I was a little nervous when it was time to get my new Bullet Journal ready for a new year. It looks so clean, fresh and new and there’s a tiny bit of anxiety about messing it up.
But as January approached I had to get over that in order to begin using my new BuJo. Without it I’m a little lost! So, I decided to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good and jumped in, typos be darned.
Getting your Bullet Journal ready for a new year:
Review and Analyze
What worked last year for my BuJo? What didn’t work? Which collections were useful to me, and which ones fell flat? What information is better stored online in Google Drive or EverNote? (Or in an app?)
Some examples: I love my monthly spreads and those get lots of use, but some collections never did. “Films I want to see”, for example. I watch so little TV that this page was nearly blank. My Bullet Journal is most useful to me when filled with information I need to see daily, not rarely. So “Things I want to cook at a dinner party” was not useful (that was moved to Google Drive).
One-off shopping lists go into the Keep app on my phone. I don’t need to see what we got at Starbucks last Friday, or what to buy at the next grocery run. That’s just clutter and better off being deleted (for me – the beauty of the BuJo is its flexibility, everyone’s is different).
What I did add that’s different for this year: Books I Read. (This way, I can see at a glance what to list for posts such as this: my favorite books of 2016!) I also added a blog traffic and income tracker, since growing my blog is a big goal for 2017. And a master list of blog posts of the year, so I can see them at a glance. And my list of yearly goals is front-and-center, since I need to review those frequently to keep them top of mind. And the future log helps me remember appointments and important dates in my year. (I then add those to the monthly spread as I create them.)
I’m sure I’ll be adding more collections as the year progresses. Last year’s BuJo had Pinterest tips (since I was still learning how to maximize that platform), SEO and copywriting/editing checklists (blog jargon, sorry). I didn’t migrate those because that info is second nature now.
Habits trackers are also staying. My list of daily habits: read the Bible, move my body, practice French, stretch for 5 minutes, hug my kids, create a daily to-do list, floss. This page looks blank because I’m writing this post at 5 am on January 2nd 🙂 I simply put a check mark when I complete that task. No fancy doodling to be found.
Migration is what Bullet Journalers do when moving stuff from an old to a new BuJo. This article on yearly migration explains more and is a quick read.
Unlike many other BuJo devotees, I don’t save my old journals. If there is content I want to save forever, I move it to digital format and store it in the cloud (my preferred tool is Google Drive; I use a Chromebook and the search feature is so powerful).
My BuJo for 2016 was ripped to shreds by the time I finished migrating. Then it goes into the trash.
Bullet Journaler Problems
My beloved Slicci 0.25 pens don’t work! I actually asked for a refund from the Amazon seller I bought these from because most of them won’t write. Google says it’s because of air bubbles, but all the shaking in the world won’t dislodge it (if that’s indeed the problem). They have plenty of ink but just won’t write!
I bought a pack of Staedtler triplus fineliners, and I like them, but they bleed through the page – a carnal sin for a BuJo pen!
Any suggestions for a super-fine point pen that won’t bleed through? I’m considering ordering another set of Sliccis, maybe these were just factory duds?
(You might also enjoy this post about how I keep Bullet Journaling simple.)
Are you a Bullet Journal user? How do you get a new BuJo ready for a new year?