In 2018 I started my first bullet journal. Full of enthusiasm, I started planning my weeks and months. I loved the structure it brought to my life. And I used it every single day. Then June the 1st came around and I realised I hadn’t set up the monthly and weekly pages in time. I told myself that I would catch up later, but later never came. So I abandoned my bullet journal altogether for the rest of the year. To avoid the same mistake next year, I decided to complete my bullet journal setup before the start of 2019. That way, I can enjoy using the journal throughout 2019 without worrying about setting up any pages. Let me walk you through my setup!
The bullet journal starts with a page dedicated to 2018. On the last day of this year, I will sit down with my journal and reflect back on all the lessons I have learned in the past 12 months. I like having this at the front of my bullet journal. That way I can always see where I came from and what direction I want to head into.
The next page is a page with my goals for 2018. I will do a separate blog post about my goals for 2019 soon, so stay tuned for that. Having them written down in my bullet journal gives me the motivation to keep working on them throughout the year.
The next two pages are reminders of my ideal life. The first page is reminder of my ideal nighttime routine. I definitely don’t always stick to this routine, so I can use a physical reminder like this. The second page visualises my social media routine (which I have written a whole blog post about before). Having these pages in my journal makes it more likely for me to stick to these routines.
Next up, are my pages with uplifting quotes and positive affirmations. I had the same exact pages in my previous bullet journal and loved it so much that I knew I had to duplicate them in the new journal.
This is a bullet journal classic: the yearly spread. I decided to space mine out over 3 pages to give myself enough room for all my important dates. On these pages, I will jot down any big dates, such as upcoming travels, birthdays and appointments.
Moving on, we go into the monthly pages that contain the essence of a bullet journal. I start with a blank page for each month, where I can doodle memories of the month that passed by. I loved looking back on these pages from my last bullet journal, so I cannot wait to fill these pages up with colourful pictures.
The next page in each month is a monthly calendar, in which I can write down important appointments or funny memories. There is no right or wrong way for me to use these calendar pages, so I am sure I will scribble all over them.
For each month I have also added a page with habit trackers, where I can track my progress on certain goals. These trackers are not only for my big goals for the year but also smaller ones, such as taking my supplements and going to bed on time.
Lastly, I have a page dedicated to the weeks in each month, where I can write my to-do lists and whatever else springs to mind.
That concludes a little tour through my 2019 bullet journal. Last year’s set-up was a lot prettier because I used blank (rather than checked) notebook and spent more time decorating it. However, setting up that bullet journal took so much time that I decided to go simple this year. At the end of the day, bullet journals are there to make our lives easier, so as long as the pages are functional I am happy.
Have you ever had a bullet journal?