I’ve been anticipating this January walkthrough for nearly a month now. On the horizon I could see myself with my beautiful new white Leuchtturm1917: recreating my favorite pages, learning to use a calendex, and designing every spread perfectly.
However, when the time finally came, there was no time!!! I received my new notebook for Christmas, and the week before New Years’ was crammed full of friends, family, and fun.
Alas, I’m still excited about the New Year and my new bujo, but my pristine vision on my bujo has not come to pass. Instead, I offer you a realistic look at the bujo of someone who had a few hours one night and worked out a few details. In the coming months I’ll continue to give you a glimpse into my bujo set up: my new monthly, weeklies, and organizational/fun spreads. I hope you’ll continue to check back and gain inspiration from them!
The January Walkthrough
I LOVE my new key. As you can see, the left is the key from my first bujo, and the right is my new key inspired by Christina. I didn’t even know what system I wanted to use when I made the first key (I later came back and added the colors at the bottom). I’ve adopted a simplistic, streamlined dot system with a couple special symbols. Honestly, I mostly use the key to remember my color code for my weekly timelines.
I knew I wanted my new future log to peek further into the future than my last one, since my life tends to be planned WAYYY far in advance (not the way I like it, but eh, that’s life!). Keeping it simple was the goal, because I truly only refer to the future log when creating my monthlies. In the name of simplification, I also no longer color the calendar – just color code the dates below. We’ll see how this works out for me.
I’m excited to use the calendex, but as you can see, I don’t have anything in it yet. If you’ve never seen one before, this is a system for keeping track of events, appointments, etc. Basically, whatever page/daily you are currently on, you write the details of the event. Then you go the calendex and write the page number of the details next to the corresponding date. Each week you can check your calendex to see where the details of your week’s events are located, and plan accordingly. If you need a more thorough explanation, I loved Boho Berry’s with her own modifications.
Because I plan so much of my life so far in advance, I believe this system will be a PERFECT match for me. I won’t have to fret about losing track of the details. Also, everything will be in chronological order in the calendex – yay!
My January monthly is the most minimalist I’ve ever created, but I was ready for a change. I had been tweaking various attributes of my monthlies since September with all sorts of extras. Then it dawned on me that if I go with a more simplistic monthly, I might remind myself of what is most necessary. If I miss anything from before, such as habit trackers, monthly goals, or task lists, then I will simply reincorporate those somewhere else or next month. However, I did include a brain dump for random ideas or things I may want to do.
I’m so excited – I can finally number the weeks! See how easily amused I am?
With a fresh start comes a fresh look at weeklies. I’ve changed it into more of a hybrid of the weekly and daily concepts. I wanted a ‘hub’ for my weekly trackers (in leu of my monthly habit tracker), as well as a place for this week’s supper menu and a to do list. Hence, the first page.
Then I devote a half page to each weekday, and a third of a page to each weekend day. Here I’ll keep my timelines, daily task lists, appointments, events, and any doodles I feel compelled to include! I like having a space for each day, so that as tasks arise, I can designate them to various days of the week. Then I can rest easy, knowing I won’t forget them later.
You may have noticed I have no index. Yes, I omitted it. I found it annoying to update it and I never used it. I also found it super annoying to flip through all my old monthlies and weeklies and random pages to find the pages I still regularly used (reading list, goal spreads, menu planning spread, etc).
Tiny Ray of Sunshine has been using a separate, ‘reference’ bujo as the solution to a similar problem. However, I didn’t want to keep track of multiple bujos, and I don’t run through them quickly like she does.
My solution? I’m placing all my fun ‘non-planner’ spreads at the rear of the notebook! For example, this What’s For Dinner? spread is at the rear of my bujo. Now I can quickly reference these pages without trudging backward through a bunch of old spreads. I’m hoping this will make my bujo more practical. What do you think? Would you be willing to separate non-planner spreads?