I started my first Bullet Journal last October, and I am already onto my new Bullet Journal for 2017. I loved the idea and concept, so I tried it out myself and it works perfectly for me. It allows you to completely customize and tailor your journal to suit you.
At first, I really stuck to the guides for those who are new to bullet journalling, but I now have found my own way of doing it, still using the basic idea with monthly spreads and so on.
Today I thought I would share some extracts from my 2017 Bullet Journal, but I haven’t included any week-by-week spreads, because they are more personal
My dad is really into being organised and making lists, so he surprised me with my 2017 journal as a Christmas present! He must have looked into what sort of notebook people use for bullet journalling, as before I was just using a plain old notebook, so it was a really thoughtful present.
The cult favourite is of course, the Leuchtturm books. I have the 1917 book, with plain pages which allows me to do whatever I want on each page.
Another thing I absolutely love about using this book for my bullet journal, is that it comes with a contents page, as well as the pages being already numbered. I have been filling in the contents as I go, which does make it a lot easier to find a certain page once the journal gets more full.
I always keep birthdays of my friends and family at the start of my bullet journal. I write the month, the dates and then on the right, I add everyone’s birthday for that month.
This makes it really easy when I am writing my month overview. Say I was making my overview for the month of February, I just flip back to the birthday pages, check whose birthday it is that month and then add it to the overview. Easy peasy, needed for me too as I am super forgetful with dates.
I also have my 2017 goals which are things that I want to achieve at some point during the year. For example, I would like to start self-hosting my blog at some point this year! (Any tips on switching to self-hosted would be greatly appreciated!)
I also do a goal page for each month, with more small scale aims that I would like to achieve that month, such as reading a certain book or practicing motorway driving (still haven’t done much of that yet!)
I have lots of pages with ideas or lists or inspiration too. On the left page here, I have my minimalism challenge, where I like to pick one each day to do, for example ‘spend a morning without using your phone’.
On the right, I have an easy way of planning a meal that gets me some protein, vegetables and carbs. I just pick one from each category, as sometimes I just run out of inspiration for meals. I don’t eat meat, which is why there no meat options in the protein category!
Here I have my current wishlists. If I want to save up and buy something, I write it down here. Then I can look at my list and decide if I really do need to buy it or not, if it’s a no, I just cross it out. It is a good way of remembering what beauty products you want to try.
Here I have included my February Overview, as I haven’t got anything much written on t yet. I write one vertical line with the first letter of the day of the week, then a second line next to it, with the date. I usually do these overviews half way through the month before, so that I can fill in dates, shifts and events as they get planned. This is also when I add in birthdays that I need to remember for that month.
I also have a list there of different ideas of where to think of exercise and workout routines. It can be hard to get inspiration sometimes, so I just check back to this page, scan the list, and pick one type to exercise from.
Finally, I have included a picture of my book wishlist page. This one is really short, as it is only the beginning of the year. But I love keeping a book wishlist, as other wise I will forget the ones I want to read. Also, when it is my birthday and people ask me what I would like, I love to check back to this page to see if there are any books I could have as a present.
So that is a mini look inside my 2017 Bullet Journal! I love it, it is a little form of escapism for me, where I can organise my life, plan projects, doodle and make lists. I am a creative person, I was an art student last year, so this is an easy way of adding some creativity into my day. What are your thoughts on having a bullet journal? Xx