Hello everyone! Today’s post is all about the organizational system I use: the bullet journal. For those of you who aren’t aware of it, a bullet journal is basically a customized, forgiving organizational system that helps keep track of everything you want to keep track of. That includes to-do lists, monthly goals, yearly goals, and others. What makes a bullet journal extremely accessible is you only need a notebook and a pen to get started. How it works is you basically categorize pages of your journal for certain trackers. You have pages 5-15 for your daily to-do lists for one month, for example. It’s just easy to use, unlike ready-made planners which may not be suited for your exact needs. With a bullet journal, you can customize your content however way you want.
My bullet journal is, as stated earlier, customized to cater to my needs. Here are some of the pages I have in my bullet journal:
- A yearly goals page
At the start of every year, I save a page in my bullet journal that highlights what I want to achieve. I usually create this page in the first day of January to prepare myself for tasks that will actualize my goals. This year I have four goals: maintain my exercise routine, lose weight, and save money. These goals are actually achievable, which is great, because you don’t want to write goals that are too hard to reach. You’ll only hurt yourself in the long run. Remember to set timely, sustainable goals that you are sure you will accomplish.
2. A monthly goals page
Each month in my bullet journal starts with a page where I list down what I want accomplished. For instance, my goals for January are to go back to learning French, learn more about writing, and keep track of what I eat. These goals are written in the monthly goals page of my January spread. This is, again, to keep track of what I want to achieve by the end of the month.
3. A daily to-do list spread
Pretty self-explanatory. This highlights what I have to accomplish on a day-to-day basis. The spread usually spans multiple pages with either three or four days per page. Of course, if you have a lot of things to do per day, you can allot one page per day to make sure that all your tasks are visible. The good thing about this is that you can feel accomplished everyday every time you check a task you’ve finished.
4. A habit tracker
I am bad at routines. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I have a problem keeping up with the tasks and chores. Having a tracker that specifies the habit and the days when I have to accomplish them really helps me keep track of the things I should do.
5. An accomplishments page
Here, I list down the things I have accomplished that I’m proud of. I list one accomplishment per day. This is because I’m training my brain to be more positive and to see every day as an opportunity for growth and development. It’s definitely better than looking at days as hurdles you have to go through, which was my mindset a couple of months back. Now I view every day as a chance to prove something to myself and to the people around me.
6. A food tracker spread
Here, I keep a list of food I have eaten everyday, specifically what I ate during the morning, afternoon, and night. I just think doing this will make me wary of overeating and will make me understand why I’m not achieving the results I want.
7. An exercise tracker spread
Like a food tracker spread, this spread specifies the exercise routines I’ve performed per day. Aside from keeping track of the intensity of my exercises, looking at how much I’ve worked out per day makes me feel happy and proud of myself, particularly as I’m not a sporty person. My friends would often joke that my favorite sport is reading – that’s enough insight to tell you that physical activity is not my cup of tea.
So these are the pages I have in my bullet journal. What about you guys? Do you use a planner or a bullet journal? If it’s the latter, what do you include in it?