2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up | Minimal, Easy & Effective

Compared to the rest of the bullet-journal bloggers I am a bit late with my 2020 bullet journal set-up. But I have got it here eventually and that’s all that matters! If you want to take a look into how I organise my life then this post is for you. It’s an overview of the primary pages in my bullet journal. 

The notebook I am using to journal in is the Essentials Dotted Grid Notebook. Last year I used the Leuttchturm but the pages had really bad ghosting. The Essentials notebook has higher gsm and has so far been better than the Leuttchturm in terms of ghosting and bleeding. For Christmas this year I did receive some more stationary, including Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters which I used throughout this set-up. Pink is my accent colour – as you will come to see!

The first two pages of this set-up are my reading trackers. I don’t have enough lines for 100 books but I will probably use two bullet journals this year so it doesn’t matter. Also I will be using Goodreads to record my book-reading! If you want to be friends with me on there my username is kittyjadeblog. I’m never very active on there but I would still appreciate your support. 

I didn’t make a cover page – just went straight into the set-up. My word of the year is Lykke so I included this in the first few pages as a reminder. On the left page is my key. I hardly use it because I know my key like the back of my hand now. It fills space and looks nice though!

Then we move on to my future log. I’ve left as much planning space as possible so it doesn’t look particularly ‘aesthetic’. I kept three months to a page which meant this filled up four pages in total. 

This 2020 page looks useless but it is going to a good meditation. Every time a good thing happens next year I’m going to jot it down on this double page. By the end of the year it will be crammed with my achievements or happy memories. I don’t think it’s arrogant to be proud of achieving something. Even the small things like ticking off my to-do list! 

If you are a regular reader you will be aware of my goals already (I made into a post with Sophie’s Corner) but writing them down on paper makes it feel more definite. I only have 5 main goals but I can use a goals page to plan them out in small stages!

My travel tracker is hopefully going to be very full by the end of the year! I would really like to visit Italy and I’ve already booked a camping trip in Scotland. Even the small destinations, I would like to write them down. The first two columns are the date and place, and the final column will be favourite memory of that day (which I think is more important than the ‘money spent on trip’ category) 

The most used out of all of these spreads will be ‘blog post ideas’. I want to completely cram this page so that when I have no ideas I can take a look at this page and find some! Maybe one page won’t be enough, but the page on the left is blank just in case! If you have any ideas for blog posts you’d like to see from me in the new year, leave them in the comments or DM me on Instagram. 

And that’s it for the set-up! I had so many spread ideas but decided to keep in minimal. I know that I won’t be able to keep up with loads of spreads (even these might be too much aha) I hope that you all have a great year – organised or not!

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Focus Of The Year | Lykke

In this new year I would like to bring a focus. I see ‘words of the year’ all over social media and thought it would be a good idea to try it out for myself. The word for 2020 is Lykke, the Danish word for happiness. As one of my new years goals is to become a RAKtivist I thought it would be appropriate to use a word that would tie in with the idea of kindness. A RAKtivist is a person who commonly displays random acts of kindness. You can sign up on the Random Acts Of Kindness website and get a free calendar for each month. It is quite unrealistic for me to aim to do one random act of kindness a day but doing it sometimes is better than nothing.

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Being happy was something I didn’t get much of last year. I had a phase through the autumn wherein I was demotivated not only to blog but to simply wake up. I was building up to the new school year and expected it to be great but it felt so mundane. Luckily a spark was reignited and I managed to get back on my regular schedule before the new year began. Doing the second-a-day challenge gave me a great sense of gratitude for the little things. And being grateful brings me happiness.

Nothing will ever be perfect. I used to think there was a way to have an unflawed life but that was a foolish notion. Now I have lived through enough new years to know what I should expect from myself. I do have my new year’s goals coming on Friday if you’d like to have a look at them.

Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness.

My main aim for 2020 is to spend less time dwelling on what could be, living in the moment and feeling lykke. You will be the witnesses to see if that happens!

Thank you for sticking by me through the years. I can’t believe that I’m entering my third year of blogging. And if it wasn’t for you, I’d probably be sitting on the sofa staring into space. 

Best wishes for the new year,

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10 New Year’s Goals | Ideas To Pursue In 2020 | Collaboration With Sophie’s Corner

Happy *almost* New Year!

