Hello and welcome to the first post in my blog!
As one of the main purposes of having it is to share my ideas on planning (I am not an expert and I haven’t invented it myself) and show how I am doing it. You might find it interesting, as I am integrating few methods in my planning system and I am making them work wonders for me.
So starting presenting the whole process wouldn’t have been done right, if I wouldn’t start from my bullet journal. This main part of my every day routine, my notebook which is going everywhere with me. And as I’ve run out of my last notebook, I’ve realised it will be the perfect time to show you how did I set up my new bullet journal for remaining part of the 2020. So let’s move right into it.
Except all spreads presented in this post, my bullet journal has index and the key, but as they were preprinted in my notebook, I haven’t included them here.
This is quite useless and unnecessary page for some people. For me at the other hand is very important. Bullet journal I am presenting to you now is my fourth one. And each of my previous ones had some sentence or quote, which reflects my mindset, goals or intention for upcoming period of time. This particular one is supposed to remind me that I can always keep putting away my dreams, because of hardships I might be going through at the time, but I can never be sure that this time is not the best of all I have left in my life. I think that is a great motivation to pursue my dreams and it is nice to see reminder of it every time I open my bullet journal. And to signify the year we are in, I’ve included huge ‘2020’ on the top of this setup.
Spacing grid cheat sheet and 2020 goals
First of these pages is purely technical page. It’s purpose is to help me when I am setting up my spreads, so I don’t have to count dots each and every time I want to divide my page. It consists of lines which split page in half, thirds and fourths. And I’ve got the idea from AmandaRachLee’s video. If you are watching bullet journal videos, you probably already know her, if not I highly recommend checking her channel too for many inspirations.
Second page, which is 2020 goals page, is quite self explanatory. I simply divided my page into 2 parts, where on the left I will include all my personal goals and on the left work related goals.
I think it is nice to have all your goals in one place and be able to revise them at the end of the year.
Half year at a glance
Next pages contain half year at a glance. As I am planning to start a new bullet journal in January, I’ve included just six months. This are the pages, where I am going to put any future events for months which aren’t set up yet.
Content schedule and Cleaning schedule
Next page is a Content schedule. As I have one more blog and a YouTube channel, it is getting a bit confusing when I need to post what. And it is very easy to get it all mixed up. So in my content schedule page I will associate all my post and videos to each day of the week (for example posts in this blog will be coming up every Tuesday at 11, except this one of course).
Similar with cleaning schedule. Having a small child, I am not able to do everything every day. And any way, not all chores have to be done every day. So it is good to have some routine and keep home as clean as it is possible.
Things to buy and Savings tracker
Things to buy is a simple table where I can include thing which I want to buy and it’s price. It is helpful to have it, when I am preparing my budget. Seeing our situation each month, I can decide whether I can afford any particular thing this month or it needs to wait a bit longer. As I order it, I have place to put date when I ordered it and write when it will be delivered, this way I will not reorder same thing twice, just because I forgot that I’ve already done it.
Savings tracker is crucial to me too, because many time I would take some money out of the savings account and after a while I don’t really remember whatI’ve used it for. Having it written, makes me more accountable and help me use my savings only when I need it, instead of buying unnecessary things.
August cover page
This month I’ve decided to go for very simple theme. Mostly because I’ve realised that I am running out of pages in my old journal too late and ended up with just a little time to set the new one up. However, I really like how it did turn out after all. Simplicity of this setup and bright yellow and orange colour perfectly suit the summer time and everything looks so cute.
Flowers, on their own are very simple to draw, as they are just either yellow or orange middle and some white petals, but I really like the way, how they look on the setup.
In my case cover page does not only play a role of divider between months, but also it has a quote or just sentence reminding me my mantra for upcoming (in this case 31) days. For August, I’ve decided to go with ‘Time to bloom’. Although it has been used multiple times in Bullet Journal community, but it fits my theme perfectly and also is very motivating, considering that I’ve started a lot of new projects in August.
August at a glance
How could you have a Bullet journal without the calendar for or your important dates and events? I couldn’t miss it either! I went for simple calendar with colours matching my theme. So there are pops of yellow and orange. I’ve also included two boxes for my monthly goals and notes. Simple, yet useful.
Of course as an content creator I found it useful to plan all the post and videos I want to create in advance, so I can start working on them early enough. Layout is very similar to the previous one, but again it will save my life.
Habit tracker and a mood tracker
Of course I could miss these two either! Unfortunately, August has been crazy for me and it is nice to be able to see how working on my habits goes and of course how my mood has been changing considering all the madness going on.
And here is my weekly setup. I went for a table where I can write my tasks and assign the to particular day wit a dutch door in the middle, where I can write my goals for the week and plan meals. Again, simple and useful.
And that’s it for today’s post. I know that quality of pictures isn’t the best, but I will make sure there are better next time. I hope you enjoyed it any way and see you in my next post!