How I Used My Bullet Journal in Jan & Feb Set Up
Doesn’t January just feel like the longest month ever? It’s my least favourite time of the year, but actually I’ve really tried to make this month more enjoyable and I have succeeded! I had an amazing trip to Oslo, got to see my uni friends, my mum, and spend more time with Luke. All in all, it’s been an above average month :)
In terms of my bullet journal, I’m actually really enjoying my Leuchtturm 1917 journal. I’d resisted one for years but finally succumbed before the New Year, and although it is more expensive than my usual choice, I do really like it and think the price tag is worth it.
I plan on doing a monthly theme in my bullet journal so when flicking through, it’s easy to distinguish which month is which. For January I decided on a pink crystal theme inspired by rose quartz. This actually turned out okay - but I forgot how much I hate pastel pink. I grew to dislike this theme so that’s a good start to the year but I loved the setup of this month regardless.
January Set Up
My monthly setup starts with a watercolour pink background and line art crystals on it to start the month of January. I painted this on watercolour paper and glued it in as the pages are too thin in Leuchtturm journals to do an extensive amount of watercolour on - it's okay for little bits though as long as you don't use much water.
I then did a monthly log in the form of a timeline. This is useful when making plans and so I know what's coming up in the month.
The next spread is my habit tracker and a brain dump page. I love filling out a habit tracker and looking back on it at the end of the month to see how I got on. I then noted down to dos, goals and future reminders on the next page. I use these pages every day so it's handy having them right at the front of my January section.
I then have a page to note down blog post ideas - spoiler: there's not many. I prefer keeping track of them on my phone as inspiration usually strikes while I shower, I'm walking, or just before I go to sleep - I tend to jot them down in my notes on my phone and I just forgot to put them into my journal!
The next page is my sleep log. This page was also one I was really hoping would work but I've executed it poorly.
My sleep routine is very regular (though it fell away at the end of the month because of unsociable flight times messing it up) but that doesn't mean I sleep well. I wake up a lot in the night and have a tendency to sleep walk, but my bullet journal doesn't show that. I may have to rethink this page!
My first weekly log of 2017. Definitely not my favourite either! They get better, I promise. But it was functional and that's the main thing I guess. The 4 circles on each page are how many bottles of water I drink a day - in case you were wondering!
I then started a page to write notes for our trip to Oslo - recommendations, flight info, packing list, to do list and trying to work out how much cash to take. This was so handy to have and I came back to add to this page right up until the trip and even referenced it while we were there. Highly recommend bullet journals for trip planning!
I tried a new layout for this weekly spread and I loved it! Probably because it's more minimalistic and allowed for planning ahead. But this spread wouldn't work every week as I can quite often have one day with LOADS to do and write down and then a day of nothing so sometimes it's just easier to plan as I go.
This weekly layout definitely doesn't rank highly either. I think it's the day headers- they're not the best. I added a couple of notes to the page on the healing properties of a couple of crystals I have which added some interest to the page though.
For my week off and trip to Norway, I went back to this layout. Sorry, I realise there's literally nothing of interest to show you on this page but I thought I should include it anyway. I've blurred out the days just for a bit of privacy as I've wrote this page more like a diary/journal. Not a single to do, just good memories! It felt really nice writing about the positives in my day, I really need to make a gratitude log I think! Also I think I will fill the blank square with photos once I get my printer sorted out.
And my final January spread - again, sorry for the blur, just holding on to some privacy here. I thought it would be nice to keep a summary page at the end of each month filled with memories so I can look back on them at the end of the year. And for the final blank page, I think I may fill it with either photos or another watercolour to end the month akin to how it began. I haven't decided yet!
In between my January and February sections I've left a couple of blank spreads to create some miscellaneous pages. My first page is a list of hashtags to use for Instagram, which I will be adding to as and when and to reference when I post on Instagram. On the next page I really want to make a 'miracle morning' or ideal morning routine type spread but I'm in the process of changing my hours at work so I've waited to start that page. I also want to create a wishlist and perhaps a 2018 Astronomical Phenomena page, inspired by Mel. These are all going to follow the same theme as the first few pages in my bullet journal.
february set up
This month's theme was inspired my our trip to Norway. I loved the landscape there, and the grey tones, the snow and the winter wonderland atmosphere. And to counteract all the pink from the month before, I opted for a grey, neutral month with a nature theme.
The month starts with another watercolour with 'February' written on in black calligraphy. I envisaged this turning out a lot better than it actually did, but I'm going to practice this and maybe finish the month with the same painting to see if I can improve it!
Akin to January, I then followed this with a monthly log on the other side of the spread in the same format as before. This worked well so I felt no need to change it!
Only a few minor changes from last month to this month on this spread - my habit tracker and my 'brain dump' page with a running to do list for the month, future log and monthly goals. This month however I also added a stats bit to monitor growth on my social media from the start to the end of the month. I haven't tracked stats for my blog for a loooong time - focusing on numbers can definitely get you down when you have a slow month. But I'm hoping this will give me the motivation I need to put more work into my channels!
The daily log for the first week of Feb is only a one page spread as to be honest - I just didn't have a lot to write! I was working on my blog redesign at the start of the week and had a separate to do list and notes for that as there was a lot to do for it. Hopefully you guys like it!
And that's my bullet journal so far. I'm planning on doing a post like this every month to see how my bullet journal has came along throughout the year. I hope you like it! Also, let me know if you have any theme ideas for March - there's only 3 weeks left until then!!