How I Use My Bullet Journal

Hi there! I didn’t get around to posting this Wednesday, but today I have a great post that I’ve gotten a couple of requests for. If you’re looking to start a bullet journal or are just interested in the system, you’re in the right place.

This post is going to showcase all of the pages that I use most often in my journal, and explain how I use them. Bullet journaling really helps me to plan out my day and get stuff done. Also, I can track my habits, keep a gratitude log, and set goals. There are a lot of working parts in a bullet journal and I might not get to all of them today, but I’ll get into the most important pages that are essential. Well, I think they are, anyways. A bullet journal is super personal and can be used pretty much however you want. But I suggest that you start with the basics, and then once you get the hang of it you can start adding in all of the bells and whistles.

If you’re curious as to the supplies I use for journaling, you can check out my post on Bullet Journaling Supplies. Plus, here’s the link to my very first Bullet journal set-up, where I also explain the bullet journal system a little bit.

I’ll probably use examples from all three journals that I’ve done so far, so you can see the development in my writing style and layouts. There are honestly so many ways that you can set up any given page of your journal! That’s what I love most about having a bullet journal; it keeps me creative and forces me to try new things all of the time. Right now is the perfect time to start one, because we’ve all got so much time on our hands! Plus, having a journal can give you some semblance of routine, and my to do lists that I’ve been making have really helped me survive.

I want to start looking through my old bullet journal pictures so I’m going to keep this last part short. Remember to have fun with your journal and to EXPECT MISTAKES. I’ve made sooooo many mistakes over the years, and I’ve just had to deal with them. Sometimes they end up helping your design process. Don’t worry if your first journal attempts don’t look like some of the amazing spreads on Instagram or Pinterest either. Just stick with it and your journal will develop into something awesome! Let’s get into how I use my bullet journal.

Key/Title Page

I always start with a key and a title page at the front of my journal. The key includes the different bullets and colours I’ll be using to record tasks and events throughout the year. I don’t usually reference it too much because I have it memorised, but it’s still good to have. As you can see, my first year journaling I made my key pretty complicated. I’m going to tell you right now that there’s no way you’re going to pull out a stencil or draw a little symbol every time you write something down. Especially in school! Keep your key simple with a few colours and bullet shapes, and you can always tweak it later on. As for the title page, I just have fun with it every year;)) Sometimes I throw in a quote, and other times I just keep it super simple. Anything goes!

Future Log

This is one of the most important features of my journal! It’s where I record all the events that are happening throughout the year, like birthdays, big exams, and sports tournaments. I don’t write that I have volleyball practice every Thursday at 8 in my future log, because it would fill up pretty quick. I save it for the big stuff that I need to know the dates of. I always write out a mini calendar for each month so I can see which dates fall on which days. Holidays are another thing that I write in here.

Goals

Something that I love having in my journal is a goals page. Here I write down the big things that I want to accomplish that year. In 2019 and 2020 I have a “this year” section, with things that I want to do during the year in there. A goals page is definitely super important, because it allows you to revisit your goals often, and filling in that box when you accomplish something feels great! Remember, a goal that isn’t written down is just a dream.

Monthly Title Page

These are some of my favourite pages to draw, because I get to be really creative with how I present my theme. I choose a different theme for every month in my journal to keep things interesting. Most of my title pages have the name of the month on one side, and a quote on the other.

Monthly Calendar

In my monthly calendar, I write transfer over all of the events happening that month from my future log, and also include sports practices and smaller things that are happening. This helps me get a clear view of exactly what my month looks like. Plus I make space for goals, and sometimes a blog tracker or monthly focus.

Trackers

One thing that I’ve stuck with throughout my three years bullet journaling is tracking my habits, mood, and things I’m grateful for. I find that it really helps me stay motivated to get things done, and figure out why I’m feeling the way I am. I love my gratitude logs because they force me to find one positive thing about my day, even if it wasn’t very good.

Weekly Spread

In my weekly spreads, I always have a space for each day, the name of the month, and maybe a quote or to-do list. This is where I go into the most detail with tasks and events. Lately I’ve been writing kind of a checklist for each day, so that I see what I need to get done. Weekly spreads help you to plan out your week, and you can get super creative with them!

Those are the parts of my bullet journal that I use most often! Hopefully you learned a little about the system!

Yours Truly,

Olivia

April 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

March just kind of flew by, and some really crazy stuff went down this month. Atleast I had my bullet journal to keep my busy though. I let you guys decide what my theme would be this month, and I worked hard to try and do your pick of blue dragonflies justice. I actually really like the way that this month turned out. It feels very springy and fresh. Finding inspiration for this month was kind of hard, because I didn’t want the dragonflies to look to childish or simple. But I saw a beautiful spread by @plinthced on instagram, and used that as my reference point. My colours are very light turquoise and blue, because I wanted it to feel very light dainty. Here’s my April 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up!

Here’s my title page;)) I used a calligraphic font (again) that really suits this theme. For the dragonflies, I used a broze metallic gel pen and blue fineliners. I’m also going back to using borders around the page because I think it looks really sharp! There are some dots to fill in empty space, and a quote opposite the title page.

I LOVE my calendar for this month. There’s tons of dragonflies and I’m liking this bronzy colour. I haven’t really ever switched up this layout, because I find that it works well for me.

