WIP Bingo

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WIP what? Yes, bingo. When I read about the Marching Forward WIP-Along at Gosling and Plumb, I instantly liked the idea. As they offer a bullet journal inspired bingo sheet as well, I definitely had to sign up. The best part is, it is not a challenge, but an approach to focus on all sorts of craftsy and artsy WIPs that need to be finished. You participate just to work on your projects and to have a platform to discuss your obstacles and progress with others.

I chose the bingo layout as I like to have my tasks visualised. I also can mark my progress in the small squares. And here are my projects:

The list contains one business project, one small sewing project, four knitting projects in progress as well as three overdue knitting projects I haven’t even started. As I have included five large projects, I may not finish all of them by the end of march. But a bit of progress on all of them and finishing three or more would be great. Are you in?

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Bullet Journal

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Yes, I’m pretty late to this party. However, I did not feel the need to organise myself better in the last three years. I did not go out a lot, which is why I probably wasn’t aware of how heavy my three (!) notebooks weigh on my shoulders when I carry them around all day.

I decided to merge my lyrics notebook with my scribbling pad and to add a diary. Years ago, I tried to adapt my routines to the Filofax system, but fixed appointments do not work for me. I need something more flexible, a feature I like about the idea of bullet journaling. Actually, I wanted to recycle my Filofax and find suitable refills, but my search for simple dot grid pages was not very successful. So I went to the city centre to buy some Leuchtturm book, which seemed to be a compromise between a flexible system and dot grid pages, but I found something way better: an X17 planner.

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I bought a 3 ring model in A5, equipped with two dot grid booklets and a plain booklet. In addition, I bought a pack of ribbons to mark some pages and a double pocket for small notes.

My test setup is a one page year calendar, an index, a future log with two months per page, a list of books I’ve read, a list of check-ups taken for me and the cats, my year in pixels, a monthly habit tracker and a week on two pages.

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I actually wanted to start today, but as the setup was finished Tuesday already, why wait. Hopefully, this organiser is the solution to my problems. The first days were promising, at least.

As the choice of pens for one’s bullet journal seems to be a significant question, here is mine. A selection of Muji 0,5mm gel pens and some of the famous Tombow dual brush pens.

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How do you organise your life? Online only, by filofax or do you bullet journal as well? What are your experiences so far? What works for you? I’m curious to know!