Can you believe a quarter of the year is already over? It’s crazy! This is an exciting time of year for me. As I mentioned in my last post, my blog is now a year old Continue reading “Plan with Me: April 2017”
I don’t normally write a monthly review post, but I’m going to give it a go and see if it makes a difference to my planning habits for next month.
Did you know, it’s been a whole year since I started this blog, (here’s the very first post I wrote) and since I started using my bullet journal. While I still have a long way to go, I can definitely see an improvement to my life since using it. Also, having a blog, and various social media outlets, has allowed me to exercise my writing skills again, and I intend to continue to grow.
February was a very good month for me planning wise, March… not so much. It’s been a bit of an upside down, higgledy-piggledy kind of month. I fell ill at the beginning of the month, then my son had to go to the hospital, then it was my daughter’s birthday and all the planning that goes with that. Phew. There have been plenty of
reasons excuses not to plan consistently.
Looking at my monthly goals page is a bit depressing, out of the five goals I set myself, I only achieved one, I did grow my Instagram following to over 600. I need to re-evaluate my goals and try harder for next month.
The mood mandala has turned out quite nicely. I admit I didn’t colour it in consistently every day, but I have gone back and filled it in in retrospect. It’s something I will keep in next months collections.
My Gratitude and Memories doodle page started strong, but I didn’t keep up with it after the middle of the month. Same goes for my One Line a Day page. I found it hard to find something unique to write or draw about each day. That’s not to say I couldn’t find something to be grateful for. If you wake up in the morning, that’s the first thing to be grateful for. But, I couldn’t write that every day. I’m happy with the entries that I did add, though.
The next two spreads are embarrassing! The time tracking didn’t go according to plan, and the Spring Cleaning spread didn’t get used at all. I’m hoping that March was just a blip and I can get back on top of all the things in April. The housework and habit trackers were left unfilled after the 10th of the month too. This is not to say I didn’t do the cleaning or habits, or at least some of them, I just didn’t come back and fill in the trackers.
I don’t know if the same applies to other people, but there are certain times of the year when I feel a burst of motivation. September and April are two months where this happens to me. I began my journey last April, and I will move up a gear again this April.
I hope you will join me for my next post, which will be up in a few days, where I set up for April. Thank you for joining me in this fledgeling year, I really appreciate the support.
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It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a post. It’s been a busy few months full of big changes in the Mermaid household. I’ll do a catch-up post another time, but first, let’s get our bullet journals out and get set up for the new month. Continue reading “Plan with Me: March 2017”
Wow, is it really almost September already? Where has the year gone? I don’t know about you, but I always get a boost of motivation in September. I’m not sure whether Continue reading “Planning for September”
Hi Everyone! Where have I been for the past month? I really need to get more posts up, and I apologise for my lack of presence. Well, lets dive right in, shall we. This post shows the spreads I’ve got in my bullet journal ready for August. If you’ve not seen my post about my bullet journal, you can check it out here.
First thing that goes in a new month is the calendar view. I’ve seen a lot of people draw out an entire block calendar, which looks great, but I’m not that busy that I need a whole two page spread for my monthly overview. Another way of doing it is the way Bullet Journal system creator Ryder Carroll does in his official guide to the system. I used to follow that example, until I fell down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and Instagram and stumbled across the circular calendar. I’m not sure how well it will work for me in busier months, but as school is out this month I’m giving it a try.
You’ll also see my monthly goals page. I’ve set myself just 5 goals this month. Not too ambitious, I know. I’m working my way up to more ambitious goals as I go through.
Here’s my next spread. I tried this spending log thing last month, but made a mistake and resolved to try it again this month. Basically the way it works is each category has it’s own colour, and each square “pixel” will be worth £2. I’m hoping it will show me visually where my money is going each month, so I can budget better the following month. My standard memories doodle page is next, empty so far, but hoping to fill it up as we have quite a few fun days out planned with the kids over the holidays.
