Haha, you thought I’d already given up, didn’t you? Welcome back to Life With Ktkinnes! Post 2 of 2020, and the second post of the decade. I know we’re a little behind, but I wanted to take you on a tour of my 2020 Bullet Journal today. So grab that cup of tea/coffee/beverage of your choice, maybe find a comfy seat, and hop aboard!
Before we get to the fun (and main) part of today’s post – isn’t it mental that we’re already at the 11th January? I’m so used to this month dragging that I’m really not sure what to do with myself now that it’s flying by. What is great though, is that we’re so far staying on track with all but one of my goals for January! Can you guess which one?
So as my little “read more” intro suggested, today I wanted to share my 2020 bullet journal with you all. Now, I know a lot of people have heard of bullet journals, but there are a few of you that haven’t I’m sure, but unfortunately I’m not great at trying to explain them. My description of what a bullet journal is simply “a notebook that you style yourself so you can track anything and everything, but also a diary, and anything you want it to be”. Does that sound fair?
But if there’s one thing that drives me mad, it’s when you open someone’s post on something you’re interested in and they take what feels like a lifetime to start talking about it. So without further delay, let’s have a look at my 2020 bullet journal!
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Mum and Dad bought me this bullet journal [AFF] for Christmas – the exact one I asked for. So considering that last year’s was black, the yellow cover is quite a contrast! I was of course delighted, and spent the next week setting it all up.
One thing I never really understood until November last year was why everyone always talks about a key for your bullet journal. But if you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll remember the great breakdown of October 2019 (see Twitter for reference) and how it kick-started my proper use of the bullet journal. Only then did I realise that a proper key can be so helpful – especially when you’re trying to track about 10 different things daily, never mind your appointments, to do lists and everything else. So before you even get into the bullet journal, I have my Key on the inside front cover. Somewhere I can easily flick back to to reference what I’m meant to be doing.
A quick note – having planned on using the pens that came with the bullet journal throughout the pages, I quickly discovered that they were bleeding quite noticeably through – hence the pencil marks beside them in the key to match up which pencil went with which colour coded option.
Next up, inside the bullet journal, there was already a contents page set up. Now, I’m not really one to use a contents page, but while it’s there I might as well use it, right? So this is all I’ve got in it so far.
I won’t bore you with my 2020 Title Page – I’m not at all artistic, so it was quite simply just multicoloured writing of all the things I want more of in my life in 2020 – including bright colours! From there, we’re straight into my goals. My goals for 2020 are on the left, and then longer term goals are on the right. I got some washi tape with the bullet journal, and I also had other older washi tape lurking around my room from my university days, so I whipped that out and got sticking!
Next up comes my “Important Dates” sections. I’ve a Year To View page, with then opposite it a list of any key things happening in the year, or things I need to remember. After that comes the list of birthdays and anniversaries that I have to remember, and opposite that again is a list of present ideas, where to get them, that sort of thing. This way I hopefully won’t be in a mad panic a week before each, trying to find a card or a present idea – all I’ll need to do is check my suggestions list! Now I just need to think of what to put on it…
After these couple of pages are the films, tv shows, and books that I’ve heard of that I just want to read. My plan is that each time I read a book on the shelf below, I can colour in the spine. As for the Things To Watch page, I’ll give them a rating! So as you can see below, there are already 3 books to read, and a few things listed in my Things To Watch spread. Now again, I’m not that artistic. But I scrolled through Pinterest to find free printables for my bullet journal. I know I could’ve bought some through Etsy, but the plan this year is to save money. But we’ll get to that later.
This is then followed by a spread on “When Did I Last…” – an important one. No more wondering when something last happened, I can flick straight to this page and check!
To finish off the “Looking After Me” section, I have my Year In Pixels chart. This was another printable, but would’ve been easy to make up myself. The difference is, I wanted to be able to use pens on this page, so I knew I needed to print it out just so the bleeding wasn’t too bad.
Because there was then a spare page, I decided to record the Twitter Retweet Accounts I want to use this year. Now before anyone panics, I always use #BloggersTribe on every promotion tweet, and I took these photos before I finished writing in which accounts I was using. But if there’s an account you know of that I’ve missed and you think I need to use, please do let me know!
