With 2018 right around the corner, I thought it’d be appropriate to do this post and share what my bullet journal is looking like for this year. This is my second year of bullet journaling, and it has really become a favorite hobby of mine. I’ve learned which layouts work for me and which ones don’t, and I love that building my own bullet journal allows so much flexibility and customization. Everything I want in a planner, nothing I don’t.
Oh, and for previous bullet journal layouts, check out these three posts!
- January 10, 2017: Bullet Journaling
- May 16, 2017: Bullet Journal Update
- August 22, 2017: Bullet Journal Update #2
Tools of the Trade
I’m a creature of habit. I bought the emerald version of last year’s bullet journal, although this time I went for dotted instead of graph paper. And as before, I’m using Staedtler fineliner pens, Mildliner highlighters, and Tombow brush pens.
Just like in last year’s bullet journal, I started off with a yearly overview. I like being able to color code my months on this page – plus, what else are you going to do with a first page?
Year in Pixels
I’ve seen this idea all over Pinterest, and I think it’s so cool. Basically, you color in a square each day based on your overall mood that day – ranging from an excited bright pink to a tired gray. When the year’s over, you get a really cool and colorful representation of how the year as a whole went. I also think it’ll be really interesting to see if my moods have any random or unanticipated patterns.
Movies to Watch and TV Shows to Watch
As I’ve explained in a previous bullet journaling post, I am often way too task-oriented to let myself sit down and watch a TV show or a movie. However, I want to watch more movies/shows, so these spreads are a way of letting myself do this. When I watch an episode of a movie, I get to “cross something off my to-do list.” Yes, I know, I’m almost too Type A to function.
Books to Read
I’m bringing back the bookshelf! This was honestly my favorite part of my bullet journal last year, so I was all too ready to bring it back for 2018. Having a written representation of all of the books I’ve read in a year just looks so dang cool.
Places to Go
Like 2017, 2018 will be a year filled with quite a bit of travel for me. I wanted a fun place to document that, so this spread happens. Ideally, when I visit a place (whether it be a different state, country, or continent), I’ll draw the outline of said place on this page. When I finish the year, I’ll have a ton of shapes covering the page to represent all of the fun places I go. (Not gonna lie, totally wish I had done this in 2017 too.)
I love monthly layouts, but I wasn’t doing any towards the end of my 2017 bullet journal. This year, I decided to put all 12 months in the front – that way, I can plan things out months in advance and have all of that “big picture” information right at the front of the page. I’m also in love with how this January page turned out, and I can’t wait to start filling it in more!
Spring Semester Overview
Having a central location for my class schedule and major due dates is a must, so that’s where this spread came in. My class load is going to be pretty light this semester (and it’s the last one woo!!), so these two pages should be sufficient to fit all of the important dates and times.
My weekly layout is pretty much identical to the one I showed in my most recent bullet journal post. For me, it’s the best option – I can track important health-related things, keep a running to-do list, and break things down by day. It looks a little plain right now, but it’s usually full of color and excitement by the end of the week!
When my next blog post goes live, it’ll be the new year! Hope you’ve had a wonderful year and are looking forward to an even better 2018.