2017 Bullet Journaling: Using What I Own

I am so excited to be bringing you guys this blog post today as it’s been a year in the making! I uploaded last year’s planner to YouTube and one of the first comments said the planner wasn’t minimalist. The planner was minimalist in comparison to many of those belonging to the YouTube-Planners out there, but it got me thinking how I could make it more minimal.

After readily accepting the challenge, I gave up. The short version was that the planner wasn’t working for me. I have this crazy philosophy that planners should work for you, you shouldn’t need to force yourself to work with a planner.

Then I discovered bullet journaling. Talk about an awakening. I became invested in the prospect of my life actually being put in order and being able to find the things I needed in my planner quickly. I did switch over to this method in the fall and studied myself very carefully to fine-tune the planner to fit me and to learn from my mistakes. What did I learn?

  1. I prefer grid paper to any other paper.
  2. I hate having to measure stuff out all the time and “just want it to work.”
  3. I typically try to shove more stuff in there than I need to.
  4. I need to be able to add and remove paper at will because I mess up…a lot.
  5. Although I like the look of planners with tape and hand-lettering and stickers, I use it as a distraction to waste time instead of be productive, so its best not to let me near that stuff.

After a total of two years of research I’ve developed the best system for me! Read on below for more information on planning and creating this journal!

Here are the products I used in the video, if you’re interested in any of them. The links will open product information on Amazon.com:

Filofax Domino: http://amzn.to/2icuHCO

Pens http://amzn.to/2iilTcH

Scissors http://amzn.to/2iiDDEO

Corner Rounders Set http://amzn.to/2iJTmQn

Hole Punch http://amzn.to/2icCl00

Planning My Planner

The Bullet Journal system is such a great tool, I knew I wanted to utilize it regardless of the layouts and contraption I ended up with.


As stated above I found that I wanted to be able to easily add and remove paper at will from my journal. My Filofax Domino made sense for that, and would also mean my planner would double as my wallet. This functionality is more important than anything else to me.

Re-Usable Pages?

The first few pages after my contents pages are meant to be switched in and out of planners as I need them to. Although, I’m not sure I’ll be moving from my Domino until it falls apart, I appreciate that I gave myself that freedom. Also, if I decide to remove any of those pages, the planner still works.

Layout Design

When I first switched to a bullet journal method, I found myself making crazy layouts that took a good amount of time to create. I imagine I spent more time making layouts and flipping through my journal than I spent actually using the thing. And why not? It was fun to look at?

I wanted to be more productive and waste less time making my journal look pretty. I found myself eliminating more and more creativity to streamline my layouts and found a method that works for me: simple, uncluttered and organic weekly layouts. I do have a month-at-a-glance in list-format to keep track of what needs to happen and be integrated into my weekly spreads, but I find that just making a weekly spread as a list is beneficial; some days I just don’t have as much to do.

Going Forward

I am so thrilled with this layout and might actually continue to do planning videos this year? I think being organized and making sure you’re growing is an important part of being a minimalist, so I’d really like to make monthly planning videos. Let me know if you’re interested in that!

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