How to Get Organized and Motivated as a Busy Mom

Do you want to be more organized? Do you feel that you are pulled in dozens of directions at once? Are you struggling to keep up with everything? Do you want to find systems that actually work for your home and family?

Me, me, me, me! Is this you, too?

Let me give you a glance in my life right now. I have a happy 5 month old who loves to be held by Mom and Mom alone, a talkative 2 year old and increasing stubborn little girl, and a 4 year old little boy who is independent and determined. I am definitely a busy mom of three little ones. I am a mom and wife, piano teacher and blogger.

Some days the laundry gets done while some days the dishes sit. Some days naps happen for everyone in the house while other days Emma wakes up as soon as Lily falls asleep. Some days I am incredibly productive and other days I struggle to find time to put in my contacts, much less find time for my work at home responsibilities.

I love my children and I love being a stay at home mom. That said, I’ve had my share of tears and emotional moments as I figure out (again) how to balance life as a mom, wife, blogger, piano teacher, and homemaker. I’ve had some overwhelming days but feel like I’m starting to figure some things out and get organized again. Because let’s be honest, Moms.

We are all busy Moms. We are all often overwhelmed Moms. And when we stumble on something that helps us get organized and motivated, we need to grasp it and make it our own.

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How and why? It’s simple. I am getting organized with my bullet journal.

(Yes, this is an old bullet journal picture because I am holding the baby right now as I type, and am unable to snap a new picture. #multitaskingatitsfinest)

Some of you may have heard me talk about my bullet journal before but my bullet journal has become the single most important tool to me as a homemaker.

Do you know what a bullet journal is? If you are unfamiliar with bullet journals, it is basically a completely customized personal planner that you create page by page. A bullet journal allows you to start with a blank journal and turn it into the planner that you need it to be.

You go page by page. There is no hurry. There are no skipped pages. You make lists. You add calendars. You brainstorm. You can include anything and everything in a bullet journal. 

My bullet journal is where I keep my daily to do lists, my project lists, my lists of clothing sizes for the kids and dozens of other lists that keep me from forgetting everything.

Let’s be honest. Moms have enough on our minds that it is impossible to remember everything we need to remember. Enter the bullet journal.

In case you’re not familiar with bullet journaling, this method is a simple calendar and task management system personalized to your exact needs, because YOU get to decide what to include.

But here’s what’s so magical about the system—inside this ONE notebook, you can:

  • Plan your months, weeks, and days, much like a paper planner
  • Take notes and keep track of lists
  • Journal your thoughts, keeping a sort of memory log alongside your daily tasks

And it’s super cheap. All you need is a blank notebook and a pen, and you can start bullet journaling right away!

I started my bullet journal two years ago, not sure if it would stick, but as I get ready to start my third journal, I am more in love with it than ever!

When I have a place to write everything down – and I do it – somehow my life instantly becomes more organized and motivated. It’s almost magic…almost! 🙂

And here’s the other amazing thing about a bullet journal. Because you set it up yourself, it can be exactly what you need. It’s not a one-size fits all generic planner. It’s a completely customized planner that fits your own busy life.

I will admit that I overwhelmed when I started my bullet journal. I’m a perfectionist and didn’t want to get it wrong. Let’s be honest. I love the freedom of creating my own customized planner but the freedom can also be overwhelming. It took me a long time to figure everything out but once I did, I was hooked.

I just got started and through trial and error, I found what worked for me. And I quickly fell in love with bullet journaling.

Then, I found the Brainbook. The Brainbook is the book I wished I had when I started bullet journaling. This is the ultimate bullet journal guide!

The Brainbook tells you what supplies to use, how to set up your first pages and gives you pages and pages of ideas for layouts to include in your bullet journal.

If you want to get more organized, give bullet journaling a try. Go buy the Brainbook and get started making your bullet journal today. You will be so glad you did.

Now, I’m going back to spend some time with my bullet journal, making more lists and getting more organized!

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