was pretty but I would never actually use it. I was sure it would just sit at the top of my page never truly being used as it should and end up taking away from my focus and productivity.

I have never been really big on creating schedules (or routines) and I am especially terrible at sticking to them. I was a firm believer that schedules and routine were a terrible thing, making your life boring and repetitive. I am already a stay-at-home-mom that cleans kids and house for a living, not out adventuring all the time, shouldn’t I try to be as spontaneous as possible?

Managing time with a time management bar in your bullet journal

 

But see, the thing that I realized was, I am never being spontaneous, ever, because I always feel a little stressed about something that needs to be done. I finally decided that this year I needed to change that. I didn’t want to be at home all the time doing stuff but I didn’t want to be worried about something that I didn’t do either.  So I went ahead and raised the bar 😉 .

I knew that I wouldn’t get anywhere if I kept things the way they were, so I decided to implement the time-line into my everyday bujo. Creating a schedule for my self to follow everyday for work and play. To buckle down on myself to finally reach my goals and start living.

WHERE DOES IT GO?

I add the bar above my daily header, even on the weekends, because you can not build habits or structure if you skip the weekend in my opinion. It fits perfectly across the page, I love the size and how it looks. Making it so I want to follow it.

I like having it above my header rather than below because I can view my day appropriately. What hours I have to do tasks with the task list right below.

Managing time with a time management bar in your bullet journal


COLOR CODING

This part is absolutely crucial. Without a color coding system you wouldn’t be able to “at-a-glance” your time line. Leaving it quite pointless. For my color coding I use the Yoobi pen I got for the holiday. My personal system is as follows:

  • * Me {Gym, Chores, Planning, Other}
  • * Art {Drawing, Tattooing, Painting}
  • * Routines{Morning and Night}
  • * Blogging{Writing, Editing, Photos, Social}
  • * Scott & I
  • * Sleep
  • * Appointments{Doctors, Meetings, Dates(not hubby)}
  • * School

HOW DO I USE IT?

Drawing two horizontal lines across the top of where I will start my day I then write all the hours down (starting with 1am and ending with 12am). I then think about what my day needs to look like and any special tasks that I have going on. Then my morning and nightly routine, blogging schedule and I make some time for art as well. I mark those hours off by placing separating lines between the hours.

Once I have marked my day accordingly I get my color pen and fill in those marked off spaces with the corresponding color. Again, I add the color because without it I would not be able to see what my day looks like at a glance.

Managing time with a time management bar in your bullet journal

By constantly checking it throughout the day I make sure to stay focused on what is at hand. Knowing that I have time set aside later for everything else. 🙂

There is also the Spiraldex Visual Mapping that you can use for time management, but I personally prefer the time line because it takes up less space and is visually simpler for me to use.

WHY YOU SHOULD MANAGE YOUR TIME

If you have set goals this year, and are absolutely committed to making them happen, time management could be the best way to show that commitment. Instead of not having time for it, you make time. Ultimately paving the way for your success, one day at a time.

When you write down your commitment to something for each day and hour you are taking the step from saying it was going to happen and planning for it to happen. The only other step is following that plan, which is easy once everything is already mapped out for you.

Managing time with a time management bar in your bullet journal


DOESN’T THAT TAKE AWAY ALL THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT?

Absolutely not. I think that once you have created structure in your life you have set your mind in the right direction for succeeding at what you NEED to do, leaving the rest of the time for things that you WANT to do.

You don’t need to plan out every hour of every day, but I definitely recommend dedicating(and sticking to) certain hours to do your “to-do”s. Building a routine and schedule does work in making you productive and it also works in making sure that when you are out being fun and exciting you are doing so without worry or stress to get something done.

Managing time with a time management bar in your bullet journal

Here’s what I have learned this week.

I am capable of waking up at 4 am everyday and going to bed at 9 without feeling tired or like I am missing out on anything. I can follow a schedule and not feel like my life is boring. In managing my time I have been more productive than ever before.

It is a great feeling, though I really need to buckle down on getting some art done. That is the only thing this week that did not really get done. While I sat for a few hours yesterday and did some drawing it was definitely not what it should have been this week. But I am not too upset because I did get a lot done.

I just need to re-evaluate how much time I need for other tasks because I ended up being cut short of time for some things I cant cut short. Like running errands outside the home. Which is the only reason I was unable to follow along with the hours I set aside for drawing. We live and learn though. I will work on that.


How was your week?  What are some of the things that you have accomplished? Let me know how you’re planning to manage your tasks this year!

Laters,

 

 

passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

I am Kacheri, Wife and homeschooling mom of three. An Artist, a bullet journal lover, in love with adventure and nature. The ocean, camping and the moon are my zen.

