January Bullet Journal

So as with most people, I have decided to get organized in this new year. I am a naturally fairly organized person, but in 2018 I wanna step up my game. So what is a gal to do when searching for organizational and creative inspiration?

I took to Pinterset…obviously. While there I discovered a very popular lifestyle organizational method called bullet journaling, this new discovery intrigued me. I have always been a person who utilizes binders and phone apps to keep life in order, but this bullet journaling thing seemed like a fun project.

After spending hours on Pinterest searching for the right pages I would want to have in my bullet journal, I went out and bought a graph journal. Apparently there is a difference between a bullet and a graph journal. I didn’t know it, but by the time I had arrived home with my new organizational plan, I had past the point of no return! I was committed.

Alas, this was not the first challenge I encountered on my bullet journal journey. After beginning to put together my pages, I remembered I can’t do art. Yes, I said “do art.” I fully understand one does not “do art” and the whole point of art is take a liberal view of things and embrace new experiences…But I can’t do art. After several trips back to Pinterest and constant reassurance from my brother (the artistic one of the family), I completed the first month of my bullet journal.

Now, I say the first month, but there are a lot of pages in my journal that I will share as the weeks and months roll on. But this post is about January. Along with a weekly spread, I also have a monthly spread in the journal. Included in the weekly spread are my goals and focus for the month and a habit tracker. Here is what I’ve got:

GOALS

Prioritize Self Care: I’ve been trying to be super amazing all the time to everyone but myself lately (she said in a sarcastic tone). I have been spreading myself way too thin and can’t do all the things I need to do. I’ve also been really lacking when it comes to focusing on what should be priorities. The result is a lot of anxiety. I know self care is one of the most important things to maintaining good mental health and I’ve been a delinquent. NO MORE!
Establish a Morning Routine: This is to help me with my first goal. When I was super balanced and able to handle the constant pressures of this crazy thing called real life (as opposed to fictional life found by page and screen), I was waking up early and doing a ton of self care first thing in the morning, before anyone else was awake and could harsh my mellow. I gotta get back to that. Things I’d like to include in my morning routine are a run/workout, meditation, and bible reading.
Establish a Night Routine: What is a morning routine without a night routine? I am a person who believes the best day ever starts the night before…I’m a planner. Therefore, having a strong wind down time will help me to have an awesome wind up time the next morning. Things I’d like to include in my evening routine are yoga/stretching, spiritual reading (not the bible), and journaling.

“A new year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story about yourself.”

FOCUS

This month’s focus was taken from Pinterest, of course. And it is a quote that says, “A new year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story about yourself.” I loved this right away for a couple reasons. Number one: there are precious little teddy bears in the picture, who doesn’t like teddy bears? Number two: it reminds me of the words of Doctor 11 when he said we are all just stories in the end, let’s make it a good one, eh? Number three: I was very passive in my 2017, I let other people write my story and I’m over that. I’m the author of my story, I’m the captain of my ship, and I’m writing an epic adventure novel in 2018! It’s a novel, not a biography or textbook; because as we’ve discussed already, real life is crazy. In 2018 I’m shooting for the moon!…or Milwaukee, which is basically the same things, right?

HABIT TRACKER

As for my habit tracker, a very popular tool in bullet journals, I have several things on the list. The idea is to have an accountability for things one would like to accomplish each day or very regularly throughout the month. On my tracker this month I have:

  • Up by 7:00am
  • Workout 60 minutes
  • Down by 10:00pm
  • Vitamins
  • Meditate 15 minutes
  • Read
  • Blog
  • YouTube video
  • Sacrament (Confession, Mass, Holy Hour)
  • Outside/nature walk
  • Journal
  • Plant based diet
  • Tidy room
  • No spend
  • Do my hair
  • Do my makeup
  • Complete my to do list
  • Yoga

Do you bullet (or graph) journal? This is my first one, but so far things are going pretty okay. Hopefully I’ll keep you all posted on how things go this month and this year. There are still a few open pages in my journal, what do you think I should include? If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting, subscribing, sharing on social media, and making a contribution to my Patreon.

Thank you, have a SPARKLY day!

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