Happy Friday! I’m coming to you a little bit later than usual today, but I’m so excited to bring you today’s post! It has been much anticipated, that’s for sure :) Today I’m walking you through how I set up my new Bullet Journal for 2016!
Moving into a new Bullet Journal is a great time to reflect on your system. It’s a time to take note of what has worked well in your current notebook, what things you might want to let go of, and what new things you might want to try.
Around the middle of November, I decided to take a deeper look into those questions and came up with this little spread to start brainstorming the layout of my new Bullet Journal for the new year.
As you can see, there were quite a few things that I knew I wanted to keep, and quite a few that I wanted to add or try as well. I even sketched out a few layout ideas.
When December rolled around, I fell in love with the monthly theme of the #BulletJournalChallenge. It vibed so well with my reflection process that I dedicated another page in my Bullet Journal to it.
Last week I decided to make the final checklist of things that I wanted to include in my new Bullet Journal for 2016. You can see here that I really narrowed it down. I went through my entire journal and picked the collections that would be migrated over.
I was a bit surprised by how few collections made the cut. This is also where I made the decision to have not one, but two new bullet journals for 2016.
>> 1. My Personal Bullet Journal:
My Personal Bullet Journal (Azure Blue) will contain my more personal collections, as well as my Monthly and Daily pages. Although I’ll be calling this my “personal” bullet journal, my daily tasks within will be a mix of personal and business related to-do’s.
>> 2. My Blog & Business Bullet Journal:
I have not set this one up yet (that will be an entire post of it’s own), but my Blog & Business Bullet Journal (Lemon Yellow) will contain my blog stats, monthly editorial calendar, and lists of blog post & YouTube video ideas. It will also be the place where I plan out drafts and sketches for future blog posts and videos.
NEW YEAR = NEW BULLET JOURNAL
Today I’m going to focus on setting up my Personal Bullet Journal.
The first thing I did was to set up my new and improved color index. (You can see my original color index in action in my Top 12 Bullet Journal Hacks post)
I just love this new and improved color index! There is a flip-out on both covers of my Bullet Journal. This way, no matter where I am in my journal, I can easily flip this out and determine where to place my color coding marks :)
Once the color index was done, I jumped right in to the first page… and proceeded to mess it up! Ah!
Here’s a friendly public service announcement: When drawing out a yearly calendar, it is important to remember that there are 7 days in a week . . . not 6! ;)
No worries though, I just printed off one of my coloring pages and taped it in to cover up my mistake :)
Now that I got that “oops” page out of the way, I took my time to make sure that I got the full year calendar just right. I don’t expect this Bullet Journal to last me the whole year, but I love having a mini-calendar for reference from time to time :)
ME & MY BIG GOALS:
This is going to my master goals spread for 2016. I haven’t sat down for my mega goal-planning session this month yet so this spread is still blank. I plan on splitting this into two: Personal & Blog/Business Goals.
FUTURE PLANNING & BRAIN DUMP:
I decided to go with a 3 month at a time format for my future planning. Again, I haven’t gone in and filled out my details yet, but you get the idea here.
The brains dump page is going to be a catch-all page for any thoughts, ideas, or tasks that I don’t have a place for yet in my new bullet journal. I can’t wait to see how this works out, and I’ll be sure to share updates for you throughout the month :)
LEVEL 10 LIFE & LEVEL 10 GOALS:
Of course I had to transfer over my Level 10 Life spread. I won’t elaborate too much here because I’ll be doing a video on it very soon.
You can also see my color index in action here :)
BOOKS TO READ & SAVINGS GOALS:
For my “Books to Read” list, I simply copied over the books that I had not read yet. I’ll be adding more to this list throughout the year and marking them off as they’re completed.
My savings goals tracker got a little update as well. Look at me… almost saved up for Europe in May! :)
FOUNTAIN PEN WISH LIST & PEN-PAL TRACKER:
The Fountain Pen Wish List is pretty self-explanatory… again, I just migrated the pens that I haven’t gotten yet and I’ll be adding to this list as I find pens and ink that I love :)
My Pen-Pal Tracker is a fun little page to track my letter-writing activities. The forward arrow signifies a letter sent, and the backwards arrow signifies a letter received.
SETTING UP FOR JANUARY:
With all of my information transferred over from my previous Bullet Journal, it’s time to set up for the month of January! You can see below that I decided to change the format of my monthly spread a little bit.
Instead of having 3 columns for “morning”, “afternoon”, and “evening”, I decided to divide it between “All Day”, AM & PM. I think I’m going to enjoy this format but as always, it’s just an experiment :)
The “All Day” column will house birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, vacations, etc.
#PlanWithMeChallenge & JANUARY TRACKER:
On the left page will be where I write in my #PlanWithMeChallenge prompts for the month of January. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks… we should have the new prompts posted soon :)
On the right hand side you can see my January Tracker. I’ve changed up what activities I’ll be logging a bit this month :)
JANUARY MEMORIES & WAITING ON:
One of my favorite monthly collections is my monthly memories page. Throughout the month, I like to fill it up with sketches, doodles, and notes of fun things that happened or trips that I took :)
My “Waiting On” page is a catch-all for packages that I’m waiting on, email responses, or just anything in general that I’m waiting on for the month. I simply add a checkbox, describe what I’m waiting on, and check it off once it arrives. I got the original idea for this page from Kim (Tiny Ray of Sunshine)
I pared down my Gratitude Log to two pages this month. I’m not sure if I’ll like it this way, because I love coming up with 3 things to be grateful for each day (vs. the 2 allowed here). The beautiful thing about the Bullet Journal system though? If I don’t like it, I can always change it up next month :)
So that’s it! On the following page is where I will start in with my dailies for the month. I’m counting down the days until January begins so that I can dive into my brand new bullet journal for the year!
If you’d like a more in-depth view of each page and how I set everything up in my new Bullet Journal, then head on over to YouTube or check out the video below :)
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