March Bullet Journal Set Up

I feel like February has gone so quick, and not just because it’s the shortest month of the year. I have definitely not done as much revision as I would’ve liked to, but right now my priority is finishing my coursework as soon as possible, and I think I’m nearly there. I went to two concerts last month, and I enjoyed both so so much, the best ways to start and end the month.

If you’ve read my 2019 Bullet Journal Set Up post, if you haven’t, I recommend you do, then you’ll know that I set up a new bullet journal for 2019, but the first couple of months were going to be in my current Leuchtturm 1917, so I wasn’t wasting the space in it. Now originially I was going to use my old journal for March, but I hated how it turned out and the look of it. So I decided I would start my new Dingbats notebook, because not only did I not like the set up, I was tired of having my collections and weekly spreads in different journals, so I moved into the new one. So here is the first monthly set up in my new bullet journal.

This month, I’ve further simplified my spreads. Starting with the cover page, I’ve done this cute hanging plant theme, which was inspired by a post on Pinterest. I’m not super happy with the lettering, but I won’t be referring to this spread much throughout the month so it doesn’t really bother me that month. For the drawings, I used 3 different coloured Crayola Supertips, all shades of green, and then the grey and green Zebra Mildliners.

Next is my monthly spread. It’s almost identical to my February spread, but there’s no dutch door and each box is 7×7, rather than 6×6. I used the light green Muji gel pen in 0.38 to draw the gird, and the same grey Mildliner for the background of the date in the corner. I’ve really been loving this grid layout, it’s the right size for me, as my handwriting is quite big, and it’s so clear and easy to understand.

Now, I don’t usually include my weekly spread in my monthly set up, but I feel it’s necessary this month. Instead of having a dedicated spread for my habits, which I always forget to track and lose interest in after the first couple weeks of the month, I’ve decided to create this “Week Summary” page to compensate. Each week, one page will be used as the summary for the week, where I will write events for the week and draw the weekly habit tracker. I think this will benefit me more as I can add and remove habits if I feel like they need to or don’t need to be included. Also, I think it will make me refer to the habits and fill them in everyday as I plan for the next day, as I will be referring to the weekly event anyway.

That is it for my monthly set up. I know it’s nothing special, but whenever I add things I don’t need, I lose interest in the bullet journal system as a whole and my life temporarily spiral out of control. To be honest, this month seems like quite a boring month for me. I have more exams and no parties or events to attend at the minute. I’m excited to see Captain Marvel on the 8th or 9th, I think it should be really good. I hope you all have a wonderful month.

January Bullet Journal Set Up

Happy New Year, everyone! I actually cannot believe that it’s 2019 already, 2018 has been stressful, but it’s flown by really. The end of the month is my favourite time because I get to plan for the next month in my bullet journal. Even though I don’t make my spreads really artsy and beautiful, I still love setting them up, because they’re probably as artistic as I get. I continue to love this planning system, and I’m excited to see where it can take me in this pivotal year of mine.

Even though I’ve set up my new year spreads (future log, etc) I’m still using my Leuchtturm 1917 grey notebook, just because it seemed stupid to start a new notebook when there was still like 100 pages left in my current one. I’m hoping to start my new journal in March or April.

Once again, I didn’t bother with a cover page, even though it’s a nice divider between the months, it doesn’t help with my productivity or self-care so it’s unnecessary to me right now.

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For January, I’ve reverted back to the standard vertical layout, because I couldn’t be bothered to draw a huge grid out. In the top right corner I just wrote a reminder that I need to get a doctor’s appointment as soon as I can, because I knew I’d see it a lot if I put it on the calendar page rather than any other page. I think this spread is simple and quite effective, but I do prefer grid calendars.

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Next is a habit tracker. I’ve always had an on-off relationship with trackers, I’ve always wanted to use one, and use it regularly, but I always forgot to fill it in, so just stopped using it. But there are tasks that I should be doing every day, and sometimes I don’t, so I’m once again trying a habit tracker out. I have three habits to track this month, take my pills, moisture my eyelids (I have bad eczema on them *sad face*) and put spot cream on my spots (obviously, where else would I put spot cream?), and I’m hoping I actually keep up to it this time. On the same page, I’ve written my blog post schedule for the month, for no other reason than it’s the only place I had some space.

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This is a brand new idea for me. With my GCSEs looming, I need to crack on with revision, and I wanted to be accountable and keep track of how much revision I’m doing for each subject, so I can try to keep the amount of revision equal between all of the subjects. Every day, I will colour in the amount of revision I’ve done for each subject, for example, if I did an hour of history revision on the 3rd I would colour the history/3rd box in orange to mark the hour I did, and so on throughout the month. I got the idea for this spread from Laur Medley on YouTube, it’s from quite an old video though.

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Finally, I have my end of month review page. This is another feature I’ve been having an issue with over the last couple months, I stopped doing them in like July, but I’m not sure why, if I’m honest. And I just never got into the habit of doing them again. I decided that I was finally going to include it into my set up again. I found a very similar spread on Pinterest, which was my inspiration for this spread.

I’m not looking forward to going back to school, but once the next 6 months are over, I’ll be able to study the subjects I want to do, rather than the one’s the government wants us to do. I hope that January is nice to you all.

December Bullet Journal Set Up

For December, I wanted more of a visual monthly layout so made a box calendar, every square being 3×7. I used the Tombow Fudenosuke pen to do the title, the black Muji gel pen in the size 0.38 and the thin end of the grey Zebra Mildliner to add the dates in each box. Doing the numbers 4-8 wrong upset me, but I just decided to leave it, everyone makes mistakes, and it doesn’t take anything away from the spread.

After the monthly log, I added a task list, split down the middle for more space. I used the same Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen to make the title. I’m not sure how much I’ll use this page, as I use the MiminaList app for all of my to-do lists, but we’ll see how it goes. I think I wasn’t using the app too much when I set up the spread, but started again this week, so it was a good idea when I made it. At least I’ll know that I don’t need to include it in other months’ set up if it doesn’t work out.

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Finally I have a blog post ideas page,  which I once again made with the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen and a line down the middle. This will be the last time I’ll be including this page in my monthly set up because it has a dedicated page in the beginning of my new bullet journal, which I won’t be starting in January, but already have set up, and I’ll make a post about it near the end of the year.

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