Hi everyone! I hope y’all are having a great Friday and that your week has gone well. I’m still trying to get a sense of where this blog will be going, but I honestly think that I’ll just keep it open and post things that make me happy. Today I wanted to make a post about my bullet journal and how I have it set up for the month of April!
I managed to jump on the bullet journal train back in March, but also managed to get thrown off of it when Spring Break rolled around. I really wanted to try again for the new month, so here I am!
To start out, this is the journal that I use:
I love the color of this journal (even though it wasn’t initially what I wanted) and I can’t wait to add some stickers or something fun on the front of it!
This is my title page for the month of April! I really have no idea how to do fancy lettering, so I just kind of doodled and this was the result. Adding a nice quote or verse on this page helps me keep certain mindsets for the month. Last month, I had the quote “Always be a little kinder than necessary” written on the title page. This month, I’m focusing more on making my faith a bigger priority in my life and really having trust in God. It’s not technically April yet, but I’m already doing really well so far! It’s a nice reminder to see every time I open my journal up.
The first page that I have after the title is a “month at a glance” page, which gives me a brief run-down of any upcoming events, birthdays, holidays, and important dates for my schoolwork.
Once again, I have a nice little quote on the other side (mostly because I had a blank page and I wanted to fill it up with something.) You can never have too many sweet quotes in your journal, I promise! I don’t like to color-code in my bullet journal or make symbols for certain events, like appointments, because I personally feel like it makes the journal much more difficult to decode than necessary. I like to keep the layout simple and it works for me!
The next page that I have is my monthly spending and my habits tracker.
I really like having my monthly spending page because it really helps me to visualize the purchases that I’ve made and it makes me stop and think to myself “Do I really need this?” Being in college, money is already tight and I want to prevent myself from making as many unnecessary purchases as possible.
The setup on this page is simple: the date I made the purchase, where I made the purchase/what I purchased, whether I used cash or one of my cards, and the total amount of money that I spent. Under the “type” column, I will either write “DC” (debit card), “CC” (credit card), or “$” (cash).
With my habit tracker, as you probably can see, I went a little overboard… I guess I was subconsciously feeling really motivated to track every habit I’ve ever had in my entire life and made way too many columns (oops!) I love having one of these in my journal as well because it not only helps me see what things I’ve done over the past month, but it also reminds me to do those things. I’m a very visual (and forgetful) person and I really need to have things written down in front of my face in order for me to remember to complete them. “Out of sight, out of mind” really applies to my life! My habit tracker is like a constant to-do list for the month and I absolutely love being able to check my habits off my list. It makes me feel accomplished in a sense!
I’ll keep adding to my list of habits if I come across something that I want to track throughout the month. Right now, I’m thinking of adding ‘stretch’ and a column dedicated to getting up at a certain time every morning, which is something that I really struggle with right now.
After my spending and habits page, I start my weekly spreads. I keep these layouts really simple too, just because I want to get straight to the point – what I have going on this week, any reminders, and a to-do list.
My to-do list on the left side is really important, because, like I said, I’m a very forgetful person and I need to have everything written down or else I won’t remember things.
I love having a separate section for any homework that I have to do because it prevents me from forgetting ANY of my assignments. I highly recommend doing this (if it applies to you!)
The other side has my weekly calendar on it and I love having this too because, unlike my “month at a glance” page, I have more room to write other things I have going on during the day. Sometimes if I have time, I’ll write what the weather is supposed to be for that day (if it’s going to rain, if it’s going to be chilly, etc.) just because it’s a lot easier than going online and checking everyday. I usually keep my journal sitting open on my desk and it’s much quicker to just glance at that page when getting dressed and ready to go to class.
As for the weekly spreads, that is the setup that I have for the rest of the month, so nothing is different from those pages. As the month goes along, there are bound to be more pages that I’ll add, such as a meals page dedicated to what food I eat in a day, although I’m kind of afraid to do that because my diet isn’t very healthy and it would make me feel really bad (but maybe that’s what I need to do in order to eat better? Who knows.) The point is, bullet journals are extremely versatile in the amount and variety of things you can add in there. There are no set rules on how you set your journal up and I love that you can personalize each page to what you need. If you don’t have a bullet journal already, I highly recommend having one! It has helped me organize my life and it’s a good creative outlet for me.
Happy Friday and happy (almost) April!!
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25 ♥