Since December all I’ve heard about is everyone’s obsession with bullet journals, so knowing very little about them I decided to find out more. I fell in love with how flexible they are – you can literally make it what you want it to be! So after figuring out how others have set theirs out, I decided to give it a go myself, and i’m not going to lie i’m pretty impressed with the results. Not only is it fab for organisation, but also reflection at the end of the day… So let me show you what I have so far!
I picked up this Moleskine dotted notebook, and I’ve found it to be perfect for bullet journalling.
So i decided to keep the index simple and stuck to a pretty basic format – its no thrills but it does the job, and lets face it as I use my bullet journal more i’m not gonna have to look at this.
Pages 1 and 2
The first page is my word of the year. I’ve chosen calm because this is definitely something I have to focus on more, as well as learning not to care to much about other people and things going on around me. I found that last year I got so wrapped up in uni drama and exam stress, if I had just tried to remain calm a little I would’ve saved myself a lot of stress and anxiety. Because of this ‘calm’ is my word of the year, and i’ll come back to this in a little bit when it comes to my goals.
Then on the other page I have my year at a glance. Again I’ve decided to keep this simple, as its only a page that i will glance at quickly to check which day a date falls on.
Pages 3 and 4
So here I have a whole double page spread dedicated to my 2018 goals. As I mentioned above these are something I definitely want to spend more time focusing on this year. I basically copied my goals from my goal blog post ((check it out here)). On the left I have my goals split into sections: blog; health; and books, and on the left I have pie charts which I will colour in when I make progress with each of these.
Pages 5 and 6
On page 5 I have my savings goals, which I will colour in as I reach certain amounts – i’m currently saving funds to buy furniture when we move so I thought a house would be perfect. I then have my mood tracker. This is definitely the main thing that attracted me to bullet journals in the first place – after scrolling through pinterest I loved this idea, and I love how I can assess my mood and then compare to my diary section later on to see what made me feel down/anxious, and avoid it in the future.
Pages 7 and 8
Here’s my double page spread dedicated to ME. Linking back to my goal of taking better care of myself, I have a page dedicated to self-love which I intend to fill with things I do to boost my mood// prevent stress. Similarly, on the right, I have my inspirational quotes page which I intend to fill with quotes ((one a day)) that I can look back on when i’m having a bad day to give me some inspiration.
This is my 2018 book spread, and this page is another that I found on pinterest and was inspired by! I have books on a shelf, and then when I finish a book i’m going to colour it in and write the title down the spine.
Here I have my monthly overview, which just shows each month broken down with space to write the main events of the month, as well as a monthly calendar.
Pages 13 and 14
On the left I have my February cover page, and on the right I have my habit and running tracker. Although I took this picture at the start of the month before I started using it, I am loving this page, and have found that often i’ll clean or put my phone and all social media down before 10pm just so I can colour in that tiny square at the end of the night, so it’s definitely good for motivating me!
Page 15 +
So I’ve decided to have my weekly spreads set out like this. It’s quite simple but I didn’t want to over-complicate my first month of bullet journalling. I have my days in simple boxes where I can add tasks, events and birthdays etc. Then below I have a little list section, with things I need to do, and a uni work section where I can write reading and homework I need to complete before next week. I also have a doodle section, and a best of section where I intend to write my high of the week. Beside these I then have a sleep tracker, so I can assess whether I get enough sleep throughout the week and whether there are certain nights I get less sleep on, and so need to focus on more. Below this is a glance at next week, where I will just dot down an important event that’s coming up. I decided only to draw up this month’s weekly spreads so that when it comes to March I can change the style again, losing aspects I didn’t like so much and adding in new things that will be helpful.
I hope you like this post, i’m gonna do an update post halfway through March to show you how my February spread turned out, and how I set out my March weekly spreads so keep your eyes peeled!
Have any of you tried bullet journalling? and what are your thoughts?