Bullet Journal Update: Videos and Tips

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Quick – without looking – answer this question: where is your planner? Second question: what was the last thing you wrote in it?

Life is a lot of work. Planning well for living a life that actually accomplishes priorities, goals, dreams, and steadily moves in a disciplined direction can feel like a joke when the hard work of life clouds out the reasons why we want to try for such a planned life in the first place.

May I suggest that we make planning too difficult and that’s the reason we want to give up after 2-3 months of trying something new? Also, planning is made too difficult when I try to force my brain into someone else’s method. I bet it made perfect sense to the creator of Mead to put all the notes pages at the back of the calendar, but I need a random smattering of notes pages all throughout my calendar. Some weeks I need more blank space than others.

That’s why the Bullet Journal is the system has worked for me the longest. I have had the most success with recording, planning, goal setting and tracking, and journaling than I have ever had before in my life combined.

Since, I wrote all about the Bullet Journal system before, I won’t go into all the reasons why I enjoy it. (You can read my why here.) But I thought I would bring it up again to update you on what’s working, how I get myself to keep journaling (even on days when I’m sick of it), and what I don’t do.

Also, I am still using the Bullet Journals for my kids’ lessons which serves as our home school record. So, technically I keep 3 Bullet Journals going. It can feel like a lot of writing on some days, but it’s totally worth it (compared to what I’ve done in the past) and here are all the reasons why:

The Updates

Week-at-a-Glance. The most important routine I’ve established with using my Bullet Journal is to write out my weekly goals and home school plans on Sunday. Figuring out my Week-at-a-Glance is relaxing for me. On the few weeks where I didn’t get around to writing out our week or my goals, I would quickly figure things out Monday morning – only to feel rushed and behind – and the whole week would feel off. The takeaway: Find a day and time that works for you to plan and write out your Week-at-a-Glance, include your meal plans and other activities. Write out your priorities and then make the times and activities specific.

Threading and Washi tape have helped me more than the index (see first picture to see the washi tape tags). I still struggle to fill in the index daily, but I do still use it and keep it up. Threading is when you continue a topic several pages later in your journal and write the corresponding page numbers at the bottom of the page for reference to your other thoughts. Washi tape helps me visually to see the categories of pages from a glance. For example, when I want to flip through my journal to find the homeschool page where I wrote out all the books included in our curriculum, I just flip through the pages with the green tape. I can skip over so many other pages and find the one I want a whole lot faster because it is flagged by color-coded tape.

The Index = Attendance and Home School Records. In my kids’ Bullet Journals, I knew that the lessons assigned and completed within the journal served as our home school record, but I just discovered (by filling in almost 2 months worth of dates in the index) that it also serves as our attendance. I hadn’t paid much attention to the index for them, I was focused on writing in their assignments everyday, but now I take time to jot the date in the index.

Change it up. Don’t chain yourself to one way of planning out your day. Take the time to record what you do. (See my practical planning videos for tips on using a time budget to get started with planning. I’ll be sharing these on Facebook, so visit my page. If these are helpful, let me know and I’ll record more.) For us, we were able to do morning lessons for the first 2 and a half months of school. Lately, we have had to do our group lessons while my youngest is napping. It took me a good week to get into a new comfort zone that this change was for the better, and the first few days of the new routine left me feeling like a failure – only because my blocks of time were rearranged. Be okay rearranging. Use a time budget to see where to move things.

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Write honestly. I’ve learned that on days when I just simply don’t want to go through the discipline of writing goals, plans, or lessons out a-g-a-i-n I need to own the feelings and move on. It doesn’t take that long to physically write out what I need to do, and when I’ve done it I’m always thankful I did. When I have allowed myself to skip it, I’ve regretted it every time. Sometimes I simply can’t plan. My mind is in such a tangled place that I can’t even list a simple page of to-dos. So, I do one of three things: I write a journal entry and try to work out the kinks in my brain, I write a bare bones list of only the essentials that have to be done that day, or I don’t write anything and I just use the week at a glance page for reference. I know if I go more than 2 days without writing in my Bullet Journal then I start to veer off track and I lose grasp of my goals for the week. This is motivation for me to keep trying to write even if I don’t feel like it.

