People seem to go crazy over my bullet journal posts, so I thought to show you my new bullet journal for 2018. I know that a lot of people have the New Years resolution of being more organised, so maybe this post will give you some advice and motivate you to start your own planner in 2018. I couldn’t live without mine! For a bit of background information about me, I am a student and also a blogger so this journal suits my needs perfectly, however you could adapt some of the page ideas to suit your lifestyle. I know people who have fitness trackers and budgets in their journals, so its certainly worth looking at many different peoples to get a well rounded idea if you have never done one before.
Its a fresh start so even though I still had a fair bit of last years journal left, I decided to go out with the old and in with the new, so I purchased a brand new journal for this year. Last year I had a navy journal but this year I bought the black one… extravagant I know. I just know that I won’t get bored of it like I would a bright colour and I also think that it looks more professional too. I have kept with the dotted paper because I loved it last year and I would 100% recommend getting a dotted paper journal, it makes drawing tables so much neater and keeps everything looking put together.
I know a lot of people use their bullet journal to be creative but I am pretty minimalist with mine and use it solely for practical purposes only, so I have quite a simplistic style. I don’t really even decorate the front, last year I had a little note that I attached to the cover with washitape and then an IndigoRosee sticker and this year ill probably do something very similar when I get round to it.
I am keeping the identical key to last year as it worked really well for me and I have memorised all of the codes now, so changing it would just confuse me. I know that a lot of people have many different keys for different things but I like the small and simple ones because it is so much easier to understand and quicker to use. I also have my quote that I had last year and I have transferred it over to this journal, it’s one of my favourites so I love having it written down.
Last year I had a calendar for IndigoRosee, where I was going to write down post ideas etc but I found that I never used it. This year I have replaced that with the same setup but instead I am going to use it for recording birthdays/anniversaries etc. I have a really bad memory when it comes to dates so I think that this will help me know when to buy a card/gift etc and keep on top of everything.
I have covered up my analytics because they are personal to me and my blog, however if you are a blogger I would definitely recommend this page. Everything is always online so I like having a paper track of my achievements, and its always a nice feeling when you tick off a milestone on your analytics list. Its not all about the numbers but its nice to have a look at your stats and track patterns, as it helps you in the future. I have also created a tracklist for twitter and Instagram this year too in addition to the blog tracker, to monitor my growth and follower numbers. When I reach it I tick it off on my chart and then write the date next to it, so I can see my growth patterns across the year.
I think that the ‘pixel’ page where you record your emotions everyday is a fun idea, but I won’t be doing it again this year. I never looked back on it and, although it looks pretty, I don’t really find it useful. However I am keeping the pixel graph but shifting it slightly to track some personal health things this year. I think the graph is useful though and so versatile, so worth considering if you need to record something daily in your journal.
So now that the start of my journal has been explained, now onto the monthly and weekly spreads. If you have seen some of my bullet journal posts you will have seen these before, and they are staying relatively the same. They work so well for me and are easy to set up, so are perfect for what I do.
I start each month by a monthly calendar, where I record events happening in the coming weeks. This just gives me an overview and I do find it helpful for key things happening that I must remember. Each month I also have the ‘wall of fame’, which is the same setup as the monthly spread. I have never seen anyone do this before and I would highly recommend it because last year it was such a success. You write down all of the little things that make you giggle and its amazing to look back on and reminisce on the memories you have made in the month. Little things are the best but often forgotten, and I love being able to record them.
Usually I have a double page spread each week. On the left hand side I divide it into 4, for Monday to Thursday and then on the right hand side I have a whole page list for the weekend. This changes often though, and if I have a particularly packed weekend I often divide them up too. The first one this year is a little different because I have a large list of everything that I need to do over the Christmas holidays, so that I remember everything. I haven’t put this into set days because I am also seeing friends/family and I don’t want to put pressure on myself, I know I will do it when I have time but at Christmas other things take priority. Thats what I love about bullet journaling, it is so personal to you and you can change each week to suit your demands.
I hope that this has given you some motivation to set up a bullet journal, I would 100% recommend it to anyone who wants to get more organised in the new year. I know that you will become addicted and it does really help productivity levels. If you have a journal already, let me know what you are adding to it this year and if you are changing anything! I would love to know.