Bullet Journal: 6 month update!

Bullet Journal update

At the start of the year, I shared a few posts about my first ever venture into bullet journalling.  Now that I’m half way through year (and a bit) I wanted to give a quick bullet journal update on how it’s going, new pages and what I’ve learnt so far.

One of the things I have in the back of my mind when I start creating projects like this is being a middle child.  I’d read somewhere that one of the ‘traits’ of being a middle child was to create many different project ideas, but to often leave these unfinished.

WELL, I try to rebel against this (in the same way I do about being forgotten about!).  Although this is actually one of my purposes in starting a bullet journal; to not forget.  So I’m pleased to report not only has this project kept going, but its also helped me avoid leaving other ideas in the dust too.  Here’s how it’s gone so far…

Future Log

Bullet Journal update

At the start of year, I wasn’t sure how my future log was going to progress.  I thought I might have oh sooo many events happening that July through to December would need their own page!

It turns out that although I do have quite a few events going on, there’s still enough room on this double page spread.  I’m pretty pleased about that because it’s nice to have everything in one place and I’ll adopt this for next year too.  (I’ve been keeping only very important dates on this page, rather than day-to-day things like doctors appointments, reminders, etc.)

New Page Ideas:

TV Series Tracker

Bullet Journal TV series tracker page

Browsing through Pinterest for bullet journal page ideas, I was inspired by the idea of a TV Series Tracker page and damn, it’s been useful!  Admittedly I don’t have many TV series here, but I’ve found when I have jotted one down its really kept me motivated to finish the season.

As you can see I’ve finished The OA and the People Vs Oj Simpson, but I’ve got some catching up to do on Twin Peaks and Pokémon Indigo League.  (Ahem, don’t judge.)

Watch List

Some of you might remember if you read my Bullet Journal Set Up post that I have a ‘To Watch’ list in my weekly spreads.  Although this is helpful in reminding me to actually take some time to watch a film or TV series I want to, I was forgetting about some others that couldn’t fit in the small box.

Enter; the Ultimate Watch List!  I’ve created a page just to note down EVERYTHING I want to watch so none are forgotten about.  So if I do tick off my ‘To Watch’ list, I have another reference to fill it back up again.

Lists & Plans

Bullet Journal page ideas inspiration

Flat lay props?  Every month I have a free page directly opposite my monthly to-do list (another page that has been very helpful).  I fill these pages with a number of different lists, plans or notes.

So, in this example I wanted to keep track of different props I’ve seen blogger’s use in their flat lays.  The purpose?  So I can get better at mine.   I’m also trying to rack my brain for ‘About Me’ video ideas for my YouTube channel and I’ve also used this space for Valentine Day card and gift ideas, workout plans and new bank account research.

Bullet journal update - exercise plan

What I’ve learnt so Far:

With this being my first ever bullet journal, I’ve definitely learnt some things I might like to change for next year’s.  I can ramble on, so I’ll keep things short and sweet in bullet points, also known as a favourable bullet journal format!

  • My weekly spreads look better when I use a ruler, instead of hand-drawing them. (Don’t be lazy!)
  • I need to start taking my bullet journal everywhere with me.  Inspiration can strike at any moment!
  • Next year, my bullet journal will replace my usual diary because of this.  There’ll be no more diary.
  • Yes, the Pikachu sticker has disappeared.  I don’t know where.  I’ll buy a label maker for next year’s bullet journal!  (I’ve always wanted one anyway…)Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Set-Up
  • Continue with coloured pencils for decoration, pencils do not run through the next page.
  • I need to choose a pen I know I can repurchase.  I’ve made the mistake this time of picking a pen I was given free at a conference.  When this runs out it actually horrifies me that my bullet journal might have TWO different pens!
  • I’ll start to decorate week days with highlighters instead of pencils, on the weekly spread pages, to save time.
  • I need to make more use of stickers and tape.  I have these, why don’t I use them?

Overall…

It’s safe to say, I’m still really loving and feeling the benefit of bullet journalling half a year later.  For next year I’m already excited about my bullet journal taking in/absorbing my usual planner diary and getting way more use.

