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My First Bullet Journal + I’m Baaaaack!

It appears that moving and starting a new job were just too much for me to keep up with my lovely little blog as well. It has been over 5 months (!!) since my last post and so many things have happened since then. I’m going to just jump right back into my life and try and catch up on the past 5 months along the way.

Someone recently introduced me to the Bullet Journal (often times shortened to BuJo) by sharing Cerries Mooney’s blog post on Bullet Journaling with me. Bullet Journaling in it’s simplest and most basic form is a great way to keep lists and notes about your year, months and day. Generally, the shorter the note the better.

This is something I’ve always done–buy a note book and fill it with random thoughts, ideas, dreams, lists, et cetera. The Bullet Journal is just an adapted, more organized way of doing all the things I’ve already done. The beautiful thing about using a physical book, is that literally all you need is the journal and a pen and you can do it.

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Since it’s already almost March, I decided to go with whatever notebook I could find. Super basic. This old, soft-cover Moleskine has been languishing in the bottom of some moving boxes. It has the first section of pages ripped out (you can see the evidence of that in the photo below), but still has 80 useable pages.

The Moleskine’s are lined which–based on my research–is not ideal for Bullet Journaling. Dotted or grid tend to work better and have a bit more flexibility. However, I’m hoping two of these partially used notebooks will make it through December and I can start a whole new BuJo in 2017.

(Yes, I’m already planning for 2017.)

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Bullet Journal realization 1: My handwriting is atrocious.

I started my first page with an index. Get it out there and track all the beautiful things I’m putting into this book.

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I am a huge calendar nerd so my first “page” is a whole year at a glance. I screwed up on the partitioning of the lines and only left room for 8 months, so the “Year at a Glance” actually starts in May. Useful for far in the future things, not useful for the next two months.

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There are several goals and collections I’ve piled at the front of my list. This spread here is for items that I’ve ordered and am waiting on to receive (then I can check it off once I did receive it!) and the second page is to maintain my wish list. Generally my wishlist is kept in several different digital and handwritten places, so this will be a good opportunity to reevaluate the things I think I want and keep one cohesive list.

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The every important Books to Read list. I have far too many books on my bookshelves and in my Nook to keep them all straight, so this is intended to help me keep straight the books I am interested in reading in the nearish future. On the opposite page, the ideas are for all the bright ideas I get (generally related to craft projects) and collect them in one place. When it comes time to actually implement the craft, I plan to start a whole new page.

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My future log! This is a three month spread to keep track of future events and things that need to happen. As in, April 15 is Tax Deadline! You’ll notice this is the first bit of color in the journal… that’s because I completely spaced as I was writing in the months and wrote Jan/Feb/Mar. Whoops! Luckily I have some beautiful blue sticky notes that were able to cover up my mistake!

The opposite page is the running to do list. In past records I call it my master To Do and just add onto it whenever I think of something that needs to be done… eventually. This running list will cover the next 4 months and when I move on to Jul/Aug/Sep I’ll create a clean list to update.

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This page is for planning my next vacation in ICELAND! Although my husband and I have most of the trip planned out, I thought the spread would be perfect for a packing list, writing down important numbers, reservation information, et cetera.

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Finally made it onto the month specific. I skipped over the “Monthly Spread” that is supposed to give you a month overview (we’ll see if I like this or not) and went straight into the Daily Trackers. These help me keep track of the daily things I want to do, such as meditate, drink enough water, workout, take my vitamins, and so on. If you can read the tiny writing, you’ll see that one of my little items is “Cheat Day.” Definitely NOT a daily item but something important to keep track of nonetheless!

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Lastly, I am sharing my weekly layout. I LOVE weekly overviews to see what all I have going on and what I need to do. I have each page broken into 3 days (with Saturday and Sunday being combined). The left hand side of the page is for appointments, notes on the day, important reminders, et cetera, while the right hand side of the page is for tasks I need to get done that day. This is a little bit different from the basic Bullet Journal daily lists, but I think it will really work for me. And if it doesn’t, I can change it next week!

So there is a peek into my first Bullet Journal. What do you think? Do you Bullet Journal or does it sound like something you would be interested in?

*All my layouts were inspired by the following blogs: Cerries Mooney / Tiny Ray of Sunshine / Boho Berry / Passion Themed Life