I bullet journaled for the entire year in 2017, and at the end of December it was super fun to flip through and see literally everything I’ve done. Notes from travel, quotes from books, notes from meetings and events I attended, and every “to do” list I ever made in 2017 is all in one place.
After using one for a year, here are my top suggestions for pages to include in your own personal bullet journal.
6 Spreads to Include in Your 2018 Bullet Journal
This one’s self-explanatory, but the index page keeps everything easy to flip to. One of the biggest annoyances I have with taking notes in multiple places is that I can never remember where I wrote something down. Keeping track of every page gives you a scannable, easy way to find what you need.
2. Monthly Calendar
However it works for you, having your month laid out in calendar form really helps put things into perspective. Looking back at each month in retrospect, I’m able to remember and be thankful for the opportunities I had.
3. Weekly Spreads
Planning your week is one of the most important ways to keep on-task. At the beginning of the week, I write down any known appointments or “to-do” items that need to be accomplished, and fill in the gaps throughout the week. I personally also use weekly spreads for tracking my grocery list and workouts, but you could totally have separate pages for those.
4. Work / Meeting Notes
I am a firm believer in always taking notes, regardless of the type of meeting. It also shows the meeting presenter that you are paying attention and getting value from what they are sharing. Storing them in my bullet journal was strange at first, but it keeps me accountable for turning everything into a learning opportunity.
Sometimes, things cross my mind but never make it to implementation simply due to lack of consolidation of ideas into words and actions. When I had thoughts like “Man, I really want to learn that technology,” or “It’d be cool to improve my photography skills,” or even “I should watch that show,” I wrote it down on my goals page and it was a way for me to 1. keep track of all the little thoughts that come and go on a daily basis, and 2. determine which of these ideas I actually wanted to pursue.
6. Actual Journal Entries
My trip to Seattle in August was one of the best trips of 2017. My best friend & I had some really great conversations and on the plane ride home I felt incredibly overwhelmed by my thoughts. I decided to write down, in journal form, all of my thoughts and feelings, and it turned into a really good conversation with myself. I encourage journaling because externalizing your thoughts can help organize them.
There’s no “right” way of using a bullet journal, in my opinion. For that reason, it’s super easy to maintain. These are just some spreads that worked for me and I thought I’d share. Do you use any of these?
If you’re on the fence about starting a bullet journal, just do it! You’ll adapt along the way and find yourself a hell of a lot more productive in the long run. If you have questions, leave a comment below or DM me. I could talk about journaling for days.