Today I’m going to be talking about my new Digital Bullet Journal for 2019!
I discovered bullet journals at the beginning of this year, but have been unsuccessful at starting/maintaining my own. I’ve tried multiple times to set up a physical bullet journal as that was my preferred method to plan, but it was a lot of work. And it didn’t help that my hands hurt a lot by the time I finished setting up just one spread because of the repetitive motion of using a ruler (due to my disability).
Even when I did manage to successfully set it up, I never went back in to actually use it though I really wanted to (and if I did, I would go days without updating it). I think it was because I spent so much time and energy creating it that by the time I finished, I needed a break from it 😆 .
I had just come to terms with the fact that bullet journaling was not for me when I discovered that it could also be done digitally. I was on a Youtube-binge when I first discovered a video by Michele Christensen where she does a step-by-step tutorial for creating a bullet journal in OneNote.
I followed her tips and tricks and set up my journal in about 5 hours (I had never used OneNote before and was learning as I went…I’m also a bit of a perfectionist 😆 )
So I had it all set and started using it when I discovered another video by Denise Vajak where she shows how to use PowerPoint to make Bullet Journal backgrounds for OneNote. I liked how realistic it made the bullet journal feel so I created one for my own journal. It took a long time to get it perfect because I couldn’t just copy/paste my old bullet journal layouts into the new background because formatting was thrown off. I basically had to start all over from scratch 😦 but I can’t complain as I really love the final result 🙂 !
MY BULLET JOURNAL
I got all my photos from pixabay.com
The binder rings I got off Etsy from MyCutieStore
(they are used in the Denise Vajak video linked above)
I started my bullet journal with the books I read in 2019 section (including December 2018). I thought it would be easier to break it down by months and will add more pages as I go. I thought about including an INDEX but found it unnecessary as I can easily click through without it. I still might add a FUTURE LOG, but that would only be for 2020 as I can easily get to the 2019 months.
Here is my December 2018 monthly spread. I must say I’m very proud of how it turned out because I had to create it myself using PowerPoint. After creating the bullet journal background, it was rather easy. I haven’t created any of the other monthly views yet, because it took quite a while but I think they will go a lot faster now that I know what I’m doing 😆
I’m on a very tight budget at the moment so I want to have a place to keep track of just how much I’m spending and what I’m spending on. I also like to see how much I’m actually able to save for a particular month.
This year has been hit or miss with my blog. I keep going months without posting a single thing which is something I want to change. I have bigger plans in 2019 (which I will talk about in a later post) but for December I really want to get at least 2 posts a week up. Then I have my stats for my social media pages. I don’t really care too much about numbers. However, I do think keeping track of the number of followers I have will make it easier to see if/how much I grow over time.
I really want to make writing more of a priority. As you probably know, I ended up quitting NANO halfway through and as I said it was because of the word count pressure (link to that post here) but I also didn’t have much of a writing routine going into it. So I figured that if I set my own small daily goals and stick to them, I might have a better chance of creating a writing routine.
Much like with my writing I want to make reading more of a priority. I find myself going days at a time without picking up a book, and its not because I don’t have the time–its that I choose to spend my time when I could be reading scrolling through my phone instead, especially right before bed. I have my goal at 100 pages a day. I know I won’t always make my goal, but its good to have that number in mind.
And finally, I have my weekly spreads. I don’t have the numbers for any of the other weeks just yet, though I plan on finishing that soon, but the layout is the same. On the left is just for my daily breakdowns where I will list everything I need to do or places I need to go. On the right are my trackers. Making sure I do my daily routines and creating new habits–like waking up at 8am and no phone before bed. The other is just to log how much water I’m drinking everyday as I don’t always drink enough.
That’s all I have for this post. Do you bullet journal? Do you use a physical journal or a digital one? Which do you prefer?
Thanks for reading!