My Minimalist Bullet Journal: January 2019 Plan With Me

Happy New Year!

For the last two years now I’ve made bullet journaling posts/videos describing my process when it comes to creating my bullet journal spreads. It’s been cool looking back at my posts from 2017 and 2018.

But before we begin, I’ve also created a video showing my process of bullet journaling (if you’re not interested, just read on! It covers the same information):

I’m still using my 2018 bullet journal (the notebook itself–250 pages is pretty hard to finish for someone like me!), and since I plan by semester (and January is in between semesters), I have yet to make another future log/yearly spread set ups. I am close to finishing this bullet journal, so when I go back to school, I am planning on getting a new one and set up for the semester then (and that’d be a separate post!)

I can’t say that in the two years I’ve gotten into more elaborate bullet journal spreads, but I do have more things to keep track of nowadays. I have also gotten simpler as the time went on; I just can’t find myself committing to spending a lot of time on setting my spreads up (that is, unless I have time to spare). I LOVE the spreads I see on Youtube and Pinterest, but it’s just not possible for me as a busy student.

So here it is, the bullet journal pages I chose to do for January 2019:

Cover Page

I kept my cover page for January 2019 quite simple, just the date written out with my Tombow brush pen. I also lined the edge with some Muji washi-tape, as I usually do with my months.

Overview

I chose to go with a simple timeline layout (instead of grid/calendar layout) because of the basic fact that it’s just simpler to set up. During the school year, I also break it up into personal/school columns (with the dates in the middle of the page), and in the summer into personal/work columns. For January, since I’m on break for most of the month, I just kept it simple.

This page would include everything from events, deadlines, to things I want to remember:

The lefthand side of the page is of course, pretty self-explanatory: “Weekly Overview” breaks down events during the week further, “Focus” refers to my goals of the month, “Waiting On” allows me to write a list of things I’m waiting on… (this could be responses to emails, payments, etc.), and finally, because I have some time this month, I’ve also opted to devote a section to my reading goals.

The “Me” Specific Pages

One of the best things about the bullet journal system/bullet journaling is that you can pick a goal or focus you have in mind for the month and wrap your monthly set up pages around it. For me, I have a few specific goals and things I want to keep track of in January, and that includes:

  1. My post-graduation job/opportunity search
  2. Cleaning/Decluttering various parts of my room (both at home and my dorm room at school)
  3. Keeping up with this blog
  4. Packing for school and my trip to Asia

And these things are reflected in the subsequent pages of my bullet journal:

In the page directly following my overview page, I have a section dedicated to decluttering/cleaning, and another section dedicated to expenses track (pretty standard for bullet journals):

On the right hand side, I have devoted a page to my post-grad opportunity search, including a check-off for each part of the job application process (cover letter, resume, filling out the application, hitting submit!). I always just find that being able to “check things off” really motivate me to get more things done.

I’ve also devoted an entire page to my blog and a page to my packing list:

Here, again, I’ve used that simple check-list system for each part of the blogging process. And, because I don’t think I’ll be writing more than half a dozen posts in January, I left the rest of the page for brainstorming purposes.

The packing list is simply split up into school, trip, and to buy–it’s pretty self explanatory, and is just a way for me to keep track of things so I don’t forget it!

The next page is something new I’m going to try: A sleep tracker. This has never been relevant to me as I (usually) have pretty good discipline with going to sleep at (semi-)appropriate times when at school. Plus, I’m usually so exhausted by the end of the day that I do sleep at reasonable times after I finish studying. Since getting home for break, I found myself sleeping later and later (usually due to poor reasons such as video gaming). To try to remedy that, I’ve started a sleep tracker, with “goal times” (11pm, 7am) bracketed out. We’ll see how I do…

And finally, because it feels weird to be starting my weekly spreads on an even page, I left the last one blank and labeled it “brain dump”. So I can basically write anything here, and if I had forgotten anything in my monthly spreads, I think I can easily just add it here.

