How I Use My Bullet Journal To Plan For The Future

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In my first blog post, Why Bullet Journaling Is My New Favorite Thing, I shared with you about how I went from using a pocket-sized composition notebook to running out to Staples to buy an 8×10 Moleskine Graphing notebook to do all of my planning in. One of my favorite aspects about using a bullet journal is that it is completely customizable to fit your needs. I love scrolling through Pinterest and looking at the different spreads people come up with. There is a spread out there for just about everything.

One of the spreads I came across while scrolling through Pinterest that actually got my hooked onto bullet journaling was a photo on Intsagram posted by emschwartzdn. It was a spread to track a three year plan! I immediately saved the pin to my journaling board and since I am pretty good a copying spreads just by looking at picture of the spread I copied the spread of the three year plan into my bullet journal. The three year plan spread has twelve box layout with three rows and four columns. The rows track the years and the columns track the months of the year. Each column is made up of three month sections giving it the twelve block layout design. The picture in this post is the copy of my three year spread. The original design can be found here. Next, I wrote in the dates that I had written in down in my small composition notebook and the goal attached to it. Now I had a visual timeline for tracking my goals and could plan accordingly to reach those goals!

As time has gone by some of the original timelines I had set up for reaching certain goals have changed due to a little thing called Life but the beauty of my three year plan layout is that I can cross things off or erase them (since I used pencil to write my goals in) and move the goal around to better suit the needs of the goal. As you can see in the I have a lot of goals set up through out the next year and a few in the year after that and not much in 2019. I do have dates for goals to reach in those years just not an actual goal to place with them. I guess you could say one of my ultimate goal is to fill my three year spread in the near future. There are other ways to track goals for the future as well. I recently saw a mind mapping spread designed to track goals that don’t really have a specific timeline for completion. i am seriously considering adding a mind mapping spread to my bullet journal in the near future.
Do you have a visual design for a three year plan?  How about a five year plan? Would you like to share about it? Leave a comment below.


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