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
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:
- Completed Task
- Forwarded Task
- Cancelled Task
- Priority Task
- 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
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…
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
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
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
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
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.