October will be the fourth month that I’ve been using the Bullet Journal system and since I shared a little about my first month I’ve had a few people ask me how I use it. As we are about to go into a new month I thought I’d share a few photos of how I set at the start of the month and some other things that I’m loving about my Bullet Journal.
I start each month with a double page monthly spread and I really like the calendar layout. I’ve tried a few and this works best for me. I fill it in from my future log and the big family calendar I keep in the kitchen and I also add things we do over the month. On the right hand side I have space for some goals, I mostly pop personal ones in there.
Underneath I keep track of my social media accounts and blogging statistics. These are handy to have if someone asks me and it’s nice to see how I do month on month. I usually doodle a little quote in the free space just to brighten it up.
This blog planning spread is one I tried out last month in an attempt to be a bit more organised with my blog posts. It is basically a blog editor and I love it, I write out the posts I’m planning in each box and tick them off as I do them. I aim for three a week but often I don’t manage it so the ones I’ve missed from September will go into the ideas box for this month. My A Little Bit Lately page is solely for my A Little Bit Lately blog posts and it helps me remember what I’ve done over the month.
The memories page is one of my favourties each month, I love filling it in with all the things we’ve got up to and it’s nice to look back on over the month. My completed one for August is below if you want to see what it looks like all filled in. This month I’ve giving a gratitude log a go, I love the idea of listing something I’m thankful for each day so I’m looking forward to using this. I think it’s a great way to stay positive.
The last pages I set up for the month are the first full week and the start of my dailies. I don’t always do a weekly spread if I’m honest. The biggest thing I use it for is meal planning so I thought I’d try this layout which is quite simple and see if I keep it up. I usually do my daily to do lists most week days but hardly ever on weekends. I read a great article about how you should have no more than six items in your to do list; they should be in order of importance and you don’t move onto the next one until you’ve completed the one above. Anything that is left goes straight to the top of your next days lists. I’ve been trying to do that most days and it works really well for me.
I have a little key stuck into the from of my bullet journal which I use for my daily to do’s and I always use my full calendar at the front to plan for the month. I’ve stopped using a monthly tracker as I find I just don’t use it, they look so pretty and I think it’s great if you have habits you want to keep up but I’m not that interested in it. I haven’t kept on top of my waiting on list either but I did find that useful so may start it up again, it’s handy to know what parcels I’m expecting. I’ll do another post about what I do track in my bullet journal – I love my reading pages the most!
Check out my Pinterest Board if you’re looking for more Bullet Journal inspiration and let me know if you’re giving it a go.