A bullet journal is more than a date book. It is an all encompassing notebook that holds all of your information in one place. Think of it as your external brain. There are many benefits to putting pen to paper and downloading your thoughts. Here are 20 reasons you should start a bullet journal in 2020.
1. Clear your mind.
2. Make note of important days, events, holidays, deadlines.
3. Organize your thoughts.
4. Doodle and be creative.
5. Work out your weekly priorities.
6. Create habits by tracking them.
7. Break goals down into smaller goals.
8. Prioritize steps of a project.
10. Schedule appointments.
11. Write down daily intentions.
12. Reflect on your progress.
13. Document to remember.
14. Write down your swirling thoughts.
15. Plan for the future.
16. Manage your time.
17. Create space in your head.
18. Manage your budget.
19. Be more mindful of how you spend time.
20. Express your gratitude.
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Join us in getting our 2020 bullet journal all set up and ready for success. Let's start off with the Future Log, which is an extended view of the year where you can write down future important events, birthdays, holidays, appointments, deadlines, etc.
1. Divide Your Page
Divide your page horizontally or vertically (your choice)into three equal sections. I prefer a horizontal layout and only make my future logs 6 months in advance. You do you.
The Rows and Columns Tracing Card makes dividing your bullet journal pages into super easy.
2. Create your Mini Calendars
Decide if you would like to have a Sunday or a Monday start. Label the month and the days of the week. Figure out which day of the week the 1st falls on. Continue down that column with 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (except February when it is not a leap year.)
I used the Mini Calendar Stencil in the 4 Piece Essential Set and Distress Inks to add color under the month name, days and numbers.
Next write the final numbers for the month - the 30 and 31. I find that writing the dates in this way creates the fewest mistakes. Finally, fill in the remaining dates.
3. Log Important Dates
Log birthdays, deadlines, appointments, holidays, etc to be referenced when you make your monthly layouts. All of your necessary information all in one place. Feels good, doesn't it?