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Planning for 2019: The Master Plan

Monday, January 21, 2019

I’ve mentioned, and shown photos from, my 2019 life planner—a “not-a-bullet-journal” planner that’s based off of some of the ideas that I’ve gleaned from the professional BuJo-ers out there (I’ll link to a few below).

One of the most important spreads that I incorporated into the planner this year is a Master Plan spread. In this YouTube video, I walk through the Master Plan pages and explain how I’m using them (transcript—well, the script I worked from—is pasted below the video).

Hi, all, and welcome back to my YouTube channel! Today, I’d love to do a quick run-through of the Master Plan section of my planner.

In 2018, I started out the year with “Goals” – and you know that when I talk about goals, I mean being specific, setting measurable, actionable steps with specific results on a pre-determined timeline. And you also know how that can be both motivating and debilitating once those timeline dates come and go without the anticipated results because the steps haven’t been taken.

This year, in studying several professional bullet-journalers’ blogs and videos, one thing that several of them suggested (I’ll provide a few links in the description box below) creating a Master Plan—and breaking it down into categories—or life areas—that I really want to concentrate on this year. Before I even sat down at the computer to start creating my 2019 planner, I started listing the focus areas for me this year.
I came up with . . .

• Personal
• Social Life
• Professional
• Professional Development
• Reading
• Writing
• Blogging (2 blogs)
• Writing Prof. Development
• Online Courses to Teach
• Social Media
• Volunteering
• Self-Care/Mental Health
• Health
• Activity/Exercise
• Self-Improvement
• Online Classes to Take
• Housekeeping
• Friends & Family
• Travel
• Crafts
• Spiritual

After I’d created/printed the pages, I realized that I needed space for Crafts and Spiritual. So I added what bullet-journalers call a “dutch door”—a half-page that gives more space without completely covering up the pages on either side. I used colored paper simply because I had it in my notebook already. And, yes, many of these categories overlap. Pretty much everything in here (except professional) falls under “personal.” Self-Improvement, volunteering, spiritual, activity/exercise, housekeeping, etc., all cross-pollinate with each other. So it looks like there are a whole lot more things to focus on than are really here—because so many things go onto multiple lists. But it’s nice to be able to explore them from a different angle of focus, and to be able to tie some of them together that I might not have thought of as being complementary before.

Then, even with using colored ink, because black type and black grid lines on white paper still isn’t all that interesting, I decorated with different shaped bullets and washi tape to try to match, or at least coordinate, with the color scheme. I also put washi tape down the bottom 2/3 of each Master Plan page to make this section easier to find when I’m working on planning.

And you can probably tell that this isn’t regular, flimsy 20-pound copy paper. I use at least 28-pound bright white, and prefer 32-pound, in order to stop the printer toner and pen ink from ghosting through to the other side.

How am I using this? Well, I’m referring to it quite often, actually. Not only when doing my quarterly and monthly plans, but I’ve also added a weekly tracker in which I can add an activity from one of five chosen categories that I want to do that week. That means that each week, I’m reviewing these and thinking about what I can be doing in order to incorporate these focus areas into my life.

And there you have it. That’s my master plan for using the Master Plan section of my life planner in 2019. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. If you like this video and would like to see more content like this, please click through to the video on YouTube, like, and subscribe. See you next time!

Here are two bullet journal blogs I follow:
All About Planners
Little Coffee Fox

And here are some #bujo YouTubers:
Boho Berry (I watch her videos the most!)
Amanda Rach Lee
Little Coffee Fox
All About Planners
Kell of a Plan

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, January 21, 2019 7:34 am

    Hi Kaye, Glad I found you here. I am working on my master plan too. Very helpful. Thank you.

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    • Monday, January 21, 2019 10:11 am

      Hi, Madeline–be sure to check out some of those journalers/planners I linked to. I’ve learned so much from them. This is only my second year not using an off-the-shelf week-at-a-glance planner from the office supply store, so I’m definitely still in the experimental stage with all of this!

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