Here’s my lovely little man Peanut alongside my 2020 bullet journal. It’s hardcover, and quite a bit bigger than my 2019 journal. It’s got lots of sparkle on the front, which is cool, particularly since I’m entirely unartistic and there’s nothing fancy about what I put inside (aside from stickers).
I’ve kept a lot of things the same from my layout from last year because it worked well for me. For every month I have an overview calendar, a mood tracker, a habit and health tracker grid, space for daily gratitude entries, and weekly overviews. I’ve also gfot my own little symbol/colour codes
One change I did make for this year was not to write out in advance the monthly habit and health trackers, because last year I found that I wasn’t necessarily wanting to pay attention to the same things each month. Instead, I’ve prepared the grids ahead of time for each month (which is the pain in the butt part), and then I’ll fill in the tracking parameters one month at a time.
At the back of the journal I’ve got pages started for health stuff like doctor visits and lab test results, blogging goals, writing plans, accomplishments, inspirational quotes, and a few other things. These I’ll add to throughout the year.
Positive-focused page headings and lists
- things that make me smile
- inspirational quotes
- self-care favorites
- the kindness of others
- my values
- favorite foods
- places I want to travel to
- great analogies
- favorite words
- things that make me feel beautiful/sexy/confident
Things to do with my illness
- current treatment plan
- treatment options to consider
- my treatment history
- my illness symptom history
- treatment provider visits
- essential elements that would be part of recovery
- what I’ve learned/gained from my illness
- skills I’m working on and outcomes of practicing them
- checking my misinterpretations
- insights from meditating on various topics
- recognizing the use of avoidance
- identifying cognitive distortions
I’ve been bullet journalling for almost 2 years now, and as time has gone on I use my journal less and less for free-form writing. The most valuable role it serves is allowing me to easily track things and see patterns, especially since my memory is crap. If I wanted to know how often in 2019 I had a migraine on a Tuesday the week after my period, I could look that up.
I typically take 5 minutes every day to do my usual daily tracking and add in any new accomplishments, test results, blog goals, or what have you. Occasionally I’ll spend more time with it, but usually that’s not necessary. It’s very quick and easy.
It does take me a while to set up a new journal at the beginning of the year, but it doesn’t take much thought so it’s easy to do while I’m watching tv.
So, that’s my new bullet journal for 2020!
Do you bullet journal? Have you made any changes to your setup for the new year?
And in case you’re interested, my journaling supplies are (these are affiliate links):
- Autumn moon journal (Peter Pauper Press)
- Essential planner stickers – wake up kick ass repeat
All photos by author.
This how-to guide on Creating a Bullet Journal to Support Mental Health is available free from the MH@H Download Centre. My approach isn’t about artistry; it’s all about functionality.