The final “Tracking” section at the start of my journal is Let’s Talk Money. I made it one of my goals this year to work hard on clearing any debts I have, and to seriously start saving for a deposit on a house or flat. I searched and searched online for tips and advice on how to save without being overly aware you were doing it, so as well as my direct debit every week that I set up about 2 years ago, I decided to go with the two below options.
I thought this would a fun way to add to my savings – especially for that deposit. I know it’s not an awful lot, but you never know how much you can save this way! Basically, I found a free printable Monopoly board, where the properties, prices, community chests, and chance cards were all left blank. I then picked what amounts I would put on each square, and set up a grid to track 52 weeks of saving. With a little blutac and a scrap of paper, I made a counter, and then I just did a quick search online for a “random dice roller”. Hey presto, I’ve got my own game that I play once a week! So each Wednesday, I’ll roll the dice, move my counter, and transfer whatever amount I land on into my savings. It’s not a lot, but it’s a bit of fun, and I feel like I’m at least doing a little extra each week.
Penny A Day
As always at the start of a new year, the Penny A Day savings challenge was running around on social media. So I decided that I would create a table, take part, and colour in every day that I remembered to put the money aside. The end of the year, by just putting away a penny a day, you should have saved £667.95! I know it’s not an awful lot towards anything, but if that’s there for a holiday for next year, or towards a house, or put into an account where it will earn some sort of interest, then isn’t it worth giving it a go? And so far so good – I haven’t even saved a full £1 yet, but I’ve been putting it away successfully for 11 days. In fact, it’s now a part of my morning routine! Can’t start the day without doing it.
Over the page, and excuse me for not showing it, I have a 2 page spread showing what I’ve spent on my credit card, and if I’m into my overdraft then by how much. There’s a lot I don’t mind sharing with you all, but the exact figures aren’t something I want to share online, so please forgive me.
The final section of my “Let’s Talk Money” is my Savings Tetris colouring page, and a list of present ideas for me. Every time my birthday and/or Christmas comes around, Mum starts asking for suggestions, and this year I am definite that I will have a list to give her! If we ignore the fact that I’ve already listed a bullet journal for next year…
And finally we’re into my monthly and weekly spreads! January was being set up when I took these pictures, so I haven’t actually got a weekly view to show you, but we’ll come back to look at my bullet journal again throughout the year and you can see it then.
For the monthly cover, I just found a stock image on shutterstock. It took up one page, and then on the opposite page I have a quick “calendar” to glance at, a to do list for the month, and my goals for the month.
This is where the key becomes useful. I’ve just listed the initials, and the dates, and beside them I’ve marked if there’s an appointment, and event, a birthday, or anything important to do. That way, I can take a quick glance and see if I’m free on any given day, or if there’s a mark then I know to turn to the weekly spread to see what it is I’ve got going on. My to do list is just things that need done at any stage that month – this month being Dad’s birthday, I needed to buy a card and a present. Thankfully they’re both ticked off now! Finally, I set my goals for the month, which you can find out more details about in my last post – January 2020.
Over the page, I have my monthly tracking. As you can see above and below, I decided I was going through the month of January without any fizzy drinks. I can honestly say that there have only been 2 days so far that I’ve considered caving, but colouring in the supposed soda cups in the image below is reminding me to keep going. I’ve now one full row coloured in! Also, we should note – I haven’t even had fizzy water or tonic water, so I haven’t even resorted to them. I will admit though that I have swapped the Diet Cokes for water, coffee or alcohol, depending on the time of day and the company I’m in… maybe should cut the coffee or the alcohol next…
On the opposite page, I have my monthly daily tracker. That sounds weird. But here, we have each day of the month laid out, and what I have done or not done that day. This again is where the key comes in handy because I can see at a quick glance what trends there are such as do my steps increase or decrease at the weekend, am I drinking enough water when I’m at home, that sort of thing.
Finally I have my “A Line A Day” two page spread – a bit like a gratitude log where I note anything I’m grateful for, or if something has been on my mind that day. Then we have the weekly spread, which is more or less the same as my spreads from last year – the week on one side, with any appointments etc, and my to do list on the other, along with my outfit plans, lunch plans, and anything else I need to remember that week.
So I hope you enjoyed your tour of my 2020 bullet journal so far! Do you bullet journal? Or have you tried it and it just didn’t work for you?
Let me know in the comments below!