Who’s ready for 2019?
I finally can say that I am! After weeks of procrastination and days spent dealing with various emergencies, I took some time this last weekend to get my PROJO ready for the new year!
So if you’re still looking for some inspiration to create spreads that will get you closer to your goals in 2019, here’s a tour of my 2019 journal!
Bonus: I even shot a video of my set-up session! YAY!
I’ve been using it for the last quarter, and been working on its design for way more longer… As it’s really fitting my needs and reflects my minimalist style of journaling, I’ll definitely keep using PROJO – the project journal in 2019.
Bonus #1: Sneak peek in my 2018 PROJO planner
PROJO (which stands for project journal) is a 3-month undated planning tool that helps you plan & organize your projects. It’s a system that combines 2 distinct notebooks (the P. Book and the N. Book) to give you the right balance between structure and freedom.
The P. Book helps you set goals, switch to project mode and make progress on them one step at a time. It encourages you to get to work and allows customization to fit your lifestyle.
The N. Book holds all your lists, ideas and thoughts. It’s totally free and open so that you can unleash your creativity and imagine the details of your plans to conquer the world.
The balance created by the 2 books has been working wonderfully for the last 6 months. It allowed me to dream big and take action to reach my goals. So I’m sticking with this set-up, using a Deluxe PROJO pack as my 2019 planner. This includes a recycled leather cover, the 2 PROJO notebooks (P. Book and N. Book), and the quick start guide with all the informations needed to get started with PROJO.
Word of the year
I posted a few days ago the first page of my project journal on Instagram, which was a year at a glance calendar. I actually decided to change it, to put my word of the year instead.
Back in January 2018, I picked a word, as an intention to guide my choices though the year. My 2018 word was “dare”. I honestly didn’t expect much from that experiment, but it actually worked pretty well (see my 2018 review for a full explanation!).
So I decided to go with that “word of the year” thing again in 2019, hoping it will help me keep my main focus in mind at anytime. My word of the year for 2019 is “balance”.
That’s something I’m struggling with: as I tend to be all in when I’m enthusiastic about something, I have a hard time to find balance between work, social life and me time. But it will also be probably about having a better balanced diet and finances too!
The first page of my journal is dedicated to a vision board. My vision board is splitted in two separated parts: medium and long term vision (left page) and short term vision (right page).
Even though I’m definitely someone who likes to rely on a plan, I struggle to have a real long term vision: I have no idea of where I’d like to be in a few years from now. So my vision board is dedicated almost exclusively to the upcoming year. I listed the (very) few long term goals I have, and then created a mindmap to set some yearly goals, regarding various areas of my life.
Short term vision
Aside my long term and yearly goals, I created a mindmap to set goals for the quarter to come.
I tried to think of both personal (including health, self growth and me time) and business goals to keep a balance between these two areas of my life. As I really tend to focus on work and leave my personal life aside, which is something I’d like to work on on 2019, including personal goals in my vision board was very important to me.
Each big goal is broken down into smaller projects and tasks that I intend to implement to reach it.
The page right after my vision board is my goals roadmap.
I picked 4 goals out of my vision board, and took some time to better define them, thanks to this table.
I listed my goals in the first column, and then wrote down:
(on the left page)
– the purpose of it: why I want to achieve this goal? How do I expect it to improve my life?
If I can’t answer this question without looking for the “right” answer, I put my goal aside for a few days to see if it’s really relevant for me to work on this… and it usually means that it isn’t.
– the first steps I can take to get closer to that goals: I basically listed the first big tasks I’ll need to handle to get on track reaching this goal.
(on the right page)
– an overview of where I’d like this goal to take me to: in the next 3 months, 6 months and 1 year.
Projects quarterly plan
The last quarterly page of my journal is the projects timeline.
It’s basically a master plan of my main projects for the 3 upcoming months.
The first line of the table is a calendar, 1 columns standing for 1 week.
The wide left column is where I listed the projects I’d like to run during the first quarter of 2019. I then split them into legs and draw arrows to visualise the time needed to achieve each one of these big steps. The little black triangles the deadlines I set for my projects.
I only listed 4 projects. Even though there is still room to list more projects, I don’t think I’d have had enough time to achieve more in 3 months. And in case it happens that I reach my deadlines in advance (which never happens as life almost always gets on my way), I can always go back to my vision board to set a new goal.
Quarterly spreads in 2 minutes
And now, here’s a timelapse of my quarterly spreads setup
(before we get to monthly log and other fun spreads!)
Bonus #2: Setting up the first pages of my PROJO
January monthly log
After setting up for the first quarter of 2019, I also took the time to prepare my monthly log for January.
Just as in the Bullet Journal method, my monthly log (which actually strictly follows the layout of the P. Book) is separated into two sections:
– On the left page, lies my monthly calendar. It features 2 columns (1 for personal events and parties, 1 for work – including meeting and deadlines).
– On the right page, an enhanced task list. It’s actually a project section. Each month, I pick 3 projects that become my priority, and define a goal / output to reach at the end of the month. I then break each project into smaller, actionable tasks.
The last section of the right page is for all the tasks that need my attention but aren’t related to any of my projects (such as booking tickets for my next trip or change glasses for instance).
The notes section is pretty empty for now… Except for the very last page, where I put the year at a glance calendar that was previously on the first page of my P. Book. It’s just here as a reference, and I don’t really plan to use it that often, but I like the look of it… So why not?
The year-at-a-glance calendar is available for free download in the blog’s Library,
and in the PROJO Resources center (access for PROJO users only)
I think I’m now ready to enter 2019. Putting my goals on paper doesn’t just allow me to plan to reach them. It also forces me to put intention in this planning phase and to think mindfully about how I’d like to spend my time for the next 3 months. I’m far from having created the right balance between personal and work, but one gotta start somewhere right?
– PROJO Deluxe pack, A5 size
– Stabilo stylist, black
– Uniball Signo DX, black
– Muji pencil and ruler
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