Setting Up a New Bullet Journal

With September just around the corner, I have just finished setting up my new Bullet Journal. I’m still using a Leuchtturm1917, however this will be the first one I use with a dot grid layout. Part of me enjoys the freedom that a dot grid layout gives, but I somewhat miss the structure of the grid layout. We’ll see how I feel about it in a few months ūüôā Let’s get into what I’ve set up so far, shall we?

As always, I start off with my¬†year-at-a-glance, which covers September 2016 – August 2017. So far, all I’ve highlighted are the stat holidays. As time goes on, I will also highlight vacation days, and business trips. It’s always nice to be able to see quickly what I’ve got going on throughout the year, and where I’m spending my time.

Then, of course, I have my¬†Calendex. It’s the same idea as the year-at-a-glance, but it allows me to put in more information. For example, if one day is a stat holiday and someone’s birthday, I can colour code both of those things on the same day. I can mark up to 4 things on each day. I also have the option of putting down the page number on a day that references what it is, or allows me to go read notes, if I’ve taken notes on a specific day (ex. business seminar).

Next, I’ve done up¬†Financial Review¬†pages, that will be done quarterly (October, January and March). I only expect that this BuJo will last me until March, so that’s all I’ve done up to. This way, I can see how I’ve done throughout the year in meeting my goals for saving money, paying down debt, and building a positive cash-flow business.

Then I’ve done up my¬†Level 10 Life¬†spread again. I think that this time, I will bold each line where I’ve filled in the level I’m currently at, and then at once I’ve reached the end of the BuJo, I’ll go back and shade in each area again and bold a new line – so that I can see how much I’ve improved in each area.

Next, I have my¬†Book List¬†and my¬†Things to Do¬†lists. I’ve made it a goal to read 2-3 personal development books each month – so here I write down all the books I’d like to read, and will then fill in the boxes after I finish each one.

I frequently find myself feeling bored, and I hate the idea of staying home and wasting time, so I decided to create a list of things that I like to do. This way, on the days I have nothing planned, I can reference this list and immediately have idea’s of what I can go out and do to better spend my time.

I recently finished reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod this past week and I highly recommend it. I took a lot of value out of the book, and wanted to make a spread in my new bullet journal dedicated to my Miracle Morning Routine. On the right hand page, you can see the S.A.V.E.R.S, 6 things to do in the morning that will help you set yourself up for success. On the left hand page are a few of the affirmations that Hal Elrod recommends. As time goes on, I will add some more of my own.

This is my¬†Weight Loss Tracker. My health and fitness, specifically my weight, is something that I’ve really struggled with these last few years. For those who don’t know me, 5 years ago I lost more than 80lbs. I kept that weight off for a few years, and it was one of my biggest accomplishments. However, over the last 2 years I’ve gained back almost all of that weight. This is something that¬†needs¬†to change. Of course, I know I’m capable of doing it, as I’ve done it before. But so many things are different this time around. My job now is¬†very¬†sedentary, my life has become much more stressful, and between our jobs and our business, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for working out and meal prep. It’s my hope that having a consistent morning routine will help me to set myself up for success in this area, as well as many other areas of my life, and I’m excited to fill in each of these boxes throughout the next year.

¬†Ah yes, the¬†Debt Repayment Tracker. This will feel SO good once it’s all filled in. My husband and I have paid off more than $100,000 of debt in the last 2 years, but we still have a long way to go. Unfortunately a lot of average decisions were made before we got mentorship in our lives, and those decisions led to a lot of debt, and a ‘financed’ success – we were trying to “keep up with the Joneses” as it were. It’s our goal to pay off $35,000 in the next 10 months and I’m excited to fill in this tracker!

My tried and true¬†Monthly Overview, basically taken from Boho Berry (I LOVE her stuff!). It looks pretty empty right now, because September hasn’t started yet, but I frequently refer back to this page throughout the month.

My¬†Health & Fitness Tracker¬†is something I’ve been using for several months now, but this time I’ve added in another column for my BMI. I don’t necessarily condone weighing yourself everyday, as your weight fluctuates day-to-day based on a variety of factors. But, it’s something that I like to do, because I’m a sucker for tracking everything. Although I’ve recently been thinking that I should be tracking my measurements as well (how have I not been doing this?!). So I’ll have to look for some good tracking ideas for that as well.

Last, but not least, I have my¬†September Habit Tracker. This is a tracker that frequently changes month-to-month as my goals change. This month I’ve incorporated my habits for the Miracle Morning Routine so I can see my consistency and improvement. I’ve have always struggled to be a morning person, and I am determined to kick my back habit of sleeping in everyday.

On the back side of that page, you can see the ghosting of my¬†Monthly Time Tracker, but I didn’t bother showing it because, frankly, it’s empty and there’s not much value in showing it. But I’ll definitely include it in September’s month end flip through ūüôā

Have you set up your Bullet Journal for September yet? If so – what’s one of your favourite spreads?


– V

What I’m currently using

Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid A5 Yellow

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Faber Castell PITT Artist Brush Pens

PITT Faber Castell Artists Pens

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