Bullet Journals seem to be the trendy thing lately. I decided to make a Bullet Journal for 2017 because I was too lazy to order a new daily planner from GMarket, and the Sailormoon Planner I got for 2017 only had a monthly set up.
At the most basic level, a bullet journal is merely a list of things to do everyday, and you check them off as they get done. If you have a fresh idea, then you can add that to the list. Another important part of the bullet journal system is to have an index at the front, so you can go back and reference every time you had an idea about fresh tomato pasta (or whatever). The third important part of the basic bullet journal set up is that you can use different bullets to mean different things. However, this year, I found that I don’t like having dedicated bullets for different things, nor do I really care for the index function. I just wanted a cute planner that I could take notes in.
A lot of people do super fancy, overly decorated bullet journals too, where there is a cover page for each month with lots of nice art and watercolors, but I am too lazy for that. I mostly just used stickers, or doodled random things.
I bought this journal in 2015 from the Exploratorium gift shop in San Fransisco. What I like about this journal is that the pages are grid line on one side, and normal lined on the other. Also, I like the astronomy themed cover.
These pages are used for my yearly outlook, and marked the big events that happened this year. This was also good to keep track of all the meets I went to this year, as well as the trips and other events I took with friends. Some months were more exciting than others.
My early pages looked like this, and for the most part, did not change. Only major change was that on the lined pages, I divided it down the middle for random notes and then for a daily diary. The daily diary started out as a way for me to try and track my mental and physical health (which is apparent here), but later, I just started using a few lines to write about whatever. This does not replace my actual journal, which is for more in-depth writing.
Something that I think was very important was my weekly menus. I like to cook, and as a way to save money and eat healthier.
An idea I got from some other blogs solely dedicated to bullet journaling was to have a monthly habit tracker
I love checking boxes and things off lists, so this is a nice way to do that. Most months, I included ones for 15 minutes of yoga, 7000 steps, blogging, writing in my proper journal, putting on sunscreen, wearing a sheetmask, working on my dissertation, working on job hunting ;_; and working on learning R programming.
Also here is a monthly outlook. I like it because I can easily plan events for the whole month, but I wonder if maybe a more traditional calender layout would be better so I could see which days are which days of the week (even though I have it listed on here).
When I started this last January, I was a little worried that I would give up halfway through, since it isn’t a premade planner (which I have used in the years past). However here it is, the end of 2017 and I managed to get through the entire year!
I am already setting up a new bullet journal for 2018, and trying to make it even better. I will make a post about that later.