Know your game-changer. At what point in the day do your plans need to be done and you need to settle down? I discovered through planning our home school lessons, house chores, and outside activities that my game-changer is dinner time. I need to be able to prep dinner without interacting with my kids. I crave calm in the kitchen, and for me that means that I need to wash all the dirty dishes and wipe down all the counters before I even begin making the next meal. Because this is such a big deal to me – by this I mean it has such a great effect on my attitude – meal planning is a big deal, I do this 2 times per month and I plan for the whole month, and then each day I begin thinking about dinner at breakfast. Then I start my dinner prep as early in the afternoon as possible. I use lower temperatures to slow cook and I use the “warm” setting on my oven to keep everything ready for when we actually sit down to eat. As I’m cooking, I also wash my prep dishes as soon as I’m finished with them because I tend to get really discouraged if there’s a mountain to wash after dinner. So, in my Bullet Journal, a lot of attention is given to dinner. Equal to the attention given to home school plans because for me to feel successful in our day both the lessons and dinner must be complete.

Common questions:

Isn’t it redundant to write out the lesson plans every day? Yes, it sure is. And sometimes it’s irritating that it takes a chunk of my evening to do it, but again the repetition helps me stay focused on being accountable to doing the lessons the next day. I took the time to plan it all out, write in all down, and now all I have to do is direct the kids to their Bullet Journals and half the battle of the home school routine is over.

Check out this bonus video on how I layered my children’s lessons to build momentum in our school year. I think layering has been the #1 most helpful thing for building their attention span, increasing their discipline, and ensuring our lesson success. Read more about layering lessons here.

Do you ever wish you had bought a fancy planner? Nope. I waffled for a good two weeks on this one. I really was tempted by a super nice (Ultimate) homeschool planner because it had so many components to it that brought in the whole philosophy of why homeschool. It pushed the why throughout the layout so that I would be constantly reminded that this isn’t just about following an Instructor’s Guide and finishing on time, this is about nourishing a child as a whole person one day at a time. (Obviously, I still recommend it, and I think it’s great.) For me though, I had to own that I’m way too scatter brained to follow someone else’s layout.

What else is there to know about the Bullet Journal? Nothing and everything. You probably know enough to get started and you definitely will learn and change things as you gather more tips. Just try it. Even if you simply start using an index in your current journal, you’ll be glad you did when the notes you took are easier to find.

Other Keys to Planning Success Videos (Coming soon to my Facebook Page):

  • Time Budget: Learn to Record Before You Plan
  • Using a Time Budget to See Goals
  • 3 Things I Learned from Completing a Time Budget

When it comes to making and keeping plans, I feel like often times it’s the good things that get in the way. If your current tools aren’t working, then put them away and try a blank 17 cent notebook and pen for a week.

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Also here’s a sneak peek at an eGuide I’m working on detailing how to set up and use a Bullet Journal for home school plans and records. If you’re reading this post and feeling lost, then this eGuide will be for you. It goes through in detail the steps to set up a Bullet Journal and then describes what each method in the system is useful for so that you can determine how to customize the system to best suit your style.

Have you heard about the Official Bullet Journal put out by Leuchtturm? It’s amazing (thanks friend) and I highly recommend it. One thing I forgot to point out in this video, is that it has 3 ribbon bookmarks! One for my Month-at-a-Glance, one for my Goals and Week-at-a-Glance, and one for my current day – it’s genius and so helpful.

My previous posts on Bullet Journaling:

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Day 15 – Bullet Journal, Home School Planner #Back2School in #31Days

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Back to school can feel like January, but heavier for me as a home school mom.

Resolutions to try harder to teach more, train better, and treasure this time with my kids. Because, after all, it is my choice to be with them 24/7.  And everyone says they will grow and be gone before we can blink.

As a home school mom, preparing for the new school year is rough.

I have to not only prepare for the future and add in all the interests, skills, and resources that are necessary for each child in my home, but I also have to repair what was broken in the last year. The unfinished projects, the failure to manage my time, and the lack of plans simply because I didn’t make it a priority to stop the rush.

