If you know me, then you already know that I started my bullet journal last year. Happy to say I’m continuing with my BuJo life in 2018! You should probably read my old post which I wrote last fall on everything you need to consider before embarking on this adventure and How to Start a Bullet Journal.
Now that I’ve been at it for a minute, I think I’m finally getting to a point where I actually have a good sense of the aesthetic and layout that works for me. For me, clean and minimal is probably the vibe I’ll be using going forward. I did start my journal with this intention last year however, those coloured pens have a way of sipping into your soul.
I use the Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Notebook and love it. Because I started this particular journal in September 2017, I will be continuing to fill it rather than starting a fresh one just because it’s a new year. It also works out rather perfectly because then I don’t have to do new collection pages (lists) since I’m carrying over those I developed in September.
I’m using this page as my separator of the year. As you can see it’s very simple, and I like it. Because I already developed collection pages last year that included “goals” list, I will simply be migrating or using that same list. Instead I refreshed my commitment to those same goals by rewriting them here. The simplified version.
My January monthly spread is also simple and more focused. Rather than gratitude notes, I decided to only capture the notable moments and things that spark joy and appreciation in me. This is because last year looking back on my gratitude lists (and documentation process), it at times felt rather laborious and there not always sincere. Capturing only those things and moments that spark joy and sincere gratitude in me will hopefully be a more inspired exercise.
DAILY LOGS & HABIT TRACKERS
Looking back on my journal, I was actually consistent with logging my habits which surprises me a little. I attribute this success to my weekly spreads which often had my logs and trackers on the same page. This allowed me to always stare at them every single day since I needed to look at my daily tasks. In spite of this, I will be parking them for now. Why? Because I want to try a very simple journaling process and then feel what I miss, rather than assume I need it. Part of my minimalism journey. For January, I have opted for 2 trackers, my workouts and money because I know these are things I will always be tracking. And instead of a weekly spread format, they are monthly.
Lastly my weekly spread. Towards the end of the year, I began testing one page weeks rather than spreading them over a double page. I’ve found that this format actually works really well for me so I will be continuing with it. This way, I can have a larger scribble or notes section and migration notes on other page which I can stare at daily. I also considered doing all my weekly spreads for the month at the same time but decided not to. Why? Because I actually find it soothing and cathartic to do them weekly. Setting up my weekly spreads every Sunday morning before meal prep is bit of a ritual at this point. I like it.
So that’s pretty much all there is to my journal setup for 2018. Please note that I do still have my collections set up from last year that I will still be referring to as I find them very useful during monthly reflections so it’s not super minimal. I also randomly received these small pink Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks that I haven’t been able to find use for yet seeing as they are miniature. Let me know if you’re interested in receiving one and I’ll be happy to send it your way.
Other than that, let me know what you think about this layout and also share your #BuJo tips with me. Or if you use another organization system, let me know about it. I love learning and testing all things organization!
Until next time, live and love.