Bullet journal

My 2019 Bullet journal evaluation: Which features will migrate to my 2020 journal

Most bullet journalers are entering or have already entered in the period of setting up a new bullet journal. I am also, but for me it is easy to start a new journal, as I use a Filofax Clipbook A5. In the end of the year I remove all pages from my clipbook and store them. I then add new pages.

In my previous blogpost, I answered the first question that was in my mind in starting a new bullet journal: What happens to the old bullet journals? And since this is by now solved, I can continue to the next one, which is: Which features of my current bullet journal I will continue having in my 2020 version? I split the features of my bullet journal in two big categories: the collections and the monthly/weekly/daily layout.

Collections – Trackers

About this time last year I went through the process of evaluating the collections I have been using in my previous bullet journals. I knew that I have been starting a lot of them and I tended to quit keeping them updated towards the middle of the year. Has that happened to you too?

So in my 2019 bullet journal I kept only collections that were not abandoned and created only a couple of new ones in subjects that I evaluated as really interesting for me, such as books. And guess what? It was an absolute success, as I did not abandon them this year either!

These are the collections – trackers that were so successful for me in 2019:

  • 2019 Roadmap
    This is one of the two not so minimalist pages in my bullet journal. I have already explained the idea behind it here. I absolutely love this short overview of my year!
My 2019 roadmap, as I transferred it to the notebook for safekeeping.
  • Movies and Series watched
    These two collections are of interest for both me and my husband. We watch several movies each year and a lot of series, as it has become so easy with Netflix. These trackers usually end up a bit messy, as I tend to complete them while watching tv, but I love them anyway 🙂
  • Books read tracking
    The Books read collection is the second not-so-minimalist page in my bullet journal. I read about 40 books per year and I tend not to keep the majority of them. As a result, this page is the only way I can really imagine how it would be if I was. It is so fulfilling to see my drawn library filling up!
My 2019 library until now
  • Reading challenges and other book related tracking
    I follow a reading challenge during the year, called BRACE, and it is vital of course to track it in my bullet journal. In addition, during 2019 I decided to keep track of where the books and their authors take me. I track the origin of the authors, so as to have an overview and where and when the books take place. I have been trying to use these data to create some statistics, that I found quite interesting!

Collections – Functional pages

The bullet journal is an incredible organisational tool. I keep a few functional lists that help me in my everyday life:

  • Waiting on…
    I consider this one, one of the most useful collections I use in bujo. Quite often I order things from the internet, or expect an email or a letter from somebody for a follow up. These are things that tend to be forgotten or lost inside a daily or weekly log. As a result, I keep a special page where I note what I should follow up. 2019 was a rather quiet year, but I can’t know how 2020 will go, so I will keep in my new bullet journal
  • Wishlist without deadline
    This is a list of all the things I would like to do, but they are not eminent and I do them only when I have time and mood. Not everything was done, but at least the majority was!
  • When did I last…
    In this list I note things like when I change toothbrushes, clean the windows and the fireplace, or any other task that is donea few times per year, but not regularly.
My “Waiting on” and Wishlist without deadline pages for 2019

Monthly/Weekly/Daily layouts

These are the second most important component of my bullet journal. At this time last year I took some decisions about the monthly/weekly/daily layouts that I have used during the years I have had a bujo. To be honest which of these layouts you use depend on the particular occasion and phase of your life.

During all of 2019 until now I have used a one page monthly log, the running task list for weekly and I didn’t have any dailies. By the way I found out that the running task list is also called Alastair method for weekly.

  • One-page monthly layout
    I know that a one-page monthly layout is perfect for my personal life, so I will continue using it. The months that were full of my gardening activities I kept a second one-page monthly layout dedicated to my plants.
  • Running task list or Alastair method for weekly
    I have found this layout really useful for me. I was mostly staying home and I did not have strict deadlines for the tasks to be done, so by using a running task list I avoided rewriting tasks. Now that my weeks have become more busy already, I will have to reconsider about which layout will be more useful for my 2020 bullet journal. But I never prepare my weeklies too much in advance, so I can change my mind whenever I want.
My current weekly for personal tasks

I think after this evaluation I am ready to start my 2020 bullet journal. Are you evaluating your previous versions yourself? Are there any interesting conclusions you have drawn? Please be kind enough to share them with me!

