If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen some pages from my bullet journal. Now that March is here (how did that happen so fast, by the way!?), I wanted to share with you how I set up my bujo when a new month rolls over.
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First things first, I always start with a monthly page. I mostly stick to the classic model designed by Ryder Carol, creator of the bullet journal, with the dates and the days of the week on the right side of the page. But, as you’ll see, I’m adding my personal touch:
For March, I simply added some colors and a bit of Spring/St. Patty’s Day themed washi, that the wonderful Jessica at myplannerenvy.com offers as a free printable. On the second page of my monthly spread, I keep a master “To Do” list as well as a small section to take notes or to write down things that I need to keep in mind for the following month.
My last little personal touch is that, every month, I choose a font on dafont.com and use it for my headers throughout the next few weeks. This helps me to improve my calligraphy skills. For March 2017, I chose the DJB Tootsie Wootsie font, by Darcy Baldwin, just because. It’s so cute, you guys! We’ll see how practical (or not!) it will be when I have to draw it daily…
Next up is my “Memories” page (or “Souvenirs”, in French):
This will get filled up as time goes by, with doodles and writing. This month, for the first time, I chose to use washi tape to frame the page. I saw @bujo.missadventure on Instagram do something like that for her February Memories spread and it was so beautiful! I’m totally stealing her idea! (Don’t worry, she knows!)
After that comes my “Gratitude Log”:
The principle is fairly simple. Every night, as a part of my planning routine, I write down one thing I’m grateful for. I find that it helps me to keep a positive mindset and not take things for granted. (I will talk more about gratitude and affirmations in an upcoming post about the Miracle Morning, stay tuned!)
Kara comes up with a beautiful (and free if you’re a member of her tribe) printable spread every month. I chose to print it and stick it in my bullet journal to save some time. And also, I couldn’t do something as cute as she did 😉
February was my first time actively participating in the #PlanWithMeChallenge, and I realized that I loved it. So, I’m taking another step towards the planner community and I’m committing to do all of the prompts! We’ll see how that goes… Follow me on Instagram to see the results 😉
Last, but certainly not least, is my “Habit Tracker”. I’ve been using this kind of tracker for many moons now. For me, it’s the best way to see what I need to focus on and if I’m putting my energy in the right place. But, even if I’ve been using it for a while, there’s always possibility for improvement and room to learn.
In February, I admit it, I tracked WAY too many things. It became discouraging, at some point, to see how few things I could check as done… This made me realize the error of my ways and I came back to a smaller (although still sizeable) tracker for March, that I decorated with a few MAMBI stickers.
The brand new section I added is to track my mood. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been looking at mood trackers, watching how other bullet journalers record their emotions, and wondering how I could do it. The very popular year in pixels (examples here and here), while beautiful, is not for me. My bujo will not last me a whole year. And I’m just not feeling it. The mood mandala (first designed by Fiona a.k.a @bujo.mama and now a Boho Berry staple) is also very pretty, but not what I was looking for. Even if I can see the appeal of drawing a mandala and seeing it grow, personally it’s not something I want to link to my mood.
I finally came up with a solution all on my own and I’m very pleased with it. I simply added a “mood” section below my habit tracker and wrote a color code under it. That way, everything will be on the same page. That means that, as a bonus, I will be able to see if my mood affects my habits or vice versa.
There you have it! I’m ready to tackle this new month and welcome Spring!
Supplies I’m using
- Leuchtturm 1917
- Sharpie Pens Fine
- Faber Castell Pens
- Prismacolor Coloring Pencils
- MAMBI Stickers
- Recollections Washi Tape
How are you planning for the next weeks? Do you use a bullet journal, or another kind of planner? What kind of things do you like to track? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, Jammies!