With so much hype around bullet journals I figured it was high time I tried it out! First things first: the monthly planning pages.
Setting up a new month in my bullet journal
I chose the Leuchtturm Bullet Journal as it was slightly wider than most of the other dot grid notebooks I came across. I like to split pages in 2 vertically for list making so wider page size is preferable.
I started with a July overview page:
Traditional monthly calendars with 1 box per day don’t work for me. I find the boxes are too small and annoying to write in. I’m a list maker so opted for a list style monthly planning format so I don’t need multiple lines per reminder / task.
I’ve switched to using monthly habit trackers rather than weekly. They save space and I only have to write (or type) the habits out once, rather than 4 times per month.
The Frixion erasable pens were a close color match for the Carpe Diem date calendar stickers. <3 happy accidents like that!
Erasable pens are the only type of pen I’ll use in a bullet journal – it keeps everything nice and neat.
The boxes are for scheduling routine tasks that don’t need to be done every day. Once I do them, the box gets ticked, crossed or shaded in (depending on what I feel like doing to mark it off that day)
Month at a glance
In addition to a monthly overview, I like to choose a top 3 for each month and map out what I’m going to be working on each week.
I refer to this overview each week, then break things down further in the weekly spread.
A page like this is a good ‘catch all’ to make sure the important things aren’t missed.
This method of setting up a month was quick, easy and simple!
Since most planners don’t include a monthly planning page, monthly habit tracker and have calendars in a format I don’t like, I tend to use a similar setup to this each month, but using printables. I didn’t mind a change from printables and drawing it up by hand, but I’m not sure I’d want to do it every month.
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