Moving into My New Bullet Journal

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!

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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 :)

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 :)

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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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