Hi guys, how are you all? So I decided to try out a bullet journal this year and I thought I’d share it with you guys. If you saw my favourites post last month you would have seen some of it. I did start in a moleskine notebook, but I kept making mistakes and I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so I started out new in a leuchtturm notebook. Now I do it my own way – there are sections that I haven’t included in mine, but I like that you can make your bullet journal your own way. I don’t have daily spreads as I don’t feel I need them at the moment and I do the monthly spread a little differently. I am mainly using this as a way to keep my blog organised but there is a few life things in there as well. I am new to this so I don’t really know what I’m doing :). I have really enjoyed putting this together though. I hope the format of this post works out alright – I’m basically going to be taking a load of pictures of my journal :). Let’s get started.
As I mentioned I originally started using a moleskine notebook, but I moved onto a leuchtturm 1917 notebook in this really nice navy colour. I’m pretty glad I did as I am much happier with how this one worked out. I am new to this though, so I’m still working things out.
Obviously the first thing you see is the index page, but the first two pages I made were my 2017 resolutions and my year at a glance pages. The resolutions are mainly about my blog and my reading challenge for 2017, but I also have a couple of life goals as well. The year at a glance is pretty much a reference page, as I have marked any holidays, birthdays etc – birthdays in blue and holidays in turquoise. I thought it might be quite a useful page to have.
Next page is my stats tracker. This is going to be keeping track of my growth for both my blog and my social media platforms. I am interested to see how things change over the coming year, especially with my blog as I am so happy with it’s growth so far. As you can see I have the months down the left side and all of my platforms along the top of the page – the platforms include blog followers, visitors, views, twitter, instagram etc. The next spread (pictured below) is a pretty self explanatory one – it is all of my blog post ideas. I like having all of these in one place so I can refer back to it when necessary. I have put some washi tape along the top of the page to show that these pages are blog related.
Next up we have a post tracker for both my blog and my youtube channel. Now I am pretty inactive on my youtube channel, but one of my goals for this year is to try out making some videos. I want to keep track of when I am posting, especially with my blog as I am more consistent with that. I will shade in the days that I have posted – making it easy to see and refer to. After that I have a page to keep track of my goodreads challenge (pictured below). I am keeping my challenge at 100 books and I will shade in these boxes as I go. There is also a place for me to note when I finished the challenge and to note down my favourites throughout the year. On the opposite page I just have a doodle I did.
As you can probably tell we are now onto my monthly spreads. I much prefer having it set up like this so I can see everything easily. This is used for any blog scheduling, whether it’s the content I am posting or a book review deadline. On the next spread I have a space to write down my posts, videos and tbr for the month, as well as a possible schedule for my instagram account. I have to admit I’m feeling a little uninspired with bookstagram right now, so don’t expect purely bookish photos. Anyway I think this is a great way to keep organised throughout the month. After this, I have the rest of my monthly spreads. I didn’t take pictures though, as they are exactly the same as the January spreads. You can see in the right hand corner there is some washi tape to mark this page as a monthly spread.
The next spread I have is all about my TBR books. I am hoping by the end of the year I will have read most, if not all, of these books but I thought this would be a good way to keep track of my owned unread books. I have very little self control when it comes to buying books so I hope this year I will be able to reading the books I have before buying more. As you can see from the picture below I also have a few pages dedicated to my anticipated releases of 2017 – mainly books but also some films.
Next I have a page to write down things I’ve been loving recently as I am thinking of doing some favourite post. After that I have a mental health tracker – as you can see in the picture I’ve divided each page into four sections with each sections representing a month of the year. This way I can note down how I’ve been feeling each month and what has possibly caused it. So I can easily see if there is anything that I can change to improve my mental health. There maybe a better way to do this but for now I will be trying out this setup. I might add in a habit tracker in this section for things like whether I am taking my medication, whether I am keeping hydrated and my tiredness level.
I know this has been a long post but we are get to the end now :). In a similar vein to the last spread I have a fitness tracker as the next spread. I am not a particularly active person but I know it is good for me – both physically and mentally, so I want to keep track of how active I am. This may also help motivate me to exercise, even if it is just walking the dogs. As you can see from the picture below I want to keep track of what new films I’ve seen this year. I am a big film fan so I am thinking of doing some film related post and I wanted to note down any new films I’ve seen in 2017.
Onto the last two spreads of my bullet journal – thank you for sticking with me :). I have a bucket list page where I can write anything I would like to do in the future, if it is ever possible. You can see below that I have different categories, from places I want to visit to things I want to learn. I don’t know if I’ll ever actually do these things but I thought it might be a nice spread to try to work towards. We’ll see if I ever accomplish them :). The penultimate page is for the big moments of 2017. I just wanted a place where I could note down any accomplishments, milestones etc, whether for my blog or in my life. The last page I currently have is all about self care. I have it to remind me about certain things if I am having a bad day. When we get caught up in a bad day it is sometimes hard to focus or remember anything else so I can always refer back to this page – that’s the theory anyway :).
There you have it – that is my bullet journal. I am also trying out a moleskine book journal, so I’ll let you guys know how I get on with that if you are interested. I have really enjoyed putting my bullet journal together and I am loving using it right now. I am still pretty new to it though. I like that you can make it your own and do what works best for you. It’s also been very good at testing my perfectionist tendencies as I have made quite a few mistake so I’ve had to resort to tip-ex :). Have you guys tried out a bullet journal? What did you think? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.