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I decided to get creative when I was doing my layout's headers last weekend.
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I know what I'm doing this week: something like this. Damn it, I'm not going to live like a hobo.
Here's how I keep track of my Spring Cleaning. When I've completed a task, I check off the item and will even write the month that I completed that task in.
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I had free time today.
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12/31/16
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The weekly spreads are still evolving a bit. With the new journal, I've been experimenting with layouts again, after using the variations of the first one (week ending Nov. 27th) for quite some time now. I've got enough space for workouts, menu planning, and scheduled things, with a bit extra to add notes or goals or a weekly task list. We don't have much in terms of appointments or planned outings, so I don't need a lot of space.

I tried something with more info for next week, but I don't think that I'll do it again. It's more than I need, and I feel like I need to fill up the space with things that I don't really need to have in the layout and won't use. I definitely favor a more minimal layout for the weekly layouts.

#weeklyspread #weeklylaout #bulletjournal #bujo

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I got artsy this month, for a change.
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In case anyone is interested in starting 2017 with a fresh journal, the official Bullet Journal is in stock.
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About two weeks ago, I had to start looking for a new journal. I'd nearly reached the end of my first little black book: a Leuchtturm1917 with the grid layout, which seems to be the go-to choice for bullet journaling. This time around, I read some reviews on Amazon and chose a Piccadilly Essential. I've been using the new journal for a couple of weeks now, and here's what I've come up with.

Basic info:
• Graph-ruled, cream colored pages
• 80 GSM wood-free, acid free paper
• sewn binding
• Expandable interior pocket
• Satin page ribbon, elastic closure
• 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches

At first glance, the Piccadilly isn't much different than the Leuchtturm. They're nearly the same size, with bookmarks and elastic closures and a pocket the back. There's a few less pages, and it's about $7 cheaper. However, the devil is in the details, and those details are why I probably wouldn't buy this one again.

The Leuchtturm is just a bit wider, about ¼" wider than the Piccadilly. Now, if I hadn't started with that extra little bit, it wouldn't be all that much of an issue, and to be completely honest, it's not much of a problem to me. If I'd gone through several Leuchtturms before switching to the Piccadilly, it would be more annoying from a standpoint of muscle memory when actually holding and writing in it. The Leuchtturm also has two ribbon bookmarks, which was handy.

The pages in the Piccadilly are nice. The paper is smooth, it's bound nicely, and while it's definitely not as solid-feeling as the Leuchtturm, the cover and binding are good. I can use most of my Crayola markers and my colored pens without trouble, but you can see that there is definitely some bleeding with Sharpie markers (not so much with their fine point writing pens). The grid lines in the Piccadilly are a lot darker than those in the Leuchtturm, which I'm definitely not a fan of. The Leuchtturm also had numbered pages and a table of contents, which was a nice feature that's lacking in the Piccadilly.

Final verdict: if you're new to bullet journaling and don't like the idea of dropping $20 on a blank book that you might only use 10 pages of, or a truly minimalistic bullet journaler and don't use a lot of markers, then the Piccadilly is a good starting point.

#bulletjournal #bulletjournaller #bujo #Leuchtturm1917 #Piccadilly #journal #stationary #reviews
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I love this. When I get my next journal in a couple of months, I'm totally doing this. Thanks for sharing it, +Symone Brown​!
This is a sample goal dashboard spread that I've used to track my progress toward goals. It's inspired by Kim and from a LifeHacker blog post on goals. In my bullet journal, I have four goals that I need to renew my commitment to by considering each one and (possibly) rewriting the goal dashboard. Thinking of doing that another day, I decided to create this sample spread.

As you can see, the goals are broad while the smart goals are more in-depth. The motivation describes the why for each goal. Long term goals are those smaller goals or accomplishments to meet your bigger, primary goal. The short term goals or milestones are to measure your progress. The last section are habits needed to be developed to help you reach your goals. I've made the habits as task bullets so that if I've successfully worked on the goal to make it a habit, it can become a completed goal.

When I first made this in my bullet journal, I didn't have room to write any rewards for reaching any short or long term goals. I'm thinking of adding the motivations into the smart goals which would give me a little more space leftover. Or perhaps I'll consider taking on 3 goals and have a nice column listing my rewards. And if I could, I'd list progress bars or boxes for the measurable parts of the goals so that the spread can truly act like a goal dashboard.

I'll update this spread in my spare journal that will reflect those wishes above. I'd like to hear your suggestions. If you'd like to see when this is updated, let me know.

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