Looking ahead, I’m hoping to film a comparison video when it comes to my first BuJo (I LOVE this abbreviation!) anniversary as a bullet journal update, but this won’t be until the new year.  Next year will also bring innovative bullet journal ideas, like page dividers and better designs.  I’m only just getting started…  

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My Bullet Journal Set-Up

Bullet Journal Set-up

It feels good when you’re winning at one of your New Year resolutions already doesn’t it? As promised in my Starting a Bullet Journal post, here’s my Bullet Journal Set-Up!

This is the first time ever that I’ve started a bullet journal, so these first months are crucial on how I adapt to it and make it work for me.  I’ve tried to really nail down what I exactly need my bullet journal to do.  So here it goes:-

1.  The Key

bullet journal key page

As I had read, the first page in my bullet journal should be ‘the key’.  I tried to keep it simple because I wasn’t sure if I really needed a key.  So I only created this short list:

  • Task
  • Completed Task
  • Forwarded Task
  • Cancelled Task
  • Priority Task
  • Event
  • Cancelled Event

I’ve also added a bit of a colour code for my activities out of work, so I have a colour for my blog activities, vlog and workouts.  I’ll show how these are used exactly in the following pages.  Decoration-wise, I know it’s not the most exciting page… I may outline the leaf banner to make it ‘pop out’ more, but I know I won’t be seeing this page all that much.

2.  Idea Pages

Bullet Journal Ideas page

The next two pages I’ve reserved for my ideas on my blog and vlog.  I’ve slotted these in early because I wanted to be able to get to them quick and easily whenever I’m struck with an idea.  (Although I do have page markers too as a backup!)

I’ve already started to jot down a few notes so I won’t forget them, which was one of my faults before when I didn’t have a plan in place.  If you’re nosey enough you can see some of my ideas that might be coming soon.  But if you’re really extra nosey then you might have noticed the title banners are the same colour coordination as my key!  Clever huh…

3.  Goals

Bullet Journal Set-Up for Goals Page

In hindsight, I should have probably called this page ‘2017 goals’, as I’ll probably think of a few more ‘New Year resolutions’ after January.  But oh well, I think the champagne bottle and firework detailing works!  (If you can see them, no thanks to my cheap pencils…)

I definitely wanted a page for my New Year resolutions so I can reflect back on them during the year to see if I’m achieving them.  Three of them probably need no further explanation, I added ‘drive abroad’ because I’m now in a lucky position with my job where I can cross the channel to France very cheaply!  So I want to make use of this, at least once this year.

Anyway, back to bullet journal stuff.  Note for next year: obtain better pencils.

4.  Future Log

Bullet Journal Future Log page

I really liked the ‘Future Log’ page in the bullet journal set-ups I’d seen, so this was definitely going in.  I’ll be using it as an overview of important events I have coming up – as you can see there’s a hen-do and wedding in there already!

I think this is great to also see how close events are in upcoming months, so I know where to budget in between.  Depending on the space left remaining after six months, I may fit the following six months underneath.  If not though I’ll create another double spread on separate pages for them – sometimes you can’t always predict how busy you’ll be!

5.  Monthly To-Do & Additional Page

Bullet Journal Set-up Ideas

Watch out, my stamps are out!  But unfortunately they can bleed through to the next page… oh well, I still like it.  For each month, I wanted to have a ‘to-do’ list to keep track of the bigger tasks.  For example, shopping lists (birthday presents I need to buy for that month) and general things I need to get done.  I’ve actually nearly filled this page now with a ‘sorting out my room’ tick list, so it’s nearly full already.

From this, a space was created for an additional page, which with the help of Pinterest I decided on a ‘Websites and Passwords’ page.  I tend to forget some passwords and log-in’s for websites I don’t use often (and don’t save), so this is a space for reminders.

6.  Weekly Spread

Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Set-Up

Finally I’ve got to my weekly spread!  This is where the real hub of activity will happen in my bullet journal set-up.  I wanted two pages here for your typical diary spread, which is where I’ll track workouts and blog or vlogs that are going to be published. (Where my key comes in!)

I also wanted a space for weekly to-lists – for smaller tasks that wouldn’t fit on the monthly, my key is used here too.  A ‘To-Watch’ list has also been added so I can keep a note of what I want to watch and not forget to (this happened a lot to me last year)!

Performance is for tracking my social media activity and I’m also thinking of adding a ‘to-listen’ list for music and podcasts.

