Here we are; a new year. 2018. Just the idea of having a brand new slate is SO exciting to me. 😍 At the end of 2017, I was really excited to flip through my bullet journal. The best part of bullet journaling is being able to see an entire year’s worth of tasks, notes, creative ideas, and scribbles all in one place. 😱 I wanted to do a one-year review to share some of what I’ve learned using the bullet journal system for an entire year.
It’s A L L in one place!
For R E A L S. I’m incredibly scatter-brained! While I am usually very careful to take notes and write down important things… I’m really bad at remembering where I put them. Being a paper & pen kinda girl, I always had 10 different notebooks filled with 400,000 different things. (I rarely use my phone for notes) This is a one-size-fits-all notebook! I use it for custom orders, designing new products, and even Sunday sermon notes.
I’ve become more goal-oriented.
I’ve never been a schedule person. In fact, strict schedules make me want to curl up in a fetal position and cry. Using my bullet journal, I can see over the course of a month what I need (and want!) to get done, and since it’s consistently in front of me, I am reminded of the goals I want to accomplish!
What has changed in a year?
My daily layout is changing.
Towards the end of the year, I started realizing that I needed to change my daily layout format into a weekly layout. As I’m scheduling out further into the future, it’s becoming more necessary to see an entire week laid out in front of me. For the majority of 2017, I was using a daily checklist, and I made the switch in December to play around with the layout. (To see how it worked and what I would need to change or streamline.)
I’m planning further ahead.
Aas my business is growing and the kids are getting older, I’m finding that I need to plan further and further out. I’ve added a 2018 and 2019 calendar page so I can jot down important dates months in advance. I am also using Tara Swiger’s book, “Map Your Business” (it could be used for yearly planning even if you don’t have a business!), which will involve setting up quarterly plans.
A few more Thoughts on Bullet Journaling:
- It’s never too late in the year to start bullet journaling!
- My ALL-TIME favorite bullet journal is the Confidant by Baron Fig!
- Bullet Journaling is good for scattered creatives and born-organized people too!
- Want to read a “Bullet Journaling 101” post? C L I C K H E R E !!