Something that I have been loving of late is bullet journalling. You might remember late last year I started my bu-journey, and I loved decorating and creating beautiful spreads. Unfortunately, this wasn’t agreeing well with my schedule! I found it hard to maintain updating and creating these spreads every week.
After a few months of disorganisation, I finally bit the bullet (ha!) and decided to use my journal in a way that suits me best – minimally. I now take one day a month to create the spreads I will need, and this is way more functional than I was doing it before. I also don’t bother with a few things that I found I wasn’t really using in my bullet journal, including the Index, Key, Future Logging, etc. I tried to keep my pages as not filled as possible for you guys to look at, but thinking a filled in journal would be interested to see as well – so let me know if you are interested in that in the comment section.
Page 1 – Tracker
I’m still getting used to using a tracker again, and I always wonder if I am overusing it (tracking for the sake of tracking) or underusing it (should I be tracking more!). I’m sure this is something that all bujoers think about, I’m certainly not alone here. For August, I will be tracking the following:
- No Alcohol
- No Softdrink
- Meal Log
- Blog Post
- Rat Cage (cleaning their cage, in case you didn’t know I have two rats!)
- B12 Tablet (a must for vegans)
- Stretch/Foam Rolling (I’m rubbish at this)
- Doxy Tablet (for acne – read more about it here)
- Speed Clean (Shannon and I try to block out 10-15 minutes to clean as much as we can every night before bed)
Page 2 – Monthly Spread
I used to use a full calendar spread over two pages, but I found that this a) took ages to set up and b) I wasn’t able to fit much information into each box anyway. Having this monthly landing page, I can easily find key information to keep me on track for the month. I also found these cute cat tabs from Daiso which are super cute! Components included are:
- Small calendar
- This Month – events coming up for the month
- Deliveries – great way to keep on top of any orders or expected packages
- Goals – short term goals for the month I want to achieve
- Measurements – an easy way to keep track of fitness/body goals
- Next Month – coming up for next month
Pages 3 – 4 – Groceries
I take my bujo everywhere, including shopping. I am an avid list maker, so having two full pages for grocery trips works well for me. I usually go shopping once a week, and this allows room for about four trips worth during a month. I write down things throughout the week as we run out, or I remember I need something.
Pages 5 – 6 – Meal Planning
I thrive on meal planning. I slacked off a bit in July with this and it REALLY affected me in a negative way. Being prepared is the best way for me to achieve my goals, so I write down my meal prep plans and recipes I want to try next cook-up. It’s also a great way to organise meal prepping nights to have your ideas all laid out in front of you.
For dailies, I like to divide each page in two (horizontally) and I have few things that I “pre-book” in here. Each day has the following:
- Day & Date as heading
- Any blogpost or Instagram scheduling
- Any events or daily tasks I want to do for that specific day
- Meal Log: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
I’ve also been logging how many coffees I’ve been having every day as I am trying to cut down, so that’s a new little addition that isn’t pictured here.
Blogging and Instagramming
I also have a little section that is for blogpost and Instagram specific, which helps me plan out what I want to do for the month. This worked for me really well in June, but July, again fell off the bandwagon of regularly bullet journaling. Hoping that August will be a better month for me! I write out the day and date, with little notes on what is going to be posted that day. I = Instagram. B + I = blog post and Instagram post. Pretty simple, and hoping it works for me!
Do you use a bullet journal, whether it be minimal, standard or fancy?