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 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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