This is Monday: not a usual day for me to be posting a blog. It is January 1st, though, and that seems like a good time to drop in to say “hello.” Being the beginning of a brand new year, it’s also a fine time to rethink old conventions, and change things up if it seems appropriate.
I spent a large part of New Year’s Eve – and too much of the day today – setting up my brand new bullet journal. I had almost completely filled the hot pink version that had served me well since last April; with the start of 2018, I decided to break out the new blank book with it’s sea foam green cover. Of course – though I’ve been doing this for more than two years now – I had to start by reading another book on the bullet journal process. I had to troll Pinterest for ideas that I could adapt to my own needs. I had to break out my new Sharpie pens, my colored fine-point markers and my brush-tip highlighters.
Then, having researched, investigated and planned myself into a frenzy, I spent several (!!!) hours laying the groundwork for this new year. I drew up my annual calendar; two facing pages were devoted to a separate annual birthday calendar. I made a larger monthly calendar than I did last year, and – having failed at using the monthly task manager that shared those pages last year – have not yet decided what to do with the rest of that page. I filled in daily pages for the thirty-one days of January. Since I had finished one book already this year, I devoted a page to noting the books I read this year.
Next, I made a “Habit and Activity Tracker.” I love this feature, and have incorporated it in my bullet journal from the beginning. It has gone through many changes. I’ve tried horizontal and vertical formats. I’ve experimented with high expectations and low. I’ve played around with X’s, slashes and dots for marking a completed task. So far, at month’s end, it has too often been a glaring reminder of things I have neglected. But, this is a new year…a new beginning. I’m filled with high hopes and fresh resolutions. To celebrate, I have a brand new format for tracking my success.
Do you see where this is going??? Here’s a close-up view:
Three diagonal lines mark a completed goal. The direction of the diagonal alternates, so that if everything gets checked off, every day, a beautiful jacquard pattern emerges. Tasks not done (note the “no sugar” failure, as I dipped into the box of Christmas chocolates today) get a little zero, which add a bit of jaunty character to the pattern. It’s just so cute, it makes me want to complete every single thing! And that, my friends, is why I am posting a blog on this Monday, the first of January, 2018.
Happy New Year!!