Bullet journal

My 2018 Bullet journal evaluation: Which collections will migrate to my 2019 journal

The end of 2018 is close and a lot of us that have a bullet journal are going to start with a new bujo for the new year. For me it is easy to start a new journal, as I use a Filofax Clipbook A5. In the end of the year I remove all pages from my clipbook and store them. I then add new pages.

As I said in my previous bullet journal post, about How to track your year in a glance!, I have started evaluating my current bullet journal, so as to decide how the one for 2019 will look like. Today I am going to discuss with you the evolution of my collections during 2018.

I have several collections in my bullet journal. Some of them I created at about this time last year, when I was setting up my new journal and other I included some time during the year, so as to fit my needs. Unfortunately, I did not continue updating all of my collections with the same zeal.

When I started this blog in March, I presented 10 of the collections that I had included this year. This is a good starting point so as to do my evaluation! So here is how some of my collections evolved during 2018

  1. Mood tracker
    I had a yearly mood tracker that I updated nicely until about middle June. In June and July we moved houses, so I was far too busy to be able to update every single day my bullet journal. As a result, my “Year in pixel” was abandoned. Oh such a pity… It would probably have looked really nice with all the squares coloured. I think this is a clear indication that I should not include it again in my new bujo.
  2. Movies and Series trackers
    It was the first time I included these collections in my bullet journal and I had high hopes about them!  In the first half of the year my husband and I were watching mostly movies, but in the second half we focused on some interesting series. As a result, I overestimated the space I had dedicated to the movies, as you can see from the photo below

    On the contrary, I underestimated the pages I would need for the tv series. I started with only two pages, but joining Netflix lead to a boom in the number of series we have been following. So I had to add two more pages to the collection. Fortunately, this is easy for me, as I have a discbound notebook, but nevertheless these pages are not numbered anymore. It is so annoying, right?

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My series page in March above and my series pages in the end of November below
  • Books read
    I love this tracker. I keep it in my journal in parallel to Goodreads. It is one of the trackers in my bujo that are not totally minimalist. I like the layout of a library and I make it look similar to my own library. As I was expecting, it evolved nicely throughout the year and the titles of the books are still being filled slowly. I will not manage to fill all of the books in my library, I am afraid, but it definitely looks nice to me.
  • Crocheting and knitting projects
    These collections were both a success and a failure at the same time! I did like tracking all the things I created during the year, but it was a totally bad implementation to use the layouts I did.

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    My collection for knitting projects now

    I crochet much more than I knit, as a result, my knitting projects collection has still some space, while my crochet project collection was full already by May. I have created several more projects but I didn’t create additional pages, as I did in the series tracker. I had already decided that this layout is not what suits me.

    I will definitely include similar collections in my new bujo, but I will have to find new layouts, that are more functional for me.

  • Waiting on…
    This is one of the most useful collections I use in bujo. Quite often we order things from the internet, or expect an email or a letter from somebody for a follow up. These are things that tend to be forgotten or lost inside a daily or weekly log. As a result, I have created a special page where I note what I should follow up. It is a total success and I am definitely going to include in my 2019 bujo!
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  • Ideas for my blog
    This is a collections I started in April this year. Since my blog was born in March, I found it quite important to have somewhere to note my ideas for posts. After all, they come randomly and are forgotten quite fast if I don’t note them! This is going to be included in my 2019 bujo, as well!
  • Till the end of the year wishlist
    As the calendar year is coming to an end, I get the urge to finish things that I have wanted to do but I always delay. Towards the end of September, I created a wishlist with all these things that have been in my mind and are still not completed. It gives me extra motivation and it helps me to keep focused! This is not a regular collection and I am not sure I can include it somehow in my 2019 bujo, but it might come up handy again towards the last quarter of the new year. Who knows…
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  • Are you starting a new bullet journal for 2019 or are you continuing with your current journal? Have you started setting it up already or are you still thinking about it? Are there any collections that were such a success for you and you would like to suggest it to me? I would love to hear some ideas from you!

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    How to track your year in a glance!

    I have had a bullet journal for 2.5 years by now and soon it will be time to set up my fourth bullet journal in a row. I have already started thinking about it! As a first step in setting up my new bujo, I have started evaluating the last one and what I have learnt about it and myself. So I am going to share my experience in a few blogpost till the end of the year, as the different ideas will be coming to me.

    In the several bullet journals I have had, I have gone through different stages. I am tending to be rather minimalist and draw as little as possible in my bullet journal. I have noticed a pattern in my bullet journals: at the beginning of the year, I am usually spending a bit more time on setting things up, so I tend to search a bit more and try anything I see and looks interesting, but towards the middle of the year I am becoming more focused on the tasks and everyday responsibilities. As a result I fall behind with updating things. Does it happen to you too?

    Now, concerning the the topic I want to discuss in this post, there are several ways of tracking a whole year in a glance. Below I describe a few of these ways that I have tried myself, the purpose they served and how they worked for me.

    Yearly mood tracker

    A simple way of tracking a year is through a mood tracker. The idea behind it is to dedicate a colour for each type of mood and instead of having a different mood tracker every month or week, have one for the whole year. I did have one of these in both my 2017 and 2018 bullet journals, but the result was the same in both years: I stopped updating it around the middle of the year…

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    My yearly mood tracker for 2018…

    Level 10 Life

    Last year I tried the system Level 10 Life, that I saw in one of my favourite bloggers Boho Jerry. This is a simplified way of evaluating the complex sides of our lives.

    The idea behind it is first to create a graph of ten concentric circles and divide them in ten slices. Each of these slices will represent an area of your life that is important for you, such as family and friends, career, health and fitness, finances etc.

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    Level 10 Life created by Bojo Jerry

    Firstly you do a current evaluation of these areas. This means that you ask yourself how satisfied you are at this moment. For example you feel that in the matter of family you are happy and you would quantify that satisfaction to be 7 out of 10, so you colour 7 parts of the slice that corresponds to family. At the end of the current evaluation you create darker lines on your graph.

    Then you set a few goals for each of these areas, which you will try to achieve during the year, so as to improve your satisfaction of your life. Then towards the end of the year or whenever you really feel like, you can go back to this page and evaluate your progress.

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    My attempt to create a Level 10 Life assessment

    Well, it was a nice idea and I was quite interested in it, but it didn’t really work for me… As you can see from my Level 10 Life, I never really managed to evaluate my current satisfaction and I did not have time to go back to it any time during 2017…

    2018 Roadmap

    This year I tried something different: a Roadmap. This idea I saw in the How I’ve set up my third bullet journal blogpost of another favourite blogger Cristina77. It is a fun way to have an overview of the year in a glance. Cristina is amazing in drawing things, but I am less patient and less of an artist, so this is how my page looked at the beginning of the year:

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    My 2018 roadmap in the beginning of the year

    Less colourful and more basic, but quite similar to the one of Cristina77, so definitely I give the credit to her!

    We are not far from the end of the year now, so I can already tell you that this page was an absolute success for me! It fitted me perfectly! I used it whenever I thought there is something worthy to note it in the month that happened. Other times I noted the dates and other times just the incident or even just a word. Its maintenance required minimum time and effort, so even in the busiest months of this year that we were in the middle of a house moving, I did have a few seconds to write down just a couple of words!

