Like many others, I have jumped onto the Bullet Journal train this year. For the past few years I’ve been trying every single method, technique, program, etc. for time management and planning. No method has stuck with me yet, but I am hopeful that bullet journaling is what I’ve been looking for. I’d like to share with you my setup for this year, and some of my completed pages so far.
Level 10 Life and Goal Setting
I did a lot of self-reflection on my life at the end of 2017. Where I am in my life, where I would like to be, and overall vision for my future. The Level 10 Life spread (I first learned about this here) serves as a snapshot of where I am right now in 10 different areas of my life. Under each category, I’ve included some general tasks or goals that I can achieve to improve myself in each category. I’m excited to review and revise this chart periodically throughout the year to see how much I can improve on.
Outside of my journal, one thing I completed at the end of 2017 was YearCompass, which is a booklet with guided questions to help you close out the year and plan for the next. You can learn more about that here. I wanted some of my most important responses readily available to look back on, so I included them in my journal. I hope that looking back on this page will help me bring back focus into my life and remember what all I am striving to achieve.
I’m starting with a simple monthly calendar which separates out work tasks and appointments from personal. I only write important events here – things that aren’t going to move around and that I do not want to forget about. Important meetings, birthdays, etc.
I’m trying out a Monthly Focus page for tasks that I want to complete in three different life areas outlined in my “Level 10 Life” spread. The intent is to define tasks and milestone goals to move forward in a few life areas. By focusing on only a few areas rather than all 10 at once, I can stay on track and not feel so overwhelmed.
This month I’m focusing on Health and Fitness, Physical Environment, and Finances. I thought that I’d start with easy tasks to simplify my life and improve on some of my stronger categories. Depending on how this month goes, I will either keep the same categories next month to keep on improving, or select three new ones to focus on.
I started with filling one page for each day this first week. I included a little bit of art, collaging, or slapping stickers into each daily page. Just 10 minutes a night with whatever materials I have lying around. It has helped to boost my creativity, and it’s fun!
I’ve also been following a journal prompt list from Kara (#BohoBerryChallenge) to provide a little guided reflection each day. This has been motivating for me, and supplements my self-reflection from the end of 2017.
One thing I want to experiment with are weekly spreads. I find that I want to schedule tasks for days later in the week, but have nowhere to write them down since they daily page has not yet been created. Next week, I will try to include a weekly spread for this purpose.
Have you set up your 2018 bullet journal? Which spreads do you use as your foundations in a new journal? Share with me your favorite Bujo tips and spreads!