Beside the Christmas songs, the festive food and drinks, and all the traditions, one of my favorite part about the holiday season is that you get close to the beginning of a new year. I love the feeling of starting something new. New year, new resolutions, new opportunities, new planner.
I like to always be prepared, so I usually start planning my year a bit in advance. This year, I decided I didn’t want to use my weekly Moleskine anymore. During the past year, I didn’t have enough space for some days, while I had too much for others. I also felt very frustrated because there were so many things I wanted to track in my planner, but not so many blank pages.
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I’ve been thinking about starting a bullet journal for so long, but it didn’t felt right to start one in the middle of the year. So I waited. I spent hours looking through amazing layouts on Instagram and Pinterest and taking notes on interesting collections I’d love to have in my bujo. I also started using the bullet journal system in the weekly planner I was using, to see if I actually liked it, and it worked perfectly.
Now that 2017 is about to start, I finally started working on my first real bullet journal.
When I found out Moleskine was doing this limited edition Harry Potter notebook, I didn’t even think twice about buying it. It also helped that at the time it was 20% off on Amazon. I was a bit worried about the fact that it’s a ruled journal, but I intend to keep it as minimalist as I can and I don’t plan to draw that much into it.
As stated on the official bullet journal website, the first page of a bullet journal should be an index. But, the bullet journal system is very flexible, so you can do just what works for you. I’ve thought about not having an index, since I was planning on doing all my monthly and weekly logs in chronological order and then have the collections on the back. Then I thought that I might add some piece of information that I will need often in a daily log, so I decided to have an index.
After that, I have my year at a glance. I don’t really like how it turned out and I don’t even know why I put it in, since I never actually used my yearly overview in my planners.
Before jumping to January, I’ve decided to have some collections up front. I attached my bucket list with some washi tape; the space is running up, so I guess I’ll have to make a new page during the year.
On the next page I listed my main goals for 2017. They are divided into things to do, places to visit, and things to learn. I will probably add a picture or a motivational quote, since I don’t like having all that blank space on the page.
I set up some other collections up front:
- books to read
- movies to watch
- need & want
- expenses tracker
- things to do in Toronto
In January I will finally start school in Toronto. It will be a 16 consecutive months program, so I’ve listed all the courses I’ll have to take, divided by semesters. I also set up an overview for the first semester with important dates, vacations, and I’m planning to add all the due dates. Lastly, I added my weekly timetable.
After a monthly overview, I have Since this is my first year using a real bullet journal, I’ve tried a couple of different layouts for the first weeks. I’ll see which one works best and then I’ll stick with that.
In the back of the journal, I have a couple of more collections:
- the best of every month
- yearly mood tracker
- tv show tracker (yes, the quote is there just because I already messed up the layout and I didn’t know how to cover it up)
- things I’ve learned about bullet journaling
- temperature log
- monthly tasks and bills
- social media tracker
I am also planning to add a couple of more collections:
- self care ideas
- packing list
- ideas to research
- places I want to travel to
- restaurants to try
- no spend challenge
I am very excited to start 2017 and I can’t wait to use my new bullet journal. I’m already so in love with the system and hopefully it will help me staying focused and motivated.
Do you use a planner? Which one is your favorite? Have you ever tried a bullet journal?