Bullet Journal Setup - Halfway through 2018
It's been a while since I posted my last bullet journal post. I really wanted to share a monthly update of my bujo but my last one was in March so I didn't do very well with that, huh.
Truth be told, I actually spilt my entire water bottle over my journal March/April time and it ruined a lot of the pages. I've done my best to fix the worst but it no longer looked perfect or even how I wanted it to look so I was reluctant to share.
I still don't think I'm over it.
But recently I've really got back into journaling. I've been spending less time worrying whether it was picture-perfect and more time actually using it. I've been writing diary inserts for days I want to remember, planning a lot more in it and making a million lists.
If you ever fall out of love with your journal, take it back to the basics. Stop worrying about what it looks like. It's so easy to get overwhelmed with stunning art on pinterest, instagram and tumblr, but for many people it was the organisation we so desperately needed that attracted us to this planning system.
But for whatever reason you find to keep going, do it. I think this is the longest I've consecutively used my journal without taking a break or starting a new notebook and I know I'm going to love looking back on this at the end of the year, or maybe in years to come.
Anyway, here's a summary of the first 6 months in my bullet journal.
my bullet journal setup
I'm using a Leuchtturm 1917 and I've pretty much just reached the halfway mark in the journal so I'm hoping I can squeeze the whole of the year in here. I use colour and 'themes' to separate the months and have a watercolour page stuck in at the start of the monthly setup. It helps me locate things super quick as it's easy to find the start of months as the pages are thicker.
pages in my bullet journal
- p. 0 - 2018 Cover page
- p. 1 - 2018 Calendar
- pp. 2-5 - Yearly Log (6 months per double spread)
- p. 6 - New Years Resolutions
- p. 7 - Savings Tracker
- p. 8 - Cruelty Free Beauty Products List
- p. 9 - Self Care Ideas
- p. 10 - 19 before 2019 bucket list
- p. 11 - 2018 Tarot cards spread
- pp. 12-28 - January
- p. 29 - *blank*
- p. 30 - Instagram hashtags
- p. 31 - Brain dump
- p. 32 - TEFL course module/assesment tracker
- p. 33 - Brainstorm for my instagram
- pp. 34-45 - February
- pp. 46-60 - March
- p. 61 - Travel plans
- pp. 62-74 - April
- p. 75 - *blank*
- p. 76 - Wishlist
- p. 77 - *blank*
- pp. 78-92 - May
- pp. 94-104 - June
p.s if anyone can think of some ideas for those blank pages, I'm all ears. I don't like having blank pages and I need them filled!
My monthly setups are fairly consistent - why fix something that isn't broke, am i right? They don't vary too much month on month, but I do like to change up the 'theme' at least. This involves a cover page, colours, doodles and pictures. So far I've had pink and crystals for January, grey and nature for February, mandalas and lilac for March, flowers for April, leaves and greenery for May, and the night sky for June. If you're looking for theme ideas, I've got you covered. Read my giant list of bujo theme ideas here.
The pages I usually include are:
- Monthly log
- Habit tracker
- Running to do list
- Notes, followers, goals
- Weekly spreads
- Memories of the month
Although I've also included blog schedules, blog post ideas, lunar calendar, moodboards, and pages for planning trips.
Read my month set up posts:
This post has been a bit more picture-heavy than text based so apologies for that! It's always hard not to include toooo many pictures when it comes to bujo posts. I've actually been considering a Youtube channel for bullet journalling as sometimes I think there's just a bit too much to show in a blog post, and I'd love to do plan with me videos. If you guys would like to see something like that, please let me know!
But I hope you liked this post anyway! Let me know what you think in the comments.