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Show & Tell Series: 01 | Bullet Journal

Pardon me for my absence. I’ve gotten a stinking cold and when I’ve not been battling the sniffles at work, I’ve been wallowing in my bed at home! I’m feeling slightly better now, although I’m 90% sure the photos I took for this blog were taken whilst clutching onto a tissue and what was left of my dignity! Anywho, onto the blog!

I’ve seen these types of series around on other blogs and I love this style of following the process of someones planner system through a series. I have multiple systems for 2016, which you can read about here, so I thought what could be fun is doing a year long series with regular updates of each one!

I’ve decided to start with my Bullet Journal as that is where this all started and it’s also my ‘main’ planner. It’s where I get my daily tasks down, it’s the one I take to work with me and it’s the one that gets changed the most!

Apart from the odd explanation as to what I’m using the spread for, I’m going to let the images do the talking, so hold tight and enjoy!

Nuuna Notebook -Large (Amazon UK & Amazon US)

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As many of you will know, I use a Nuuna Notebook as my bullet journal. When I first found the method, I only had my Nuuna notebook to hand, it worked amazingly for me and despite the fact that I looked at other notebooks, I just couldn’t find something which compared to the paper quality or the fun cover designs!

I’m now in my second journal, after spending 6 months in my previous one, and I’m fully immersed in the bullet journal method – I don’t see myself using another notebook unless a Nuuna had a baby with a Travelers Notebook sized/style insert, then I’d be all over that!

On the inside of my cover, I keep a string and washer envelope. This houses my index card, some loose bits of paper for notes and anything I need to keep with me like money calculations.

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Here’s my word of the year page – I like to reflect on my day with this page!

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Page one of my index – I love how a full page of indexed bullet journal loveliness looks!

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Here’s my year at a glance, this is a nice way to check when holidays are, pay dates, birthdays. I’ll get round to adding those in soon. Or more likely, when I can be bothered too! (ha!)

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Here’s our snowball page. It’s blank at the moment because we technically don’t start it until the end of January!

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This is my personal future log. I’ve got some firmed events written in, and then some others or notes to myself on sticky notes. Sticky notes are my saviour!

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This is my work future log. I have some dates in this already but I’m already considering creating myself a GTD system for work. I’d still keep my daily to-do lists in this notebook/planner as its the most effective way for me to work and I just love my Nuuna notebooks, but for future planning and storing and filing papers away, I think a GTD style Filofax (like my home one) would work a treat!

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This is where my 16 goals for 2016 and my yearly affirmations should be. I’ve neglected this page. I really have. I have EVERY intention of filling this page up, but just haven’t found the time to sit down and be sure of what I’m writing down.

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This spread is my 50 goals in 10 years. This is an adaption of the 10 goals in 10 years and again.. it’s not completed! I’ve made a good crack at this, but I still haven’t had the time to reflect on some goals with my guy. When we both get some time, this is on the list!

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Our debt tracker and savings goals are a great way to visualise how well we’re doing and to keep us on track. I like the idea of being held accountable for what we’re spending and what we’re saving and I think I’ll get great pleasure in filling these bars up!

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Moving swiftly on to my monthly pages!

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This is my brain sweep. It’s something I’m really trying to embrace as I find myself getting stress headaches from the thought of forgetting something. I know.. God forbid I forget to check the cat insurance quote!

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Next is my month to-do list, debt snowball and habit tracker. I’ve covered up our debt snowball here. I’m all for sharing, and I really don’t mind sharing a bit of everything but when it comes to Josh, I don’t want to force him into sharing his finances! He’s a private man so I’ll respect his privacy and his finances by sharing EVERYTHING else that comes up in our planner life! (Sorry J!)

For my habit tracker, I switch between marking the day and task off with a ‘X’ or just shading the box in. I like the contrast because I can clearly see the days I didn’t complete something.

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The next spread in my monthly pages is my work to do and my mini editorial calendar.

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The final monthly spread is my gratitude and memory pages. I’m not sure how these are going to work, but I’ll give it a shot. I hope I do actually stick to filling these pages in (going on my past track record, it’s not looking hopeful!).. they’ll be nice keepers to flick back too.

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These were the first days and week spread I did for the new year!

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And back to work meant busy busy busy schedules! I like keeping busy at work though. I’m one of the lucky ones who like’s their job, what I do and where I work. Of course, I’d prefer to be at home sleeping, but I know thats just being unrealistic!

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These were some must have collections. The first is some car repair quotes which I’d been dying to get added sine pre-new year. The next one is and old one I’m planning to drag over – our master shopping list. It needed updating and is one of the good things to have as a reference in my planner.

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Next is holiday requests and our grand plan. Again, these are reference pages and motivational. I like to see what path we’re planning on taking and seeing if it changes or needs more adding on to it. It’s a cool way to track our growth and life!

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This is a must have in every planner. A wish list page. Normally mine consists of planner stuff, which I really don’t need, and it’s not any different here! On the right hand side I do have my birthday wish list. These are two separate lists as I don’t necessarily want friends or family buying me small accessories or pens and pencils that I like to buy. I’d prefer they bought me things I’ve explicitly thought of for my birthday!

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I needed somewhere to write a my planning strategy for the #planwithmechallenge so it got thrown into the planner! Funny enough, it’s wuite helpful to have in here just as a prompt to check or to do certain things!

I also have a waiting on list. I don’t normally do these as I don’t order too much, but after Christmas and using some gift cards, I needed somewhere to mark off the bits as they came in! This is nice to use and it is very helpful, but if you don’t want to see quite how much you bought.. it’s not good!

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Moving on to the finally two photos and into this weeks planning.

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Today, along with struggling through my cold, and work, and writing this blog, I’ve been a busy bee and you can see that in my daily spread!

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I don’t do anything fancy with my pages as I quite honestly don’t have the time. They work this way, I love the way they look and they really help get the job done. Why would I change them!

I hope you enjoyed the first in the series of show and tells – do let me know what other planners you’d like to see inside of!

Also, I’d love for you to join me over on Instagram – I’m on there everyday and it’s such a wonderful place to get inspiration, I hope to see you there!

See you next time.


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