Next are my trackers and logs for this month. I actually liked the sort of graph thing that I used to track my mood and productivity last month, and so I’m using that system again, along with my OG habit tracker. On the opposite page I have a gratitude log for April;))

Finally, I had an extra page since I combined my mood and habit trackers, so I used it to make a schedule/routine thing for me to follow now that I don’t have school. I think it’ll help me to be more productive and the structure will be nice. I dug up the bullet joirnal stencils that I got when I started journaling a couple of years ago to put little icons next to the items on my routine. Since the first week of april only has four days, I used this final page to do a one page spread, which turned out well.

That’s all for April! I will definitely be sharing a dragonfly doodle tutorial on instagram, along with my March Monthly Recap. Hope you liked my set-up this month, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))))

March 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

It’s time to start planning for March! I always use green for this month- I don’t know why it just feels weird not to;)) My March theme is jungle leaves, and it looks amazing! I used four different colours of green, and my white gel pen. These doodles were super easy to do, and I’ll be posting a tutorial, along with my February Monthly Recap, on my Instagram page. Hope you like it!

This is my title page. I drew a frame of different leaves around the word “March”. I was going to outline the leaves in black, but I thought that would be too dark. Plus, I drew some leaves that I couldn’t really outline, so I decided to go over top of the leaves with my white gel pen, and I love the look of it! On the opposite page I wrote a quote about adventure, because I feel like you go on adventures in jungles.

Next I have my calendar:)) There are some more leaves growing out of it, plus another quote and a space for goals and a monthly focus.

I really liked the habit tracker set up last month, because it made it easier for me to see which days I completed which habits. I’m trying something new with my mood tracker though. It’s a graph style, which I like because it gives me lots of moods to choose from. I also incorporated a sleep, productivity and water intake tracker into the graph, which I’m excited to use!

Here’s my gratitude log and blog ideas spread. I love the leaves coming from the sides of the pages! I used paper to do a quote at the bottom.

Finally, this is my first weekly spread of the month. It took me a while to draw all of those leaves, but I think it was worth it!

That’s my set-up for March! I’m super excited for this month. See you Friday;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked:)))

4 Weekly Bullet Journal Spreads

Hi guys! During my two years of bullet journaling, I’ve tried out many different weekly spreads. Some of them work really well for me, and others don’t. It’s a good idea to experiment with a bunch of different ones so that you find the layouts that help you to be the most productive. Today I decided to share 4 of my favourite weekly spreads that bring organization into my life, and look pretty too;))

I like layouts that give me a lot of space, and this one certainly does that. I had plenty of room to plan out my week, and was still able to include a quote at the bottom.

This layout is probably my favourite, and I’ve used it almost every month since I discovered it. It gives you lots of space to write down daily tasks, and room along the sides to include quotes, to-do lists, or anything else your heart desires. This layout is also really simple to draw and is easily customizable, working well with many different themes.

This one is an oldie but a goodie! I love the incorporation of the theme in this layout, and the amount of space it gives;)

This layout doesn’t give a ton of room, but I like how much space there is at the bottom to include productivity trackers and quotes.

So those are my favourite spreads! I hope you try them out and see if they work for you;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

December Bullet Journal Set Up with November Monthly Recap

Hey guys! I apologize for the late post… this week was a little crazy for me😂😂 However, I’m really happy with the way that my December spreads turned out. I’m coming to the end of my journal, which by the way is the first notebook that I’ve ever filled up completely! This month I went with some classic Christmas designs like evergreen boughs and mistletoe, and tried to keep it simple since I feel like my last few spreads have been a bit busy. Green is the main colour that I used, but there are also some red accents thrown in. Creating my December spread really got me excited for the holiday season! This year I decided to include the advent calendar that I make each year in my bullet journal, and I love the way it turned out. Hope you like it!

My monthly recaps haven’t really changed throughout the whole year. I didn’t use a ton of scrapbook paper in this one to keep it a bit simpler.

This is my December title page!! I alternated drawings of evergreen boughs, mistletoe and bare tree branches. I used my black brush pen to write the month to keep things simple and classic looking. On the opposite page my quote is “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, because I love the joy that Christmas time brings.

Here’s my calendar spread for December;) It’s pretty simple but I did add a space to blog plan along with my goal tracker. I might need to designate a whole page for blogging though because I have some big ideas for the Christmas season!

Next, my habits and mood trackers, both of which haven’t changed much throughout the year because I find them easy to fill out and they really work for me. I might experiment a bit next year with different types.

Annnnnd the most exciting spread of the month, my advent calendar! Last year I posted a tutorial on how to create a DIY No Candy Advent Calendar, and this one is pretty much a mini version of that. I created little pockets for each day of the month and stuck a note with an act of kindness that needs to be completed in each. I’m so excited to get started with it!

My last spread is a gratitude log/weekly spread since I ran out of space;)) I have a feeling that this month I’m going to have to do a lot of one-page weekly spreads because I want to include things like a gift list and blog planner in my journal.

That’s my last bullet journal set up post of the year! I absolutely love bullet journaling because it allows me to reflect on my life and express my creativity, not to mention plan ahead and track mood and habits and all sorts of stuff. It’s so fun to look back on all of my spreads from the past year and see what was happening or what I was feeling at the time. I’m really excited for a new journal in 2020 and to try out new things and have more fun!

As a side note, I will be posting three times a week during December…… lots of Christmasy posts are soon to be coming your way!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked