2018 Bullet Journal Setup + Goals
Happy 2018, y’all!
I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start! After taking a break to wrap up a year that can only be described as a child on two cans of Monster energy drink, I’m glad to be back!
As a hoarder of all things stationery, I always welcome the new year with open arms because a fresh start means a brand-spankin' new bullet journal (and an excuse to buy more supplies, but that’s not the point here). Rather than looking back at 2017 for my first post of the year, I thought I’d combine my goals for 2018 with a peek into the bullet journal setup that’ll help me work towards those goals. And if we happen to have the same goals, I hope this flip-through helps you turn your goals into measurable and achievable steps!
I won’t go into details about the supplies I use since they’re mostly the same ones from last year. However, I’ll post an updated list at the start of next month! I will say that I’m still using the gridded Midori MD Notebook because the paper quality is hard to beat.
Cover Page, Key, and Index
My general “rule” for my bullet journal in 2018 is to keep it simple yet colorful. Also, do remember to write your name and contact information on the inside of the cover or something; I nearly got a heart attack when I misplaced my bullet journal last year.
101 in 1001
One of my favorite things about the bullet journal is that you’re not limited to the original setup or even the ideas of other bullet journalists. This time, I wanted to test out a new way to keep track of my goals and plans for the next couple of years – 1001 days to be exact.
The original 101 in 1001 is essentially a bucket list that spans 1001 days instead of a lifetime. While I like the idea of having a realistic deadline, there’s a high chance of me simply listing all the things I want to do only to forget about it within a month. It has a timeframe but lacks a structure, and that’s where the ever-popular Level 10 Life comes in.
Explaining Level 10 Life requires a separate post and, to be honest, I’m still not 100 percent sure how it works. What I do know is that it’s meant to help you reflect on ten main areas in your life and what you can do to improve on them until you reach the coveted level 10. It doesn’t appear to have a deadline, but it’s organized. Plus, I absolutely love the idea of leveling up – which explains the countless hours of gaming when I was younger.
For my version of the 101 in 1001, I incorporated elements of Level 10 Life and switched out some of the original categories for areas of my life that are important to me. I also added a bar to fill in whenever I complete an item because I’m extra and crossing things off isn’t enough for me. Although, it is a fun and easy way to keep track of the progress.
The calendar is nothing new, but I decided to add a reflection page next to it this year. I was so busy with work and personal matters in 2018 that I didn’t think about making the time to truly reflect and recharge. So, my first goal: write a reflection at the end of each week.
This section is pretty self-explanatory. I prefer a vertical layout because it gives you plenty of space for future entries.
Year in Pixels
This is one of my favorite bullet journal trends and something I’m excited to try out this year. 2017 made it loud and clear just how important mental health is. As an empathetic person, I tend to unintentionally absorb the stress and anxiety of those around me, which takes a toll on my own mental health. And when I’m not in a good place, I can’t expect to fully be there for my loved ones when they need me most.
Second goal: prioritize self-care and monitor mental health. The Year in Pixels will put into perspective how I felt that day, week and month. And when there are rough days, I can easily see that not all days were bad and focus on reaching a better color as soon as I can. And if that’s not enough, I have the next page.
Back in 2014, I kept a jar of slips of papers scribbled with good memories from that year. Cheesy, I know – but that was, without a doubt, the best year I had in college. I wanted to bring it back without wasting paper, so I drew one instead. And if it happens to fill up, that won’t be a problem because I’ll simply draw outside of the jar. Plus, it’s a sign that I had a pretty darn good year.
Lists, Lists, and More Lists.
I’m ashamed to admit this, but I only read one book last year. One. And it wasn’t even good. Therefore, my third goal: read at least one book each month. Other lists I’ve made include shows to watch, songs to learn (because I’ve neglected my piano for far too long), recipes to try and blog posts ideas.
I’m not bad with money, but I could do better. This page will help remind me where my money should be going while still allowing for little luxuries. I’ll also take part in the 52 Week Money Challenge and use that money for Christmas shopping at the end of the year.
Gotta keep track of all my impulsive buys somehow.
It’s a modified version of the original monthly spreads. All I did was move sections around and add a splash of color. I also allotted space for notes and expenses by the week.
I don’t do monthly habit trackers and expense trackers because back when I first started bullet journaling, I completely ignored those pages. I couldn’t be bothered to flip to them multiple times in a day. And I knew that I’d miss something if I waited until the end of the day to fill them out. Yeah, those pages were scrapped three months in.
Instead, I make small habit and expense trackers for the week so they’ll be right where I can see them. It saves pages, and I find them to be more effective. And at the end of the week, I’d put my total weekly expenses back into my monthly spread so I can get a bigger picture of my spending habits. I also added a sleep tracker because my sleeping patterns are all over the place. My fourth goal: get seven hours of sleep during normal bedtime consistently.
At the end of each week, I tend to have empty spaces in my weekly spread. So when all the tasks are done and I have some free time, I plan to go back and fill those spaces with journal entries, drawings, and inserts to give my bullet journal a more personal touch.
My last and fifth goal: create something daily.
On top of drawing in my bullet journal, I also have sketchbooks to fill up, piano covers I’ve been dying to learn and a list of blog ideas to turn into actual posts for all of you to read.
Until then, I wish you all a happy and healthy January!