A look into my 2019 bullet journal
After I filled my last bullet journal, I switched over to a planner I found for cheap at Michaels. My thinking was that maybe it’d be easier for me to stay on track if I wasn’t always worried about making my pages pretty. Turns out, I just lose all motivation to write anything down at all. So January 1st, I started a brand new bullet journal. And since 2019 is going to be my year of shamelessly embracing all the things I love, I’m going to gush about how much I’m loving it so far.
I’ve always been a paper freak. Since I was a kid, I’ve hoarded notebooks, sticky notes, binders, folders, stickers, and pens. My god, the pens. I’m not sure there’s anything I love more. I also have a hard time staying motivated but become horrifically anxious when I forget or don’t get around to doing things.
Keeping lists helps because I hate flipping back and seeing unchecked things that I never bothered to do. The reasoning is ridiculous, but it works and that’s all I’m looking for. Bullet journals are sort of the perfect mashup in this case. It’s an excuse to use fun washi tapes and colored pens, but it will hopefully keep me on track.
So this year, most of my goals were centered around the fact that I want to get the most out of my days. Things like wanting to spend more time being creative, focus on my mental health, and just waste less time in general. I tried to keep that in mind when starting out my spreads. I kept the first chunk of them fairly simple. There’s some fun lettering, but nothing too fancy that would take too long.
Also, I added in a cheat sheet counting out the dots and pre-measuring how to divide a page in half/thirds/quarters. That way I won’t spend 20 minutes figuring out my spreads every weekend. Honestly, nothing else in the entire book matters. That one page is a gift. I’m so mad I never thought to do it before. To be fair, I didn’t even think of it this time – I saw it here!
Another thing I stole from Amanda Rach Lee was adding a ‘100 things to do this year’ spread. I’m one of those people that always wants to do something fun but never knows what to do. And since I really want to find some new things in my city to do, I’m hoping this list will get me excited to keep looking for some hidden gems. My plan is to just gradually fill it up throughout the year and to keep it simple. It’s sort of like a mini bucket list with much less pressure.
To keep me thinking about/prioritizing my mental health, I joined the party and made a year in pixels spread. It’s just nice to have an overview of how I’ve been feeling since days can blur together after a while. If I start seeing too many days with a negative color, it’s a nice big sign to start doing something. And when I see a bunch of happy yellow, it’s a nice encouragement. Plus, they just look cool when you’re finished at the end of the year. That’s all that really matters, right?
Another new thing with this journal – I’ve totally given up on rulers. I suck at them, my lines never end up being perfectly straight anyway, and all they do is build up my hopes and dreams and crush them one page at a time. I’d rather save the half hour trying to be perfect and finish my layouts with cute wonky lines. I did my entire January setup freehand and I love how it turned out. Minus the fact that I screwed up the dates and had to whiteout almost the entire month. Starting out oh so strong for 2019.
My weeks are always random depending on how much time I have and how I’m feeling. Sometimes I go all out with decorations and colors and cute things. Other times it’s just the bare minimum of what I need to get on the page. I’m trying to chill out a little this year and just accept the fact that not every spread will be beautiful. Being too much of a perfectionist is what killed it for me last time.
Some other things I wanted to try with this journal was adding in more doodles and journaling. My old bujo’s were always vaguely scrapbooky rather than just a planner, but I’m trying to lean into that a bit more. I have an actual journal where I whine and cry and talk about my days. But sometimes when I have less time, I like to scribble a few sentences underneath my lists or in the margins. Or sometimes I just recap the whole week or a fun day before going onto a new spread. It just makes it more fun to flip back through.
The doodling thing is just a way to keep me drawing. I don’t always feel like finishing a full sketchbook page or painting something, but I almost always have time for at least one small doodle.
This is such a nerdy post but man, I’m living for it. I have no idea if anyone but me cares about my bullet journal but hey, you’re reading this so thanks for indulging me! If you’ve got a bujo, send me pictures so I can gush over yours! Seriously. I get lost in the tags on insta on a regular basis. Why do I love this stuff so much?