First, you need to print our your journal from FlyLady’s website. The link is here.
If this is your first time using the Journal, I suggest you print and read the whole thing. Since this is my third year, I’m picking and choosing what I print. My main focus is the gift list, the menu planning and grocery lists, the travel page, and the decorations pages. You do you and print whatever you need.
I paperclip my Journal and put it in a cheap folder that I reuse each year. You can make yours prettier by decorating it, using colored paper, hole punching and binding. Whatever you want to do to make it suit you.
I have kept prior years’ journals and I refer to them as my baseline for creating my gift list, remembering my decorations, and revisiting what I cooked/served last year.
In addition to my Journal, I also keep an envelope for coupons and one for receipts in my folder. I also print off a calendar page of December so I can pencil in dates, events and deadlines. I still use my phone and Happy Planner but I like having a dedicated sheet at my finger tips for planning purposes. I also keep a spreadsheet of addresses for Christmas cards and I put a copy of that in here as well.
Be sure to write legibly in all your pages. I spent 10 minutes trying to decipher what we bought my father in law last year!
And mostly, enjoy your journal. Have fun with it. It’s designed to help you de-stress not add more stress.
Now get going! I’ll check back with you in a couple of weeks.