Hello in 2017!
There's no "new year, new me" stuff here. I'm not making any resolutions or big plans, because I never really stick to them. I do, however, enjoy marking the changing date with a new diary 😊
While some people are still choosing their perfect 2017 planners, I'm sticking to bullet journalling. I started my first one back in August, just as a trial run, and enjoyed it so much that I got a new one ready for the year ahead.
If you're late to the bullet journalling party (like I pretty much was when I first started), don't worry! There's loads of info all over the web, starting with the bulletjournal.com. Once you get the basics, there's masses of inspiration over on Pinterest and Instagram.
If you're convinced that you want to try it, all you need is a notebook and some pens. Well, you can keep it really minimalistic and monochrome, but for me all the fun is in the doodling and using all the different colours. I've had some Amazon vouchers recently, so I got myself a Moleskine dotted notebook and pack of colourful Staedtler fineliners. You can use any kind of notebook you like - plain, lined, grid... When I first tried bullet journaling, I used some old lined notebook I had. But I felt quite restricted in terms of how creative I could get with it, so I moved to one with dotted pages - that's actually the kind most widely recommended for bullet journaling, and I can see why: it's kind of like having plain pages and grid at the same time.
Anyway, I thought I'd share my journaling journey this year. One of my biggest flaws is that I tend to start things and then lose the enthusiasm, and I admit that at some point, knowing that I'd be starting a new one in January, I lost the love for it. Fresh start though, eh? Hopefully committing to share it here will keep me motivated enough 😉
OK, here goes the start of my layout for this year:
My basic key for marking the journal entries.
I finally found some use for the stencil set I got Adam ages ago! I quite like how this rainbow colouring turned out 😊
"Future log" - it's basically the calendar for the whole year. I kept it pretty simple, but plain white pages were pretty boring so I played around with a bit of seasonal colours.
Bullet journal is perfect for creating all kinds of lists and habit trackers. I haven't quite filled my list and schedules just yet, but that's the joy of it - constant work in progress! I'm just hoping I'll actually fill the exercise tracker this time 😁 And I really want to get things going for this blog (yeah, I know, I probably said this last year), so I created a little schedule for social media engagement and will see how it goes.
My monthly layout is very simple. I just jot down the main events (like my shifts, any planned outings etc.), and then on my daily log I can put anything else I want. I'll put up the daily pages next time I do the bullet journaling update.
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