This year, I have distilled the failures that I believe had the greatest negative impact on our home and life, and that’s what this whole series has been intended to help me fix.

I know now that I need to study my patterns in order to fix or break them.

There’s no such thing as a magical curricula, planner, or eCourse for doing the life change for me.

So, as I address my need for planning this home school year, I know I need to set up a plan for how to plan. (Wow. That sounds redundant and complicated, but I think it’s going to work. Stay with me.)

I want to be able to Bullet Journal my life and home school plans. I appreciate the fact that I have almost everything important in my life contained in one spot. (Yesterday’s post was all about how I’ve set up my Bullet Journal – you should check it out. There are even videos.)

It’s tempting to think that a nice new home school planner, designed with me in mind, would revolutionize my world of home education – but I think I’ve been down this road before and it ended with less money in the bank and a fancy planner only partially filled out.

But before I give the impression that I don’t make myself finish things or that I give up easily, or worse – that I don’t have hope that I can stick with a system – hear me when I say that I just don’t think these fancy planners play nice in my brain.

They are linear and orderly. When I think and plan, it’s a mess. I’m writing down when to start making dinner right next to the notes I’m writing for the card I need to mail to a friend.

The Bullet Journal lets me do this on-the-same-page, which is freeing and beautiful in a messy, unique sort of way.

So before I start this home school year, I want to set up a plan for how I will plan in the Bullet Journal and when I will do it.

Accountability folks. It’s all about doing what’s right, not just knowing what’s right. 

8 things I need to do in order to incorporate my home school plans into my Bullet Journal:

1. Write out each subject with 1 major goal and method to accomplish it

The reason I want to take the time to include this is to have accurate records for state. (See Day 12 for a detailed break down of the requirements for my state.) I do not believe that every subject needs to be taught equally or every day for that matter, but to be intentional up front and make myself write this out will serve as a foundation for the year.

2. Outline major events in each month on your family calendar, including any time sensitive field trips or vacations

Don’t write subject plans farther in advance than one quarter at a time. It’s tempting to me to repeat a mistake from last year. I wrote in the sections of our history and science for every month in the planner I used last year. As soon as the first 3 weeks of school passed, I knew we would never finish the whole science text by May and I felt defeated in my planning. Like I would have to go through the whole schedule and cross out and rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite.

Family events are different. Planning around a trip to see grandparents is important to have written in advance.

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3. Read to understand the Instructor’s Guide (IG) Intro

Often, the creator of the guide has tips and practical ways to best use the resource. Read to understand. I appreciate the helpfulness of others, but I don’t like making more work for myself. So, I try to think through the heart of what they recommend and then apply it to how I work best. Don’t get caught up in the “rule” of what is recommended or the helpfulness is lost.

Also, IGs usually include recommended resources and supplies. If there are things I can wait to purchase later, start a list in the Bullet Journal and add it to the Index: Supplies needed for X-subject by the end of the 1st quarter.

A lot of times, when I’ve started reading the IG’s it is a day or maybe a week before I want to start teaching the material – only to find out that I should have already bought a bunch of things or read another resource which leaves me feeling behind and discouraged.

Mentally prepare to feel partially unprepared, and continue preparing anyway.

4. Write a key

Write out a code or notation of some kind that makes sense and use it. Store this in the front or back of the Bullet Journal.

Things like recording memories matter just as much as recording the mastery of multiplication facts. Seeing myself and my child as a whole person is better than having everything categorized and separated into compartments. This is why I want to write down the interesting questions Graham asks in the car as just as important as what lesson he’s working on in math that week – chances are there is a connection yet to be seen between the two.

5. Use the key to thread topics.

With schoolwork, lessons, and things in progress and things complete – there needs to be a quick way to see and use old plans. I like using Washi tape on the edges of the page to quickly see plans on the same topic, but also threading makes it possible to take this even further.

Combining threading and the key – FIAR = Five in a Row and EAH = Early American History.

Next to the page number at the bottom of the page, I can write past and future pages on the same topic or using the same key to better weave together a continuous flow of plans, ideas and progress across multiple weeks.

