Moving into My New Bullet Journal

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

With April quickly approaching, I’m getting down to the last few pages of my current journal. This is always an exciting time for me as I know this means I’ll get to set up and move into a brand new Bullet Journal soon!

Making the transition from one journal to the next can be a daunting task at times, especially if it’s your first time doing so. Trying to decide what’s important enough to move over, how to handle the transition, and what you need your next Bullet Journal to do for you can be quite the process. It’s no wonder SO many of you have asked how I handle it.

Today, I’ll be showing you how I’m making the switch — with a bonus video for more insight into my thought process. Yay!

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

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Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

The first step in my transition process is to comb through my current Bullet Journal and decide what collections and other information I want to transfer over.

** PS – A lot of my inspiration for how I transition to a new Bullet Journal came from this post by Kim (Tiny Ray of Sunshine) way back in 2015. I’ve made my own tweaks and modifications along the way, but gotta give props where props are due :)

I used my favorite teal Tombow Dual Brush Pen (#373) to mark each of the collections that I want to transfer over, and I’m putting a little “x” in each box as I complete each one.

After that was complete, I created the following spread to really brainstorm what I need my next BuJo to do for me.

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

I created a list of the spreads that I definitely want to keep, new ideas that I want to try, and things that I’d like to change. For a full description of each one, be sure to check out the video at the end of this post :)

At the bottom of the page, I asked myself a couple of simple questions:

  • What is working?
  • What isn’t working?

Armed with my answers and a clear idea of how I want to set up my new journal, it was time to dive straight in!

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

My new Bullet Journal is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook in Purple. I’ve been using the Official Bullet Journal Notebook for the past year but the awesome folks over at Leuchtturm sent this beauty my way as a gift, with “Boho Berry” embossed on the cover, and I just couldn’t resist! Plus, I’ve kind of been on a purple kick lately, so this notebook was really calling to me!

To decorate the cover, I used one of my Vinyl Mandala stickers from my Etsy shop (Boho Berry Paperie), and I just love the way it looks!

** These stickers are currently sold out… sorry! If you want to be notified when they’re back in stock, be sure to join the Boho Berry Tribe right here :)

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

I continued with the mandala theme for the inside cover, using my new favorite purple pen (Paper Mate Flair “Candy Pop” set). I love the way it turned out! And how perfectly does that purple match the cover of my notebook? Swoon!

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

The very first page in my new journal is my 2017 year at a glance calendar. I’ve been incorporating a full year calendar in my notebooks since the beginning of 2016, and it’s easily one of my most-used spreads in my journal. It’s such a handy reference!

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

Up next is my future log. I decided to go back to my Calendex/Alastair hybrid this time around as I think it’s the most efficient system of future planning for me.

Related: Future Planning in the Bullet Journal

You’ll notice those couple of entries on the bottom right… those are events that I had already scheduled in my current journal. Instead of having to flip back to my old journal to hunt down events, I decided to just transfer them over to page 3 for easy reference.

Up next is my goals section…

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

One of my big issues with my current journal is that I haven’t been reviewing my “big picture” goals often enough. I’m very good at managing my day-to-day tasks and goals, but I often fail to look back and stay on top of my big goals.

In this journal, I decided to place all of my big goals at the very beginning so that I have one central place to flip to vs. having to scour my entire journal to find what I’m looking for.

In the spread above (lovingly adopted from Lisa Jacobs), I’ve outlined my unfinished business — things that I know I need to get around to and don’t want to forget — as well as my big goals for Spring.

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

Just last week, I posted this pic over on Instagram. I’ve been noticing a big correlation lately in the way I feel and my energy levels during different moon phases. Curiosity led me to do some research on the subject, and I found a wealth of information on Dr. Ezzie Spencer‘s website.

In this journal, I turned the calendar sideways on one page and used the opposite side of the spread to write down some intentions that I can set and actions that I can take during each phase of the moon.

