Minimalist Bullet Journal Setup 2018

I finally got around to setting up my Bullet Journal for the year of 2018. Half way through January. It’s best to start later than never, so I thought I’d share my 2018 setup. I felt the need for a stripped down fresh start, so I went for a more minimalist layout.  I decided to get a new journal with the new year, I stuck with the same Staedtler but decided to go for a clean black. You can find all of my supplies linked at the bottom of this post.

 

2018 Cover Page

In an attempt to jazz up my cover page, I added a border, instantly regretted it and then tried to rectify everything with my Sharpie bronze pen. I used a Uniball Signo for the white dots to make it look like bolts in metalic framing. My quote of the year this year is “make it happen” because I plan to do just that this year. It’s been a short start with sudden sickness and big life plans swooping in but I’ve sat labouring over my plan  for this year and I’m truly excited to make it happen in 2018.

Future Log

I decided on a vertical layout for my future log this year to make for more writing room for my yearly events. This spread was inspired by alosthue on Instagram. It does take up 6 pages for the entire log but I really liked the clean and minimalist look. Now to make enough happen this year to fill these pages.

 

2018 Goals & Intentions

I used the same format as last year to set my goals intentions. I first found this method of setting goals on Boho Berry’s YouTube Channel and have stuck with it since. I sit down and begin noting down my intentions into different categories of my life; financial, personal, mental, relational and physical. I decide what the large goals are that I want, then I split them into actionable steps I can take toward those goals. So this year I have some big goals; to move out into my first home, to be more mindful

 

Goal Spreads

To help myself achieve my goals and visually track them throughout the year I made two goal spreads, one for my channel growth and the other for my savings. I created a cute little savings jar tracker, each dotted line signifies a month, when I save up 25% of whatever I earn I colour that section in and write over the ammount I saved. Then the lid of the jar is for the total at the end of the year. For my channel goals I did simple boxes signifying each milestone which I will colour in when I reach them. I set myself a pretty insane end milestone but I invite the challenge of reaching high without being disappointed if I don’t make it.

 

Films & Tv Shows

This year I decided to track things I’ve never tried tracking before, my TV series progress and the films that I watch. I accidentally wrote movies because I was looking at an american spread for inspiration, woops! Trips to the cinema are absolutely my favourite thing to do but for some reason last year, I rarely took the time to go. So I missed out on some big releases last year that I wanted to see. I thought in creating this spread I could arrange some movies nights every month and check off the films on my list as they go, as well as actually go to the cinema this year for the big releases I’m looking forward to. My TV series tracker is also an adorable idea and great for me, I’m always forgetting where I left off with a series and I end up never picking it back up again. So when I finish watching a season, I colour it in to track my progress through each show.

 

Seasonal Goals

My final spread of the year is a spread I do at the start of every season. This is another Boho Berry inspired spread.  I take a look at my yearly goals and decide to pick one or two goals that I want to work toward that season. A seasonal focus is a great way to really make things happen in a year, spreading yourself too thin is an easy way to stop yourself from getting anywhere. I’m actually considering changing this up a little bit for Spring but for now I split my tasks into something I want to finish, do, celebrate, study and start. As you can see all of these goals link directly back to my goals and intentions spread for this year.

So that is my finished setup for 2018. It’s interesting how even when I’ve grown exponentially that I’m still so critical of my current work. I was disappointed at my setup when I looked at it, I thought it could have been so much more aesthetically pleasing. Then I opened last years bullet journal to look at my setup for 2017 and my god, it was hideous compared to this. It’s easy to get caught up in scrolling through Instagram and thinking you’re “aesthetic goals” aren’t as good, so it’s always nice to compare yourself to your past you and see how far you’ve come. I’d love to know what your goals are for this year, what big things are you hoping to achieve?

 

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Bullet Journal Setup October

So this months setup is a little late but better late than never, right? I did a full video on my channel of my October plan with me, ended up completely forgetting to take photographs for my blog and got wrapped up in some Halloween video projects. But enough rambling, I thought I’d still take the time and effort to share my setup for October because it is proudest month in my Bullet Journal yet.  I took to Pinterest for Halloween inspiration and really put some effort into decorating and doodling on my spreads. As per usual you can find all of my supplies that I used this month at the bottom of this post as well as where my inspiration for my doodles came from.

 

 

Cover Page


For my cover page this month I was inspired by Lucie from Journal Sanctuary, I changed the doodles slightly and added some candy corn then created a water colour effect with my Tombow blender pen.  I absolutely adore this cover page it’s minimalist enough for me but with those pops of fall colours that I love so much. It was a nice change from the wreath style of cover page that I’ve done every month so far in my journal.

 

Calendar Spread

So this month I decided to do something I haven’t tried before, which is a calendar spread. This being the first time I’ve ever drawn a calendar… I messed up. But hey, everyone makes mistakes and I don’t think it takes away from how adorable this page is.  I will say though, I’m not sure how well the calendar will work out for me since I really don’t go outside or do much. So it might end up being a pretty empty calendar by the end of the month.

 

 

Monthly Log

For my monthly log this month I took inspiration from Cristina over at My Life in a Bullet and split my month into a smaller calendar for events and a page to plan out all of my Blog, Instagram and YouTube posts. I also added a section in the bottom right corner for my goals for the month of October.  I then did a cute little doodle of some pumpkins just to add a bit of character to the page.