25 Comments

  1. keepsmeoutofmischief

    January 9, 2016

    I’ve gone over to the daily format in my bullet journal split into two columns, home and work. This has made a massive difference compared to using a weekly layout as I can focus on just the tasks for that day and not worry about what I might need to do later in the week. Makes me more productive but I still need to work on carving out some time for myself.

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 9, 2016

      Oh I like that you spilt it in two columns 🙂 that makes sense

  2. showthisbooksomelove

    January 9, 2016

    This is really helpful, and I’m glad you addressed the concerns of whether that makes you more or less spontaneous, more or less productive. I bet this would also be a helpful way to communicate with other people if everyone used the same color coding. Anyways, I look forward to trying this out!

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 9, 2016

      Awesome! 🙂 I think that it would be good to work with other people:)

  3. Rosanna ( Sydney)

    January 9, 2016

    If your errands are taking up a lot of time I wonder if you can save time with them. How much extra would it cost to get groceries delivered? Is that money spent worth the extra time you have for art? Is there a service that can go to the chemist (drugstore ) for you.? Can you take turns with another parent doing drop off and pick ups? Etc.

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 9, 2016

      I do not have any extra money to pay for a grocery service at this time. I have 3 kids and my family is on one income(my husbands) until I am able to monetize what I do here online a little better 🙂 I do have time for art I just need to do it at a different time. I didn’t this week because I have been trying inning around more than I usually do. Running Errands, but also spending time with my mom after going to the gym. I do not live close to the school so I cannot carpool with other parents. Is OK though I enjoy doing all of these things:) thank you for commenting! All of these are great ideas:)

  4. TheMimiFoster

    January 9, 2016

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I do a worthless break between my days (just for a line of demarcation). I’m going to try this out right away. THANKS, this is a problem-solver. Hope you’re well.

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 9, 2016

      You too! And you are very welcome! 🙂 breaks are needed as much as structure too though. Like if I decide that I want to do nothing one day I will still get up and do miracle morning early and stay in my schedule, just without all the fuss and bus of Adulting…

  5. TheMimiFoster

    January 9, 2016

    Doesn’t look like my comment posted 🙁 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Have been looking for something easy that you could tell at a glance, and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing. I’ll start today 🙂

  6. Stephany K.

    January 10, 2016

    What a brilliant idea! I’m going to try this as well!

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 10, 2016

      Awesome:)

  7. Dayna

    March 26, 2016

    This is so beautiful! I’ve been using the weekly layouts for a few months now, but I’m kind of running out of space when its like cramped onto two pages. Maybe I can try this out next, next week (already drew out this coming up week with a tweaked weekly layout….)

    It’s hard for me having a full-time job and then trying to bustle my way through figuring out blogging and social media and blah blah blah. Exhausting!

    And girl, 4am??? Dang! I thought about starting my morning routine soon at 7am and was grumpy about it 🙂 lol

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      March 26, 2016

      Hahaha well it’s about 6 Now lol because I home school, I used to have to get up then so I could have a moment before I took my husband to work and my daughter to school. I have been doing weekly for a couple now and I run out of room too! But I also get bored of my layout and color scheme quickly. 😴which is silly but whatever lol… Yeah blogging and social media can be exhausting on their own, my only other full time job is moming and homeschool! Can’t imagine a job out side of the home too. Let me know how you like it 🙂

  8. Penny

    May 26, 2016

    I like this way of recording how you divide up the day! I’ve used other versions of this and they take up much more room, so I’ll give this a go. I love it as, if you get in a panic about, say, a phone call you mustn’t forget, you can think, ‘It’s OK! I’ve set aside time for phone calls and paperwork after lunch!’ 🙂
    My kids are now 30 and 27, but I home educated them here in Scotland until they went to university. Wish I had that time back! 🙂

  9. Chemistry of Fashion

    July 25, 2016

    Hey! I just wanted to say that I loved this post! It gave me so many great ideas for my own bullet journal, so thanks! I wrote my own post on my bullet journal, and gave you a shoutout since you inspired me. Thanks again and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with 🙂

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      July 25, 2016

      Thank you! I am so glad!

  10. Eden

    March 15, 2017

    I’m so excited to start bullet journaling (I start tomorrow), but from all the YouTube videos I’ve watched, no one specifically addressed/explained their ways of keeping track of times to do things throughout the day. I need to have an hour-to-hour schedule in place for my work days, so this was very helpful. Thanks!

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      March 27, 2017

      I am very glad that I could help you! I understand what you mean about needing a schedule hour by hour, it is rough sometimes to keep up with but very possible:)

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