Have you ever felt like you started a great project or conversation with your kids over a book or subject only to forget it because it wasn’t written down? I think threading can help by not only recording these projects but also by building upon them through review and connection.

6. Record to remember, not to impress

I’m not a scrapbooker just like I’m not a baker. I just can’t control my hands that well. I make mistakes, cross things out and spill. The fear of failure has no place in my Bullet Journal because the goal is to just keep writing, not to make something worthy of display in the home school mom hall of fame (which doesn’t exist anywhere expect my mind).

7. Plan in layers

Don’t begin everything all at once. One thing Sarah McKenzie said in the podcast with Tsh Oxenreider that struck me (about the use of notebooking for her kids) was:

“When I plan the night before, I don’t over plan their day because I’m planning from the perspective of what was just done. When I plan in the morning, I tend to overfill their schedule in the hopes that we will do it all.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll preach it to myself again: Do one thing well and then add one more thing. Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.

8. Make a plan for when to plan

For me, it’s more important when I plan than how I plan. I have the ability to do a daily routine, or even a weekly one without ever setting any thoughts or schedules down on paper. This nearly always ends with me frustrated for forgetting chores, appointments, or other fringe items that should have been accomplished – and would have been easy to do in one setting if only I had made a point to remember them.

I think this is the usual hook for wanting to buy something new – the desire to use something new and write things down is huge when I’ve paid money and bought the promise that my life will be better with a product.

The problem is that I can’t buy a new me.

I need a plan for when I will plan no matter if I’m using something fancy or just a Post-It note to contain my intentions.

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My big question:

What will this look like for real? On the page, in the journal.

Answer:

I’m not sure, and I have to be okay with failure up front. Change isn’t the bad guy. It’s rebellion and choosing to do nothing that’s the bad guy. If this doesn’t work – I’m just going to change it or scrap it. There’s no shame in learning by trying when it comes to planning.

I know a planner is good for me when it helps me remember what I’ve written and doesn’t distract me or pull me to think in a different way. This is why I love the simplicity of the Bullet Journal. There is space to write what I need to remember to save it for future use, but the priority is staying in the present – just write in today. I don’t feel pulled to write ahead, dream ahead, or plan ahead. I feel capable of stewarding today.

Just today.

Further reading on home school planning:

This is Day 15 in the #31Days to #Back2School series; check out Day 1 and the Index by clicking here.

My favorite eCourse is going on sale again soon! Check it out now for more information: Click here for details.

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#Back2School in #31Days: Day 12 – Planning: Requirements & Records

Disclaimer: I am not an attorney, nor is this post to be construed as legal advice. For homeschooling laws and requirements for your state, please contact your state’s department of education.

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When my kids were little, I never worried about keeping them home for preschool because I knew that it wasn’t required; it is an option.

But when it came time for kindergarten, the realization struck me that I could be doing something wrong if I didn’t know what was legal and what wasn’t.

Thankfully for me, we live in Michigan which is a “no notice” state, so I didn’t have to worry about getting forms filled out and writing letters of intent or tracking test scores or using state approved curricula.

But I had a near panic attack after hearing attorney David Gibbs, III talk about how home schooling is under heavy pressure all across the states. (Yes, the Common Core came up too. I ordered a session on CD about this topic.)

During a Q&A someone asked him “How do we know that our right to home school our children won’t be denied?” His reply was simple: Know the requirements and keep records.

That was 2 years ago when I had a kindergartener and a 1st grader. I was relieved when I confirmed that Michigan is a “no notice” state, but since then home schooling has gotten some negative attention in Michigan. Legislation is being voted upon to increase the strictness of regulations on home schoolers in Michigan. Read Senator Phil Pavlov’s letter to Michigan parents affirming home schooling here.

As of today in 2015, home education is legal in America. The laws differ on how much regulation there is by state. The Home School Legal Defense Association has a great map of the states showing by color-code what level of regulation each state operates by – click here to see the map.

So even though it isn’t required of us at this point in Michigan, I think it is appropriate for us to begin the process of formally recording our home education. Starting with a letter of intent.

What is a letter of intent?

It is a letter written by you, the parent and/or legal guardian to the school district in which you live stating the name, age, and hours of attendance for each of the children in your home that you intend to provide education for.