    This is how it looks currently:

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    Doesn’t my roadmap look nice? For every month I use a different colour of the fineliners of STABILO point 88, just to make it a bit more obvious that the memories belong to a different month. I really like the Stabilo pens, as I have explained in an older blogpost of mine: The utensils I use in my bullet journal. I am really satisfied with this page and I am pretty sure I will use it again in the new year!

    Do you have any page of tracking your year that was an absolute success for you in this year’s bullet journal? Or in general a new page you tried in this year’s bullet journal and was so successful for you? I would love to hear your suggestions, as inspiration for the 2019 bullet journal is always welcome!

     

    Bullet journal · Crochet

    Keeping track of my projects in my Bullet Journal

    I use my bullet journal for several things. I started it in order to track the organisation of my wedding and the million of appointments I had to arrange for that, while having a tight working schedule. Last year I used it as a travelling notebook. This year I use it for organising all the aspects of my strangely arranged life.

    One of these aspects is the fact that I am a crafter: I like crocheting and from time to time I try other things too. With my skills by now, I am doing modifications in patterns I use, so as to fit my individual needs. But this means that if I don’t note down the modifications somewhere, I will probably never be able to reproduce the same thing I created. I was keeping a notebook with small patterns I have created myself, but when I was making modifications of an existing pattern, things were starting to get confusing.

    I use pinterest for ideas and inspiration. And I saw a nice idea of a page that I could modify to use for my crochet creations (I am sorry I have no idea who created it first, so as to give credit to).

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    Example of my notes for the scarf I made for myself

    In the first photo you can see the notes I did for the scarf I created for myself. I don’t rewrite the pattern I use. I just note the changes that I made or things that I think would be essential to remember if I try to make it again.

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    Another example of the notes for fingerless gloves

    In the second example, it is my notes for the fingerless gloves I made. As you may have seen, I made two pairs. I kept notes only for the first pair and I used them when I made the second one. In case I had made further modifications I would have created a new page and make a note for linking it with this one.

    I like this page template: it is simple and flexible. It summarises the basic materials and has plenty of space for notes. I can modify the spaces needed according to the project I am making. I have a more consistent way of keeping notes for my projects and this way I am able to understand my notes several months after I did them. Isn’t it amazing?

    For the time being, I create the page for each project once I am starting it and I insert it as it comes in the flow of my bullet journal. I have to admit though, that probably this is not the best way of saving my projects for later. I will see how it goes with this year, but I keep it in the back of my mind, that I will probably have to create a second type of bullet journal for only my crafts. I have avoided keeping two or three bullet journals, but if my crafting becomes “more professional”, I think I will have to take this part out of my everyday bullet journal.

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    Running task list

    Are you using your bullet journal to organise your task per day or per week? Has it happened to you that you are not sure how long a task will take or when exactly it has to be done?

    Well, it happens to me from time to time, especially when I am on a business trip or travelling back home (that means Greece) to solve bureaucratic matters. In such cases I know what needs to be done during a given period of time and I can try to plan ahead when these tasks will be fulfilled, but I have no way of knowing if they will finish or not on one or more days. During my last trip home I was looking for something to fit my needs of planning. I had seen the idea of a running task list, as it is called, and I grabbed the opportunity to try it out!

    A running task list is an alternative to the standard daily or weekly layout in a bullet journal. It is simple to set up, by having two main columns: one for the tasks and one for the period of interest. The column of the days is split in as many sub-columns as the days you want to plan ahead. If a task is assigned on one day, I create a box on this day. If I know it would be handled on several days, I create boxes on all the days concerned. Once the task is done I fill the boxes. If the task is not to be handled on a particular day, I left the column of that day empty. If the task was transferred to another day (it happens with bureaucratic matters…) I made arrows to the days it was transferred. It also happened that one of my plans was cancelled, so I crossed that box.

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    For example, I decided to make my nails. On the 20th I called the girl and she gave me an appointment for the 24th. Another example is the bureaucratic matter of unsubscribing from my insurance. I passed from the office on Friday 20th, but the matter was not solved and I had to pass again on the Monday and Tuesday.

