Oh it’s been so long (again) *sigh*, and I’ve missed writing to you so much. Today I’ll walk you through my new 2020 minimalist bullet journal setup. It’s rather simple so hopefully you draw inspiration from it to start your own BuJo. However, before we dive into it I want to update you on what’s been going on.
My last post was published on October 30th and a lot happened since. First big thing – we bought a house (yay!). Ever since we became owners we have been working hard on it so we can move in as soon as possible. We’re starting from scratch with each room so everything that existed in the house, doesn’t exist anymore. Some walls included. So far I have been documenting the whole process and I can’t wait to make a blog post about it. See how it looked before, during and after the works.
Second big thing that happened was our baby girl’s first birthday. It was on November 22nd and we had lots of fun, ate yummy meals and enjoyed our time together with friends. After that December came pretty quickly and you know how hectic this month can get. Buying gifts, cleaning the home thoroughly, visiting friends and family, cooking meals, baking cookies, etc. This year’s Christmas went by so quickly for me, I feel like it didn’t even happen and I’m still waiting for it to happen haha!
Anyways, with all that said it’s getting harder and harder for me to do anything for myself ever since our daughter started walking. Which happened 3 weeks before her birthday. I’m a stay at home mom and if you’re one too, you know how much attention your toddler needs at this stage. Hence why it’s been so long since my last post.
Look Inside My Minimalist Bullet Journal
Today is the last day of this decade and I’m super excited for new beginnings and everything 2020 has to offer! I started experimenting with bullet journaling when I was pregnant in 2018. Back then I had a lot of time for drawings and for making it pretty. After giving birth I didn’t use it for 5-6 months, and when I started again I had to make it simple, otherwise I wouldn’t use it.
That is one of the most important things I want to mention when it comes to starting with a bullet journal or when you feel like quitting. Make it simple! There are so many incredible, pretty, perfect bullet journals out there which can be intimidating. On the other hand, you need to remind yourself those bullet journals are made by professionals. Either by people who do that for a job or by people who do it as a hobby but are secretly artists!
Whole point of bullet journals is to help you be more productive, more at peace, more mindful. I recommend you try it out, give it a couple of months if you’re new to this and see what works best for you.
If you agree, that’s enough of me blabbing, and it time for me to show you inside my minimalist bullet journal for the upcoming year.
First things first – you need a cover page. I was searching on YouTube for inspiration and loved this font from Inprint so I had to copy it. If you look close enough you can see many mistakes but I love the way it turned out anyway.
Main thing after your cover page is either a ‘Future Log’ or ‘A Year At A Glance’ page. You can also do both if you like. However, I chose to do ‘Future Log’ only. The reason being I don’t need two calendars. Both of those pages are the same, except you write appointments, birthdays, holidays, important dates in the future log. A Year At A Glance is just a calendar. On the other hand, Future Log is calendar with notes and I prefer that.
This was my first time doing a ‘Future Log’ page and I really hate the way it turned out. As you can see I didn’t plan it all that well haha! In my head it all looked so much better but I guess I couldn’t put it to paper the way I imagined it. It is what it is now, I’ll cope with it and make it a lot better next time.
Goals Page + Website Page
Next up, I have a goals page and a page for my website next to it. As you can see I have 4 goals sections – fitness, life, yoga and website. Those are the main things I want to focus on in 2020. I left this blank when I took the pictures because I am a strong believer of keeping my goals to myself. Only when I achieve my goals I share them with others!
Work hard in silence, let success make the noise.
Moving on, the ‘Just Breathe’ page will include anything related to my website. This means blog post ideas, problems that need to be fixed, design ideas, etc. Usually I would make a monthly ‘Just Breathe’ page but I hated going back and forth between the pages so this time I’m keeping it all on one page.
Can’t have a bullet journal without the ‘Brain Dump’ page. Like I mentioned earlier the point of bullet journal is to make you feel at peace, be mindful and grateful. Brain dump will help you achieve all of that. In many on my previous posts I talk about the power of writing down your thoughts. You won’t believe the relief after you empty your brain of all the toxic thoughts you may have.
If for some reason you feel skeptical about this, I ask you nicely just to give it a go. Just try it, just once. I bet you, it won’t be the ‘first and last time’ you do it. Anything that’s troubling you, anything that needs to be done, anything that you feel – WRITE IT ALL DOWN. It’s a game changer!
Something new for my bullet journal this time around is the ‘Recipes’ page. There are many new recipes I tried in 2019 but some I wrote on my phone, some are on paper, some are screenshots, etc. So to avoid all the confusion and time waste searching for the recipe I want, I’ll write my favourites on these pages. Later on in the year, I’ll probably have to add more pages for recipes but for now this will do.
Talking about things I’ll have to add later on in 2020 is the ‘Wedding Planning’ page as well. If things go to plan we should have a wedding by the end of 2020 but nothing is 100% sure yet.
Anyways guys, that’s it, my minimalist bullet journal setup for 2020. Let me know in the comments what pages are essential for your bullet journal! Or whether you prefer this minimalist design or something more colorful and picturesque?
Happy New Year!
May this new year be a joy for you and your family. May you achieve your goals and do the things you never thought would do (in a good sense of course!). Wishing you all peace, love, health and happiness in 2020!