Moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal!

With November just around the corner and only 5 pages left in my current notebook, it’s time to move into my Filofax Bullet Journal! I’m pretty excited about the switch, and I can’t wait to share the process with you today!

Earlier this Summer, the folks over at Goulet Pens sent this gorgeous A5 Filofax Domino in Turquoise my way, and I knew right away that I wanted to use it as my next Bullet Journal. I got to work right away coming up with a plan on how I would adapt the Bullet Journal® system to work in a ring binder.

Here’s my initial set-up post!

Once all of my pre-planning was done, it became a waiting game. And now, after months of waiting and anticipation, I’m finally moving into my Filofax!

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

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Moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal

Before doing anything else in my Filofax, I decided that the first step would be to transfer old collections over. I went through the index of my latest Bullet Journal and put a little box next to the items that I wanted to carry over.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

As I transferred each collection over, I put an “x” through the box. Simple as that.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

Once my old collections were moved over, it was time to set up the rest of my Filofax. Each section within my new Bullet Journal has its own index, and the pages will be numbered as I go. Here’s an in-depth look at each section so far:

SECTION ONE: PLANNING

The Planning section of my notebook is going to include — you guessed it! — everything related to daily, weekly, and monthly planning.

Instead of a traditional index for this section, though, I’m letting my Calendex (a hybrid calendar-index) take over that role. Since the planning section will be in chronological order, the only thing I’ll be indexing is my events and appointments as I create them.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)
(Calendex inspired by Eddy Hope)

After the Calendex, I’m jumping straight into the month of November.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

I’m sticking to the traditional Bullet Journal layout for my monthly log and monthly tasks list. I’ve pre-filled the monthly log with events and appointments that I already know about. Then, as the month goes on, I’ll fill in the blank spaces with little tidbits that happened each day or new appointments as they come up.

My monthly tasks are separated into three main categories — blog posts, videos, and business tasks. I’m also going to be adding a category for home/personal on the right.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

My time log is up next. This is where I’ll be filling in my time each day, and then tallying it all up at the end of the month in the pie chart on the right. I only track my working hours and my personal development time (hence the two columns in the totals on the right).

Check out my time log video here!

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

After that, I’m moving straight into my first weekly spread, followed immediately by my first daily pages.

One thing that is missing here is my monthly tracker. My plan is to print it and hole punch it, then move it along with my current daily page as I progress through the month. I’ll let you know how it goes! :)

SECTION TWO: PROJECTS

The project planning section is something new that I’m trying out. My plan here is to have a dedicated project page for each one of my major projects where I can plan out my deadline, my action steps, and have a place for notes.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

My project index is pretty simple. I’ve included a checkbox before each project so that I can mark them off as they are completed.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :) After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

Each project page will have a checkbox in the upper right-hand corner for me to check off as well. I’m pretty happy with my layout here so far but I may be tweaking it as time goes on.

SECTION THREE: COLLECTIONS

Again, starting with a simple index, this section will contain all of my collections that don’t necessarily fit into any of the other sections.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

What I love about having this “collections” section in my Filofax is that now that they are in here, I never have to transfer them or recreate them again! I can keep each collection with my in my Bullet Journal for as long as I use the Filofax system :)

I debated long and hard over where my monthly gratitude log would go. I originally planned on putting it into the “Planning” section because it recurs monthly, but finally decided to keep it with my regular collections.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)
(Gratitude Log inspired by Kim Alvarez)

I’m still a bit torn on whether the gratitude should be here or in my planning section. Although it’s not really “planning” related, it’s still something that I fill out on a daily basis, and I’m slightly worried that I might forget about it since it’s tucked within my collections.

The beauty of the Bullet Journal is its flexibility, though, so I can always move it later on :)

SECTION FOUR: GOAL SETTING

If there’s one section that I’m the most excited about in my Filofax Bullet Journal, it’s this one! I’m excited to have a dedicated space to set and review my goals on a regular basis. It’s a little bare-bones at the moment, but I’m looking forward to filling it in more as time goes on.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

Big Goals are first, but I haven’t filled them in yet (shhh!)

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)
(Level 10 Life inspired by Hal Elrod)

I’ve redesigned my Level 10 Life spread (yet again). This time, I decided to go with an easy-to-draw square format. I’ve also reduced my number of categories from 10 to 8. I realized that a couple of the categories could be combined down into more concise categories, making it easier to track.

I’m planning to do an update to my Level 10 Life video soon, so stay tuned!

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)
(17 Before 2017 inspired by Lisa Jacobs)

The last part (so far) in my goal setting section is my 17 Before 2017 list. These are goals and projects that I want to have finished by the end of December to finish 2016 strong. I’m making good progress on these, and they will be making up the majority of my goals and tasks for the remainder of the year.

SECTION FIVE: BUSINESS

My business section is going to be home to all of my business stats, income tracking, marketing calendar, etc.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :) After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

For now, it houses my ideal daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. I don’t stick to these schedules religiously, but they are a great guideline for what I would like my working hours to look like each month.

SECTION SIX: TRAVEL

With all of the travel that I’ve been doing this year, it only made sense to include an entire section in my Filofax Bullet Journal just for travel planning. I create a collection for each trip that I’m taking including flight information, car rentals, hotel reservations, and more.

After months of waiting and anticipation, I'm finally moving into my Filofax Bullet Journal! Here's how I'm setting her up, plus a glimpse into my process for transferring collections from one notebook to the next :)

For safety reasons, I’m just showing the index here, but the layouts of the pages are very simple. Nothing more than the critical information I’ll need while traveling.

In addition to my planning pages, I plan on keeping memories in this section. Places we visited, sights we saw, ticket stubs and more!


FILOFAX BULLET JOURNAL SUPPLIES:

Filofax: A5 Domino, Turquoise (Goulet Pens)

Paper: A5 Dot Grid Goulet Notebook (Goulet Pens)
Check out Madigan’s great post on how to break these notebooks down to use in an A5 Filofax!

Black Pen: Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen (S) (*Amazon)

Color: Tombow Dual Brush Pens (*Amazon)

Dividers: Temporary cardstock made by me!
Check out the shop in the near future for fun dividers :)

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That’s it, folks! I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into my brand new Filofax Bullet Journal! As always, I’ll be keeping you up-to-date on my progress via social media. Instagram is basically my home online, so be sure to follow me there to keep up with how things are going :)

Got questions? Drop them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to get them answered!

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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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