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I’ve been “bullet journaling” for almost 5 years now. I love the process and idea of a bullet journal but I’ve never fully finished one before.
My 2020 journal was the closet I’ve come to finishing a full bullet journal and I’m really proud of it! If you’re unsure of what a bullet journal is, it’s basically a way to create your own planning system that works best for you. It allows you to be creative while tracking habits & tasks, making lists and creating weekly planning layouts. Let me know if you’re interested in a more in-depth explanation & I’ll definitely do a deeper dive for you in a follow up blog post!
My first few bullet journals (bujo for short) tried their best to follow this same formula of monthly cover page + habit tracker + mood tracker + budget tracker + weekly spread & monthly spreads for planning. However, this just didn’t work for me. I found I never kept up with my habit tracker and didn’t use the planning weekly layouts well. So I eventually kept tweaking my bujo until last year I settled on my monthly cover page + tracking books read & things watched, pages for possible blog or Instagram planning/ideas followed by actual journaling. I’ve included other spreads/pages as needed throughout the months with things I wanted to track or for planning something, but otherwise I think I’ve found my basic structure for my bujos.
Below are some of my beginning pages and monthly “always included” pages/spreads:
I really like having this simpler, what works for me system for my bujo and will definitely be following through with it in my new 2021 journal!
Some of my favorite things about my bujo are my monthly pages. I love creating them and then using the next page or a quote and monthly to-do list. As you can see below, I didn’t use my bujo every month, but I did use it more than any of the previous years I tried bullet journaling. What’s your favorite monthly page below?
As you can see I didn’t finish every page or spread but I’m hoping to go back in and fill in any missing quotes and outline things still in pencil. Speaking of, my favorite pens to use are the pigma micron pens in the 01, 03 & 05 weights. These pens are archival ink and don’t bleed through the pages. Ivery loved using them throughout my bujo!
Before I give you a sneak peak of my 2021 bujo, below are a couple of spreads that I loved in my 2020 bujo but that I didn’t repeat each month.
Alright, so the big reveal! My sneak peak into my 2021 bujo!
I really loved the larger size of my 2020 bujo that I picked up on a whim last year. So I tried really hard to find a similar sized journal for this year’s bullet journal. But geez was it hard to find! My 2020 bujo was about 7”w x 9”l, so not your traditional bujo size. I ended up going with a journal called The Confidant Hardcover Notebook in Plus size with a dot grid from Baronfig (which honestly was a company I’d never heard of before). I’m really happy with the notebook even though the size isn’t quite the same. The pages are slightly thinner too but I haven’t had too many problems with that just yet. I’ll definitely give a review at the end of the year!
So drumroll please…..here’s my 2021 bullet journal!
Now it’s your turn! Tell me below if you journal or bullet journal & if so what your favorite products, themes or spreads are for your bujo!
xx Nicole Lynn