The start of a new month is one of my favorite times, because it means that I get to add new pages to my bullet journal.
I love a fresh start!
I wanted to share with you what I do to kick off a new month. Hopefully this will help you to understand how to use a bullet journal.
Note: If you aren’t sure what a bullet journal is, check out my post, Beginners Guide to Bullet Journals. Using this system is the first time that I have stuck with keeping a planner and journal. There is just something about being able to customize everything that just makes me happy and motivated! I want to share the love and get everyone hooked!
First of all, yes, I know that we are already a few days into the month of April.
My daughter had surgery, and my crazy life put me behind.
But, that didn’t stop me. I am trying to be kinder to myself, and reinforce that I don’t have to be perfect, so I went ahead and still got it done.
This might have to be my new mantra: It’s okay to get started late, at least I still got it done!
Remember, you do not have to make fancy pages or layouts for your bullet journals. Simple lists, or just a page with each day written on it is fine. Start out that way if you are feeling intimidated. You can always switch it up and add more as you find your routine and get more comfortable with the bullet journal system.
Ideally, here is what I do each month:
GOAL PAGE FOR THE MONTH
First, I sit down and think about and what my main goals for the month will be. I review the past month to see what I did not get done, and if needed, I move it forward to the current month.
As hard as I try, I don’t always get everything done that I planned on accomplishing, and that’s okay. See my new mantra above 🙂
Usually, I like to write the month and then break it up into four sections; Self Care, Health, Blog and Projects.
Here is what my page for the month of April looks like:
I like to use a color theme, and April makes me think of spring. This brings to mind the arrival of blue skies and the pretty greens returning, so I used blue and green to decorate my pages.
Typically, I like to add a quote for each month at the top of my page. I still haven’t found the perfect one for this month yet, so I have left a blank space to add one.
I also try to make a point not to overwhelm myself with too many goals. If I do that, I tend to just shut down and not accomplish anything. So, I only choose 2 or 3 things that I want to work on that month for each category.
For example, in the health category I want to make a point of eating more fruits and veggies. I also need to remember to take my iron pill, so I added that to my list.
Once I get that accomplished, it is time to set up my weekly pages.
Many people like to do just one week (or day) at a time in their bullet journals. You can totally do this, but for me, it is easiest to set up weekly pages for the entire month. It helps me be to be able to plan ahead a bit.
Remember, one of the fun things about using a bullet journal, is that you can try different layouts to see what works best for you. Mixing things up helps to keep it fun. So this month, I’m trying a different layout.
In the past, I have used vertical boxes for each day. However, I made a goal this month to try and write a few sentences about each day. I decided that horizontal boxes might work a bit better for my diary entries.
I also added small boxes in the corner so that I could make a little drawing about what the weather was like each day.
I like to incorporate my menu plan into my bullet journal. In the past, I have just written down what we are eating somewhere on my weekly pages.
This month, I thought it would be fun to try something new, so I made a page dedicated completely to our menu.
If you recall, I wanted to add more color to my journal this year, and the little doodles are the perfect way to do this!
I also home school my daughter and have been working on planning ahead a bit more. This month, I created a page dedicated to our lesson plans and theme.
I think that having a visual for the crafts, reading, and experiments that we will be doing alongside our usual daily work will be helpful. I can fit our whole month of activities on one page (front and back) since we focus on each theme over a period of two weeks.
Finally, I made a lettering practice page. You may have noticed that most of my lettering in my journal is done in the same style.
At this point, I am ready to branch out and I know that I will need some practice.
It might not be a super fancy page, but it gives me a visual reminder that I need to work on my lettering, which is a goal of mine this month.
There you have it. See, it isn’t too scary or overwhelming right?
This is what I do each month for my bullet journal. I really enjoy creating my layouts and pages because I feel like I am taking some time for myself to be creative, but I am also being productive as well. It’s a win win for me!
Do you have any favorite layouts or pages in your bullet journal? I would love for you to share them!
Stay tuned for my next post, where I will discuss different trackers that you can use in your journal. I will also have a neat little sticker that I have been working on available as a download.