Preparing for a new bullet journal

Preparing for a new bullet journal

As luck would have it, my current bullet journal book is coming to an end just as the calendar year ends.

Maybe it is serendipity. Maybe it’s just luck. Either way, as the calendar and the sunlight tick down, so does the available space in my current journal. I currently have 5 pages left in the pocket sized Moleskine  that I have been using for my bullet journal, which is roughly 2 more weeks (will take me up to December 20th, and the book I want to move into (Hobonichi Techo Cousin) doesn’t have weeklies until December 28th, and the dailies don’t start until Jan 1…

Evolution of my journal - current layout

Evolution of my journal – current layout in my pocket (A6) sized Moleskine Grid

Hobonichi Techo Cousin

Hobonichi Techo Cousin A5 

If I leave things the way they are going, I will have a week of time (and the BUSIEST week of my year) where I won’t have a planning book. If I start a new book for only a week before I move into the Hobonichi, it might be wasted. I could choose to use multiple books, but I’m not sure if I can keep up with all that…

So I am faced with trying to decide what it is that I am going to do for my next bullet journal and/or planning system for the new year. Right now, i’m pretty undecided as to how I am going to do this, and if I am going to stick with ONLY bullet journalling, or if I am going to try to maintain multiple systems.

Planning has been a part of my life for… well, MOST of my life.

I have always had a strong need to write things down. I have always kept lists and schedules and planners. I have also kept journals most of my life. I’ve always kept my schedules/planners separate from my journals; journals were always very private and involved thoughts and feelings, whereas my planners and schedules just involved what I needed to get done and the events that I needed to remember that I’ve scheduled.

Starting in January 2015 I have decided to try using a modified bullet journal/journaling system in a Hobonichi Techo Cousin. Considering my last bullet journal was a personal (about A6)/pocket sized Moleskine, this A5 size (twice as big) will offer me a lot more space. As well, not having a way to index or catalog collections will be somewhat hard to adjust to.


I have considered having both a home system and a portable system. Right now I have both the passport and regular size Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, which I have been using as my journal for the past month. While I like having a separate journal from my daily logs and tasks, a place a bit more private, I would like being able to detail SOME of the thoughts and feelings that come from my days. I am considering moving to a 3 book system – 1 schedule, 1 journal, 1 bullet journal. The schedule would be contained in my Hobonichi, the journal would be in both the Hobonichi (events, details, logging) and the Midori Traveler’s notebook (regular), and the bullet journal could be kept in the Passport sized Midori…IMG_3624

I love having so many choices in my writing, planning, journalling life… although it can be a little overwhelming to have so many things to keep up with…

What sort of system do you like to use? Do you use a combination book (journalling and planning/scheduling and art in one) or separate books for different things???

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