Having used the Bullet Journal (BuJo) system since the start of 2017, I’ve learned a few things about what worked for me, and what didn’t.
I also wanted to use the opportunity of starting a new journal to setup some page formats. For that purpose I went and purchases some stencils, which would allow me to create some amazing looking pages (hopefully).
Below are some of the thoughts that went into creating my 2018 Bullet Journal. For a better view of some of these pages, check out my “My 2018 Bullet Journal” board on Pinterest. (Clicking some of the images will take you to the relevant sections
I’ve seen a number of different keys in the last year, since I started using the Bullet Journal system.
Since I was starting a new journal, for a new year, I decided to take a look at some of the things that worked for me over the last twelve months.
- Switching from filling boxes completely to indicate a completed task allowed me to include an ‘in-progress’ status.
- Having icons for Email, Calls, and other location/device specific task made it easier for me to prioritize my workload based on where I was at the time (a trick I learned from ‘Get Things Done’).
- I also decided to use these as tag for tasks, events and appointments, so that I could differentiate them.
The Index is your reference guide to the contents of your Bullet Journal. Because the Bullet Journal system allows you to add topics (also called collections) at any time, you need an index to help you find every page that forms part of that topic.
- When creating a new topic/collection/calendar page/etc you just add the page title and page number to your index.
- Anytime you add a page that is relevant to a topic, you just add the page numbers to your index.
The Future Log is where you focus on the year ahead, without worrying about the minutia of everyday events.
That means you don’t need a vast amount of space, because all you’re recording is key events which you are booking ahead of time.
I needed something quick and simple for this particular section of my Bullet Journal.
- I went online and purchased stickers for the date labels (which I DID have to trim a little for this purpose).
- Those labels make it easy to get a glance of the weekly breakdown.
- The box under each label is used to note down the important birthdays for that month.
- The remaining space is used to log events, appointments and tasks that are happening on days, weeks and months ahead.
- When the time is right, you copy the item to the relevant Monthly Overview, and from there into the Weekly Overview and daily list.
This is where you move down to the monthly level, and get an overview of what’s happening over those few weeks.
- I included an events and task list, as well as a section for events/tasks that need to be moved/added to the following week.
- I left just enough space in the boxes for each day to make very basic notes.
- At the bottom you’ll notice some other boxes I added for my book reading and review lists, as well as my Pinterest tracker, and the live dates of my weekly blog posts.
Here’s your chance to get an overview of the week ahead, and what tasks, and events you have coming up in the days ahead. (Spot the note scribbled in the top margin, regarding my apparent inability to spell DECEMBER).
- This is pretty much the exact same weekly layout I’ve been using for almost six months.
- The left-hand page tracks my works schedule, home/personal schedule, my blog schedule, writing/editing plans, and promotions.
- I left these pages almost exactly the same as they were in my 2017 journal. All I did was move the habit trackers to the bottom of the page.
Since this is the start of the journal, there’s nothing to actually see, yet…
But I decided I wanted to add a little bit of interest to my daily lists. Banner images are something I experimented with during November and December, as I tried to decide on a format.
Then the stencils arrived, and I was able to combine the number and letter stencils with shapes to create something simple. I’m rather pleased with the result.
I’m an avid reader, as reviewer, who sometimes volunteers to pick up Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs). ARCs allow reviewers a chance to get their hands on books, before the general public, in return for an honest review.
Because my reading plans were very disjointed in 2017, I wasn’t always able to get to ARCs before the book released. So these pages will give me a chance to split my regular reading from my ARC promises.
This is another of those wonderful concepts that I’m using to try and be better prepared for movie releases.
Last year I missed a lot of movies at the cinema because of issues with work scheduling and finances. Hopefully by having the dates logged, I’ll be able to request days off for movies I really want to watch, before it’s too late to see them.
I’ll also use this to track movies and TV series that my wife and I want to purchase.
If you’d like to know more about how I designed and created these pages, let me know in the comments.