    You don’t really have to use arrows or anything in particular. You can use your own way of notation.

    As you understand, the running task list helps in not writing again and again the same tasks, if they occur on several days. It is a compact way of planning a particular period.  I have seen people using it for their weekly planning. I have to admit that I loved the flexibility and the overview it gave me for my trip back home.

     

     

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    10 collections in my bullet journal

    I promised in my previous post about bullet journaling to dedicate a post on collections. Admittedly, they are one of the most interesting and diverse parts of a journal, and I think there will be several posts on this subject.

    Collections are all the things that you can have in your journal besides future, monthly or daily logs. In this post I am going to give you examples of my collections. I am not so artistic and I like geometry and symmetry, so my style is minimalistic. I use pinterest for inspiration, but I like trying to create the pages myself by hand, even if they are not a huge artistic success.

    Trackers

    A big group of possible collections are the trackers, such as:

    1. Mood tracker
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    I set up my mood tracker in the beginning of the year and I tend to use one or two colours per day, based on how the day goes. Other people prefer a monthly mood tracker.

    2. Movies tracker

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    This year I decided to track the movies we are watching. The original idea is to write the movies horizontally, but in an effort to save a bit of space and not have to make a new page again in a month, I decided to write them vertically!

    3. Series tracker

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    My husband and I like watching a few series. This tracker was another new addition in my bullet journal for this year. This is one of the pages that constantly changes, as we add series constantly, so I decided to have a really basic layout.

    4. Books read

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    I am reading several books per year. This was the very first collection I created in my bullet journal and it is the only one I am spending a bit more time creating, so that it looks like a library. I have a goal for the number of books I want to read in the year (thanks to goodreads) and so I can set my library up with at least this many books. Oh well I am not a painter, but it looks acceptable, no?

    5. Habit tracker

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    I like creating my habit tracker every month, as the habits I want to monitor can vary with the month. I try to keep them in a minimum number and not have too many things, as that would rather discourage me from focusing on things I consider important.

    I do not just colour the box, as in the rest of my journal. In the habit tracker I try to create a nice pattern! It can be slightly improved I know…

    6. Crocheting and knitting projects

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    I have tried different ways of tracking these projects. One was making a list of the projects I created during each month, once that month was finished. This year I decided to have a kind of indexing for them in the beginning and special pages with notes for each project inside the rest of my notebook. It is a much more useful way, although I don’t know yet what to make inside those circles I created in the beginning of the year!

    Other collections

    7. Cleaning schedule

    I have tried several ways of monitoring my cleaning schedule. This year I decided to have something concentrated and not just spread around in my weeklies. I wanted something simple and efficient, after all this is the basic idea of my journal! I couldn’t find an idea that would occupy only one page and contain what I had in mind, so I made this combination of trackers:

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    The left page, I use more like a motivation so that I don’t skip anything. After all I am a bit of a control freak, so I don’t like missing ticks… The right one is really useful, because they are things that are not done regularly, but it is good to remember the last time they were done!

    8. Reading challenges

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    I try to follow a reading challenge per year, just for the fun of it. I have to admit, I usually lose my interest around the second half of the year, but I have the best intentions in January! The challenge I follow this year is a bingo type one, where we have to fill a 5×5 table with books that fall in some given categories.

    9. Gratitude log

    I dedicate one or two pages each month in writing a sentence that characterises each day. I don’t like the title “Gratitude log”, but I name mine “A sentence a day”.

    10. Memories

    In the end of each month I dedicate a page (or more) for memories. These could be tickets, events, emotions, something that I saw and was interesting, anything that was important for me that month.

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    This month’s page is not so exciting yet! The blog is the most amazing thing that has happened!

    And this brings me to the end of this post. By now you had a peek in my bullet journal. As I said in the beginning it is not the most artistic one you will find, but I am just trying to give you an idea of what collections I find interesting.