The prospect of a new year invites time to reflect and set goals. I sat down with myself (and my bullet journal) a few weeks ago and starting listing things I wanted to do in 2020. It would be unrealistic for me to set more than five goals for myself I have managed to cut it down! Today’s post is a collaboration with Sophie’s Corner. As she only started blogging back in August this will be her first collaboration which is very exciting! We have both written 5 goals and some of them are quite similar (great minds think alike) and I thought they would be great inspiration for your new year’s resolutions if you don’t yet have any. After reading this post I would really recommend you go and check out Sophie’s beautiful Instagram or take a look at her wonderful writings on her blog!

  • Create a revision timetable and stick to it

My mock GSCE exams are in April so I would like to create a revision timetable so that I can revise. In the past I have attempted this and then not really kept up with it so I would like to try again and then stick to it religiously so that I get the best grades possible for my mocks.
  • Grow my blog

I started my blog in August and the main focus was getting some content on there, writing blog posts etc. But now I would like to grow my blog’s audience and try to invest a little more time into it. Blogging is something I would like to do in the future so I am going to be focusing more on trying to increase my readers.
  • Limit screen time

I think I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t like my phone; a quick scroll through Instagram, replying to messages, checking my emails, clicking through Snapchat. I wouldn’t say that I overuse it but I would still like to try cutting down the time I spend on it. I will do this gradually.
So, in January, I will start off by limiting my time to 50 mins per day, then in February in will be 45 mins and so on. This means that by the end of the year I will hopefully satisfied with the time I spend on it!
  • Do one kind thing per day for other people

I always aim to do this anyway but I thought that I’d make it into a real goal so that I am even more keen to do it! I love doing random acts of kindness and it makes me feel so happy when other people are happy! I have written 31 good deeds and put them in a jar so that for each day in January I can pick out a good deed and carry it out that day. Then I will do the same for February and so on.
  • Get a specific number of hours of sleep every night

I think it would make me much healthier to have consistent sleeping patterns, especially as I already wake up super early every day!

  • Work my way to sugar-free

The way I’m going to work this goal is by gradually cutting out sugar as the year goes along. In January I’m aiming to do one day a week without sugar. Then in February it would step up to two days. If I cut out sugar immediately then I would get cravings and probably flop. My friend is going sugar-free from Christmas to Easter so I won’t be doing this alone!

  • Daily journal

This is a traditional new years goal but I really think that I’ll be able to do it. In the end of 2019 I did daily journal and I felt it really cleansing. I did enjoy doing meditation for a time but it’s a very expensive habit so journalling is the next best thing. I know that I won’t be able to journal every single day but just when I can.

  • Read 100 books

Reading is one of my favourite hobbies (I don’t know if it beats blogging?) so this one will be easy for me. I managed it last year and the summer is my prime time for reading so I’m not going to force myself to finish a book every 3 days because I’ll be able to catch up in the holidays.

  • Collaborate with other bloggers a lot more often

In the beginning of last year I did a lot of collaborations and towards the end as well. However in the middle of the year it was lacking so this year I’d like to be more consistent.

  • Become a RAKtivist

Becoming a RAKtivist and performing random acts of kindness is such a lovely new year’s goal. Most of the goals I previously mentioned are based around my personal growth, but to bring happiness to another person is a really special idea. I have already signed up on the website and soon after writing this post I’m going to print of the kindness calendar for January!

Have you set any goals for 2020? What did you achieve last year?

Thank you so much for reading. I look forward to reading your responses in the comments below!

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November Bullet Journal Set-Up | New Moons & New Starts

Happy November!

There are two months left of the decade and I must admit that I’m excited. As the months go on I start waiting for the New Year because it is a time to start a fresh. However, instead of looking ahead, I’ve decided to start my “New Year” right now in November. I can’t waste two months with the excuse “it’s nearly 2020 I’ll start being healthy then”. With that idea in mind, I also started a new bullet journal. It’s half the size of the last one and instead of dotted pages it’s lined. However it’s worked really well so far and feels more like a journal than a productivity bank. I now enjoy coming to write in my bujo instead of dreading it. 

Here’s an insight into my November set-up. I also filmed this process and posted it on IGTV (link is here)

I decided that the theme for this month would be moon phases. Amanda Rach Lee did this theme last month so I’m a bit of a copycat. It seemed really appropriate as I am starting fresh like a New Moon. The cover page is a bit boring but the simpler the better! I first started by drawing the black shadow but then – upon consideration – decided to finish the circle with a black fineliner. 

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