The blank (but organised) slate

Thing is, if you’re not particularly creative, and huge blank spaces to fill in give you anxiety, and prevent you from starting your (essential) life scheduling journey, fret not. Let me tell you how I’ve incorporated aspects of the bullet journal into my Moleskine weekly planner.

[Disclaimer, this incorporation does not only work with Moleskine weekly planners. I know most planners from many other brands have a similar layout. I am just using the Moleskine weekly planner as an example, because that is what I have been comfortable using.]

[Psst. These following layouts were drawn up for illustration purposes so I did not mark it out according to the actual 2017 calendar.]

THE YEARLY LOG

At the start of the Moleskine weekly planner you will almost always find a yearly overview of the entire year. I use this generally to track public holidays or days of leave I am taking. On the top of the page I generally have a legend like this:

X – denotes public holidays (days were picked at random and text is coloured to be identified easily)

O – denotes days of leave (days were picked at random and text is coloured to be identified easily)

January

Wk M T W T F S S
  1x 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

February

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26x 27 28

 

March

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25x 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

April

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30          

 

May

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

June

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10x 11 12 13 14
  15o 16o 17o 18o 19o 20o 21o
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

July

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18x 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
34 29 30 31        

 

August

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

September

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30          

 

October

Wk M T W T F S S
45 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23x 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

November

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9x 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

 

December

Wk M T W T F S S
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20x 21x
  22x 23x 24 25 26 27 28
  29 30 31        

THE MONTHLY LOG

Right after the yearly overview, you will find a monthly layout similar to this. Now, the way I have used it is to track birthdays and fitness. I did not include public holidays or leave because it will be a repeat tracking of what would have already been tracked in the yearly overview. Again, at the top of the page I will have a legend as follows:

[-] B’day – this is self-explanatory guys

G – denotes a gym session

W – denotes a walk

H – denotes a hike

WEEK Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1

 

 

 

 

G

   

 

W

       
2

 

 

       

 

W

[-] B’DAY    

 

H

3

 

 

   

 

G

       

 

W

 
4

 

 

         

 

G

   
5

 

 

             

 

H

THE WEEKLY LOG

And of course, the weekly lay out which makes up most of the Moleskine weekly planner. This is where I had needed to get my creative juices working, and after a couple of trial and error attempts, I found a system which worked for me. It kept me motivated, and optimised my time.

WEEK BLANK LINED PAGE
Monday

Appointments Reminders

1.     Pack snacks for work.

WISH LIST

1.     New perfume from [-].

TO ACCOMPLISH

1.     Walk 3 times this week.

Tuesday

Appointments

1pm Lunch with [-]

Reminders
Wednesday

Appointments Reminders
Thursday

Appointments Reminders
REMINDERS TO SELF

1.     Clean medicine drawer.

STARTED ON

1.     Reading new book.

Friday

Appointments Reminders
Saturday

Appts Reminders
Sunday

Appts Reminders

Now, you will note that there are two reminder categories. In the reminder category in the weekly planner serves for reminders of things to do or complete for the next day. Whereas, the reminder category in the blank lined page is for general reminders for the week.

This is how my current planner looks like. I hope this was use for some of you. If you guys would like, I could also create one custom made for your organisation needs. All you have to do is a leave comment!

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