Plainly, it’s the official way of saying: my kid won’t be at your school, they will be home schooled.

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Erica of Confessions of a Homeschooler has a downloadable form: Notice of Intent to Homeschool which is customizable for any family in any state.

Other Reports:

Again, currently Michigan is a “no notice” state. The Michigan Department of Education states:

The annual registering of a home school to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is voluntary. It is not required unless the student has special needs and is requesting special education services from the local public school or intermediate school district. It is recommended the parent first submit a completed Nonpublic School Membership Report to MDE if special education services will be requested. This form is available on www.michigan.gov/homeschool.

This means that you as a home schooling family have the right to additional services from the state for your child with special needs, and the MDE is inviting you to register with them in order to confirm with your local school district that you are approved for these services as a home school family.

The MDE goes on to remind us that:

It is not required that a parent inform their local school of the decision to home school, however, it is suggested. 

In a Letter to Home School Operators, Kyle L. Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent says “the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requests that you complete the attached Nonpublic School Membership Report (NSMR) and submit it to MDE.” Restating that the purpose is for the family’s eligibility for services. It also says: “In order to keep our records current, please email nonpublicschools@michigan.gov if you will not be operating a home school this school year. Please include your name, address, and phone number in the email.”

This email to the MDE would be in addition to the Letter of Intent to Home School which is written to the local school district.

Next: Know the Homeschool Statute for your state.

In Michigan, records are not required to be kept or reported to the state, however, the list of subjects a student must be taught is listed clearly. Under Course of Study the MDE writes:

Instruction must include mathematics, reading, English, science, and social studies in all grades; and the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Michigan, and the history and present form of civil government of the United States, the State of Michigan, and the political subdivisions and municipalities of the State of Michigan in grades 10, 11, and 12.

This requirement applies to every child in the home school who is 6 years old or older for the current school year.

What this means for me.

I believe that when it comes to the law and the care of my children, one can never be too careful. I intend to keep records of our courses this year and the hours/days that we completed our instruction. This doesn’t mean that I need to write everything we do and say out word-for-word, and it doesn’t have to be fancy.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), regarding record keeping says:

These records should include attendance records, information on the textbooks and workbooks your student used, samples of your student’s schoolwork, correspondence with school officials, portfolios and test results, and any other documents showing that your child is receiving an appropriate education in compliance with the law. You should maintain these records for at least two years. You should keep your student’s high school records and proof of compliance with the home education laws (including any type of home education notice that you file with state or local officials) on file forever. HSLDA’s high school webpage has additional information about homeschool recordkeeping.

Again, we as home schooling families are protected under the law to keep our children home for their education. This information is not intended to cause fear or anxiety that this calling or this job is too big or too difficult. I believe that as we strive for excellence in our homes even in the details of letters and records, we can be Light in a very dark world.

So, I’m taking a deep breath. I hope this information is helpful. If you are new to home schooling, please don’t stop reading this series after today’s heavy topic. Later in this series I will share more about how I have worked through my panic over this commitment – and I believe you will be encouraged to keep going too.

More in depth information:

Other Resources:

  • For record keeping:
    • Homeschool Record Keeping :: a list of options from Amazon
    • The Complete Homeschool Planner and Journal by Larry Zafran looks great for junior high and high school students – This record book provides space for 180 days of comprehensive homeschool planner/journal entries spanning 20 subjects. I like the attendance record/grid at the beginning of this planner.
    • The Complete Home School Planner and Record Book by April Thome contains 53 weeks worth of documentation, covering 7 days each week. Heavy pages in a spiral binding make it easy to use. Track up to 8 subjects daily for the best record keeping. Colors are intended to be coded for each child – one book per student is necessary.
    • Homeschooling Log/Journal by Angela M. Foster – each day contains a list of possible subjects to either enter the lesson completed or check off for attendance records. One log per student will be necessary.

