New Year, New Bullet Journal

New Year, New Bullet Journal

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If you follow me on tumblr, you’ll know I have an obsession with bullet journals! (I even have a whole tag for inspiration!) Now that 2017 is here, I figured it’s time to start setting up my bullet journal for the year.

I’ve just finished setting up my bullet journal for the first week of January and I’m so excited to work on it throughout the year. I’m really proud with myself– it’s not perfect, but I love it!

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Why a Bullet Journal?

I actually use both a bullet journal and an agenda because I like the flexibility of the former, but the ability to plan ahead.

Bullet journals let you customize each page to your liking and gives you freedom to include some things that may not come with most agendas. I love how I can add certain pages depending on my needs (look below for some of my favorite pages I included!) and just completely customize it to my needs.

The agendas I’ve had in the past don’t have a lot of room to include some of the stuff I’d like to have. Of course, I can shell out more money for a fancier agenda that would have the aspects I’m looking for, but for a few bucks, I can get a nice notebook and do the same thing!

Materials

I wanted my bullet journal to be pretty minimal. I didn’t want it to be a lot of fuss with a thousand different colors and other fancy decor. Essentially, I didn’t want to have to sit down for a long period of time to work on my bullet journal (unless I’m setting up pages); I just wanted to jot certain things down as I go about my day.

My bullet journal is a fairly cheap one by Peter Pauper Press called Fuchsia Blooms. I love this brand of notebooks because it’s fairly cheap for how good quality it is! It definitely looks like it’s worth a lot more than it actually is. I also absolutely adore their designs; the prints are so cute and whimsical. (Plus, there’s a pocket in the back to hold all your loose papers!)

I know the “traditional” bullet journal notebooks are either Moleskine or the Leuchtturm1917, but those were far too pricey for me. I do love them and hope to buy one for future use. These notebooks come in dotted style, which is what I’ve been looking for, but it just wasn’t in my price range. If you can splurge on one, I definitely recommend it! I’ve used Moleskines in the past and absolutely loved it!

The pen I use for my bullet journal is the same pen I use for absolutely everything. If you haven’t tried the Pilot G2 Fine Point pens, then you’ve been living under the rock because these are everywhere. They write so smoothly, never bleeds, never skips, and are just so reliable for anything you need them for!

Other materials you could use:

  • Colored pens/pencils (May come in handy if you like to color code tasks or classes! You could also use them to accent doodles or certain areas!)
  • Highlighters (Same as above!)
  • Stickers
  • Washi tape
  • A ruler (This one was a must for me because I love clean straight lines!)

You absolutely do not need fancy supplies for a bullet journal. I use cheap stuff and I love my bullet journal.

How I Format My Bullet Journal

Because bullet journals are meant to be customized, you can alter yours to fit your needs. I follow a fairly traditional method and included fun pages that I thought would be useful to me! But I figured I’d give you a little tour of my bullet journal anyway to show you how I set mine up.

The first page is my contact information in case I ever lose my journal along with a legend for symbols I’ll use throughout the journal.

Next comes the index. I reserved about three pages for this.

I like to divide my bullet journal into sections. They go: Beginning, Spring 2017, and each month.

In the Beginning section, I have some of the pages below. For Spring 2017, I have my class schedule, weekly schedule (because my weeks are fairly consistent), and some semester goals. As for monthly, I like to do weekly spreads!

My Favorite Pages

  1. New Years’ Resolutions. This is a must for me. I absolutely love making goal lists; the act of writing it down motivates me to actually accomplish them. There’s something about having them written out that makes them seem more real, if that makes any sense.
  2. Gift Ideas/Wishlist. This past Christmas, my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I had no idea what to tell them. Throughout the year, I’d look at products and think “wow I’d love to have that!” and consider buying it for myself but changing my mind. It’s also a fun list to keep, especially is you decide to have a Treat Yo Self Day!
  3. Books To Read. One of my New Years’ Resolutions is to read more, so this page is super important. Sure, you can track your books on Goodreads (follow my 2017 Reading Adventure on Goodreads!) but I just like the idea of writing book titles down if you read about it in a magazine or get a recommendation from a friend!

  4. Class Requirements. My major and the pre-med track requires a lot of specific classes. Because of this, it can be easy to forget the classes I need to take. I love this page because I can see how much I’ve done and how much I have left to do. (Plus, it makes planning so much easier!)
  5. Books Read. Of course, what’s the point of a TBR List if you’re not going to keep track of your progress? This is one of my favorite pages; I think I saw it somewhere on tumblr a year ago and I just knew I wanted to implement it this year! (Isn’t it adorable?!)

  6. Habit Tracker. I’ve tried to use apps to keep track of habits I’d like to form, but they never work out. Either I forget to update them or get so annoyed with the notification button that I’ll mark things complete even if I haven’t. But I decided to give it a go and see how it works out for January!
  7. Weekly Schedule. Like I said before, my weekly schedule is fairly consistent. I like to have to written down by the hour! This way, I know when I’m free or not. It’s empty because I felt kind of weird broadcasting exactly where I’ll be at every hour haha!

Start your Bullet Journal now!

And, if you do, send me a link! I love seeing other peoples’ journals. I hope this post inspired you to start one; ever since I did, I’ve been a little more organized when it comes to goals, resolutions, appointments– everything. Start your new year, or your new semester, off on the right foot by giving this organizational method a try!

Published by Joanne
I'm Joanne, an eighteen year old college student living in rainy, rainy Florida. On this blog, you can find a collection of all my random thoughts and maybe some actually helpful college advice here and there.

4 thoughts on “New Year, New Bullet Journal

  1. Ahh! Your bullet journal is so pretty! Bullet journals are so fun to look at and they always inspire me but I can never bring myself to actually make one, I would definitely turn it into some perfectionist crafting project that’d get quickly abandoned haha.

    • Thank you so much! Bullet journals are honestly such a commitment because you have to keep them up to date almost daily, but forcing myself to do it has definitely gotten me to be a lot more organized haha! And I totally agree with you on the perfectionist point; it took me so long to get over the idea that making little mistakes and using white-out was perfectly okay.

      Have you ever considered making something kind of like a bullet journal but less focused on organization? I’ve seen them around tumblr; it’s more of an art piece and people would write what they’re feeling or draw something if they’ve been inspired! I feel like that allows you to still have something to look back on after the year has ended but requires way less upkeep than a traditional bullet journal!

  2. I started my own bullet journal for the academic year (I use a planner in addition to it as well!) and it has changed my life. I tend to use pencil because I am the worst at making mistakes, but the Pilot G2 pens are my go-to writing utensils for any other purpose. Your bullet journal looks great, and you’ve inspired me to potentially share a little post about my own in the future!

    • Thank you so much! Definitely do share one I love looking at other peoples’ bullet journals! I’ll be on the lookout haha, 🙂

      I’m trying to transition into pencil for this bullet journal (I can’t tell you how many mistakes I’ve made already lol) but I just don’t write very well with them. It’s frustrating because now I’m using ugly white-out so often.

      How do you balance a bullet journal and a planner? I write assignments in both and use the bullet journal more of a weekly type thing (all the things due this week) and a planner as an overview, if that makes sense? Like what’s due all month and such. I’ve also seen others use their bullet journal for life things and their planners for just academics. Lol the idea of organization gets me excited tbh.

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