How are you doing with setting up your bullet journal for the new year? If you are looking for a little inspiration, then hopefully I can help you with some new ideas.
I’ve spent quite some time thinking about what I want to see more of and what I want to see less of in 2018. I found it really helpful to look back through my pages from 2017 and review which goals are still relevant, which are still work in progress and also making the decision to park a few goals that no longer feel right for me.
I started off by writing some “Intentions” which I like to think of as softer goals. They are not particularly detail specific, so I found them easy to write and they eased me into the goal setting process. I have included things like following my passions, deepening relationships and exploring more – the detail can follow later.
I also wrote a list of things that I am proud of. It’s far too easy to be hard on ourselves and think of the things that we have not yet accomplished. Yet all that does is set us up for a fall as we head into the new year, with our minds full of doubt about our own abilities. It’s also common to fall into the trap of comparing our life to others and feeling that we are somehow falling short. These pages are designed to help you focus on your life, your accomplishments and your wishes for the future, not comparing yourself to anyone else. I find that I set far more exciting goals if I remind myself of everything that I am proud of, rather than beating myself over the head for things that didn’t go to plan. It’s a good way of letting going of the past and building my own confidence for the future.
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The next stage for me was to think about some more concrete goals that I would like to achieve by the end of 31st March. I find it useful to break the year down into quarters when planning as it feels a long enough period to really work on some big projects and make progress, but not so far away that I don’t feel any sense of urgency to work on them.
I also jotted down some potential obstacles and how I hope to be able to overcome them. I find that thinking about things that could get in the way really helps me to prepare properly and put some contingency plans in place.
Finally, I added some collage pages, to set the tone for the new year. I find that visual goals really stick in my mind as they give a feeling or emotional reaction. When I find myself being swept away with the normal demands of daily life, a quick look at images can really bring me back on track, far more so than reading through a page of text. I printed most of my images from Pinterest so the pages were really quick to create. I am planning to start every day next year with a quick glance at these pages and I will also print a copy to stick on my wall in front of my desk.
I really hope this helps to give you some new ideas for your own journal.
How are you getting on with your planning for next year? I would love to know, so please leave me a comment down below. Also, what’s your biggest goal for 2018 that you will focus lots of your energy on? I will definitely be focusing on following my passions, starting with delivering some Creative Journaling Workshops in my local town in January. I’m very excited, of course mingled with a healthy sense of fear!
I wish you a happy and healthy 2018, Helen xx