It has been a long time since I’ve blogged, but I’m happy to be back online. I’ve been meaning to post a followup to my original post about my bullet journal for over a month now. If you haven’t read my first post, check it out! I show the evolution of my layouts and also give a short step-by-step example of how I create my current layout.
In this post, I’d like to show you guys the rest of my bullet journal, not just my weekly layout. This is the biggest reason why I choose to bullet journal over simply buying a planner: a bullet journal is so much more than just a planner. Sure, I have my weekly spread and can customize it to highlight things I deem most important (to-do list, habit tracker, current read), which is great, but what I really love is being able to include a dozen other things, having it all stored together and designed however I like. So, without further ado, here is a more in-depth look at my bullet journal and what kinds of things I include in it.
As I mentioned in my last post, I bought a Leuchtturm1917 bullet journal, one of the “name brand” ones that are “officially” for bullet journaling. I thought it would be good for a beginner, and it is, but I didn’t like that it came with a predetermined key. I like to make my own key, so it looks super tacky now that I crossed a bunch of stuff out and re-wrote things.
Oh, well. All that matters is I have one. And this is my first BuJo, after all. So don’t be too judgy.
My beginners BuJo also came with an index, which I hadn’t previously thought of adding but figured why the hell not.
When my journal is full, I’m not going to add it to my collection of books and flip through it every now and then, so a TOC isn’t really necessary, but it does make the whole thing feel a bit more organized, so I think I’ll continue using one.
I started bullet journaling the summer of last year—in the middle of the year—so I couldn’t really do a yearly spread. But this year I made sure to go all-out and do it right.
I legit never look at this page. It’s just kind of a placeholder, something to mark the start of a new year. Plus, it’s pretty.
Holidays and Birthdays
So even though I write down holidays and birthdays each week on my weekly spreads, I find it handy to have this master list to remind me.
Not everyone I care about is on Facebook where I can get friendly reminders of all my friends’ birthdays…
Thirty Before 30 / Travel Log
Next I have a couple general lists that I found online and loved the idea of them. First, my Thirty Before 30—and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a list of thirty things I want to do before I turn 30. So far I’ve accomplished 4/30, so I’m not off to a great start. About 8 more years to go..
I’ve also got here my Travel Log, something I’ve always kind of had though not written down. I want to visit all 50 states (not just drive through them but actually stop and do something there) before I die, so here’s to hoping that happens. I love to travel and have been to one-fifth of them at the age of (almost) 22, so that’s pretty good!
TV Shows / Goodreads Reading Challenge
If you know me, you know I love lists. I also love TV shows, and never have enough time to watch all the ones I’m interested in. So here I can keep track of what shows I’m watching and what season I’m on, as well as what shows I want to start watching.
I’m also a reader, and I participate in the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge every year. Basically, you just set a goal of how many books you want to read that year. I used to set it to 100, but as I’ve grown and gotten busier, I’ll settle for just 50. I haven’t had the time to read 50 books in a year in a long time…
Savings / Bills
I’m not great at saving money, and obviously I don’t enjoy paying bills, but both of those things are part of adulting, so I felt it necessary to track them in my BuJo.
I tried to make the Bills page more fun by drawing what each bill was for, and it kind of worked!
So, like my yearly spread, I like to have something to mark the end and start of each month, too.
I always draw something different for each month. I’m not a great artist, and almost everything about bullet journaling is about drawing and styling and designing, so it can be pretty tough… I just try my best and know I’m typically the only one looking at these.
And, of course, my weekly spread. Some people have enough time to make daily spreads, and some people have so little time they stick to monthly spreads, but I’m happy with my in-between.
If you’ve seen my first post, nothing about my weeklies has changed except my “current read” section. I am never satisfied with it… Right now, I have it designed as a Polaroid taped into my journal. Which is dumb, I know, because all I do is write the title and author inside the “photo,” but whatever, it’s my journal and I’ll do what I want.
So, I hope this answers any questions or curiosity you may have had about my bullet journal. I’ve had a lot of people ask about it so I figured making a post might help address all those questions at once.
It takes a lot of time and dedication to bullet journal, but it’s a very rewarding part of my life and I love being able to have such a fully-customizable planner (and more).
If you have any other questions for me, please feel free to post them and ask away! Other than that, it’s almost Wednesday, my dudes—the week is half over!