My friend Letti got me a Leuchtterm journal for Christmas, which is just the perfect bullet journal book. I’ve got the squared paper one, but you can get dots, lines and plain too. The squares work perfectly for my goal tracking and drawing boxes around stuff. Loads of the journals I’ve seen have real cool fancy stuff like washi tape and cool paper and brush pens, but with mine I mostly use a four colour pen as I can take this around with me anywhere. I do stuff to my spreads on my lunch break sometimes, so it’s good to have a simple colour scheme and not have to lug loads of pens around with me. I use pastel highlighters for an extra pop of colour when sometimes.
When I first started I put a lot of pressure on myself to have this beautiful journal that was fit for Pinterest, but I’ve learned that all I need to do is create spreads that work for me. I experimented with a lot of different ways of doing it last year, which means my journal was a mess. But it’s supposed to be a creativity and improvement exercise as well as for organisation, so this year’s will probably be the same by the end of the year. And that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Next year’s journal will be even better as a result.
My yearly spread
The yearly spread is also important because unlike a shop-bought diary, the days aren’t already laid out for you throughout the book. I do mine a week at a time, as this gives me maximum flexibility to add it any extra spreads, and to shake up my layout if I feel it needs something extra. Without the yearly spread I’d have no way of noting down upcoming events for future months, and I would definitely forget. Plus it saves leafing through to find out if there’s something planned for a day in the future.
My goals for the year
I’ve done a spread for each goal with mini goals, trackers, and inspiration to help me on my way. This is how I’ll keep track of how I’m doing in each area. The eight aspirations become a bunch of concrete goals that I can cross off as I go. As a crossy, ticky offy person these pages will be really motivational for me.
Monthly and weekly spreads
This is where I keep track of my more specific goals and to-do lists. Starting with a monthly calendar to show what’s going on in my life for the month, then a breakdown of monthly goals, all relating to my eight areas of improvement. Also a habit tracker, reminders, and notes section.