For 2017 I wanted to keep to simple bullet
journal spreads instead of commiting to more complex layouts that I probably wouldn’t
be able to keep up with during busier weeks. So for each month I have an overall view spread.
On the left side, on the top half of the page I have finance and tax information and under
that section I have a task or bucket list only dedicated to that month, as well as a
list of items that I need to buy during that specific month. I feel that sectioning my
bullet journal in months instead of weeks gives me a broader view of everything I have
to do and it also lets me use a theme for each month, that is, concentrating on a topic
of my life once at a time instead of having this huge list of things I feel like I need
to accomplish permanentely. On the right side I have a monthly overview
in list form where I can quickly write some major things that are coming up. It it’s
a particularly task-free month, this view is enough for me to organize my days.
However, if I feel like I will have a busy month, a classic monthly spreads with wide
boxes is better to plan out your days with more detail. This is one of the spreads I used last year for the month of November and I will keep up with this layout as soon as
I start my classes. Moving on, I also decided to use a habit tracker
for the first time. I was very sceptical about this concept at first, since I thought that
I would never remember to color the boxes each day but during the month of January I
actually got used to doing this as a routine and I am really enjoying the results so far.
I am currently keeping track of very basic things which I tend to forget lots of time,
like moisturizing, uploading posts on tumblr and Instagram, practicing my german on Duolingo,
no spending days, etc. You can really customize your habit tracker as it better suits you
and I think it’s a must have in any bullet journal.
On the right side of the page, nothing too exciting – just plain task lists for different
days of the month, where I still use the classic bullet journal key with a dot for uncompleted
tasks, a cross for completed tasks and an arrow for migrated tasks.
On the next page we have a permanent spread. On the top left corner I have a list of books
that I want to read throughout the year and I will mark them as I finish reading. It still
has enough space on the right side , if I need to add anything else. Below
that I have a quarterly overview, and this is something that I wanted to try out after
reading one of Boho Berry’s posts about it. Basically, it’s an overview of specific
goals you want to achieve during the four quarters of the year, which is more flexible
than adopting a monthly system. On the right side I have two main columns.
The first is just a youtube brainstorm list, with video topics and themes that I would
like to work on during the year. It’s something that I can refer to whenever I can’t come
up with ideas for a future video or if I want to overlap different themed videos throughout
time. I also have a still very short list of movies that I have watched this year and
I am really hoping I can reach the bottom of the page in December. Fingers crossed!
Then on the next page I start the bullet journal task in itself. From this point on I haven’t
draw any specific spreads or layouts and I just write dawn task lists assigned to a specific
day or a weekend, which you can mainly see on the left page. I highly encourage everyone
who is starting out a bullet journal or who thinks that bullet journaling is a tiresome
routine, to start with task lists with the most simple, minimal style you can think of.
On the right, I have a few tasks I need to work on for specific projects, like redesigning
my students union website. That means that, besides daily specific tasks I also bullet
journal to prepare for specific projects and when every task under that project is complete,
the project itself is also done. That makes me understand my progress, what I still have
to do, and it gives me a sense of accomplishment when I finish all the tasks under that list.
Next week I will be uploading a Bullet Journal Hacks video with 10 tips on how to customize
and make your bullet journal your own, so stay tuned for that and I will see you next