Whether it’s a fresh calendar year or academic year (or even semester), I love the organization and anticipation of new school supplies, new bullet journal spreads, new goals.
This year I actually haven’t made many big changes from my 2019 setups — there’s no need to fix what’s already working. But since I love reading about other people’s planning systems I figured I might as well share mine; hopefully some of you will find it interesting and maybe even helpful!
Traveler’s Notebook/Bullet Journal
Last summer, I set up my first Traveler’s Notebook. (You can check out the linked post for more details and photos, but basically it’s a system with multiple notebook “inserts” bundled together.)
I’ll admit that all the 2020 bullet journal setup videos and photos have left me missing the more traditional format with everything in one notebook. I’ve been considering re-trying a graph/grid notebook as a compromise between the dot grid (which I like for more visual spreads, but not for daily lists) and ruled/lined (good for daily lists, but not for more visual spreads). With my first bujo it bothered me when my layouts weren’t perfectly aligned with the grid lines, but I think I’m over the worst of my perfectionism so it’s worth another try.
But for now, I want to use up the notebooks I’m currently using. They’ll most likely last me the spring semester and maybe the summer, at which point I can reevaluate what I want to do.
The first insert in my TN is a dot-grid notebook I use for my “fun” spreads: my 2020 cover page, memories/brain dump page (mostly blank; not shown), word of the year (“explore”), 2020 in 2020 goals and monthly challenges, and monthly setups [below].
I did block out my goals and such in these photos — accountability can be a helpful tool to reach your goals, but this year I’m working on some fairly personal projects and habits so I’m not altogether comfortable sharing them.
ON THE LEFT: I set up my monthly calendar and habit/sleep trackers in my dot grid notebook; eventually I’ll fill in events and go over my trackers with colorful pens
which I forgot to pack to bring home. While this format worked fine for me last semester, I plan to switch to Martin Boehme’s habit tracking system later this month or early next month to see if that works better!
ON THE RIGHT: I like to do a monthly cover page in the ruled Moleskine where I do my daily to-do lists (not pictured because they’re straightforward and boring, though I’m experimenting with layouts that I may share later on).
I tried to find credits for the photos/art, but unfortunately they’re leftovers from past spreads, and the Pins I did manage to find don’t have proper attribution.
For 2019, I started using Kal @ Reader Voracious’s spreadsheet template — ICYMI, the 2020 version is live! — making a few modifications for the way I personally plan and organize my reading and blogging. (Some addition/deletion of categories and graphs, mostly; nothing major.)
For 2020, I technically started with a brand-new Google Sheets document. But most of it is still very similar to Kal’s template — the 2019 version, since the new one hadn’t been released when I started working on mine — and in this post I’ve only included the sheets I created.
The State of the ARC tracker was one of my first additions to my 2019 blog spreadsheet, named for and inspired by the State of the ARC meme hosted by Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books. I track Acquired, Read, and DNF titles in comments so that I don’t double-count or miss any when I update this sheet. This tracker also makes it easy to write up and generate graphs for State of the ARC posts!
The reading challenge tracker is something I’m trying out. I use Goodreads shelves and the notes section, as well as blog posts, to track my reading challenge progress, but I’d like to have all my bookish data in one place — and because last year I kept forgetting which books I had or hadn’t added to my Reading Challenges post [coming soon] and/or bingo boards.
(I’m doing other challenges, but this sheet only contains those based on prompts.)
Inspired by Sunshine & Stationery’s 2020 bullet journal setup (specifically the YouTube workflow page, explained at 48:55), this post progress tracker has all the main steps of my blog-post workflow, to use in conjunction with Kal’s monthly post planners.
This has already come in really handy since I tend to batch posts and parts of posts — for example, I created most of the header graphics for my January posts at the same time. I can see at a glance what’s been done and what still needs to be done on each post; it also saves me from forgetting to update the post tags or put in my signoff graphic.
Again, the rest of my spreadsheet — Read, Owned TBR, ARC TBR, blog stats, book stats, monthly post planners — is highly based on Kal’s template, which I would highly recommend you check out if you haven’t already! Even if you have your own system already, it might give you some new ideas 😉
- What method(s) do you use to plan your time and track your commitments?
- How frequently, if ever, do you reevaluate your planning systems?
- Are you all set up and ready for the new year?