If you’re a consistent reader of my blog, you’ll have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve last posted a bullet journal blog post. This is because I completed my previous bullet journal and have been waiting upon the arrival of the new notebooks that I had made. I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out and I’m already obsessed with the one I’m using now. If you’re interested in buying one, you can click on the “shop” button in the menu bar above or click here. To see how I’ve done the initial set up of my new bullet journal as well as my February set up, keep reading! 🙂
I’ve pretty much kept the initial set up similar to my previous bullet journal with only a few minor changes. The first page in my bullet journal is the key. The key is so important for labelling your bullets with useful symbols that represent different things. The main symbols that I use is the basic square for task, circle for event and bullet for idea. These symbols are then marked with an x to signify completion of task, diagonal line for anything in progress and a straight line through to imply that a task or event has been cancelled. Simple!
If I’m being completely honest, I don’t use signifiers as often, but they are still useful in symbolising what your task, event or idea is related to.
Although it’s already nearing the end of February, my Goals and Resolutions are a work-in-progress all year round. I’m still adding to my list (as you can see it’s currently still really short). Some recommendations for goals you can work towards include anything related to finance, fitness, health, habits, achievements or maybe even travel!
A tip for making good goals and resolutions is making sure that each and everyone one of them is SMART.
S – specific
M – measurable
A – attainable
R – realistic
T – trackable
If your goals aren’t SMART, you risk having goals that may be too abstract.
Based on experience with my past bullet journal, having an Index page is so incredibly important. Initially it might seem like a silly idea, but once your bullet journal starts to have more content, it can get difficult to keep track of where a page is in the notebook. The index will allow you to quickly navigate through your bullet journal especially towards the end of your journal’s life when it starts to really fill up! 🙂
I’ve also always highlighted the importance of a Year at a Glance page. I looked back on this page so regularly in my previous bullet journal, especially when I was setting up a new monthly or daily spread.
As February is notorious for one of its special day of love (Valentine’s Day, duh), I couldn’t help but make this month’s monthly spread Valentine’s themed. <3
I added a few things to my monthly spread this month and these included a Quote of the Month and Highlights section. I love positivity and finding motivating and inspirational quotes always just makes me feel so grateful and determined to tackle my day in the best way possible. Having a quote of-the-month page so far has been a great addition to my monthly spread and is something I think I will continue in the months to come.
I also love keeping memories and have tried so many spreads in my bullet journal to ensure I’ve got all my favourite ones recorded down to look back on in the future. The Highlights section is a place where I can quickly jot down some of my peaks, highlights or favourite memories from the month. Plus it helps for me because I plan on doing a highlights of the year post at the end of 2017. 🙂
A Books Read page was a must for me in my new bullet journal because as you may have seen on my goals and resolutions’ page, one of my goals was to read 30 or more books. This page will help me keep track of the books i’ve read and how many i’ve read throughout the year.
Other ideas for book related spreads can include a Books To Read or a Book Review spread where you can write quick summaries and reviews of books you’ve read because sometimes when you read a lot of books, it’s hard to remember plots and themes of books you’ve previously read.
Next to my Books Read spread, I have a Movie’s Watched spread. My design for this page was inspired by old movie tickets where I can write the titles of the movies I’ve seen.
That’s all for my new bullet journal so far! Don’t forget that if you like the journal that I’ve used, you can purchase it on my etsy store.
I’ve created a Bullet Journal Instagram page, so if you like my bullet journal and would like to see more photos, or if you wouldn’t mind some daily bullet journal inspiration on your insta feed, go ahead and check it out and give it a follow @lustthatbujo 🙂