Habit trackers, every bullet journal seems to have one. This one’s pretty standard. I use a different colour for each day rather than each item on the list to save me having to change my pen up to 19 times a day. Plus as it fills in I get a pretty rainbow across my page. The one thing I’ve added on this months tracker is the dashed lines to indicate weekends. If gaps appear here, I can attribute that to the day of the week.
On the opposite page is a list of all the Declutter 365 tasks for this month. If you’ve not heard of Declutter 365 you can find details here.I have to admit, I have a slight clutter/hoarding problem, and I’m hoping to tackle this sooner rather than later.
On to my first weekly of the month. It’s so satisfying to have the month start on a Monday. I took inspiration for this spread from @craftyenginerd on Instagram. I tweaked it a bit to suit my own needs, as is the beauty of bullet journaling. As I write this I have to fill in some bits I’ve left out from yesterday, and my spending from earlier in the week. You can see that I colour code my time tracker, more on that in a different post. I get most of my planner stickers from OnceMoreWithLove on Etsy.
This is a new look daily page I’m trying. I used to put my time tracker on my daily, like Kara, over at Boho Berry, I also used to do different lettering each day. I’m trying this same, minimalistic look. You’re seeing this page after I’ve had chance to catch up with my tasks. I had busy days Monday and Tuesday with kids activities. Never mind, the housework was still there when I got home! Lol! The stickers on this page are a mixture of OnceMoreWithLove, CRG Art design and Abundance of Erica
That sums up my first few pages for August, I did come up with a few other new pages half way through July that I’ll share with you in another post. I’m hoping to share some other topics with you too. My cross stitching, and diet and fitness will probably feature. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see, and I’ll see what I can do.
Well, it’s been a longer absence than I intended, but I’m back with my first “Plan With Me” style post.
Tomorrow is the first day of June and the start of a new month is always a fun time for Bullet Journalists as we reflect on our previous month and plan what to include in the next one.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my planner of choice is the Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal edition and I write with Stabilo 88 fineliners and Stabilo 68 markers.
The first thing I set up is my monthly overview page. This gives me a quick at-a-glance view of any birthdays, events or appointments I have that month.
Next is the tracker. I have used this with varying success for the past two months now and I’m still changing the things I actually track. Some of the items on my trackers are there to remind me to do them each day, others are just there so I can look back and see when the last time I did the task was.
With the tracker, I colour in each box with a different cross hatch each day, I like to see the rainbow colours fill across the page as the month progresses.
Next up are my challenge pages. I take part in a few Instagram/Facebook based challenges each month, and I keep the prompts for them in my BuJo. If you’re interested in taking part too, the ones I follow are #PlanWithMeChallenge hosted by @prettyprintsandpaper @tinyrayofsunshine and @boho.berry, and #RockYourHandwriting hosted by the same girls plus @decadethirty. There’s also the #PTLDoodles Challenge hosted by @passion.themed.life
As you can see, I got a little carried away drawing the boxes for the PTL Doodles challenge. June only has 30 days!!
I always keep a monthly memories page to do little doodles or make little notes about memorable things that have happened to me that month, but obviously June’s is blank still, I’ll get a picture of that up in my monthly review post at the end of the month.
Next up is the first weekly spread to include June. Not everyone in the BuJo community uses weekly spreads, in fact it’s not part of the Official Bullet Journal Method, which you can see here. Many of us do use it though, I find it helps to condense a whole months worth of events and tasks into weekly chunks.
I’m still trying to find a weekly spread that works for me. On the left page I split the week down the middle into ‘me’ tasks and ‘kids’ tasks. The sections on the right-hand page are pretty self exploratory.
So, that’s a wrap for this post. Sorry that the photos are all the wrong way around, I’m still finding my fins. I’m planning on doing a few more posts in the middle of the month, but there’ll definitely be a monthly review flip-through at the end of the month.