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

Up next, I updated my “Ideal Day.” I love having this ideal timeline as a guide for what I should be working on each day. Since I recently rented out an office space for my business my schedule has changed a bit, so it was definitely time for an update.

On the right-hand side, I reassessed my Level 10 Life. Underneath the chart, I listed one small goal or intention for each area that I can pursue in order to “level up.”

Do you have questions about transitioning into your next Bullet Journal? This post has you covered! Here's how I'm making the switch :)

Last but not least, I have my 2017 Goals & Intentions spread. This is another adaptation from Lisa Jacobs (Marketing Creativity).

In her “New Year for a New You” series earlier this year, she asked us to set intentions in five areas of our lives – Financial, Spiritual, Mental, Relational, and Physical.

I'm participating in Lisa Jacobs' "New Year for a New You" series for the next seven days. I'm excited to review my progress from 2016 and plan forward to have my best year yet! Won't you join me?

My plan is to use my answers above and condense them down into a solid goal and intention for each area.


I still have a few smaller collections that I want to transfer over (as you can see in my index pic at the very beginning of this post), but I’m really happy with the progress that I’ve made so far.

I’ll be sharing how I’m setting up for April next week, as well as walking you through the new monthly collections and modified collections as well… so stay tuned!

Have questions? Be sure to check out the video and feel free to drop any further questions into the comments section below :)

Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.
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  • Awesome. I always love to see how people grow in their bullet journaling journey. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Nicole Bossard

    Oh. My. Gosh! I have the same purple Leuchtturm A5 dot grid notebook that I found poking around my local BookPeople bookstore, and as fate would have it, I have packs of the same purple felt tip pens that were on clearance from a closing office supply store. They are perfect together, aren’t they? I decorated mine with this marvelous multicolor purple/blue washi tape and I admit, I’m a little envious of your mandala. I happen to have a photo to share. =) As always, thanks for sharing and giving us such beautiful bullet journal inspiration! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c613b55c5c4125882b673da40b150302fae983d79cd6493d7d25e462b8bbbdff.jpg

    • So inspirational. I am also a creative blogger and just started an Etsy shop…and I am trying to fit in more workouts. I’ve always wanted to start a bullet journal but was always scared the perfectionist in me couldn’t do it. I think this is a good blog to show me how to get past that mindset and get started. :) so, thank you.

  • Christa Allan

    Thanks so much for this!

  • Thank you for sharing this with us. I love your idea of the goals and steps being listed and the moon tracker, that’s something I think I’d be interested in incorporating into my journal too.

  • Constanze Gras

    I was wondering for some time now, and of course, if this question is too personal, I’m not offended if you don’t answer. But I noticed that there is quite little about your daughter in your Bullet Journal and your ideal day. I also do an ideal timeline, where I include bringing, picking up and bed-time with the kids. My working hours basically revolve around the kid’s bringing and picking up times. So, I was wondering how you handle this in your BuJo.
    In each case, thanks for the insightful video about transitioning, this is a great video as always! :-)
    All the best and lots of love!

  • Suzanne Delap

    Thanks for this! Always get great ideas from the videos. I will be very interested in what you find for project management as this is one area I am trying to find a method that will help with marketing projects/campaigns. Right now have a double page layout with 3 columns (Doing Now, Under Review, Completed) and moving small post-it notes between the 3 columns. I’ve just started it so I don’t know if it will work. :o) It is a project that is Under Review. But I have struggled to find layouts addressing this. I love my journal, but want to find a way it can manage those big projects and, like you, keep me from struggling to remember my big picture goals and projects.

  • Rebe Goebel

    thanks for sharing! I’ve gotten great ideas from you and through you have found Lisa Jacobs! I think a nightly planning routine is the biggest thing I want to add in for April, along with Spring Goals.

  • unimpressive

    Incredibly timely! I am just about finished with my first bullet journal – one whole year (April to April) in the official Bullet Journal Leuchtturm. I’m trying out a non-leuchtturm for my next one, but was struggling with the set up and how to decide what to pull over/recreate. Thanks for the tips!

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