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  • For planning:
    • Consider doing the easy Bullet Journal system :: I will be writing more about this soon as to how I intend to use my Bullet Journal for my home school planning – and for my kids’ plans too. Because I believe all of life counts as education.
    • Homeschool Planners :: a list of options from Amazon – be sure to read which ones are intended for a single student and which ones are customizable for multiple students
    • Free Homeschool Planning Mini-Kit from Pam@EdSnapshots :: I found this link on AmongstLovelyThings’ post on Planning from Rest
    • Or check out Five J’s Free Homeschool Planner :: What I like about this one is that the forms can be filled in digitally. No need to print. Thank you, Joy!
  • For your education:
    • Consider attending the next Great Homeschool Convention :: sessions are available to inform you about laws, rights, and protections necessary for your family
    • Research other “great” conventions :: INCH, Teach Them Diligently, and many more that are specific to each state – just do a little searching and you will find many options
    • Just a homeschooler? Become a confident educator. I share my experience and encourage you to step up and be counted as an educator. There are helpful tips and practical benefits (like discounts) included in this post.

This is Day 12 in the #31Days to #Back2School series; check out Day 1 and the Index by clicking here.

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#Back2School in #31Days: Day 1 – The Why

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Last year in August, I found myself heading back and forth to the store 6 times for school supplies. I love office supplies – new Sharpies (or my new favorite pen), Crayola, journals, binders – this is one of my happy places danger zones.

The first trip I was armed my list, piled the backpacks, notebooks, colored pencils, etc. high, and paid quite a large sum for such not-long-lasting things, and went home still feeling excited for Back to School.

Then around the first week of September as we got into our language arts, I realized I needed a couple more notebooks.

And 3-ring binders for Bible.

And I still didn’t have a “24oz water bottle” for my daughter.

The back and forth was driving me crazy. I was sick of Back to School by the 2nd week of September.

Procrastination and I are not good friends. I super don’t like feeling overwhelmed – the feeling that I’ve forgotten or lost something. When I have too many things stored in my brain and not on paper – I start to get short and snappish. It isn’t fun to be around me. It isn’t fun to be me.

In Emily Freeman’s new video about her new book, she talks about how it’s hard sometimes to live with the hustle and bustle of life on the outside, but what about when you have that feeling inside?

Have you ever been there? I have.

For me, I’m realizing that Christmas and Back to School are some of the most fun times of the year, but also the busiest. I mean, the lists and all the shopping they demand is enough stress to make me throw up my hands and give up. To not care and not try.

The resources – time, money, energy flowing through my fingers from the stress of getting things together at the last minute. What should be exciting and energizing makes my soul feel weighed down and crushed. And don’t get me wrong I love to buy me some Crayola – I would have 3 sets of every product they sell if I had unlimited resources.

Last August, after what felt like the hundredth trip to the store, I developed a weird connection between how much I loved my child and whether they had the best name brand water bottle for school. That’s when I knew something was wrong in my spirit, and I had waited too long to get ready for going back to school.

Waiting until the last minute, or doing a whole bunch of preparing all at once isn’t good for my soul. The rush, the pressure, the money, the panic to do-everything-right weighs me down and I don’t make wise choices under these circumstances. I make fast choices.

Fast choices during a Back to School sale aren’t good choices.

So this year, I’ve decided to chronicle my #Back2School adventure (using this hashtag). I’ll be sharing daily (except Sundays) what little progress I’m making on getting ready for school in a way that allows me to breathe.

Since we just moved into our home the first weekend of July, the series will start out with a bang – some really awful BEFORE pictures of what our schoolroom was. WAS. There will be an AFTER picture but I’m not aiming for perfection.

My motto is: Focus on function – don’t pine (or pin) after perfection.

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I found this little scribble in an old Bullet Journal (more on Bullet Journals for school on Day 8!).

I’m asking myself what little step can I take today to get me closer to my goal of being ready for school?

It can seem so overwhelming to face transitions, change, and challenges – but I’ve been slowly learning that I can break down what seems like a huge task into bite size pieces.

I hope this series will inspire you to break down your challenging tasks – will you join me for #Back2School in #31Days?

Here’s the index:

For more help to break down tasks into bite size pieces, I highly recommend Tsh Oxenreider’s book One Bite at a Time 52 Weeks of breaking life’s tasks into manageable chunks. (This is an affiliate link. I own the book and love it – I think you will too.)728x90