Monday, 2 January 2017

Bullet Journal for 2017

The beginnings of my bullet journal for 2017


Hi dear folk

Some of the HM daughters and I are bullet journaling this year.

I have always journaled, kept a diary, made lists and written down goals etc, however these have all been in separate places and never all in one spot.  So, with a bullet journal I can keep everything all in one spot.


I received a unlined parchment
plain paged journal for Christmas.
It has a clip-over cover and a nice
Badgers skin faux cover.


There are a 'million' pins on Pinterest on how to do bullet journaling (none of it is rocket science). I referred to these just to give myself  some visual concept of how to do it (I am a very visual learner). I am keeping mine simple but adding colour to stimulate the ol' brain.

I sat down this morning with all my various note books, cards, spreadsheets, charts and other spurious bits and bobs and started transferring and reinventing this into my bullet journal. So far my bullet journal holds:
 

  • My core values
  • Goals
  • Financial details, coded passwords and website names
  • Daily and weekly disciplines, tasks and new habit forming tasks
  • Faith-based cyclic readings
  • Debt reduction charts and trackers
  • Savings charts and trackers
  • Weight loss tracker
  • Page-per-week and daily bullet tasks

.....transferring and reinventing all my stuff into the bullet journal.


That is just the start - I will be including plenty of other stuff too as it becomes meaningful during the year. The type of things I will include are
  •   I want to learn a new piece of music every month once I get my reed organ
  •   I also want to bit by bit go through and refurbish my old piano - its a big job I can chunk down into diarised tasks to tick off.
  • Going through the scores of boxes in the shed - box at a time. If I diarise the task it will get done.
  •  Ramping up my eBay selling item by item - again diarisable and thus achievable.
  •  Ramping up the frequency of blog posts
I am a 'list' guy - if it is on the list it is 95% guaranteed of getting done (as long as the list is not too stupidly long).  One of the good things about bullet journaling is that after 3 transfers of a task you need to take it off your task list as it obviously is not that important - this discipline forces simplification and prioritisation.


This week's page taking shape.



Anyways.....just thought I would share with you all, just for fun. 
Do you do something similar I wonder? Any great ideas for my bullet journal would be much appreciated.



Take care folks and stay nice.

Mr HM


28 comments:

  1. I've never really kept a journal before, and funnily enough I decided I will this year, so it was great to see your post about keeping one. I've never heard of a bullet journal before (I will google it later) I'm keeping mine simple, I bought a cheap student diary, week to a page, and I'm briefly jotting down what happens each day as well as setting weekly and monthly goals.

    I'm sure it will morph and change over time, and it may be that I need a slightly different format, but I will see if I stick to it first.

    Sounds like you are off to a great start for the year, and I especially like the goal about more blogs from you, I find them so inspiring.

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    1. Oh you've done it now Mr HM...I've just spent an hour reading about bullet journals, and I'm hooked! Basically it's what I've always done but on seperate little bits of paper that inevitably get "misplaced". This concept organises my list obsession into one compact space...where has this been all my life!!!

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    2. ...I know right!? I'm a bit hooked too. It feels weird only having one notebook on me now.

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  2. Writing things down has always solidified things for me. I like the idea that after three times the item gets erased as it's not important enough,

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  3. I kept a bullet journal in 2015. It was a really good tool. I still do much the same process but using a combination of microsoft OneNote and the apps on my mobile phone.

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  4. Must be something in the air as I have also been thinking of this.
    I have kept a diary for 40 years and as the years have gone by the diary has got larger in size so that now it is a day per page. Some days, particularly if there is an event (which doesn't happen often now) I can fill the page up, but generally the page is mostly blank. Such a waste and that is why I've been thinking of something along the lines of a bullet journal. I'd still like to carry on with a diary and am thinking of ways I can modify my current and future diaries. I don't put any personal or sensitive information in my diaries so banking etc would not be included nor do I have school-age children where I have to keep their activities and schedules. I'll sort something out I'm sure and then will probably change my mind and do it another way. Indecisions, indecisions.

    Joan (Wales)

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    1. Hi Joan - good to hear from you. There are so many good ideas out there. I think it is just a matter of cobbling together a system that 'clicks' with you.

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  5. Lists every day which usually get done. Lists in a book for longer term projects.

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  6. Hmmm I've seen these and thought about it. Will be interested to know how it goes gor you.

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  7. I have loads of lists, all separate and kept with the medium they refer to, and some in my head. If I have a list I can focus on it, for the last two years I have been recording my spend on my hobbies, I find I still get what I need but don't buy loads of other stuff, which I think I might need. I use my blog to record events in my life and each year I print my year into a book, I have 6 of them. I spent yesterday reading my 1st year again, very interesting to see how I am changing, and loads of lovely photo's of family.

