So I have been using a tiny generic planner for the last two years now. And even with the cramped space, I find that I still have quite a lot of gaping blank spaces all over the planner. Most entries are just the usual events like birthdays and holidays, and then book and movie releases, and then the occasional coffee date or two with friends. I live an utterly boring life, I know. So there’s really no sensible reason to upgrade to another kind of planner.
BUT. Starbucks Philippines released their 2017 planners and I fell in love with the Siren planner, uneventful life be damned. I mean, just look at this beauty. 😍
Now, I have learned my lesson about expensive planners. I wasted two damn expensive planners a coupla years ago (Starbucks and Everything Is Possible) and I don’t want to make the same mistake this time. Those 18 stickers didn’t exactly come cheap after all, even if I loved the coffee. So I decided to use this lovely planner instead of a plain notebook to start my Bullet Journal for 2017. I have been toying around with the idea of starting a #BuJo for ages, but never really got around to actually making one. This time is as good as any to start planning and actually executing. And I figured I ought to have more stuff to write in it if it functions as a hybrid planner/journal, right? This is where the ‘note’ bullet should come in handy.
To start off, I got a metallic green pen to compliment the black ink of the included erasable pen. You know, to add some flair and flourish every now and then. And I, uhm, borrowed the metallic color pencils from my daughter’s art stash for the same reason too. 😉
I used the metallic pen to number the blank pages opposite the weekly logs. A kinda tedious task, especially since the ink takes forever to dry so I had to blow on them before going on to the next one. The first few numbers still bled into the opposite page though. At least the color’s pretty so they didn’t look too out-of-place or messy.
There is only one blank page in front so I utilized the inside cover as well to make the Future Log. Made a table divided into twelve more or less equally sized boxes for each month. If you can read my minuscule handwriting, you’ll notice that I mostly have just book and movie releases. Oh, and I put in the coupon freebies I intend to use as well since I tend to forget about them and end up not using them, so sayang naman. This way I have a visual reminder so I can plan the coffee dates. Given that I put in SB cards/load in a coupla Christmas wish lists around here, I should have enough to use in the next coupla months.
Now, being a BuJo newbie, I decided to stick to the default BuJo Keys. Just added a coupla more [for now] to suit my needs. The Index is at the next page, but I didn’t bother taking a photo since it was still empty. Like I said, boring life galore. 😛
The planner already has monthly spreads complete with a column for things to do on the side, which was just about perfect for the Monthly Log. I admit though, that the column for the things to do is quite narrow, but that’ll have to do. It’s not like I have that much to put in anyway.
Here’s a sample of a checklist I made for my daughter’s upcoming field trip (and a chocomint candy cane to make it sweet). On the left side is the corresponding event with the relevant details. I will later on have to add the Bus number, when the teacher finally gives out seat assignments.
So, that’s pretty much it. The main thing here is to really utilize the planner, which I hope to do all year long. *fingers crossed*