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June Bullet Journal Set-up

My new Bullet Journal - the popular Leuchtturm1917

My new Bullet Journal - the popular Leuchtturm1917

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.

My June cover page

My June cover page

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

My weekly spread

My weekly spread

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.

A view of my dailies

A view of my dailies

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.

My First Steps into Bullet Journaling

During May I decided to try Bullet Journaling. I had thought Bullet Journaling was a restrictive planning tool more suited to my working life than personal life, however after looking at a few YouTube videos it was more than I had initially thought. It was a chance to be creative, use colour and doodle as well as actually being a useful system. For the month of May my rationale was if I used the Bullet Journal and didn’t see it as a chore then I would continue on into June on a more permanent basis.

How I got started?

Boho Berry is the queen of helpful Bullet Journal YouTube videos. When I first entertained the idea of a Bullet Journal I had watched several of her videos which really gave me a good foundation for how you can Bullet Journal. I found these videos helpful as they showed a more creative version of Bullet Journaling. It wasn’t the original format that I was familiar with created by Ryder Carroll which I felt was more functional, the Boho Berry format seem prettier.

Below are links to several useful Bullet Journal videos and articles that I wanted to share if you are considering Bullet Journaling.

Bullet Journal Flip Through - Boho Berry

June Plan with me - Boho Berry

We are all bullet journalists - Boho Berry

My Blog and Business Bullet Journal - Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Bullet Journals - Bureau Direct’s May run down of all things Bullet Journaling

Mays Bullet Journaling tools 

Mays Bullet Journaling tools 

My May Bullet Journal Tools

For May I used a Mishmash Stretch Me notebook. It was sat unused on my desk and the size was perfect.

For pens I have been using the Uni-Pin drawing pen in 0.3mm, a few of my Stablio Point 88 fine liners and my TWSBI 580 RB with an EF nib and Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro ink.

These tools have worked well. They are not part of my usual everyday stationery toolkit so it has been a chance to use more of my stationery. I can carry them with me without risk of spills and quickly scribble down notes on the page. The fine liners are great for doodling and drawing adding a lovely pop of colour to each page.

My first couple of Bullet Journal pages - May log and Projects 

My first couple of Bullet Journal pages - May log and Projects 

My May Set-Up

I opted to set the Bullet Journal up in the most simple format. I included a May Log, a Projects page, May memories, a habit tracker and then my weekly and daily pages. I didn’t include anything too detailed or specific as I wasn’t sure what I would and wouldn’t like, or what I wanted to see in there.

My weekly pages view 

My weekly pages view 

A view of my dailies 

A view of my dailies 

What I liked?

A lot of the Bullet Journal system is functional. It has been about planning out my to do’s and trying to find the best way to fit them into my week. This has been valuable, but actually this hasn’t been the reason I have liked the Bullet Journal system.

May's habit tracker 

May's habit tracker 

Some of the elements I really liked from my May Bullet Journal are the habit tracker and the memories page. The habit tracker is a great visual representation of what I want I feel I should be doing each day and what I have actually managed to achieve. By filling this in at the end of each day I can see where I am spending time, what I am actually doing and what gets pushed to one side. You can also include some simple reminders on there to prompt you to do something through the day, such as drink fluids, something I am very bad at.

A view of May's memories 

A view of May's memories 

With the memories page it was really nice to add small snippets of my month onto this page. In our busy lives it’s easy to forget what you do and achieve in any given month. Looking back at this page now I am genuinely surprised by how much I was able to include on this page. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning of the month when I added this page in, but it turns out it’s quite easy to fill. I can imagine looking back over a period of months this could be a really nice way to review a year and remember everything you have done.

Monday close up

Monday close up

I have also enjoyed including Boho Berry’s hourly view of my day. It’s not a big thing and takes seconds to scribble out with my dailies but it gives me a view of how my day is split. With a very simple colour coded scheme I can see how much I sleep, work and carry out tasks such as blogging.

What I haven’t enjoyed so much…

My first complaint is actually nothing to do with Bullet Journaling but about the tools I used. One thing I noticed from using the Mishmash Stretch Me notebook is that you need some sort of grid system notebook. The Mishmash notebook has blank pages which really didn't work well. For certain page set-ups such as the habit tracker having a grid system would have made filling this in a bit easier.

I have found the planning of my week helpful through the Bullet Journal system. It has forced me to consider what activities need to get done, where I may be that week and find space for the smaller things. I am still a little skeptical as to whether I will be able to keep this up in the long term. Sometimes it feels like this level of detail and planning is a little restrictive.

Moving into June

I will be continuing on with the Bullet Journal in June. So far I am enjoying the the format and have found it quite a good way to organise my tasks for the week. I really like playing around with different headers and banners, using a different range of my stationery tools and it’s become another excuse to play. I am by no means an avid Bullet Journaler and this may not last, however I am happy to push on a little longer and see if during June I find new ways to adapt and change things. There are some changes I have already decided on and I have begun to plan the layouts I would like to use. Later on this week I will publish a part 2 of this post showing you how I have set up my June Bullet Journal.