Happy New Year! 🙂
So. Before anything, a little recap of my first bullet journals (work and personal, as pictured below). 2017 has been more productive than it would have been otherwise without the help of my BuJo. I usually multi-task (even with my thought processes, so yes, I tend to overthink as well) so I tend to have a pretty short attention span and sometimes forget things. Having tasks and such written down, I could see what I have to do and therefore be able to do more.
Needless to say, I have decided to continue bullet journaling this year. Since I did not avail of the Starbucks planner or any other kind of planner last December, I was free to choose whatever journal or notebook I want for my new BuJo. Naturally, I wanted a dotted notebook to maximize flexibility for the contents. Since my options here in the province were pretty limited, I settled on the softcover Victoria’s Journals dotted notebook. The pages are already numbered and there’s an index already, so all the better for me. 😉 The blank maroon cover was kinda boring so I decided to design/label it with a gold Sharpie.
Excited person that I am, I went on right ahead making collections and such–conveniently forgetting I need a calendar (of all things!) and a Future Log. So what I will do (because I have yet to actually execute this plan) is print out a calendar and just stick it on the front inside cover of my BuJo. Here it is (you could use it as well):
It pretty much follows my overall minimalistic BuJo theme, which is [fancy] calligraphy headers/titles and simple handwriting everywhere else. I use black ink (Pigma Micron, Uni Pin) for the entries and a mix of colorful pens and brush pens for accents. Here’s a look at my current setup:
Because of all the stuff I put in when I got the notebook, the Future Log ended up somewhere a few pages into the notebook instead of first and foremost. 😛 Still, better late than never, right? So anyway, I used the Alastair Method for this. Coincidentally, this method does not necessitate having a calendar on it so it’s just about perfect for my situation as well. I put in half a year on each page and that’s that. I just put in future events or tasks as I went along (I whited out some private entries).
Monthly Log / Page / Dashboard
On the left side is my January page. It’s pretty much self-explanatory even at a glance. Just a simple calendar, activities and goals. Minimal, no-fuss and functional, just the way I like it. On the right side is the…
Weekly Running Log
But in the photo above, it’s Weekly Running Tasks. Shortly after putting in entries, I realized that not all were tasks (duh!). I put in some notes as well, and I know I’ll be putting in event entries sooner or later. But I liked how my header looked to make any changes to it, so I just decided to change it the next week, like so:
Can I just say how much I love this format over the traditional planner-like weekly spreads? It’s just so efficient–no wasted space if I haven’t got much going on for a particular day. Doesn’t take a lot of time to set up too; I could finish in about five (5) minutes, then just add my logs as I go along the week. It looks so neat as well.
Weekly Habit Tracker
The beauty of the bullet journal is that anything goes. Imperfection is okay (expected actually) and you can always experiment with practically every aspect of the whole thing–from formats to content to layouts to tools and materials used… the possibilities are endless, really. Something new I added for the next week’s log is the habit tracker for my daughter’s homework. It’s as much for her as it is for me. Her assignments are something I sooooometimes forget to supervise, resulting in her going to school the next day without the requisite project materials or missing classroom payments, things like that. Hence the tracker. And as you can see, it’s in the middle of the page since I’ve put in some entries prior before coming to the realization that I needed the tracker. Like I said before, anything goes.
Here, I used three (3) different blue pens for the boxes (Faber Castell True Gel, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust and Dong-A Fine Tech). The first two had a lot of ghosting and a tiny bit of bleeding on the other side, which I definitely do not like. So I looked for another light/aqua blue pen that would only leave minimal ghosting at the most, and got the 0.3 Dong-A pen. It’s pretty cheap too at just P24.75, so bonus points for that.
One important thing I need to track are bills. Adulting and all that, you know. 😛 But seriously, it’s something nonnegotiable. That, and I like seeing all of my bills together, see where most of my money goes. So anyway, written in blue are the monthly due dates and beside are the details of the bills themselves. Instead of shading the boxes in, I opted to put the date when I paid the bill.
This one’s pretty straightforward: a Period Tracker. My monthly visitor is kinda inconsistent–some months pretty regular, then I’d get advanced or delayed the next. I wanna see if a pattern would emerge, give me new insight as to why that happens.
I have posted about my Fuzzy Logic Mood Tracker before, nothing much to say here. Only that I’ve filled in a few boxes and so far I haven’t had a terrible day yet (fingers crossed). That, or I’m becoming a bit more positive/optimistic than before perhaps?
So there you go. My humble bullet journal, my first stab at real bullet journaling on a dotted notebook. I carry it around everyday and see myself using it for the foreseeable future. Planner peace at last. ♥