DISCLAIMER: please ignore the poor quality of the video ...I tried to use my computer's webcam, and didnt realize until after a couple hours of work, and an hour and a half of uploading to youtube, that it was as dark as it was. I thought it was my tired eyes playing tricks on me! Lesson learned, next time I will use the camcorder! :)
About the SLJ ..I have written a post on this but really, it is too long and makes this simple concept a bit to complicated. So, I am gonna start over again! :)
The Stress Less Journal is something I use to help me balance my resources well ..it does that by being a place where I can write down my stresses, my thoughts, my ideas, my prayers and my study. It gives me a place to put my many lists that help me clear my head of menu ideas, shopping lists, gift ideas, blogging thoughts, cleaning lists, etc. I have alot of dividers in mine, but that is because I love to have things ordered that way.
The SLJ is just a three-ring binder, with a set or two of dividers and some notebook paper. The dividers make it yours, so make sure to only use sections that will be helpful and not stressful to you.
Some of the dividers that I have ...
*My Stress List: we will talk more about this soon, but basically it is a place to jot down everything that is weighing on me, my husband and my children. For me, it is useful to help me see where I need to deploy my Stress Strategies! ..something else we will talk about again soon!
*Menu List/Shopping List: a place for me to jot down recipes and stuff my family likes, I refer to this when I need some inspiration for the menu
*Cleaning Lists: straight off of Flylady ...reminders of what to clean in each room, if I ever get a chance to do some deep cleaning there!
*Blog Ideas: I found a great blog calendar online yesterday, this would be a great place to put it!
*Routines: having mine and the boys routines written down helps me to identify areas we need to make more time, or reorder our resource of time
*Contacts: I use this tab alot! Its a place where I have my church directory and a printed sheet with all my and my husband's family listed with phone numbers and addresses. Also, our doctors, dentists and emergency numbers. This is in a page protector toward the back, so I can find it easily.
*Coupons: I also keep my page protectors with my weekly coupon inserts in the back of my binder. For me, it is less stressful to have fewer binders to deal with! :)
*Prayer/Study/Thoughts: these are three separate tabs for me, and help me keep my spiritual mind focused as well as my life ordered. It is what it is all about, after all :)
Another obvious addition would be a calendar ..I use something different for my calendar now, but it may help you to add one for your SLJ!
If you want a more in depth (or, at least more wordy) version of all this, please go here.
Otherwise, keep it simple and let it work for you!
Some tips..I stole this from the wordier version:
- clean it out frequently - all those little pages can add up. Throw away when you are done, dont let it build up. It adds weight, clutter and stress!
- pay attention to sections you use, and ones you dont - it may surprise you which sections you dont use at all, get rid of them!
- I keep my stamps, and some blank notes in the front pocket of my book so I can easily write a note to a friend if they come to mind while I am praying.
- Keep a clear zipper pocket in the front of your book to keep pens, highlighter, white out pen, stamps, paper clips, etc.
Remember, if it causes you stress then it defeats the purpose!
Does this idea inspire or stress you out? Tell me, and share with all of us some other ideas for dividers you may have!