Thursday, January 14, 2016

BuJo update

I'm 2 weeks into using my bullet journal and although I haven't been using it religiously, I have been generally keeping it updated and referring back to it. More so than any previous diary/calendar/planner I have tried. There are lots of things I like about it. And some I would like to change. Luckily the beauty of the bullet journal means I can change it!To some extent.

Here's a quick update.

My contents page is being updated with lists & details as they are entered. 

This is one of the things I'm not so keen on. Because the notebook is used in a linear way things aren't grouped, so not all of January's journal days are together. If I fill a page and want to add more - for example, blogs to read - I need to use a separate page later on in the notebook which can lead to duplicating info. It can also be hard to quickly find stuff - and this is only 2 weeks on.... What will it be like when the notebook is full?

I've had to re-write my 100 actions as some were too much to do in 15 minutes and not focused on my actual goal. Instead of ripping out the page I've just paper clipped another list on top. 

I like the month to view pages, but really want to have February's ready to add dates to rather than having another diary to update.

I added a 'week to view' page layout for the first week, where I can add a bit of planning detail for the week ahead. my issue then is that I am duplicating information again in the daily journal pages. Which are starting to get a bit messy.... :-/

For the second week I created a '2 days per page' layout for the week ahead, with space for planning, and to add my daily journal notes. When I remembered to! This has worked a lot better for me, but doesn't really take into account the flexibility intended for the bullet journal.

I want to have everything in one place and I do love the idea of the bullet journal, but I am beginning to feel that soon it is going to start getting too complicated to find the information I need. It already takes me a while to find my monthly trackers....

I have been thinking that maybe a planner would be better for me - to have all the dated information in one section, and able to keep lists etc in another section. But I have found planners (in particular Filofax binders) difficult to write in with the binder being too bulky and the writing space to small. Until I discovered the Filofax Clipbook. I haven't yet purchased one as I decided I wanted to give my little notebook a fair run at it... but I keep thinking about it. It seems to lie flat, it's a good A5 size, I can use the principle of the BuJo, with the addition of being able to take out and add sheets of paper easily. I just need to decide whether to go for it or not.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

2016 - the year of the BuJo

Hello dear blog. It's been a while. I'm not going to patronise with apologies and excuses, just say that I am back, and hoping to stay in touch. 

As ever, I am still in the never ending pursuit of organising my house, my work, my life. I have decided that 2016 WILL be the year I do this. 

I have signed up to a little challenge (we all know I love a challenge) the 100 days goals by The Business Bakery ( where we set a goal or two that we can achieve in 100 days. There is a wonderful Facebook group with lots of people all doing the same which is so far proving to be very encouraging. 

In order to keep track of my goals, I have set up a Bullet Journal - my BuJo. So far I love it. And wanted to document what I did for future reference, and in case it does help anyone else out too. So here goes.

I am a bit of a wannabe perfectionist, I really want to be one, but often fall short. So I get annoyed if I make a mistake in my 'good' notebooks. Step 1 of creating my BuJo was to have two notebooks. One for making notes and scribbles, things I just want to get out of my head, and one as my proper journal. Guess which is which.... 

The Angry notebook was one I found in the house, so wasn't purchased especially for this, the message on the front is purely accidental. I am not angry. All the time.

First I printed out a year to show 2016 calendar for the inside cover. This one I got from

Next comes the contents pages. (I will try to rotate the images, but for now getting them in this post is more important. Bear with!) I left 2 pages for indexing. 

To remind me what I'm doing & for a bit of colour, I printed out the 100 Day Goal logo and a little quite from the workbook and stuck it in. 

Then I made a note of what my goals are, in the form of a mini mind map. 

Then I started writing down my 100 actions to take over the next 100 days to reach my goals. As I have 2 goals, I have 2 sets of actions. 

Now it's time for the journal part. The recommended layout on is to create a month to view page, weekly pages then daily journal pages. Here's January's month to view. 

In keeping with monthly views, I then set up a daily habit tracker. To mark off my daily tasks. This is likely to grow as the months go on, but I wanted to make sure I keep to it for now. Baby steps and all that...

As the first was a Friday, and I like to think of Monday as being the first day of the week, I didn't set up a weekly plan yet, I'll do that on Sunday. I'm just straight in to the journal pages. All this entails is writing the date, not even on a new page just below the previous entry, and making some notes on things I need to do, progress made etc. 

So far, so good. And if I can keep this enthusiasm going, I'll be fine! 

If you have a bullet journal and find anything that particularly works for you, please do share! See you again soon.