How I Use My Bullet Journal In The Summer

As you may know by now, I’m a HUGE fan of the bullet journal system, created by Ryder Carroll. It’s been my way to plan for more than a year now, and I love how creative it lets me be while improving my productivity. One of the things I love most about my bullet journal is that I can adapt it to my needs.

As you may also know, I’m a high school teacher, which means I’m on summer break right now. Yay for me 😉 But it also means that I don’t have as many things to do as during the school year. Things are pretty mellow around here.

I still need to plan, of course, but not in such a meticulous way as I normally do. That’s why I’ve changed the way I use my bujo for the summer.

 

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Normally, I create a monthly spread, a weekly spread and then I also do daily spreads because I always find that I don’t have enough space for all the things I do everyday in my weekly spread. My dailies can be a whole page sometimes. I know. That’s way too many things to do! You can see my “normal” style in a previous post.

But since I’m on vacation, I realized I don’t have so much to do. On top of my usual monthly layout, a few lines for each day is plenty. And I like having a general view of my week. That’s why I settled on this layout, inspired by Kim from Sublime Reflection and all the amazing stuff I found on Christina’s blog.

 

 

As you can see, I decided to experiment with Dutch doors. That’s something I had been wanting to try for a while and never found the right moment or how I could use them properly. But this works, people!

I have enough space for all my to-do lists (plus, I made sure to create a “master” one, listing my priorities for every week). I added two more sections since I always like to have a place to note what I need to buy and how much words I’ve added to the first draft of my novel (you can see that the first week of July was not a good one for me there…!).

I’ve also decided to track my habits in my weekly layout instead of doing a monthly spread like I usually do. My little tracker fits perfectly on one side of the Dutch door. Plus, every evening, I record how I felt, so I can keep a track of my mood throughout the week. I normally use the same color I used to write my mood to fill my habit tracker. Here’s an example from a different week:

 

 

But, what am I using the Dutch door for, other than my tracker, you ask? Well, on the inside, I track what I’m waiting on…

 

 

… and on the other side, I track my water intake. I usually don’t have a problem drinking lots and lots of agua every day, but since I’m doing the 21 Day Fix, I wanted to make extra sure I was well hydrated.

 

 

What’s more, when I flip the door, I can see the inspirational quotes that I add to my layout each week. Those are MAMBI stickers. I’m addicted. I’ve been collecting so many booklets, I figured it was about time I actually used them! Here’s what I read everyday last week:

 

 

Not bad, huh? I usually chose a weekly color scheme that goes with the stickers and use my Staedtler Duo Markers to add a bit of a pop to my bujo. I’m loving how it’s turning out!

Other supplies I’m using:

 

Do you change how you use your bullet journal during the year? Do you create different layouts when you’re on vacation? Or maybe you don’t use it at all? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram!

Until next time,

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