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    1. Looking back over old diaries and notes can be rather enlightening Marlene - especially when you read stuff you have written and think "Did I know that?! - Gosh!"

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  8. I always have various note books on the go but I guess it would be easier for me if I had it all in one place.

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  9. Happy new year MHM. I'm about to google bullet journaling too. For the first time last year I came up with goals for the year so doing that again although I realise now I need to attach a more structured plan with them. I've sold of a few things lately using Facebook. I just find the eBay fees are so high and postage prohibitive for buyers. Even if you're not a Facebook user you can sign up and then join your local buy, sell, wtb group. Once you've sold everything you can just delete your account or just not use it. I've also bought one thing and lots of people are giving away stuff and swapping plants etc. I've given away a few plants which is very rewarding. Of course you then have to watch that you then don't buy more stuff!! But same with eBay. The FB groups gave moderators too which is good. Now back to my google search

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    1. Enjoy investigating bullet journals! Yep, I know what you mean about ebay - I might give gumtree a shot too.

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  10. Although my home is neat, clean and tidy, I really want to declutter what isvin our cupboatds and under beds. So much 'stuff' put away but never used. If its been under a bed or in a stacker box for 5 years, I really don't need it, do I?
    Living in a small town, we have a couple of Facebook Buy, Swap & Sell pages so I'm going to have a virtual garage sale. I will photograph and price the items then sit back and wait for offers. Once sold, they can come and pick up the item and pay. I did this with our girls old bedroom furniture and it worked a treat. We didnt have to cart any of it away, people came to get it! Stay tuned to see how I go! :)
    I've bought myself a small planner but I'm not great and living by it...I need to try harder!
    Cheers - Joolz xx

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    1. I have a huge wall planner at work Joolz - I would not survive without it.

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  11. I have two notebooks and a little diary where I can see one month to a page. In one notebook, kind of like a journal, I have lists at the back of it - not-so-urgent things - and I look at that periodically and tick off what I've done. Another little notebook lives on my kitchen bench. It's gone my menu plans in it and each day I also list what needs doing that day. I tick it off as I go. I think it's great when you find a system that works for you:) Meg

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    1. Well....I keen to make it work Meg. I am heartily sick of all the notebooks all over creation!

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  12. Debbie in the U.P.3 January 2017 at 12:51

    I'm a list-maker, too. I also had a bullet diary last year. I didn't know it was called that, though. I don't keep bank information or passwords in it; just day-to-day thoughts and happenings. Good luck with yours. I'm pulling out my paints and pencils and may have a go at tarting it up; we shall see. All fun!

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  13. I have not heard of this type of journaling. Think I will investigate further :)

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  14. I found some contact tweety bird contact roll to cover books in my stash,i also had a Pandora blank note book,sitting around doing nothing, that came with a Pandora bracelet my folks got me one year,the book now has a purpose,its my new planner for the year :)

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  15. Well I'm up and running. When I first started googling it I got a bit confused about all the categories or modules but then I read a buzz feed post which broke it down a bit. I really like at although I can already se ways I'll improve it. I didn't think to start the module sections from the back so now my daily notes are all over the place. I'm not starting again though. I'm just using a 320 page exercise book which I had bought thinking I'd just keep a diary. I had already bought a cheap spiral diary but I didn't want multiple books. So I've ripped the pages out and just keep the current month on a clip to schedule stuff. I think the great thing about this is you customise it to suit yourself and you. An add other modules and e snare extras to the 'key'. I've added a $ to track expenses. I had thought about doing all this on google docs but there is just something I like about doing it with a book. I may end up with 2017 parts 1 and 2 but that's ok. Thank you for bringing this up!!

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    1. Yep - the fun bit is that you can make it your own - everyone's is different and unique but still works with the same efficiency.

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  16. I have been thinking of a journal to track my goals and activities on a monthly basis. I love color, scrapbook pages and stickers so I thought it would be fun to use those just for a chance to be creative. I'm retired and have the time to fiddle with this. Just need to find the right kind of book that can expand. Good luck to everyone!

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  17. I'd never heard of a bullet journal! Naturally, I commissioned my close friend, Mr Google to check it out for me. I have always kept a personal journal as well as a home journal.

    As luck would have it, we had a second Christmas with our son and family (they were skiing in Colarado, as one does at Christmas) so was asked what I would like! What I would like is a blank journal, coloured inks and whatever else is in the offing.

    Long story short, I am sitting out the back with a glass of red wine, a blank A4 journal, Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project, Rhonda's Simple Home, assorted writing implements and a sense of anticipation and faith for an excellent year ahead.

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  18. I've heard of these but not investigated any further...but as a lists person you have piqued my interest. Thank you!

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  19. Like the idea, at least this year I do have a real diary to write in, good so far, but it is early days.

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