And that’s it! Hope this gives some of you an idea of what you could also include in your bullet journal, and how this system is inherently “goal oriented” and specific to what type of goals you have in mind. Hope everyone has a great 2019–here’s to a productive one!

Cindy

NYE Declutter With Me–My Craft Supplies!

Happy [almost] 2019!

I’m having a pretty chill night tonight (no parties to go to haha and I’m a happy introvert!), and figured it would be a great time to declutter my craft supplies. I used to be more into scrapbooking, but now I only really bullet journal, so a lot of the supplies I’ve “stocked up” (my boyfriend calls it hoarding) are no longer useful.

The Before

I keep my supplies in three main containers: two drawers, one short (one of the blue drawers) and one tall (the clear drawer), one giftbox/container (I got this from my grandma when I was probably 6 or 7; it used to contain snacks and goodies!), and one small crate (it was an old locker shelf from high school).

As you can see, it looks incredibly disorganized. Look what’s inside though…

The first thing I did was to organize my stickers. I organized them into piles of things that I would use again, and wouldn’t use. In addition, I took them out of their original wrappers. This took care of the small blue drawer, more or less.

Next, I started with the clear bin and started organizing them. Because of scrapbooking, I’ve kept pretty much everything I thought would be interesting for a spread. That resulted in a lot of items that I’ve kept that has some sentimental value but would probably never use in a non-scrapbooking scenerio. I saved some of these items (cards, pictures) and took pictures of some others so I could digitally keep it.

This process honestly resulted in such a large pile of things to throw out! But it also meant that I was almost done: the last part was honestly organizing everything in a way that is space efficient.

I found some old glass yogurt containers to hold beads, ribbons, and loose stickers. I put old scrapbooking materials that I bought in an envelope, and the sticker sheets I wanted to keep in a large plastic ziplock bag.

Then, I placed everything back into their original containers!

The After

Here is the small bin:

Instead of the disorganized sticker sheet from before, I placed my box(es) of washi tape, my stamps, and small sheets of craft paper.

Next, in the larger clear bin, I put the yogurt jars filled with ribbons, beads, and small, loose stickers in, along with the sticker sheets (on the side), old scrapbooking material I bought, and an old scrapbook (I used to be really into the K&Company Smashbooks!) I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was actually a LOT of extra space in this bin.

Finally, in the old snacks drawer, I neatly placed in the rest of my stamps, hole punches, old project life cards, and various stationery items:

And what about the small purple crate? Well there wasn’t a need for that so I kept the few of my keepsakes that I decided to keep in there! In the coming days they will probably migrate into some other containers that I’ve set specifically aside for photos and keepsakes, but for now they’re in the purple container.

And that’s pretty much it! It’s so nice to see all of my craft supplies finally organized in an intuitive way. (Even if it’s a pretty lame way to spend New Year’s Eve…)

Hope you guys all have a great New Year’s Eve! Have fun & stay safe! There will be plenty of posts to come soon.

Cindy

How I Take Notes for Organic Chemistry

In an attempt to “revive” (ahaha) my blog, I’ve come up with a pretty intense content schedule for myself to keep up with this summer (and maybe beyond). One thing I wish I did better throughout the last three years at Cornell was documenting my experience. But, seeing as I didn’t really know what direction to take my blog before, I don’t really blame myself for not sticking to writing.

Anyway, I came across a couple spreads on Instagram on how individual creators take notes. Something I found quite helpful to myself (as a motivator for going to class and studying) was to take really aesthetically pleasing notes. That’s now my study gram was born (haha!). So I came up with my own spread on how I take my orgo notes! (Click into the picture for full view!)

How I take notes for organic chemistry

This was done on Whitelines paper (review coming soon), which is a beautiful paper with a grey grid that scans in beautifully without the borders. The other materials used is detailed on the sheet itself. This was really fun to do, and if you’re on instagram, be sure to follow me @cindys_notebook

What are some of your note taking methods?