I have absolutely loved using my bullet journal so far this year. It’s a convenient and neat way to keep myself organised, but it also satisfies my creative side. I can’t get enough of playing around with my weekly layouts, hand-lettering inspirational quotes and doodling decorations along the way.
Here is a recap of my January bullet journal pages and the supplies I used, as well as what I thought worked and what didn’t.
- Journal – approximately A5 in size with dotted pages.
- Black felt tip pen – approximately 0.4mm (the one I’ve been using came in a pack with my journal, but if you’re looking for recommendations on good quality felt-tip pens I would take a look the Artline Drawing System pens).
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 10 pack Assorted Colours
- Decorative Tape
- Silver Gel Pen
- Faber Castell Tri-Grip Coloured Pencils
- Stickers & Silver Rhinestones
I find the calendar page useful as I can quickly glance at it to find out what day a certain date falls on or what events I have coming up. I did make it a bit small in January so it’s not the most practical layout ever. For February I changed up the layout a bit to make it more user-friendly, which I’ll show you in February’s recap. I can actually write in the boxes and not feel like it’s a bit of a space waster.
I love my habit tracker. It keeps me accountable and I can easily see where I need to improve. It can be a little disheartening seeing all the blank spaces, but I like to use it as encouragement to push myself and work harder. I find using the assorted colours for each “habit” works well. I’ve gotten to know which colour goes with which “habit”, making it easier to see the areas I’m doing well in and those that need a bit of work.
I had so much fun letting my creativity flow onto these pages. Drawing little pictures is a great way to keep track of all the great things that happen each month.
I much prefer the horizontal layout for my weekly spreads which I stuck to after the first week. In the end, I kept my layouts simple, mostly because I was busy with assessments and life in general so spending time decorating just wasn’t on the cards. I actually like the simple look but can’t wait to experiment with different layouts and decorations soon!
Overall, January was a successful month of bullet journaling. I’m excited to find inspiration and add many more pages and trackers in the near future.