I hope you had a wondermous Christmas! I’m scheduling this post because I’ll probably be at one of our many Christmas celebrations with family when you read this. Ahh, it’s going to be great! But anyway…
Yayyy, I’ve looked forward to this post for so long! The other day I finally pulled out my new bullet journal and set it up for use in 2020. 🙂 I did my best to keep the layouts simple, functional, and easy to use, while also making it pleasing to the eye with a pretty purple and gold aesthetic. I can’t wait to show you how it turned out!
Ready for some bujo inspiration? Let’s go!
The one downside is it doesn’t have a ton of pages – this size would be perfect for a 6-month planner, but I was determined to use it for a year, so I had to be creative with my spacing and make everything concise and intentional – which turned out to be kind of a blessing in disguise!
This is my first spread, which I showed in the aforementioned review. I used these same colors and concepts through the whole book – purple, blue, pink, and gold with kind of a space/galaxy theme to tie in the tiny moon on the front of the journal. 🙂
I love how this cover page turned out – simple but pretty. This paper is so thick, it holds up to the Sharpie and watercolor quite well which is GREAT.
Now for my first real spread. I always like to start with a year-at-a-glance page like this to keep track of events coming up, as well as have a handy reference for making monthly calendars and adding dates later on.
Yes, this page took forever. XD But it was worth it! In case you want to copy this, each calendar square is 7 boxes by 7 boxes big – five rows for the weeks, a row for the day names, and then a row for the header. I looked up the dates and then highlighted any important(ish) holidays with a purple marker.
When I actually use this spread, I’ll circle the date on the left in pencil, and write the date and the corresponding event in the proper box on the right. 🙂 I did something similar in my last journal and it worked great!
I have a bunch of ideas for the 2020 goals, but I’m saving them for the next post. 😉 That’s pretty self-explanatory, so let me move on to the year in pixels…
Honestly, I always thought these trackers were rather useless; plus I never understood how you could pick just one of the large range of emotions they included in the key. Like, I’m never just sad or just happy or just frustrated in a day – so which emotion do I choose? XD But I think the idea is neat, so I made a simpler version to document how my day went overall. It will be nice to look back and get a visual picture of what my year was like. Hopefully it will look very pink and purple. 😉
You can be super creative with book and birthday trackers, but I decided to maximize my space and time and just make simple “bookshelves” for each, with washi tape for interest.
I’ll probably draw in little books on the left as I go, but I kept the shelves blank for now. And I’ll write numbers and names on the right, because, while I can often remember a unsettling amount of personal details about people, I’m not good with dates. *shrugs* Anyone else?
These pages are pretty self-explanatory too. I sometimes jot things down on sticky notes, but I like having a place to collect more important thoughts or ideas in my bullet journal.
That’s it for the yearly pages. Now for the monthly planner section!
I started with this simple but pretty cover: a purple watercolor background with gold and violet lettering. I also put a little monthly goals section right below the cover so I wouldn’t waste space. 😉
I made a simple calendar this time. I don’t want it to be too complicated since I’m going to recreate it each month. I refer back to my monthly calendars a lot, at least I have in the past. (Oops, sorry about the blurriness.)
Next up we have the habit trackers and money sections.
This year, I decided to go easy on myself and print out the numbers instead of writing them all out by hand for twelve months. XD Plus, I can keep extra trackers in the bullet journal’s back pocket for easy access! Right now I’m tracking Scripture memory, going outside (a.k.a. actually DOING something/exercising), replying to all the emails I need to, being in bed before 11:00, getting an Etsy sale, and doing farm work for Dad with the hay business.
Okay, I GREATLY simplified my finances page from the setup last time. I whittled it down to farm work income, etsy income, and uncategorized income, with boxes of different sizes depending on how detailed I’m going to be with the entries. I kept the same boxes for personal and business spending that I did last time, because those worked well. I also have spaces for net money earned/lost and the current balance, which I think will be useful.
This is the last spread I have for you today!
I like the idea of writing down one thing you’re grateful for daily, but also wanted to keep my prayer list, so I divided a page in half to do both. We’ll see if it works. 😉
To save space, I decided to create weekly pages instead of daily to-do lists, which I can just write on Post-It notes for easy reference anyway. Here I’ll plan things like art class plans for that Thursday, hay orders I’ll be helping with, when it’s my turn for doing the laundry or making supper, etc. I also added a short section for weekly goals/to-dos as well as notes on events.
And that’s a wrap! I greatly condensed my bujo this year and kept things pretty minimal as far as the art went, but with the pretty colors, gold accents, and nice lettering, I think it still looks aesthetic. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this tour! Feel free to pin this post for future inspiration, and drop a comment below:
Which of these pages do you like best? Do you have a 2020 bujo/planner? What page or tracker do you find most helpful?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!