Bullet Journal planning 2017

Happy New Year! You know what a new year means, don’t you? A new Bullet Journal! I spent a couple of days last week preparing my 2017 Bullet Journal and I thought I’d share how it’s coming along.

If you don’t know what a Bullet Journal (BuJo) is, start here. I decided to write this post because my BuJo is like the original created by Ryder and you don’t see many of these online. Let’s get into it.

This is my third personal BuJo. I’ve also had two professional ones. This year, I’m doing one for both personal and work matters. I don’t like juggling multiple journals.

The Leuchtturm 1917 is a popular choice for Bullet Journalers, but I’ve been devoted to Moleskine since I was a teenager. My first BuJo was a softcover Moleskine grid. That worked well, but I opted for a sturdier hardcover for my second BuJo. For my third, shown here, I’ve chosen a hardcover Moleskine dotted. I’ve never used the dotted journal before so we’ll see how that goes.

The first two spreads are devoted to the index.

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In my previous two BuJos, my collections were scattered throughout the journal. Since I’ve been Bullet Journaling for two years, I’ve developed a good sense of which collections are useful for me. I’m sure I’ll create more collections as the year progresses and these will be scattered throughout the journal, but I’m starting the year with all my collections at the front of my BuJo. Some journalers put them at the back; we like to collect our collections.

The next spreads are for future planning. This is not part of Ryder’s original system and was created by someone else to resolve what is often seen as a weakness in the system: the lack of future planning. I use Google Calendar and Outlook for appointments, but my BuJo is my primary container so I want it to have All The Things. My first BuJo in 2015 didn’t have this, but I added it to my 2016.

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In a Facebook group, I saw someone post a similar future log, but done vertically. I decided to give that a try in 2017 because I wanted more room for dates.

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It doesn’t look as nice and clean, but it does give me more space to jot down important dates. You’ll notice I made a mistake right away in January. In the 2016, some dates have been added later and I have used white-out. My BuJo isn’t a work of art. It’s a tool and it’s messy and full of mistakes and braindumps and weird sketches and that’s all okay.

My future planning spreads are followed by my collections.

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My collections are:

CP’s Guide to Life. These are principles I try to live by as well as the character strengths and virtues that I strive to develop. I’ve stolen most of them from someone else. For example:

  • “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” -Stephen Covey
  • “Lean in.” -Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” -Aleister Crowley

Goals for 2017. I don’t set New Year’s resolutions, but I do set goals, big and small, and I track them on this page.

Blog ideas. This is a page for jotting down ideas for my blogs.

Nail colours. This is a new page and it’s for tracking my nail polishes. I don’t have that many, but I’ve learned that I like three general shades of nail polish: nudes, reds, and dark vampy reds. This list is to help me avoid purchasing duplicate colours.

Makeup brushes. This is a list of my makeup brushes so that the next time I’m in Priceline or Myer, I don’t buy yet another eye shadow blending brush.

Waiting on. It’s the first of January and this list already has six items on it. I use this list to track purchases I’ve made online. I jot down what it is, where I bought it, and when. When the item arrives, I tick it off.

On loan. This is a list of items I’ve loaned to others. I’m not very good at keeping track of things I loan to friends and I’m worse at getting them back.

Books to Read and Films to Watch. This is a spread with books on the left and films on the right. I want to read a lot of books and see a lot of movies, but I only use this spread to capture a recommendation or something I’m not familiar with. For example, I know I want to see Captain America: Civil War. It’s a popular movie and I’m not going to forget that I want to see it. I’m not going to write that down, but a 2006 Australian film that is entirely in Aboriginal languages? I need to write that one down. It’s called Ten Canoes, by the way.

Packing List. This is a spread with a master packing list on the left and special categories on the right – e.g. camping, beach, Pagan, cemetery. This helps me ensure I don’t forget anything.

Important info. This is a collection of random important information that I sometimes need to have on hand, particularly medical information such as when I had my gallbladder removed or my last dental visit.

Logins. This is a collection of some user names and passwords. I know that sounds risky, but I’ve written it in a way that only I understand.

Then I get into the monthly logging.

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On the left, it’s the month of January at a glance. On the right, I’ll migrate what remains of my December to-do list and add other things I want to accomplish in January. The next page will be my list of things I’m grateful for; I try to jot one down every day. Then my daily rapid logging begins. I don’t do weekly logging.

That’s it. That’s the first 27 pages of my Bullet Journal.