Hi everyone and happy July! I can’t believe we’re already approaching the second half of the year and that I will be entering my fourth month of bullet journaling. I must say though, this system has been life changing for me. It has made me far more productive, allowed me to tap into my creativity in ways I never thought possible and has just been an absolute blast! Today I will walk you through my set up for July and I kept things very similar to June, with minor tweaks here and there. So let us begin!
The Cover Page
I love having a cover page to separate out the months in my bullet journal. It not only allows me to add my artistic flair, but helps keep me organized when I use a theme for each month. For this month, I went with a fireworks and red, white and blue theme in honor of the Fourth of July, of course. I found a cute quote on Pinterest, which I found was SO fitting to not only incorporate the holiday but summer nights as well. Using my Tombow Dual Brush markers and UniBall Signo white gel pen, I created bold letters with an ombre effect, then used my white gel pen to create little star details within the letters. I added some cute doodles of lightning bugs and fireworks using my Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen in the M size, and voila! My cover page is all done!
Continuing along with my theme, I carried along the use of my Tombows and white gel pen and continued to use this monthly spread that is divided in three sections, inspired by Boho Berry. I find that this layout really seems to work out for me, having the days separated into morning, afternoon and evening sections. I still left a space for my key and goals I want to tackle for the month. The only change I made was to add a mini calendar on the lower right hand corner for the upcoming month, that way I can refer to it at a glance if need be.
This is by far one my favorite features in my bullet journal and I haven’t changed it much since June. I like to switch out a new gratitude quote each month, and I keep it at two things to be grateful for each day, that way it fits nicely into a two page spread. I swapped out the numbers with circles with stars, to make it look more festive.
As much as I loved having my habit tracker down to one page in my bullet journal, I found it hard to match up the vertical and horizontal components each day in checking off the box. So I spread it out over two pages, but kept the idea of categorizing my habits with tabs just to make it even that much more organized. I used my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils in this page, and created a gradient effect in the tab boxes using my colorless blender. Since I had extra room on the bottom I added a famous quote by Aristotle that seemed to be fitting, and now makes the spread look more complete.
Memories and Time Tracker
I kept these pages exactly the same as I did in June and loved, loved, loved the idea of having all my time trackers for the month on one page. It saved me so much time from having to write them out each day and it was really neat to see an overview of how I spent my month at a glance. If you are curious about how I go about using my time tracker, check out my Daily Planning video on my YouTube channel, where I go in depth on my color coding system and such.
And last but not least, I created a section for the #doodlewithusinjuly challenge hosted by me and Christina. Using the free printable which you can download here, I printed it on a shipping label, trimmed it, and stuck it right into my bullet journal. The printable is such a time saver for me, since it has all the boxed drawn out along with all the prompts. For more information on the challenge, check out my previous post! There’s still time for you to join us and Christina and I were blown away by last month’s response! You guys are seriously talented!!
And that’s pretty much it for my bullet journal setup this month. If you want a more in depth view and explanation, check out the video on my channel showcasing my setup down below.
Have a great July, everyone!
I decided to film another plan with me on this cute mermaid theme that combines the functionality of a weekly layout, which I love, while still looking pretty with a cute doodle thrown in there. I used a layout very similar to this a couple weeks back, which I received so many compliments on, that I decided to replicate it by switching out the doodle, and voila! I have myself a totally different looking week while the layout still stays the same. With bullet journaling, I find that cutting corners and finding shortcuts in creating layouts saves time, as you develop layouts that fit your needs. So enjoy my latest video below on how to recreate this theme. I must add a disclaimer that while filming this video, I had some technical issues with my phone but nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it!
Hi everyone! Today I wanted to tackle questions I often get asked on my Instagram and YouTube channel, and those are, “What exactly goes into a bullet journal?” and “What tips do you have for beginners?” So have no fear, I’m here to share some basic information on what goes into a bullet journal and some of the things I’ve learned along the way for bullet journal newbies!
So first things first, what exactly goes into a bullet journal? Before I even begin to answer this question, I suggest taking a look at bulletjournal.com, which is the official bullet journal site from the creator of the bullet journal himself, Ryder Carroll. There’s a short video which is super helpful and talks about the components of the bullet journal. Also this reference guide created by Kim of Tiny Ray of Sunshine, is a great reference for bullet journal beginners. I’ve found myself referring back to it time and time again.
So let us dive in! The essential parts of the bullet journal are as follows:
This is what really separates the bullet journal from other planning systems. It’s the idea that you create an index or table of contents page and write in all your topics along with their corresponding page numbers. This creates an efficient and organized system, as you are able to find a page with ease. In my opinion, the reason why the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks have become a go-to option within the bullet journal community is because there is already a designated spot for the index and the pages are already numbered, making it easier to implement the index system.
The Future Log
This is a section dedicated to planning out future events, birthdays, anniversaries or appointments. Some bullet journalists, divide them out into 3 or 6 month blocks of time, while others have the whole year mapped out at a glance. The idea is to have events in the future log which then will get transferred into the monthly log, and then from there the daily log.
