April Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hi lovelies! Can you believe that April is just around the corner? I know I say this every single month (or at least it feels like it), but this year is just flying by!

I’ve been a little quiet here on the blog lately because I’ve been hunkered down getting ready to launch my handwriting course next month (information coming VERY soon!), but that hasn’t stopped me from taking some time to set up my new BuJo for the month of April!

Today, I’m walking you through all of the changes I’m making in my Bullet Journal. If you’d prefer a flip through, then scroll on down to the end of this post to check out today’s Plan With Me video :)

Is your Bullet Journal ready for April? Come check out what's new in my BuJo!

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One of the things that I love about switching to a new journal is that feeling of starting fresh. It almost feels like a new year to me, even though I switch journals every 4-5 months. Every fresh start brings new opportunities to review and reflect, and I just love that about the Bullet Journal® system!

Last week, I talked about my review process and how I set up my new journal. Today, I’ll be showing you how I’m putting those plans into action… woohoo!

Is your Bullet Journal ready for April? Come check out what's new in my BuJo!

First up is my monthly spread. A few months ago I moved away from this layout and went back to the traditional monthly log. This month, I’m going back to this tried and true layout. I split my month into three columns: ALL DAY, AM, and PM. This allows me to have multiple events and appointments on each line without it getting too cluttered. On the right

On the right, I have a small section for this month’s goals/tasks along with a small month-at-a-glance calendar.

The color-coded dots at the bottom of the page allow me to see quickly at a glance what is going on throughout the month.

I haven’t decided if I like having my workout schedule here in the monthly view since it takes up nearly the whole column. In the future, I may create a separate symbol for workouts so that it takes up less space.

Is your Bullet Journal ready for April? Come check out what's new in my BuJo!

Up next is my Gratitude Log (blank page up top) and Monthly Tracker. I did away with the Self-Care Tracker here as I felt that it was a little too cramped last month. You’ll see how I incorporated it here in a bit :)

For my Monthly Tracker, I decided to incorporate the moon phases in order to spot any correlations that may occur throughout the month. I also added boxes to tasks that I don’t necessarily need to do every single day. Not only will this help me to know when that particular item needs to get done, but it will also make me feel a little less “guilty” when that whole line is not filled in.

Is your Bullet Journal ready for April? Come check out what's new in my BuJo!

A new addition to my Bullet Journal this month is my Sleep Log. I’ve been loosely tracking my sleep in my Self-Care Tracker for the past few months, but I wanted to dive a bit deeper into how much sleep I’m getting and the quality of that sleep as well.

I’m using an app called AutoSleep that syncs with my Apple Watch. AutoSleep automatically detects when I go to sleep, when I wake up, and my heart rate throughout the evening. I plan on recording this data in the spread above to get a better picture of my sleeping habits by the end of the month.

Is your Bullet Journal ready for April? Come check out what's new in my BuJo!

This month, my Self-Care Tracker is getting a whole spread. On the left, I listed some different activities that I can do to improve in each area throughout the month. On the right is the tracker itself.

Again, I’m incorporating the moon phases here to see how they affect the different areas of my life. I also spread the graph out a bit so that I can distinguish between the lines of the graph more easily.

Is your Bullet Journal ready for April? Come check out what's new in my BuJo!

Last but not least is my beloved Mood Mandala. This has quickly become one of my favorite spreads each month! It’s such a joy to watch the mandala grow throughout the month, and it also adds a nice element of reflection to the end of every day.

That’s it! I’ll be starting my first weekly spread and subsequent daily pages right after the Mood Mandala. I’m so excited to officially move into my new purple journal next month!


Leuchtturm1917 Notebook – A5, Dot Grid, Purple

Sharpie Art Pens (Black)

Paper Mate Flair “Candy Pop” Pens

Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Yellow – #025
Light Blue – #451
Coral – #873
Lavender – #603
Mint Green – #243
Orange – #985
Teal – #373
Light Grey – #N75
Dark Grey – #N25


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  • Ellina G Waldman

    I love so many things about this new layout. I hope the expanded self-care tracker brings you more joy. The moon phases will make daily planning easier!

  • Amber Stewart

    Gorgeous as always! I’m going to cop a few of your self care trackers; I need to be better at this!

  • Jennifer Muir Mulvaney

    On my tracker, for items that I know I won’t do on certain days (like checking my kids’ backpacks on the weekend), I just color the square in grey. That way it isn’t left blank, but I know it wasn’t supposed to happen that day.

    I have a question about your sleep tracking. I have an Apple watch, but the battery won’t last for me to wear it when I sleep. Do you have the Series 2 that has a longer battery life or do you charge your watch during the day?

    Thanks for all you do!

  • Shalonne Werthessen Halstead

    Thanks for sharing so much about your journal and habits! I’m curious if you have any concerns about possible long term issues with wearing the Apple Watch 24/7? I’ve seen various things pop up here and there about, I can’t remember exactly, some sort of low-level radiation(?) constantly coming out of network devices so it’s recommended to not be next to them at night? I was sleeping with a fit-bit on and then I got kind of nervous about it when I kept seeing those things pop up in my Facebook feed. Is that something you’ve looked into at all? I’d love to know what others think about it.

  • buffy a

    Oh wow. I stopped following when you moved into the ring binder. Glad to see you are back in a bound book. I obviously missed the switch back lol. Will have to see what I’ve missed!!

  • Christa Allan

    I love your outlined cursive. Have you shown a tutorial on this?

  • Tina Teutsch

    Somewhere this morning, I saw a video posted that you did about using Washi tape to easily get to your dailies, I think, but I didn’t have time to watch it and now I can’t find it anywhere. Would you mind posting the link? Thanks!

  • Eta

    Hi Kara, this is so inspiring! I started my new notebook and copied a lot from you. Thanks for sharing.
    I was tracking my self care habits too but I found my graphics always too crumbled. How are you going to track your data on the graph to make it more readable?

  • Brian Skinner

    I love what you have shown for all the advice and inspiration. I have been starting a little slow this year, but hope to add more to you to feature a guy’s page or style for the guys out there that want to get into Bullet Journaling. This is my April 2017 spread and tracker so far.

    Thanks, and happy journaling.

    • Mariam Mihjazi

      I really love this layout! I’m using the left page for May :P but adding a “monthly objectives” section.

  • Maggie Ruszczyk

    I love your design for the monthly spread. Hope you don’t mind if I recreate something similar in my Bullet Journal?! Thanks for the inspiration. Also, I tend to find that I don’t do well with trackers but I do have a self care calendar instead as that way I can plot that into my schedule. Thanks Kara!

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