Happy New Years!
Looking back, 2018 seems so short and filled with moments that we wanted to escape from and moments we wish never ended. The new year brings the possibility of change in every avenue. For me, the changes will occur in my personal and professional life.
2019 brings exciting opportunities in my career and my education. The most important is how I manage it all. I anticipate being extremely busy in the coming year. I wanted my bullet journal to aid me and not hinder me. Therefore, I have to say goodbye to the super artsy-fartsy spreads. Hello minimalism!
The migration process this time around was extremely smooth. The previous migration, from January-June to July-December was rough. I had so many ideas creatively and I saw so many spreads on Pinterest I wanted to try. I wasted a substantial amount of time debating what I wanted to do, and wasted even more time doing it. I lost some motivation to do the journal some days.
This time around, I pre-planned the spreads I wanted. I made a migration checklist at the back of 2018 Jul-Dec journal. I recorded what I wanted to keep (what worked well for me) and what I wanted to get rid of (what wasn't working).
I also purchased a smaller journal, the Leuchtturm1917. I previously had a larger size in Moleskine but found the pages to be too thin; I eventually resorted to glueing pages together. There was also more space I had to fill, therefore wasting paper. Here are the spec comparisons of the two I possess.
It's up to you which journal suits your needs, if these don't, there are many out there such as Lemome (a highly rated one I will be using for Jul-Dec 2019), Dingbats, Scribbles that Matter, Archer & Olive, and many more!
I figured out what I needed for 2019, keeping in mind career, education, and familial demands. I planned accordingly by making mock spreads, taking advantage of them like I planned to earlier. I outlined how I wanted each page to look and kept it minimal with little color. I took inspiration from Pinterest and some of my favorite BuJo YouTubers Amanda RachLee, Pypah's Art, Shayda Campbell, and the original bullet journal creator Ryder Caroll.