Following on from my previous post I wanted to share with you how I will be taking my Bullet Journal forward into June. By using this system in May and through a little bit of digging around online I have come up with some adjustments that should make this system work a little better for me.
Things I’ve added in June
Going into June there were some things I found that weren’t working well for me that I wanted to alter. First up I now have a new notebook for my Bullet Journal. I opted for the extremely popular Leuchtturm1917 for numerous reasons. It has numbered pages, a built in index, good paper quality and comes in a range of lovely colours. I have the orange dot grid notebook in the medium size. The dot grid layout will work much better for me for a Bullet Journal.
For June I have made tweaks to my habit tracker. I have two habit trackers now, one is a real habit tracker with a list of things relevant to me. The change I made for June is removing anything blog related and creating a blog tracker. Splitting this out means I can see how often I am doing an activity that is blog related and how much time I spend on the different types of activity. I think this could be really useful and I am interested to see the results.
To work alongside this I have added in a blog stats page where I can see week by week my visits, page views, social followers etc. This gives me a total view of how my blog is performing during the month and how the different types of posts resonate.
On Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram I have seen a lot of people who record what books they read through the month. I have added a couple of pages in here to show what I have read in June and what I want to read. At the moment I just have an online list in Drafts tracking what I read. By including this in my Bullet Journal it gives me a physical version that will more than likely last longer than an online list.
Things I have tweaked in June
I have not only added things into my June Bullet Journal, I have also tweaked some layouts to make them work better for me. I have updated my weekly pages. The format I had been using was copied from Boho Berry but I found I didn’t need that amount of space or information. I have set up the first week of June and will see how this works out, however I can see this page evolving a lot during the month.
For my dailies I will try out some different banners and headers. This feels like the area where I can be a bit more creative and play around with my stationery tools. For the first week I am going for a wreath look and each week I will try something new.
Final Bullet Journal thoughts
I am by no means fully bought into the Bullet Journal system. I aim to finish June and again review where I am before thinking about July. At the moment I see this as a combination of a task management system (even saying that gives me a little shudder), and a way to record snippets of information about my life at this time. This is in part the reason for the inclusion of a reading list in June.
I think the big thing that keeps driving this forward is that the general message from the Bullet Journal community is that you can make the Bullet Journal work around you and suit your requirements.
I will of course be sharing my experiences here and continue to include updates sharing my Bullet Journal experiences. I’d love to hear from fellow Bullet Journal users. As a newbie and being curious about this system I’d love to absorb as much information as possible in the hope that it helps me improve my own format and system.