7.  New Purchases and Monthly Overview

Bullet Journal Set-Up Ideas

Lastly, I wanted a page in my bullet journal set-up where I could review the end of each month.  This will be looking back on followers, likes, etc on my blog, social media profiles and YouTube channel, to hopefully monitor any growth!  But also to track any books I’ve read and I may add memories here too, just to jazz things up a bit!

This created once again another additional page. This worked out perfectly for a ‘New Purchases’ log, which will help me big time with keeping track for my New Purchases Show & Tell series.  I’ve tried to make the decoration here like an account book, of sorts, maybe not successfully…

The Adventure Starts Here…

For my first bullet journal, I’m really enjoying getting into it and I’m feeling more organised already!  (Although still feeling very much of a bullet journal novice too.)  Some of my pages may look a bit bare, but I might post a 3 month update to show how I’m progressing with it.  Something, of course, I’ll mark down in my bullet journal to remind me in advance!

Are you reading this and thinking about setting up a bullet journal?  Share your thoughts and plans in the comments section below!  If you need any ideas I’ve also created a Bullet Journal Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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Starting a Bullet Journal

Starting a Bullet Journal for new year.

A few weeks ago I didn’t even know what a Bullet Journal was.  Now after scanning a few blog posts and YouTube videos I am completely inspired.  2017 will be the year I’ll be starting a bullet journal!

What is a Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal is a mega organised diary, planner, to-do list and journal of sorts.  It’s basically one big brain dump to store all my thoughts, creative ideas and anything else I want to keep me on track.  That’s what I’m hoping anyway, as this is the first year I’m starting a bullet journal!

It’s a system widely used by bloggers as a way to organise their content plans, ideas and schedules, which is also my aim too.

Starting a Bullet Journal: What do I need?

Okay so I’m going to stop capitalising ‘bullet journal’ now.  For this blog post I’ll talk about things I bought to start my bullet journal. I’ll focus on the set-up of my bullet journal when I’ve finished doing just that, in a future post.

So what did I need?  Well, first of all I needed a journal, obviously.

Starting a Bullet Journal for the first time.

The popular choice amongst bullet journal lovers seems to be squared paper.  I could see the benefit of squared paper when  drawing out weekly plans, and so I followed suit.

Where Paperchase failed, WHSmith delivered.  I bought the above Moleskine Squared Large Notebook, sadly the only squared notebook I could find!

I couldn’t resist getting some stickers too for my new organisational venture.  These are part of the reason why bullet journals attract so much attention; filled with colour, illustrations and stickers, bullet journals are like little personal pieces of art!

Stickers:  WHSmith Owl Sticky Page Markers, WHSmith Self Adhesive Metallic Coloured Labels and WHSmith Self Adhesive Letter Labels (similar).

What’s with all the stickers?

Starting a bullet journal; what do I need?

Here’s how the bullet journal is a step up from the typical diary.  The first customised page in a bullet journal is usually ‘the key’.  This is where the colour coordination stuff comes in.

I’m not entirely sure what my key will be yet, but I’ll probably use colour pencils or highlighters rather than waste my wonderful stickers!  (Even though I did go a bit overboard with the stickers…)  I’m going to use the stickers, stamps and tape for decoration and titles for my following pages.

I know all this decoration isn’t essential but I often illustrate my simple ‘to-do’ lists at home with different colours, drawings etc.  I don’t know why I do this, I just feel the colour and decoration helps to fuel my creativity and motivation, which is why I must be drawn to the idea of starting a bullet journal like this.

The following pages after the key are really where the heart of your bullet journal beats.  (How poetic!) That’s how I see it anyway…  I have a plan to include pages for all my ideas and calendar pages to fit these into some kind of schedule.  I also want to have a monthly overview page to look back on analytical stuff.

Anyway, all of the above tools in the photo are from Tiger – another seriously great place to find bullet journal essentials!  (Wilko is worth a look too.)

Next Steps

Now that I’ve got all the tools the next step is setting it up!  I’ll be showing my set up in a future blog post with images, instead of explaining it all in wordy descriptions.

As I’ve said I’ll start with a key, blank pages to jot down ideas and onto the actual monthly and weekly spreads themselves.  I’m really excited about this as I’ve tried to write to-do lists for my creative tasks outside of work in the past and have never really stuck to them.  The idea of a  bullet journal seems seems fit well with me and something I can keep up with yet enjoy doing too.

Watch this space…

Have you got a bullet journal?  What do you include in yours?  Give me some ideas to fill the pages of my very first one!

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