I’ve been briefly mentioning that I started bullet journaling since August. I’m absolutely obsessed with it and I feel like I get better every month as I try new things and really tailor it to my needs.
In case you guys haven’t heard of bullet journaling before, here’s a video from the creator, Ryder Carroll.
As people have caught on to the system, it has evolved into use for so many different things. People have gotten so creative with it! There’s literally thousands of YouTube videos on which brand of journals work best, different layouts you can use and so much more. I originally began my BuJo as a way to manage my anxiety. With so much going on in my life recently, I really needed a way to keep track of everything but also get back to my old habit of journaling as well. I did a lot of research and found a lot of inspiration on how this could really work for me.
Since August, I have been experimenting with different types of layouts, trackers, and pieces to my BuJo. I think November is my best one yet and I’m really excited to share it with you guys! I have a really crazy work schedule this month and with the holiday season right around the corner, I wanted to make sure I am staying on top of everything in order to keep myself from getting overwhelmed and therefore anxious. I think is my best layout to date if I do say so myself.
Thanks to my good friend Danielle at HerTwenties, I started this end of the month reflection. At the end of each month I ask myself 3 questions: What went well? What can I improve on? What are my goals for next month? It’s a great practice that has been really helpful to me and it serves as a nice jumping off point when planning for the next month. The following page is my title page for the month. At first I thought this was unnecessary but I like how it makes every month feel like a new chapter.
This is my monthly overview. I’ve experimented with drawing calendars and different methods for this but this technique works best for me. On one side I put deadlines like when bills are due and on the other I put important events like birthdays and appointments. At the bottom I put tasks that need to get done over the course of the month.
This is my wellness tracker. I track my workouts, my moods and if I am having dreams or nightmares. I have changed this a few times, tracking things like water intake, hours of sleep, etc. This version works really well. I color in the box corresponding to the date and I get a lot of information about myself over the course of the month. For example, I’ve learned I have more nightmares when I’m feeling anxious or had a conflict during my day and didn’t get a change to blow off steam with a workout. It has been a super helpful tool.
This month I decided to incorporate a workout planner in my journal. My work schedule is really crazy this month and I wanted to be able to have all my workouts planned out so I have less to think about. Every month I also have a gratitude log. I usually write down 1 thing I’m grateful for each day but this being the month of Thanksgiving and all I decided to expand it and do 3 things a day.
Brain dumps are really convenient, especially when I have random things I just want to jot down. I used to give it a whole page but I ended up using half of it as an expensive tracker so I now have a place for both! I usually have a self-care log here as well but it started to feel like a chore so I made this page as a daily reminder to make sure I am doing something for myself each day.
The rest of my month consists of my weekly spreads. This is where my journal entries go as well as more urgent tasks that need to be done within the week or on a specific day. I’ve tried a few different layouts over the past few months and this super basic one is definitely my favorite and helps me be the most productive.
I’ve definitely made my BuJo my own and it has been so great to help me manage my anxiety and continue to increase my self awareness. I have gotten out of a productivity slump and I’m back to journaling everyday! I highly recommend the practice to anyone who wants to give it a shot. Maybe this will inspire you to start your own BuJo next month!
I could talk about bullet journaling all day and take you down my rabbit hole but we all have more productive things to do today! Share your thoughts and questions with me in the comments below, tweet me @cocktailswithk or find me on Instragram @cocktailswithkiera! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!