If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you would know that I constantly change up my planners. I went from using an Erin Condren life planner to exclusively using a bullet journal and now I’m working on making the shift to using both (or rather, using a Happy Planner in combination with my bullet journal). While I love the weekly view in the life and happy planners, there simply isn’t enough space for the intensive task lists that I make for myself every day.
Even though my bullet journal is fully flexible and gives me plenty of space for my lists, I can’t figure out a way to make future planning work for me. I’ve messed around with trying to come up with fancy monthly calendars and weekly spreads but they proved to be a big pain in the ass to maintain. For some reason, I have plenty of patience to decorate my life planner with washi tape and stickers but if I need to spend an hour outlining weekly and monthly calendars in my bullet journal, it becomes complete agony. I need my bullet journal to be simple and so I decided to flip to a new page and start completely from scratch… within the same notebook!
A Brand New Index
The main reason that I decided on a fresh start is because I had so many collections in my bullet journal that were unused and I hated the way my weekly and monthly layouts looked. Before I restarted, I considered cracking open a brand new notebook but instead I chose to stick with the same book since more than half of the pages are still empty.
I am using a raspberry colored Leuchtturm 1917 notebook which has a few pages in the front dedicated to an index but mine is messy and overwhelms me when I look at it. There have been SO many collections that I thought would be great ideas and wound up blank pages so essentially my original index was a list of dead end pages.
My new and improved index is handmade and much cuter than my original one. I taped a journaling card on the left hand page and wrote out my new index on the right. My entire bullet journal has always had a pink and purple color scheme so I made sure to color coordinate my index page too. Index items that are written in pink represent collections and the purple are my daily pages.
As I mentioned, the first half of my bullet journal is mostly made up of collections that I thought I would use but wound up neglecting. My first order of business after setting up the index was to transfer over the collections from the first half that I actually refer to. Now I realize that I could have simply written down the page numbers for the collections I already had but when I went back to look at these lists, a lot of the information was outdated. A updated bullet journal should equate to updated collections! I’m so happy that I chose to take the extra time to manually write over each collection because now I don’t even have to look back at the old half of my bullet journal!
For those who might be curious, these are the collections that made the cut and transferred over from the old half to the new one:
- 2016 Blog Statistics chart
- 2016 Accomplishments
- Movies To Watch
- Television To Watch
- Blog Task List
- Blog Post Ideas
- Planner Sticker Ideas
- Project Master List
- Master Task List
- Instagram Ideas
Updated Daily Pages
My old bullet journaling system consisted of weekly spreads so I could visually see the week ahead of me. Here’s an example on my Instagram if you’re curious! It worked fine and was a great replacement for my life planner for a couple of months but eventually I got so sick of drawing these layouts up every single week. Sure the layouts were simple, but I needed simpler!
As you can see, my daily pages are now straightforward to-do lists. Date. Temperature. Task list. Garnish with hearts and it’s finished! I make sure to differentiate my blog related tasks (turquoise) from my general tasks (light purple) and specify my top 3 tasks for the day which are noted in small purple numbers on the left side of the to-do list. I write my appointments for the week and things I need to get done by the week’s end on a sticky note that I can transfer along from page to page, keeping my system extremely easy to maintain and organized.
I decided to completely revitalize my bullet journal not because it was imperfect or messy but because the entire system that I created for myself started to fail. If a planner isn’t keeping you organized, why stick with it? It’s totally normal to experiment with different notebooks and routines and sometimes a complete overhaul or restart is what you need to get yourself back on track!
Strive for progress not perfection ♥