Bullet Journaling in its original form isn’t meant to be tedious or complicated to maintain, but as creative people we can’t help but be inspired to create systems that are not only fun to make but also cater to our particular requirements.
When I made my first bullet journal, I started with its simplest form and progressed into making elaborate trackers to plan my finances, projects, habits and even tarot readings. Although, I quickly realized that making these pages on a monthly basis was becoming difficult to keep up with and was taking precious time. I also understood how my planner was meant to help me get things done efficiently and not become another to-do on my list, which is why I resorted to preparing a printed yearly journal+planner.
Different to some Bujo users I use my journal actively through the day. Making to-do lists, noting expenses, ideas and tracking assignments. Personally, I require much larger spaces to list smaller tasks and this was the centering concept of my journal’s design.
Size, Binding & Cover
I choose a B5 size, which is much larger when compared to a traditional TN or the A5 Bujo; this best suits my need of large weekly layouts and extra space for notes.
For the cover I created a hand sewn denim book jacket with an elastic band to close – so I paint or sketch on the denim through the year, maybe a painting or doodle a month?
A large part of doing my yearly planner this way was to eliminate the need to re-write pages every year. I have collections such as doodle ideas or post ideas for which the pages aren’t full and it seems like such a waste to discard them, which is why I decided to go for spiral binding. Not only does it let me add my old pages into the new book, but it also lets me fold the notebook in half without damaging a spine, which works specially great when you want to use it on the go.
Yearly calendar, goals & wishlist’s, yearly time-lines / events, far future logs made up the opening pages of my journal. I decided to place these first to help me track my year more effectively.
The monthly check-in consists of tasks carried forward, a birthday and event/meeting tracker, TV/Movie/Books list for the month, a look-up list for all those wandering ideas.
The daily pages are dated, with little moons to help track the phases and the Wiccan Sabbats for reference.
As a daily practice, I update my expenses to be able to plan my budgets more efficiently. This page goes with an excel sheet that I’ve set up to classify my expenses into different categories and automatically present me with a summary of my expenses.
I also found making little ‘note cards’ to help with small collections I need to refer to later on, as opposed to creating a whole page. These are numbered and written in the Index if they are important enough.
If I ever decide to keep a habit tracker, daily time trackers or any additional set-ups, I could always print them out and add them to my journal. So far, in my journaling adventures this has the best system for me personally.
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