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review of my 2020 bullet journal (july to december)

Considering I’ve now been bullet journaling for over a year, this post is a bit late. Can I blame it on the pandemic…?! 

Anyway, I first tried it out in July 2020 and used up a whole Papier notebook in the space of about 6 months. What I like about Papier is the ability to personalise and that’s exactly what I did with this Miffy one. 

By the end of the six months, the notebook had expanded in density as you can see…

What I really liked about bullet journaling is the ability to make spreads that suit me. I also really liked that I could really do some trial and error with different layouts or designs each week. The other really good thing is that you can be as artistic or minimalistic as you like. I erred on the side of minimalistic with a dash of colour but ultimately, tried to stay as basic as possible. 

Although I could easily buy, for example, a Leuchtturm planner for the year, I often found pages were wasted as I don’t need a world map or address section (not saying this is what Leuchtturms have – just some planners do). By using a bullet journal system, it allows all pages to be utilised in a way I would like, maximising productivity and also value for money with each notebook. Particularly important if you’re opting for one on the pricier end of the spectrum. It also allows me to choose the paper in the notebook. 

As I’ve got older, I’ve appreciated reflecting a lot more. Each month, I will make a note of the days where there was exercise, books read and films/TV series watched amongst other things. Now, I often freestyle the reflection with anything I need to dump onto paper. 

It’s quite nice to see when I’ve been most productive with exercise in particular because I got into running in December 2020 and since then, I’ve noticed my mood lifts on the days immediately after a run and vice versa. This has been particularly important lately as the days are now shorter which also often causes a mood dip in me. 

I’ve found a year to view not that helpful to be quite honest. That said, it’s a spread I can’t quite cut out yet as a planner doesn’t feel like a planner without a year to view. 

I’ve been doing a 101 in 1,001 days challenge for a while now and I think I’m onto my third or fourth one? It’s quite nice to have goals that require checking off as I’m very much a goal-oriented person. When I don’t feel like I’m achieving, my motivation decreases. Therefore, having a challenge like this keeps me motivated in life. 

Overall, bullet journaling has been a success for me. I’ve enjoyed making my own spreads and customising my bullet journaling depending on what my current needs are. As convenient pre-printed planners are, there’s something satisfying about creating your own planner. I’ll likely do an update with my 2021 bullet journal at some point so sit tight for that to see how my spreads have evolved…! 

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