Without spending too much time espousing how awesome a bullet journal is, I want to talk first about why I choose to primarily use a digital bullet journal.
- Too much handwriting makes my hands hurt. As you’ll soon find out, my digital bujo holds a tremendous amount of information. My hands ache from just thinking about writing out all that stuff. Also, my handwriting fluctuates greatly, and seeing it all written out on a hard copy makes me a little twitchy.
- I’m not super artistic. However, with the application of fonts, graphics, and fun quotes, I can be!
- It saves me so much time. I got stuff to do, my friends.
- I can access this information from my laptop or from my phone, which is pretty awesome.
- I do keep a physical bujo, but I can do so in a way that keeps my neurotic brain happy and I don’t have to worry about a lot of the clutter that comes with having a physical bujo. My physical bujo consolidates the information I keep spread out in my digital bujo into daily spreads of 1-2 pages.
In a traditional pen-and-paper bullet journal, typically the first few pages are reserved as an index. With my digital bujo, there’s not really a reason to have an index as such — section headers play a huge role in how I set up my bujo and everything can be hyperlinked together so I don’t see a need for having an index as such. I do have an index in my digital bujo, but it’s used in a different way.
I like the functionality of the section headers in OneNote, and specifically, I like how layers can effectively be created through the use of section groups. I have three section groups: the main group, the index group, and the archive group. Here’s what the main group looks like:
As you can see, this is where the bulk of the action happens. This group gets the most play. This is the group that I’m going to focus the most on in this post, so we’ll come back to it later.
The index houses important information and things that I like to have on hand but don’t necessarily need in my day-to-day planning. Contents lists all the previous months and links to them in the archive. Recipes is self-explanatory, but it allows me to easily link to my most used recipes when I meal plan. Interests houses all the lists of things I want to do, shows and movies I want to watch, books I want to read, et al. Notes is just a catchall section that I use to save things that look promising.
The archives is where past months go to live. I guess I lied a little too — there’s a fourth subgroup, but it’s for archived meal plans. It’s large and messy, so we’re not going to dive into it.
So as you can see, there’s not really a need for a typical bullet journal index, because everything is already laid out where I can see it.
Let’s go back to the main group. Planner houses my monthly and weekly spreads. I don’t do daily spreads in my digital bujo because I have a physical journal that I use exclusively for daily spreads, which sums up all the information I have in my digital bujo into one or two page spreads.
Here’s an example of a monthly spread. I have a calendar at the top that I color code, a table that I use as a monthly overview, and of course some decoration — because what would any bujo be without some personality?
As you can see from this screenshot, I use subpages to nestle my weekly spreads with each month. I’ve got three examples of weekly spreads that I’m going to share with you.
The 6th is lurking somewhere off-screen! For each day, I use the tagging system in OneNote to list off the daily-dos. For water intake, I list how many ounces of water I drank. Exercise gets regular ticky-boxes that I can check off. The Instagram 30-day picture challenge gets the little film reel icon. Writing time gets the weird little highlighter icon. Anything to do with meal planning — grocery shopping, bread days, meal prep days — gets the little house. I also use the priority exclamation mark to denote things I need to remember, like work duties.
This weekly spread mimics a traditional bujo pretty closely, but it’s not my fave which is why I’m pretty glad that I’m just using it for January! I already have February and March set up, so I’ll show those next.
I like February’s spread more because I can see everything quickly. If I were to fix anything here, it would be that the weeks would start with Monday, which I somehow managed not to do, but am now to lazy to go back and fix.
For March, I’m experimenting with a running time-table, but I will probably change that once I get my new notebook for 2018. The idea here is that you micromanage your own life to death and then click the ticky-box when you complete each task. What will probably happen by the time March rolls around is that I will use the February style weekly spread and move the running time-table to my physical bujo.
I used tables to make each of these weekly spreads, so you can see that there’s a lot of different variations to be had.
Moving on to the goals section!
Eventually this page will have decoration on it, but I’ve been too busy setting up my goals and habit tracking to actually do it. Let’s take a closer look at the navigation panel:
Again, I’ve used subpages to nestle the goals under the goals section and the habits under their respective section. Each goal gets its own page so that I can create an action plan for each one.
This page lists and color codes the specific habits that I’m tracking, which are logged on a monthly basis, as you can see here:
Each habit is formatted into a table so that I can track which days I do the things using the previously assigned color.
$$$ and Cleaning are challenges with a time-frame. The mood tracker is neat so I’m going to share it with you as well:
This, as you can see, is a bigger monthly table with a color-coded key so I can shade each day according to my mood!
The next section, budget, isn’t finished but will hopefully be awesome. The cleaning section isn’t finished either (ha!), but lists daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and seasonal cleaning routines.
My meal planning system deserves an entire post of its own, but we’ll have to be content with a single screenshot for the moment!
Saturday Bread mirrors bread day in the weekly planner, as does Sunday Prep.
Next up is the health section! I want to share two pages from that section with you: the period tracker and the spoons/energy tracker. They present exactly the same as the mood tracker, but track different information, obviously.
The notes section is a catch-all for things that I want to keep present but that don’t necessarily belong in the other categories.
They’re primarily lists of things — trips that I want to take, things that I want to do, a running log of all the good things that happened in 2018, a reading challenge, a section for NaNoWriMo and all its associated ilk, and a word count tracker.
I’ll round out this post with the NaNo and word count pages:
There you have it!