I had a quiet Christmas at home this year. My little boys were excited to see what Santa brought and they were a joy to watch. I am lucky enough to have my Mother here staying with us for an
extended visit as well. I am excited to have over a week off to relax, recharge and plan for the new year.
This week is my favorite of the year! I spend time planning out my year at a glance, setting up my new planner, setting some goals and writing a long journal entry reflecting on the past year. This year I’m excited to set up my second Bullet Journal. I used one last year and LOVED the flexibility it offered me.I use a Moleskin square notebook and our Marvy Uchida journaling pen. I also have a set of markers, pencil crayons, rulers, stamps etc that I use.
I sat down yesterday and organized my thoughts on what I wanted to include in this year’s journal. Here are some ideas that I’ve pinned that I will be including:
This is a page I did last year for my front page that I will be recreating this year again. I loved the annual overview! It’s a great way to break into a new journal when you aren’t sure what to inlcued on the first page!
A goal setter for each area of my life. I live to set goals. It helps to align me and set my vision for the next year. I use a couple goal trackers in my journal in conjunction with one another. This one shown above and I also do a Level 10 Life check in. (Google Level 10 Life for details) The reason I like to do this is to analyze where I am at the beginning of the year and then at points throughout the year on achieving my Level 10 Life. It allows me to be mindful of what I am spending my energy in my life on.
On the topic of mindfulness is the recharge map. I did this last year and it was a great way to remind me and to ground me when life feels chaotic. Which my life sure can feel like these days!!! I list out things that will recharge my batteries and allow me to get grounded.
This year one area that requires my attention is my health. I’ve been very slack in this area for the last six months while I battled some stressful times in my life. I enjoy exercise and eating healthy so why wouldn’t I combine it with a few pages in my BUJO to track. This page above is a workout tracker. Now I’m not a runner but I plan on incorporating this into my workout planner to track on an annual basis how I do. It will be a great motivator to open to this page and see lots of boxes checked off. For my actual workout plan I will use a page like this and plan out what I will do. I plan on using an assortment of Jillian Micheals videos and Yoga DVDs I have to mix it up.
In addition to obviously using my planner for day to day stuff I like to use a future log to plan out big plans. These are broken down into my weeks and days as the time goes by but having this page helped me to plan ahead and not miss some important things that needed to be done seasonally in the last year.
My Habit Tracker helps me to be accountable to actually DOING things for myself. Things that are important but in the rush-rush lifestyle I have I do not include. Things like healthy lunch reading, scrapbooking…I’m going to revamp this layout this year and do them in in
Pages that I will also have in my journal include a Gratitude Journal, a Whole 30 Food Tracker, When I did it last list and a Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Housekeeping planner. Ambitious? Yes. Overcomplicated? For some I’m sure. For me I feel grounded when I have a plan. I feel in control and like I have direction. I can’t handle a life without direction! I love the creative freedom of a bullet journal too. I don’t do a ‘tradtional’ bullet journal with a calendex at the beginning of it. I use colors, stickers, stamps, doodles to separate it and make it easy to flip through for what I need. That is the best for me, the ability to make it however it works best for me!
So what am I using my beautiful Close to my Heart Planner for you ask? It’s so pretty and will get used I promise! I will post that in a separate post in a few days so keep your eyes peeled!