I started my first bullet journal in April 2016, and I finally finished it in December 2017. Since getting a full-time job and moving back in with my parents, I have less responsibilities and free time than I’m used to. This has lessened my need for lists upon lists and instead I now use my bujo for tracking and reflecting. This works well for me, but means I don’t use nearly as many pages as someone who is writing constant weekly or monthly lists – hence it’s lasted so long! Today I’m sharing the pages I’m bringing into my 2018 journal, and I think it’s safe to say a lot has changed since I last started a bujo from scratch.
The first page I’m bringing to my 2018 journal is my yearly overview. I do this at the start of every year as a first page of sorts which comes in handy when I’m drawing out a monthly layout. This is always accompanied by a future log, which for the past two years I have just had as a 6 month view and then picked up the final 6 months later on. I usually start the year with a list of birthdays and then add holidays and appointments and whatever else as and when.
My new year’s resolutions page is something I added in for 2017, and of course it had to come with me for 2018. I don’t use it a whole lot, but I feel like it’s a good starting point for the year and if I am feeling particularly lost, I can flick back to it and get back on track with what matters. This year’s resolutions are more about trying than they have been in previous years, and I’m just going to be working on lots of new things really!
My monthly overviews have also made it into 2018, a shell of their former selves but much more practical in terms of what I actually use them for. I tend to put my blogging stats at the bottom of the page unless I have loads of appointments or a massive to-do list for the month (i.e. never).
See also: My December bullet journal setup
Next up is my Instagram hashtag list. This is so useful when I upload anything new as I can see at a glance some easy hashtags to use. I do intend to really grow this one day, but for now it’s staying as is.
My blogging goals chart is another necessity that’s made it to the 2018 bujo, but it’s had a bit of a facelift since last year. I stole the idea for this one from Gwennan originally and I feel like I now understand a lot better how to make it work for me. I’ve cut it down to three main things to track – my all-time blog pageviews, my Instagram followers and my Twitter followers, and I’ve figured out some good intervals for my growth. Hopefully I’ll be able to colour in a few more of these boxes soon!
See also: How I actually use my bullet journal
Last but not least, we have my blog ideas page and my stats overview. I always write out my stats to refer back to for when I’m writing my blog and social stats posts, but it’s nice to be able to flick back at past months in my bullet journal too. As I put my December stats in my 2018 journal, I thought I’d also put my yearly stats in as well as some goals for the year ahead.
And that’s about it. I’m having a bit of a re-think on what I actually want to include in my bullet journal, and I think that’s obvious from the pages I’ve actually carried over. I’ve had so many spreads in the past go to waste because I just don’t use them, so I’m going really minimalist to ensure I’ll actually use the pages I’ve got. The only thing I haven’t drawn out yet is my editorial calendar for the blog, but I wasn’t really feeling my old layout so I want to find a new one before I commit.
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know which pages you’re bringing into 2018 with you, and which of mine is your favourite.