It's time to share my theme for the year and how I'm using it to guide me in my second year of keeping a bullet journal.
Last year, without knowing what to expect, I committed to keeping a bullet journal... and honestly? I'm forever changed.
I used to keep ten thousand different lists and often felt horrible when I wound up adding more than I crossed off. Over the past 12 months, keeping my bullet journal has:
- increased my productivity
- improved my ability to prioritize
- helped me focus on the absolutely necessary
- helped me plan within reason
With that said, though, maintaining a bullet journal did have some drawbacks. I got too caught up in trying to make each spread look Instagram-worth. I started focusing on the wrong things... and then I started feeling overwhelmed. The number of items I had to migrate from week to week frustrated me, and I almost gave up on the system altogether.
Thank goodness, I snapped out of it.
I accepted that the elaborate spreads weren't working and stopped creating them. I needed something cleaner and less complicated. I needed spreads that I could replicate without investing too much time. Simply put -- I needed to do less.
So, this year, I'm taking a different approach to my bullet journal. Keeping my theme for the year -- Less is More -- in mind, I'm going to concentrate more on creating a minimalist look.
I've only carried some of the more involved spreads from my 2018 journal over to this year's journal. The only real forms of embellishment I've used thus far are accents of color here and there. And, boy, does it help not having to dig through moving boxes to find my small collection of washi tape to complete the look!
I've been able to create weekly spreads for the entire month of January all at once. Having that much room to plan ahead helps me stay realistic in terms of what I can accomplish within any given day. So far, I haven't had to worry about putting too much on my plate. Now I can see when I need to take it easy and when I can afford to load my to-do list.
Being this organized and aware has done wonders for my mood in these early weeks of 2019. I hope I'm able to continue in this manner as the year progresses...
Keep reading to see how I designed my trackers and to see which products I'm using this time around!