Starting My New Bullet Journal

Hi guys, and welcome to a very exciting blog post! Before we get into a detailed look at how I’ve set up my brand new discbound bullet journal, I have an announcement. Today I officially open my Etsy sticker shop. I’ve wanted to create stickers for creators and bullet journalers for months now, and I’ve finally gotten to a point where I am launching my first packs. I’m so proud of each and every listing and it would mean the world to me if you would go and check it out!

For starters, I have two monthly theme packs (one seasonal and one Disney) as well as two additional full page quote pages. There’s so much you can do with these downloads (but I’ll do a whole post on that another time) so make sure to check back every Wednesday for more listings and more varieties.

To find out more, head on over to the shop.

But now, on with the post!

the journal
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?


I have been using a bullet journal for over a year now in three different notebooks.

The first was a Paperblanks Notebook that I had kicking around the house, the second was a Leuchterm 1917 and the third was a

Rhodia Notebook.Although I loved all of these notebooks for different reasons, I really wanted to be able to divide my next journal into categories for easier access.

Also, as a minimalist, I’m really hating having all these old journals sitting around, so I wanted a system with detachable pages I could scan into my computer and throw out when necessary.

Therefore, I’ve gone for a beautiful discbound journal from Jane’s Agendas. Yes, they are an American company, but they do ship internationally – so it worked well for me (even with the hideous customs and handling fee).

Obviously, I haven’t been using it for long enough to give a full review, but near the end of the month I’ll get back to you on that front.

For now, I’ll link it so you can find out more, and get into the planning.

sections


For dividers, I just bought these little white divider tabs off Amazon and wrote my six main categories on them.

In my current set up I have…

  • Planner
  • Faith
  • University
  • Miss Abigail
  • Personal
  • Brain Dump

But the beauty of these is that they can be changed whenever I feel like it.

For title pages I just created a simple ‘page’ shape on my computer and used some confetti clip art to jazz things up a bit.

planner
On with the planning!


I’m going to do a whole post on my September set up, so, for now, we’re just going to do out our future log.

I decided to just plan till the end of 2017, since that seems like a sensible way to divide time. So I have the 4 months with space beside each month to write in any events or appointments I know are coming up.

My top tip when it comes to calendar layouts is to always leave 14 horizontal squares for the days of the week (not 7) to avoid everything looking crushed up as it gets filled in.

faith
I don’t have any pages to plan out in here right now, as they tend to operate on a monthly/weekly basis.

However, this section will include my monthly prayer logs (which will be better explained in a September plan with me) and the notes I take during sermons at church.
Essentially, it’s a place for me to grow and track my faith.

However, it doesn’t have to be just that – this could easily become a place for gratitude, self-care, personal development, or other forms of spirituality, it’s totally up to the beholder.

university
Again, since this section isn’t applicable to everyone, I’m going to do a whole other post on it soon – psst it’s going to be the next thing that goes up, so you won’t be waiting long!

miss abigail
Since the majority of my blog planning is done online, this is more of a creative space where I can scribble down thoughts, flesh out ideas, or sketch some monthly theme ideas.

Basically, it’s my creative space in the journal.

Note: If you’re interested in a blog planning spread or planner, I could easily create paper versions of what I do online? If that’s something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below!

personal
This is more of a catch-all for those random collections that crop up every now and again.


For starters, I have my weekly budget. This is really an ideal budget, and I definitely don’t stick to it every week, but it is useful to have on hand when I’m thinking about making a purchase, no matter how small.


Then, there’s my Wishlist. I keep this beside my budget as a kind of think-tank. I’m really bad for impulse online shopping, so I have a new plan… if I want it, I must to force myself to write it down and leave it to stew. Then, when I revaluate the item in a couple of weeks time, I’ll be immediately confronted with its impact on my budget – fingers crossed that gets the message through!

Finally, there’s my more in depth financial planner. This is a monthly, paper version of the weekly, digital spreadsheet I store on my computer. It’s my baby that was forced into existence by working irregular hours, having inconsistent expenses and the hard-to-manage UK student loan system. If you guys are interested, I will try to explain the spreadsheet (and this log) fully, but it could get very boring very quickly, so I’ll save it for another time.

brain dump
Finally, there’s my Brain Dump category. This section doesn’t have any official spreads behind it, just a few blank sheets of paper I can scribble on when I feel my brain’s about to boil over.

It’ll probably end up being an amalgamation of lists, stream of consciousness journaling, mind maps and other random notes – it’s not going to be pretty, but it is an essential aspect of any functioning bullet journal.

And that’s it! Thanks for coming with me as I set up my new bullet journal! If you guys have any questions or ideas, let me know in the comments, I love hearing from you all!

6 Comments

  1. I would be interested in your blog planning spread – a lot of my blog planning and review notes are in a paper journal since I access the internet in different ways depending on where I am and don’t always have the same access (to photo editing, for instance). Your bullet journal posts have been inspiring me to spruce up my blog book!

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