January is my least favourite month of year, I just find it utterly depressing. But now it’s over! And I’m so glad.
I decided I wanted to be a bit more creative in my journal this month, so went with a really simple rose theme, as an homage to Valentine’s Day.
First is the cover page, which I simply did to take up some more room in my journal, so I can migrate into my new one, which I’m so excited for! To make this spread, I took a roll of sellotape and drew around it with a pencil. Then I drew pink dots using a Zebra Mildliner, which would be the roses, and then small green dashes around them for the leaves, using the green Mildliner from the same pack. Then I took my black Muji gel pen, and drew swirls over the dots, and small, leaf like figures over the green, and drew random lines between the flowers to connect them in a wreath-like shape.
After the cover page is the monthly log, which I actually love setting up. It may just be me, but I love drawing grids, and I really don’t know why, it’s just so satisfying. I really don’t like how the title came out, I hadn’t really decided what I wanted to do with it, and I think it’s really ugly, but it’s only for the month so I’ll live. Each day is 6×6, and there’s 2 spaces for the header. I also made a dutch door, which is cut 7 spaces in from the right. I like this dutch door, as it limits the amount of empty, white space there is on the pages it affects. I got the spacing and the dutch door idea from Planning With Kay, I really recommend watching her YouTube videos if you don’t already, she also makes really cute stickers you may be interested in buying.
On the other side of the dutch door is my habit tracker, which i tracking 5 habits this month. In January I actually did really well with my habits, and I was super proud of myself! There’s really nothing else to say about this spread, because it’s really simple, and doesn’t need an explanation.
Next is my study tracker, which I’ve changed quite a bit from January. This month, I’m using a bar graph, and just tracking the general amount of studying I’m doing, rather than the specific amount for each subject. I hope this will keep me more accountable for the time spent revising, and not focusing on balancing out the time spent revising each subjects. Something I learnt from the 7 Day Exam Plan is that it’s not about how long you spend revising a certain concept. You may sit reviewing for an hour, and still have no clue what that concept means, and you’ll reward yourself for just trying in that hour, rather than actually learning anything. Some concepts may click quite easily, within 10-15 minutes, but others may need a couple of hours before you understand it, so you can’t rate revision success over the time you spent revising, rather over how much you’ve learnt, or how well you’ve learnt one or two concepts within however long it took. This was in a tiny, 2-3 minute section of one of the days in the plan, and it’s helped me so much, just think about all of the other amazing tips you could get if you invest in the program! For just £50, you get 7 30-45 minute lessons, filled to the brim with the best advice to prepare you and help you for your exams. Even though they are aimed mostly at GCSE students, it can anyone at any level, as the tips can be applied to any exam situation.
Finally, is my sleep tracker. I don’t really have an issue with getting enough sleep, I just thought it would be fun to see roughly how much I sleep. I used this same layout in August last year, so I can’t remember whose Instagram account I saw it on, which means I can’t give them credit, but I really wish I could!
Overall, I had loads of fun setting up my spreads for this month, and I have a feeling February will be filled with laughs and good memories. I hope this months give you everything you wish, thanks for reading!