This is my new bullet journal to start off 2019. It’s made from 100% recycled paper, so it’s nice and environmentally friendly. It’s a soft-cover journal, although it’s fairly stiff.
Here’s what I’ve got laid out in it so far:
- Each month gets two one-page monthly calendar overviews; one is for tracking mood/emotions, and the other to capture external events and some other factors.
- Each month also has 2 pages devoted to tracking self-care activities and what’s happening in my body. I’ll probably come up with some kind of colour-coding system for this, but I haven’t figured that part out yet. Still, it’s already a lot more organized than what I was doing in 2018 with a lot of different things in a lot of different places
- I also have weekly overview pages that include my goals for the week. Doing the weekly goals was working well for me last year. So far all of these things I’ve mentioned I was already doing in 2018 at least to some extent, but because I started doing them at different times they were scattered in multiple places throughout my journal. Now they’re all clustered at the beginning.
- I’ve written out the whole year worth of dates for my daily gratitude log. I did this in 2018, and apart from missing a few days I was really consistent with it.
- There’s a page to keep track of all my medical and any other health-related appointments.
- I’ve got pages devoted to goals, accomplishments, things that make me smile, and inspirational quotes. I found it useful in 2018 to set aside pages for positive things.
Pretty coloured pens and some cool stickers are the extent of my visual artistry, and I’m okay with that. I’ve given up any pretence of being able to draw even simple geometric shapes.
I still have some room in my 2018 journal, and I plan to use that for free-form thought dumps and keep the 2019 journal quite structured.
Have you started a new journal for 2019? How have you laid it out so far?
I was going to keep my lack of artistic talent to myself, but there have been some requests, so here goes…
The top half is my overview. In case you doubted my evaluation of my artistic abilities, the purple alien claw in the lower left corner for the last few days is my version of a hand, which is my symbol for when my eczema is acting up.
The lower half is my mood and emotion tracker. The number is a mood ranking and the colour-coded letters are emotions. The code for that is on the colourful page shown below.
This is where I track some of the things I’m doing, both healthy and unhealthy, and what’s going on in my body. I’m not thrilled with how I’ve organized it, so I think I’ll change it up for next month.
This is exactly how I did my weekly summaries and goals last year, and it worked well.
The MH@H Store has a free how-to guide on creating a bullet journal to support your mental health. My approach isn’t about artistry; the key is functionality.