I’m back with more bullet journaling! You can check out my previous post on bullet journaling here.
I honestly can’t get enough of my bullet journal. The creative freedom mixed with organisation. I have so much fun and feel great doing it because I know it’s keeping me organised and accountable for my actions and routines (thanks to my habit tracker which I’ll touch on later in this post).
I want to show you what I’ve done with my January set up so far. One of the great things about bullet journaling is the flexibility. You can chop and change whenever you want. I’m finding some layouts work better than others and it’s exciting getting to experiment with different pages. So, here’s just a few examples of how you might like to set up pages in your own bullet journal.
The first two pages of my January section are my monthly spread. These pages relate to the whole month, so I keep them right at the start for convenience.
First, I have a quick snapshot of the month which I’ve set out as a small calendar where I can circle important dates, along with a box to write the details of these dates. I also included a ‘goals’ box so I can break down my yearly goals into achievable chunks each month. If I were to change anything about this page it would be the set out of the calendar. The boxes are a bit of an awkward size. Slightly too small to write legibly in, but simply circling important dates makes it feel like a bit of a waste of space. In the future, I might make the boxes slightly smaller and see what else I could squeeze onto the page. I also had the idea of drawing a little picture in the box to represent what is happening on the dates I’ve circled. I’ll play around and keep you updated!
The second page of my monthly spread is my January habit tracker. Yes, here it is! The tracker I’ve been talking about. I love my habit tracker. It’s so simple, but it reminds of what needs to be done and holds me accountable. The key is to not put too much pressure on yourself. So far there hasn’t been a single day where I’ve done everything on my list. A lot of the things I’ve included don’t necessarily need to be done every day, just regularly, so it’s a good way to remind myself when I last did something and if it’s time to do it again. You may also notice I find it impossible to drink two litres of water in a day. Maybe I should lower my expectations!
It’s up to you how you use your tracker. Go ahead and have some fun with it!
After my monthly spread, I’ve handwritten an inspirational quote. Something I can turn to for encouragement whenever I need. I also had lots of fun letting my creativity flow with creating the page. It’s a wonderful way to relax while adding some positive energy to your bullet journal. Next, I’ve included a memories page where I can stick photos and make notes of the things that I do during the month. Your bullet journal is a fantastic way to document your life, as well as keep organised, so experiment and enjoy!
Now we get to the weekly spreads. The place of to-do lists and appointments. The real nitty-gritty of bullet journal organisation.
I’ve experimented with two different layouts so far. In the first I used more of a column set up, leaving a small space for another quote (no such thing as too much positivity!). I only divided the spread into six sections, labelling the sixth as “weekend” rather than having separate columns for Saturday and Sunday. Personally, I didn’t like grouping the two days together. I like to see what I need to do each day and found with appointments especially I’d prefer them allocated to the specific day. Each to their own!
In the next spread, I used a slightly different layout. I also used washi tape to add a splash of colour and silver gel pen to rule the lines for some sparkle. I split the weekend into separate days which I much prefer and will continue to do in the future.
That’s it for January so far. Excited to keep up with my bullet journal adventure!