TWO YEARS OF BULLET JOURNALING
When I started my blog in August 2016, I aimed to have two main topics: beauty and bullet journaling. Despite my journal content somewhat slipping off the radar (dramatically) since then, it’s still something that I use every single day and helps me organise my life. I thought it would be fun to have a look through my current bullet journal and see how it has changed since the first one (You can see the second one here, by the way – the first isn’t on my blog. Or I have a whole category for bullet journals here!).
I started bullet journaling in May 2016 after falling down a Pinterest hole. I wanted my journal to look as beautiful as the ones I saw online, despite being ‘creatively challenged’ and having messy handwriting and no art skills. As you can imagine, my journals have never looked perfect, but they’ve always been incredibly functional and helpful in my daily life.
At the start of my bullet journaling life, I had a lot more time on my hands – I didn’t have a blog or YouTube channel to run, so I spent the majority of my time (when I wasn’t job-hunting) making my bullet journal pretty and adding collections. Nowadays, I don’t have nearly as much time, so I keep my journal simple, with less collections and random pages and keep things pretty minimal.
The things I’ve kept the same at the beginning of my journal are the year at a glance, year at less of a glance (that’s not what it’s called, I just don’t have a name for it), period tracker, weight tracker, order tracker, wishlist, books to read/films & tv to watch lists, to do list. In this journal, I didn’t include: a birthday list, savings spread, bill tracker, etc.
In my 2018 journal, I’ve integrated my YouTube/Blog stuff into it, rather than having a separate journal. I have plans for the entire year of posts, as well as video ideas and both income and outgoings related to the business (for tax reasons).
My first journal had a lot more collections in, as I mentioned. Nowadays I just have the ones I need throughout the year, like a makeup inventory, or a list of ideas for something in particular, whereas in 2016 I created pages for new bits of information I learnt, tattoo ideas, random doodles, and so on. I also liked to add more colour than I do now, mostly because I just don’t have the time these days!
My monthly and weekly segments are a lot more organised and streamlined now. I have a title page and a page with a calendar, favourites, worsts, to-do list and social media follower count on one double spread. Then on the next page I have my social media planner, which I use and edit all the time. It’s so handy. I do each week over a double-page spread. I’ve experimented a lot with the weekly layouts in the past, but I think this is how it works best for me. I used to take part in journal challenges, which I’d incorporate into weekly spreads in 2016 and 2017, but I just don’t have the time and energy for that now.