Around this time last year, I wrote a blog post about bullet journaling, which, if you’ve never heard of it before, is an organization system that combines planners, to-do lists, ideas, and many other things. People who have bullet journals use them for all sorts of things, from keeping track of their health, writing down ideas, or just making fun pages like you would with scrapbooking.
I began my bullet journal in late 2016, and so I’ve been doing it for just over a year now. I still have the same journal (well, sort of), and I’ve been filling my pages quite a lot in the past year. Since my last bullet journaling post is almost a year old now, I figured today would be a good time to give you an update. Plus, I want to show how my journal has grown in the last year!
I use a plain black Moleskine notebook with squared (graph) paper. Compared to most other bullet journals, mine is pretty big (7.5 x 10in). Before this, I used a composition notebook with graph paper as my bullet journal, and that worked well for a while. Sadly, it started to fall apart last spring, so I replaced it with this Moleskine. I actually pasted my favorite pages from my old journal into my new one, so everything’s still together, just in a new book.
My go-to pen is still the Uniball Jetstream, since it doesn’t bleed through the pages, but I’ve also expanded my supplies. I love adding some “pop” to my pages using colored pencils, and so they’re a part of nearly every page I create. When that’s not enough, I also have a set of Stabilo Point 88 pens. They sometimes show through if I’m not careful, but I love their bold colors. And of course, an important tool for any BuJo-er: a ruler.
As I said before, people use their Bullet Journals for any number of things, and the same goes for me. Your bullet journal might be completely different from mine, and that’s okay! These are just a few of my favorite pages (a.k.a. “spreads”) that I’ve created.
To keep track of the books I’ve read each year, I make “bookshelves” and put the books I’ve read on them. I did this in 2017, and I’m planning to do it again this year!
This is another thing I’ve done before, but this year, I decided to expand it a little bit. Now I’m tracking my mood in the mornings vs. the evenings, and I have a wider range of moods to choose from. Sometimes there’s overlap, so I can put two colors in a box if I feel it’s necessary.
Movies to See
Pretty self-explanatory page – just movies I want to see each year, and I color the ticket when I do see them. I prefer my layout for this year, since it’s more uniform and neat.
Word Count Trackers
For when I’ve done NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, I created word count trackers to log my progress towards my goals. My personal favorite is the NaNo 2017 graph, but it was fun to try out different methods of tracking.
This hasn’t changed much since when I began it in January 2017, but I think my handwriting and banners have gotten a bit neater.
These also haven’t changed much, except that I keep adding things to them.
These pages are about as close to using a planner as I’ll get, and I find it pretty helpful, actually! As you can see, each day of the week has its own box where I list tasks that need to be completed and scheduled events I need to be aware of. Everything is color coded for classes, personal commitments, blogging, Minds Matter tasks, and so on. Plus, I can look at what’s coming up in the next few days or weeks all at once.
These are REALLY RIDICULOUS quotes but I find them motivating when I need an extra kick.
Bible Reading Tracker
I wanted to try to read all of the New Testament in 2017, but that didn’t work out, so I’m still filling this in. But since I kept losing track of where I was in my reading, I created this tracker.
Tetris High Scores
I kept forgetting my Tetris scores (I play online, so every time I clear my browsing history, I lose my high score), and thus, this page was born.
This is based off of ideas from The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, but I adapted his ideas to give myself a list of things to remind myself to do daily.
Goodbye 2017/Hello 2018
When I began creating pages for the new year, I wanted a way to introduce them. Plus, I really loved using all sorts of different colors on these pages.
My goals for 2018 are a little more complex than they were last year, so I created a new goal layout to accommodate that. I also wanted to keep track of how I progressed in each of my goal areas each year, so I created the tracking page where I could judge my progress each month.
That’s all I have to share from my Bullet Journal today, but if you guys would like to see more BuJo content in the future, let me know! This has become one of my favorite hobbies lately, so I’m always willing to talk about it more.
Do you bullet journal? What tools do you use, or what sorts of pages do you have? Let me know in the comments! I love seeing how creative everyone’s journals are.
Until next time!