The Monthly Log
From the future log, you then create a monthly log. Aside from plugging in dates and appointments in their respective spaces, there are other things that you could include in your monthly log, such as goals or things you want to keep track of for the month. Again, layouts can vary from having a standard monthly calendar to separating out each day into morning, afternoon and evening sections. This is especially helpful if you have multiple things going on in one day.
The Daily Log
This is essentially the bread and butter of the bullet journal system where you map out your day based on events featured into your future and monthly logs. The idea is to jot down your to-dos into short and concise phrases and check them off as you go. There are other elements you could include like time trackers or tracking the weather and other things. You’ll find however, within the bullet journal community daily logs can vary so much in design and aesthetic. You just have to find the system that works for you. 🙂
The possibilities are endless when it comes to collection pages. They can range from master grocery lists, to habit trackers, memory pages, reading lists, basically anything that involves jotting down ideas and useful information.
Bullets and Signifiers / Migration
The idea is to have a visual system to acknowledge when tasks are completed. Some use bullet points (hence bullet journal) but I like to use boxes and then shade them in with the color coding system I came up with to suit my needs. The idea of migration signals to a bullet journalist that a task never was completed and needs to be done eventually, hence an arrow goes through it letting them know it needs to be completed down the road.
Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners
Tip #1: Find supplies that work for you
It’s very easy to get caught up in what everyone else is using in the bullet journal community, so just find the supplies that work within your style and budget. The beautiful thing is if you want to use a $20 Leuchtturm notebook, that’s fine, but if you want to use a notebook from the dollar spot, then that’s great too! The same goes for writing utensils, find the pens and markers that you’re most comfortable with because in the end, you’ll be using them and so you have to be happy with them. For a list of the bullet journal supplies I use click here.
Tip #2: Dive right in!
This is perhaps the toughest part of getting started is second guessing what will work for you, and all I can say is you NEED to jump right in! You’ll never know what will work if you don’t experiment! Experiment, experiment, experiment!! I can’t stress this enough! If you mess up, who cares! You’ll learn that white out is your best friend and sometimes you’ll come up with the best ideas for your bullet journal once you’re in the zone and find your groove. This will only come with experimentation which brings me to my next point..
Tip #3: Seek Inspiration
Instagram and Pinterest are the go-to places for inspiration in the bullet journal community and so find layouts that catch your eye. You’ll find that you’ll gravitate to a particular style and that’s good! It means your finding what works and doesn’t. You’ll find that you may prefer function over aesthetic, or horizontal layout versus vertical ones. Whatever the case, there is endless inspiration so take advantage and get some ideas!
Tip #4: Have Fun!
The most important thing is to just have fun with your bullet journal. It’s such a personal book that you should have fun with the process and make it your own. Because not only does it act as a list of to-dos but it also acts like a diary, as you record things near and dear to your heart. You’ll want to look back and smile at your journal and know that you took risks, experimented, but most importantly, had fun with the process. That’s what it’s truly all about! 🙂
For more information on this topic, check out my latest video here:
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One of the questions I often get asked is, “how do you know what to include in your daily spreads?”.. but most importantly, “How do you make sure you don’t forget anything in your daily spreads?” I use what I would call a “trickle down” method, in which I refer to certain pages in my bullet journal, from which that information would be transferred over to my weekly spread, and then from there be transferred over to my dailies. So let me break this down and let’s begin!
The first place I refer to is my long term planning and brain dump pages, if there is anything there that needs to be included, it will then get transferred over in to my weekly spread. This is where I tackle ideas that I want to get done, and referring to the brain dump page, reminds me of goals or tasks that I want to take on, but never had the chance to do, so if I feel like taking on a particular task, I will include it.
I then refer to my monthly log to see if there are any events, appointments or important dates that I might have missed in my brain dump/ long term page. Just like with the that page, any event going on will be included in my weekly spread as well.
Then I transfer everything over to my weekly, in which I also include a special section for meal planning and anything else I need to make note of. I found having the weekly spread to be super helpful to me, as it provides a general overview of everything I need to get done. Then I can tackle the tasks a little bit at a time as the week goes on. For example, because last week was my son’s birthday, I knew I had to run a lot of errands related to his birthday, so all those things were included in the weekly to do. It helped keep me on track and I knew I had a place to add more tasks for the week, just in case anything else might have come up.
Then lastly, everything from my weekly page slowly started to get transferred into my daily spreads. I kept my dailies festive with a party banner theme since it was my son’s birthday and I just loved how cohesive everything looked. I was able to handle each task as the week went on, and I’m happy to say I got most if not all of my tasks completed! So I would say this trickle down method absolutely works for me, as it provides insurance that I have not missed anything.
So that is how I go about my daily planning. Please check out my YouTube video in which I go into detail about daily planning and the method I use. Until next time! 🙂