A New Kind of Planning

Hello my lovely readers.  Sorry for my absence.  We are still working on figuring out a routine around here, and it’s been rough.  I am sleeping in 2.5-3 hour chunks through the night still, and Miss E doesn’t seem to like napping most days.  Luckily she is napping right now, so I am able to blog about something I am super excited about!

As a serial resolutionist, I am always looking for a perfect planner.  I like to keep track of my goals, to-do lists, and everyday life.  I had never really found planner peace, no matter what I tried.  I would end up having multiple notebooks for different reasons: gratitude journal, to-do lists, planner, meal plan calendar, etc.  But all that is changing!

Introducing: The Bullet Journal

The Bullet Journal (I will refer to it as Bujo) is not a new concept.  It was originally created by Ryder Caroll.  I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty, but you can check out his explanation video here.  Basically it is a system to keep up with everything you can imagine.  It is a running to-do list and planner with the flexibility to be anything you need it to be.  There are some basics to setting it up, and I thought I would give you a glimpse into my bujo!

One thing you will read a lot about is that any notebook and pen will do.  I found a cheap notebook at Target and thought I would give it a try.  Unfortunately cheap was the right word.  The pages started falling out in no time.  So, I went ahead and ordered a book that is recommended by many people who bullet journal: a Leuchtturm 1917.  I had an Amazon gift card from Christmas, so I went ahead and splurged on it.  This book is recommended because the pages are already numbered, it lays flat, and the paper quality is very good.  You can get a ruled one, dotted, or grid paper.  I went with grid paper, and I love it!!  For my pens, I use Staedtler fine tip pens and my Sharpie fine tip pens.

Without further ado, here is what it looks like:

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The first page is a Table of Contents.  It is referred to as an “index” by the creator, but in reality it is a contents.  You can see that I have started filling out my contents.  I don’t know how much I will actually use it, but I will stick to it.

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Next we have the legend.  This is where I have a list of my icons and what they mean.

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Here is my first spread: Our savings goals.  I haven’t filled any of them in yet, but I have them drawn out and ready to go.  I was inspired to do this page by Boho Berry, who has an amazing bujo… You should check out her site if you want to see a beautiful example of a bujo.

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My next spread is a wish list.  I have a few things floating around in my head that I want to add to this page, but I took the pictures before I filled out many of my pages.  I like this spread because I know there are things I want, but I never seem to remember them when someone asks for gift ideas.  This way I can have a quick reference.  I went ahead and kept the page next to it blank in case I ran out of space on the first page.  I plan to keep this journal until I run out of space, so I figure it will be around for a while, and I may need space.

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This next spread takes up 4 pages.  It is my future planner.  I have space for each month, and even a large square for 2017.  This is where I would write down future appointments that I would then migrate to my monthly, weekly, and daily pages as they came up.

The next spread is my monthly spread.  This is how the original creator set up his month, so I thought I would give it a try.  I know a lot of people prefer to draw out a monthly calendar and do that, but I thought I would try this out.  On the second page are my goals for the month.

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This next page is one of my favorites and one of the reasons I was so drawn to bullet journaling: the goal tracker.  I have always wanted to track my goals and habits, but never could figure out the best way to do it.  I have found this method and can’t wait to use it!  Each day that I complete a step towards my goal, I color in the corresponding day.  This makes me so excited to actually accomplish a goal because I want to color in my box.

Then I have a running log.  I like to keep track of my distance and pace.  Hopefully I can get back to it and fill this baby out.

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Next is my weekly spread.  The original creator did not have a weekly spread, but I don’t think I could manage without it.  This is where I plan out my week and also have a few other mini trackers for my week.

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My final picture is where I start my dailies.  Each evening, I plan to make out my daily spread for the next day.  I have a tracker for my water and my meds that I take in the morning and evening.  I will write down my to-do list, appointments, events, notes, etc. for the next day.  Then during that day, I can add to my list or make new notes or do whatever I want!  That’s the beauty of bullet journaling: it can be whatever you want it to be.

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The bujo can be intimidating.  I did a lot of looking on Pinterest and Instagram before I started.  There are some people out there who make their bujos works of art.  Then there are some minimalists who stick to the original creator’s plan and just make simple bulleted lists.  I like to think I am in the middle somewhere.  If I get to the end of the week or month and realize something isn’t working for me, I can simply change it for the next week or month.  If I think of another list I want to create, (which I already have… gift ideas) then I just find the next open page, start my list, and make sure to write it in my index.

I think this is going to be an amazing thing, and I can’t wait to really delve into it and use it!  Now that I have completed this blog post, I get to color in a box on my goal tracker!  Yay!

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2 thoughts on “A New Kind of Planning

  1. Wow, that looks great……your writing is so beautiful! I’m using a life planner at the minute but this may just be the thing I need. Hope you are all doing well. How is your running going? I’ve just started couch to 5k again…..I’m carrying around about 7lbs extra and I’m feeling every one of those lbs….

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