 

 

HABIT TRACKER

My Habit Tracker this month is the same old but I added cute little pumpkins instead of smiley faces. I also decided to track showering and a 15 minute clean. I’m not afraid to admit when I get heavily into a project that I let showering get much lower on my priority list than it should be. The 15 minute clean is something I want to attempt daily but it will take some effort to get that going as a habit, I can be quite the slob which would be a surprise to most since I am like Monica from friends with hygiene and cleaning. At least that is, everywhere in my house except for my bedroom. My bedroom always ends up looking like a bomb hit it from the accumulated mess I leave every time I get ready.  So hopefully a 15 minute clean a day will help me keep on top of that.

 

 

SPENDING LOG

My spending log is also the same this month with a section for things I need to buy and a wishlist of things I want. I also did orange instead of grey for the grid colours. As usual this will probably be a pretty empty spread by the end of the month because I don’t spend much. Such is the life of a broke ass bitch.

 

 

BRAIN DUMP

Since I had a spare page next to my brain dump spread I decided to do a little quote. Not sure who this is from but I’ve scrolled past it on Pinterest and it’s become one of my daily affirmations to remind my perfectionist self that I should be focusing on progress rather than perfection.  The little light bulb next to the title was actually a happy accident since I failed to line my text in the center of the box. I then did some small doodles of a hot chocolate and woolly hat in the corner just to make the page a little cosier.

 

 

JOURNAL PAGES

I also took inspiration again from Christina to try out a monthly Journal spread that prompts me to write 4 lines a day. I used to keep a little brown leather book that I wrote one line a day to summarise the events of my day and It saddened me that I gradually used it less and less, so I thought this would be a great way to keep me accountable to write something every day. The doodles were inspired by Luce Murray over on pinterest, again I used my Tombow blender to really bring the page to life. I’m really happy with how this spread looks, it just feels super cosy to open this up and do a bit of journaling before bed.

 

 

WEEKLY SPREAD

For my weekly spreads this month I decided to keep the same basic layout as I’ve been using for the past 2 months now. It really works out great for me to create little bullets of what I want to accomplish each day, as there’s just not enough room in a calendar to put down all the small tasks that I want to get done. For the titling I copied the Mistle toe Font style and did the same style of doodles as on my other pages to bring the page to life.

 

 

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So that’s my entire monthly setup for October! I absolutely loved putting in the extra time to decorate my spreads with fall / halloween themed doodles. It makes me just constantly have my journal open on my desk so I can admire it. I’d love to know which spread was your favourite and let me know how your setup went this month!

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Bullet Journal Setup September 2017

If you didn’t know, I have been Bullet Journaling for a few months now.  Bullet Journaling is a great way to keep track of your personal life, track your habits, keep up with your finances and manage your time. Not to mention it’s a great way to be a bit creative. There’s something inherently cosy about putting pen to paper, it’s something I don’t do a lot as someone who is always on her phone or computer. So even if you aren’t artsy, putting pen to paper is just so much more satisfying and personal than using a digital calendar. Since the month of September finally rolled around I thought I would show you my entire monthly setup. You can find all of my supplies used at the bottom of this post

 

Cover Page

I was feeling very autumnal with my cover page this month, the leaves have barely began falling from the trees but the rainy days and brisk air got me feeling fall. So I decided to do a basic wreath with a ring of sparce twigs decorated by autumnal coloured leaves.  I used my Tombow blender pen to create a water colour effect and went over the down strokes of my heading to create a faux calligraphy effect.

 

Monthly Log

For my monthly log and September Goals page spreads I kept it simple. I used a vertical layout for the monthly log and split it into two sections for my personal and professional events. I love this style because it allows me to plan my YouTube filming and editing schedule. It’s also a really great way to see visually how much time I’m allocating for personal and professional which let’s me hold myself responsible and not get too sucked into work and neglect my personal life.  I left a small place to bullet my monthly goals for September. I also added a section for next months events so anything that props up for October or anything that I don’t achieve this month to be moved into October will go here.  Finally I have a growth tracker box to track my monthly growth on my social media platforms and this is great just to give me an idea of how my progress is going and which platforms I could maybe improve on.

 

 

Spending Log & Habit Tracker

My favourite page in my bullet journal is definitely my habit tracker. This is where I keep on track with my morning routine steps and track important parts of my self-care like sleeping 7+ hours, exercising and staying hydrated. Below it I also track my mood by rating each day with a small dot and connecting the line at the end of the month to see my mood change in graph form! The page beside it is my spending log, this is where I track my spending throughout the month. I also have small boxes for items I need to buy and my wish list which I update throughout the month.

 

 

Daily Spread

After a long time of trying different weekly and daily spreads I decided to merge the two into a to-do list styled minimalist daily spread. I have a separate collection where I basically just have projects and brain dump pages, I forgot to take images of them but they are literally just the title and a blank page. I previously was using Boho Berry’s weekly spread that tracks projects and decided to switch it out to this layout and I love it.  With my projects put down on a blank page I can fill my days on my daily spread with simple to-do lists and reminders. I also have an upcoming section to put things that I want to forward onto the next week.

 

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So that is my entire monthly setup! The entire writing / drawing process is also in video form on my channel, if you love bullet journal set up videos then feel to subscribe as I shall be doing them every month. I’d love to know what you think of my September setup in the comments below and let me know what you mainly use your Bullet Journal for!

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