My vision with this site is more about the art of creating than the actual planning. I love planners. But I love creating things for planners more than actually using a planner. But I do love my bullet journal, so I’m happy to share what I do in my journal as long as y’all like seeing it. Sometime soon, I’ll actually do videos, but in my current living situation, videos aren’t possible. I just don’t have the space for it. But I’m moving in a couple months, so that’s a future thing that will happen eventually.
Today, I want to show you guys what I’m doing for January. I’m starting a brand new notebook for 2018. I don’t think you really have to start a new notebook every year, but for me, I needed to, and you’ll see why as we talk about what 2018 is going to be for me.
This is the official Bullet Journal, as you can see from the little embossed logo on the front. I’m probably going to decorate the cover. I didn’t decorate my old one, but it was more of a test notebook to see if I would stick with it. And it was softcover, not a hardcover notebook like this one, so I’m not entirely sure if I decorated it, would it stay or not. I think with a harder surface, I can safely decorate without chipping or peeling.
My soft cover Leuttchurm probably would hold about 4 months worth of bullet journaling at the rate I was going. It’s smaller than this one, which is why I used it as a test notebook. But since I started bullet journaling, I filled most of the book with October through December. And then i used some of the pages left over to plan new spreads and brainstorm goals and such, to see how I wanted to set up this bullet journal.
So, the first thing I set up was the future log. Some people do the year at a glance and the future log, but I find that too much work for my lazy ass. So I opted for the future log alone. I did all 12 months, then i did the first three of 2019 as well. I don’t know if I’ll need those or not, but I figure if I’m still in this journal by the last quarter of the year, I’ll need somewhere to put 2019 things when that time comes. I kept kind of a minimal approach. simple sans-serif for the months and mini-calendar. This spread is more functional than form for me. It’s just a list of events, travels, ect, that I need to keep track of and know when they’re coming up.
So after that, i’ve got this spread. Every year, I pick a word that focuses me on what I need to do that year the most. Or what my theme for the year is going to be.
This year, i decided on CHANGE. I’ve got a lot on the horizon this year. I’m starting a new business, I’m moving to a new place, and my oldest child is graduating high school. So many things are changing for me that this word seemed appropriate.
So, here’s how I use this spread. CHANGE is the overall word for the year. Then each month, I pick a word that designated what I want to get done that month that relates back to my year word. Like for January, I chose REBOOTING, because essentially, this is what I’m doing with my life. 2016 was a horrible year for me. 2017 was about picking up the pieces of 2016 and putting them back together. 2018 is about starting over. It’s about changing what didn’t work out and continuing to rebuild from the ashes of the former years.
This is a very simple spread. It’s not arty at all. But it is there to remind me of what I’m supposed to do this year.
Ok. I forgot to take a picture of the next spread. But it’s basically just a 2-page yearly goals spread. I have “personal” on one side, and “work” on the other. It’s my dream big for the year spread.
After that, I have a savings tracking spread that I haven’t finished yet, so maybe I’ll do another post on these ones that I didn’t take pictures of. Because across from that, i have a print out stuck to the opposing page of my 2018 horoscope forecast. I’m not big into astronomy at all, but I find them interesting to look back on and see how accurate they are for me.
Then we get to the monthly part. The word for January is REBOOTING. So I figured I’d draw a computer. But it just sort of floated on the page, so I kept going. I wrote out January, but I didn’t like it because it was too close to the computer. LOL. Then I drew the desk. Didn’t plan it that way. It just sort of happened.
But I kinda liked it. I still hate the word January where it is. But that’s okay.
I toyed with putting a mini-calendar on the page, but I didn’t like how the sketched one looked where it was. So I erased it. Then I ended up changing my monthly format to a small calendar instead of my normal bullet journal style list for the month, so it actually worked out okay.
Here’s the monthly spread I came up with. It’s a mixture of several different YouTube spreads I found, and I’m not even sure which ones now or I would link. I spent a couple hours surfing monthly spread videos and that’s what I came up with. I don’t know how well it will work yet. It could entirely suck for me. Or it could be completely awesome. Who knows??
That empty space next to the February mini-calendar, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it. The next spread is a monthly goals and action plan page, so I don’t figure I need goals, plus on the opposite page, i have kind of a focus thing going on.
Maybe I’ll do a small little quote or something there. The empty space is kind of bothering me.
After the monthly goals and action plan spreads, I’ll start my dailies. I tried the weekly spreads in December, but they just weren’t working for me like I wanted them to, so I’m going back to my normal daily lists for January.
That’s pretty much all I got for now. Let me know what you think below.
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