I’m finally doing it!!
I’ve been planning on doing this ALL YEAR long.
Since the second half of the year tends to be pretty busy for me, I wasn’t getting a chance to come up with my spreads so I have been sketching them in the span of six months!!
Now that I have an idea of what I will be including in my BuJo, it’s just a matter of figuring out how creative I want to get with each spread. I’m actually looking forward to this because it will allow me to organize my life, including blogging, into one sole book.
I’ve dabbled with planners but they weren’t my thing because they’re so simple to me. I like the idea of visual representation for certain aspects and I’ve added specific spreads that I will be using daily.
Let’s get started!
Watch me ink my first bullet journal:
Opening /Cover Page: 2019
I tried to keep it simple since I won’t be seeing this page as much. I went with starry/twinkle lights banners I found on Pinterest. I do have a board full of BuJo ideas and inspo for anyone interested.
Very standard page, like a table of contents. Will be referring back to this page often.
Key & Year at a Glance
Basic key page; top half of the page is for all my planning and lists, and the bottom half is for scheduling my posts, which is why I have different colored pens (for different topics/posts).
Year at a Glance is also a basic calendar. It was such a pain in the ass to fill this out!
I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be great to have one because I tend to plan things in advance too often.. I’m hoping the boxes are not too small, but I can always make a second spread if I need it. I added drop shadows to the boxes to make them pop.
Goals & Memories
My goals are NOT my resolutions, I didn’t make any resolutions this year. These are goals/things I’ve started last year that I would like to improve on. It’s a nice mix of mind, body and soul. The vines/plants theme adds a nice touch to this page—”personal growth”.
My Memories page is also a basic box layout for each month. If I feel like I need more space, I will be adding a spread to each of my monthly spreads as needed.
My least favorite spread. The concept was good but just poorly executed from my part. I could not draw those damn balloons so I resorted to circles and inking them was so hard so they look a bit crappy and not at all like balloons lol.
Reasons To Be Happy / Grateful For Log
The sunflower theme goes so well with my Reasons to be Happy page. I didn’t realize it until I was filming. I feel as though sunflowers represent happiness, or at least that’s how they seem like to me. So the fact that the theme and the topic came together was fantastic! Synchronicity! I already did 50 Things That Make Me Smile, so I might just take some ideas from there to add on here.
My Grateful For log/page is blank because I will be adding onto it as the year progresses.
A Year in Color / Self-Care Menu
MY FAVORITE SPREAD! ❤
A Year in Color will represent how my days are going and each “mood” is represented by a color. I added this in hopes of seeing a visual representation of my moods/how much I get stressed vs. how often I enjoy my day and not let life get the best of me.
My Self Care Menu was purposefully put next to AYIC for those bad days when I really need a pick-me-up. I had a realization last year, as did my husband, that I don’t often take breaks for myself, so when all that stress builds up I just explode and get so angry, irritated, frustrated and anxious and I will have mental breakdowns if I don’t slow down. So this page is a reminder to take care of myself.
21 Daily Affirmations / Morning Routine
My 21 Daily Affirmations might be cheesy to some, but I often feel like life is out of my control and I’m such a perfectionist to the point where I get upset when things don’t go my way. So yeah, I’m stubborn, too! LOL. But reading this page every morning will help ground me and remind me that I choose how to react, and my reaction can* determine how the rest of my day will go. So hopefully starting the day positively will reduce my need for things to be perfect.
My Morning Routine is what my ideal morning would look like. I hope that once my sleep schedule is back to normal, I can start doing this, and again, start the day by taking care of myself first.
Fitness & Sleep Trackers
My Fitness Tracker is to see my progress. I don’t plan on working out every single day for long periods of time, but I do hope that I can get a 10min workout daily, if possible. If not, I will still be doing my daily squats, sit-ups and push-ups to tone my body even when I’m not as active.
My Sleep Tracker is important to me because I will be able to see my sleep patterns visually. I’m sure I’ve mentioned many times that I tend to sleep a lot less during the winter, so by figuring out my sleep pattern, I’ll be able to make better choices for myself, as well as my health, and figure out a schedule that works for me while also getting a good night’s sleep.
Project Tracker / Books I’ve Read
These pages are very simple. My Project Tracker will be used for big projects because without a list, I lose track and forget about what needs to be done.
The Books I’ve Read is your basic bookshelf page. You add a book when you’ve finished it. I haven’t read since the beginning of December I believe, but would like to start that up again and hope I can read more books this year.
Savings Goals / Master List: Chores
My Savings Goals includes things I need to save up for, emergency fund, travel fund, a new/better car, a new camera, and another savings for buying gifts. Courtney also gave me the idea to make a budget for holiday shopping, so I’ll be sure to add that to my BuJo in a different spread.
Lastly, My Master Chore List. Perfect for figuring out what needs to be done each night, week, month, etc. And it will help me prioritize chores for better time management.
That’s it! I know that’s a whole lot of pages for a set-up but I did feel like these are all pages I need that will be useful to me either daily, or long term. A lot of these are for personal growth and my monthly spreads will be have more details.
I’d love to know if you guys would like to see more BuJo posts?!
And let me know who else has one or has done one and how it worked for you?
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