Bullet Journal – August 2017

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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
  • Gym
  • Meal Log
  • Blog Post
  • Instagram
  • 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.

Dailies

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?

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  • I really should use my BuJo more!! I loved the idea of the pretty spreads but I just don’t have time! haha I think the more minimalist suits you my friend!! I have loved some of your ideas, and may bring out my bujo once again next month!!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

    • Kate Flint

      Haha yes I’m exactly the same, love looking at gorgeous creative spreads but I just have zero time to do it! Still love looking at them nonetheless 🙂

  • Dianne Childs

    I really wonder if doing something like this would get me more organised. I’m sure it would, but as it is now I can go weeks without even looking in my diary and just tend to remember my appointments lol. I really love the idea of bullet journalling though and want to learn more about it!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Kate Flint

      I love looking at everyone’s creative spreads on Pinterest! I use it more for planning and list making really rather than remembering appointments, I’m like you there 🙂

  • Zerin Hassan

    I need to do this!

    • Kate Flint

      It’s lots of fun 🙂

  • Your bujo looks amazing! I tried it out a while back and didn’t really stick to it. Plus, it never looked as cute as yours. I really love how perfectly you have customised yours to suit your needs.

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Kate Flint

      That’s the best part of a bullet journal! It’s something I have stuck to more than another other planner type I’ve tried 🙂

  • Your bullet journal looks great! I was definitely way too much of a perfectionist with mine which is just in my nature and ended up wasted so much time obsessing over the rules and perfect spreads. I’ve been using a regular diary from May designs and used it all up over the past year which was an achievement. I’ve just started a new one from Ban Do and it has heaps of notes pages, monthly spreads and dailies so I’m hoping I can stick with it over the next year. I love pen and paper!!! Xx Definitely would love to see more of your Bujo.

    • Kate Flint

      Yes I felt the same way Sarah! Wanting it to be pretty started to overtake the actual function of the journal which didn’t make a lot of sense to me (but if people do that I am all for it and love looking at gorgeous and creative designs!). I’ve seen your journal (maybe insta-stories?) and it looks awesome! Just finding a system that works well for you is really the end game I think 🙂

  • You are so organised, love the way you have everything fitted into the journal and also keeping track is the best thing that i miss most of the times. I love the idea of Bullet Journal.

    • Kate Flint

      Yes I love having just the one notebook for everything! I always end up with 50 notepads and everything scattered everywhere otherwise so it’s great having a one place for everything 🙂

  • Isabella Southwick

    I love all the categories you chose to track, your own the road to such a healthy life!! Also wish I had the time/drive to keep my own journal

    • Kate Flint

      Just need to stick to those tracking goals! Some days are better than others 🙂 haha

  • This is such a good idea and a great way to stay organised!! i wish I had the time (and creativity) to try something like this.

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

    • Kate Flint

      It’s pretty quick to do but if you already have a ready made planner that works well for you then there isn’t a need really 🙂

  • GOALS! I have been wanting to get into more minimalistic bullet journalling as I haven’t been using it, so this is perfect!

    xo Tash / the-happening-collective.com

    • Kate Flint

      It’s so much easier to maintain than a full on bullet journal with all the logging and tracking and fancy spreads!