August 31st, 2017
Back in January, Emma mentioned to me how she wanted to start a Bullet Journal.
Before then, I had never heard of such a thing, and I was instantly intrigued. I looked up on it, and quickly realised it required quite a bit of pre-planning – which I’m not going to lie – put me off.
I kept coming across beautifully decorated journals, wondering how much time people spent on setting them up, wishing to have one for myself. Almost 9 months went by and my quick, scribbled, pre-made planner run out of pages, and so back on Monday I went out to grab some supplies, a new notebook, and set my own bullet journal up!
It’s kind of overwhelming when you get started, as it seems like there is a lot that needs to be included, but soon enough I realised that since it belongs to me, I can edit out what most people write in there, and tailor it to my own needs.
I did keep some of the main important bits: I’ve given it a small intro page, where I wrote the Index, so that I can quickly find the topic/page I need; and the Legend, so that I have all the symbols I’m using in one place.
Because I’ve started this so late, obviously I didn’t need to write down the entire year, but I got to focus on the last 4 months left. I’ve created a mini calendar where I get to mark important dates and trips.
Then I’ve also put together the Future Log, which allows you to take a better look at the months to come, so that you can really plan ahead. As you can tell things are pretty empty right now, and I did have to edit out some info as I wrote down locations I’m going to be at (safety), but I definitely think I will find this very useful once I properly start to use the journal.
I’ve also used up two more pages to track my projects. I’ve only included the main, big stuff I work on over the months, although I should probably create something similar for smaller things as well as a video calendar. Again, I removed some info, this time because I don’t wanna give away what I’m working on just yet.
The final thing is the weekly spread. I saw most people manage to fit lots of stuff in here, like what they eat, how much they work out, sleeping times and so on; but I wanted to dedicate the space to my lists of tasks.
I did get a free corner on the bottom right, which I decided to keep for photos, doodles and ideas (in this page I’ve attached a photo of me and Maya). I’ve also started the journal a bit earlier, so the dates with the star washi tape indicate these past few days, belonging to the month of August.
Can you believe that tomorrow is already September?!
Anyway, this is all I’ve got so far. A bit empty and more ‘minimal’ than others, but it has all I need for now. Any suggestions on what I could add? If you have one yourself, is there something that really helped you, or enjoy keeping track of?
Let me know!