Bullet Journal: My October Collections

If you caught my latest Plan With Me video over on YouTube, then you know that I hadn’t quite gotten around to setting up my collections for October yet.  I’ve been feeling the need to switch things up a bit this month, and I’m excited to share those changes with you today!

>> If you’re more of a video learner, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out my video explanation and flip-through!

MY OCTOBER COLLECTIONS

As I do every month, I knew that I wanted to track my habits, my mood, and my gratitude. But I also knew that I was getting a little bored with the same old trackers. So, I went on the hunt for ideas.

HABIT TRACKER:

When looking through my saved posts on Instagram, I stumbled on this post from @pentopaperjourney:

I was in LOVE! She was originally inspired by Kim over at @tinyrayofsunshine, and I just adore how she took the idea of a circular tracker and adapted it to her own unique style.

I spent the better part of an afternoon figuring out how to lay this “fan tracker” out in my own Bullet Journal and I love the result! It definitely took some intense calculations, but I love how it turned out!

Curious what collections I'm keeping in my Bullet Journal this October? I'm sharing all of the changes (and what's staying the same) in today's post!

I was previously tracking 11 habits each month, but only had room for 10 with this style. I eliminated my “Instagram” habit since I’m pretty good about posting there every day anyway 😊

I found the quote by Jim Rohn on Pinterest and I knew that it would be the perfect fit for my habit tracker this month!

I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to fill in the tracker… Different colors? A fun pattern? I’ll put some more thought into it before October begins and I’ll be sure to keep you updated over on Instagram.

MOOD TRACKER:

For the past few months, I’ve been keeping a really simple two line mood tracker on the same page as my habits. Again, I was getting a bit bored with the layout, so I decided to go back to my beloved Mood Mandala in October.

Curious what collections I'm keeping in my Bullet Journal this October? I'm sharing all of the changes (and what's staying the same) in today's post!

>> The Mood Mandala idea came from the amazing Fiona over at @bujo.mama. She’s seriously a rockstar, y’all!

Since I already had the circular habit tracker on the left, I thought it would look really cool at the end of the month to have my mandala on the opposite page. I used the same measurements for my mandala and drew out my guidelines in pencil as a base for the new month.

I quickly realized that I had left NO room to write in my mood chart (or a page title for that matter) and I’m not gonna lie, I had a bit of a freak-out moment!

No worries though! I just grabbed an extra sheet of dot grid paper, trimmed it down and tipped it in with washi tape 😊

For those curious what pens/colors I’m using this month, they are Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the color numbers are 090, 873, 451, 243, 603, 373, and N55.

GRATITUDE LOG & ONE LINE A DAY

I’m keeping my Gratitude Log super simple this month! Since the theme of the #BohoBerryChallenge this month is Gratitude, I’m going to be incorporating my daily prompts into this spread as well…

Curious what collections I'm keeping in my Bullet Journal this October? I'm sharing all of the changes (and what's staying the same) in today's post!

On the right-hand side, I’m going back to my “One Line a Day” spread. This is where I’ll jot down a quick little snippet of something that happened each day that I’d like to remember.

FUTURE PLANNING & PERPETUAL CALENDARS

After reviewing the Rhodia Goalbook earlier this week, I knew that I wanted to incorporate some perpetual calendars into my Bullet Journal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out which insert those perpetual calendars should go in. The whole idea of a perpetual calendar is that it remains accurate year after year… I knew that I wanted them to be easily movable from one Bullet Journal to the next.

That’s when I came up with the idea to create a separate “mini” insert for my calendars and future planning.

I quickly gathered some supplies… an old cover that printed funky (I turned it inside out so I can decorate the cover later) and some scrap dot grid paper (that didn’t make the cut for the shop because it printed crooked) and I threw together this little 10-page insert.

The first two spreads are an annual perpetual calendar. I added in all of the birthdays and holidays that take place on the same day year after year. At the top of each month, I also listed out those funky holidays that fall on the 3rd Monday, 2nd Sunday, etc.

Up next, I did a more “traditional” Bullet Journal future log spread, with six months per page. But instead of writing in future events/appointments, I wrote in my annual recurring business events, tasks, and marketing.

And yes, I totally messed up and forgot about July but don’t worry… I fixed it 😅

Finally, I created a future log using the Alastair Method. This, of course, will not remain current year after year but I had a few pages left and I thought it would be nice to have a space to jot down upcoming events through the end of 2018.

Most of my future planning is now done digitally with the help of my Google Calendar and a project management app called OmniFocus (check out my set-up here). However, I love that I now have a place to have my future events and projects down on paper as well.


I am SO excited to start using my new collections in the month of October! I’d love to hear your thoughts… is there anything new that you’re trying out this month?

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  • Love it. Did you tease your super secret project? XOXOXO

    • MaybeFrench

      Yes. There’s a “box” every month.

  • Phelan K.C.

    May I ask how you get the Instagram post on your blog post?

  • Hope

    Thank you for mentioning how you might do your #BohoBerryChallenge in October in your gratitude log. If you did not mention that, I am sorry for my misconception – at least I don’t feel like I’m crazy!

  • I love the perpetual calendar set up- I must incorporate that into mine :D I’ll be transitioning to a TN set up, but I think I will keep the L1917 as my main BuJo tho- I like the specialty themed inserts a lot….
    Yup- that is a chunky book LOL – I’m still in love with that cover you have tho.

  • Dave Basener

    Hi, Kara. I have a technique question. I have seen you, multiple times, wash over pen writing with a Tombow Brush Pen brush, and it looks great. I have tried the same using Lamy Water based fountain pen ink (blue and black) in both Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 books, washing over with Tombow Primary Palette colors. In all cases, even after allowing the fountain pen ink an hour to dry, the wash over with the Tombow brush smudged. How do you do it?

  • Susan Merg

    HI Kara – thanks – love it as usual – my question – do you have a tool/compass for drawing the new habit tracker? I love it and want to start it in January. Thanks!!

  • Hassan Abubakar Maishera

    I just grabbed an extra sheet of dot grid paper, trimmed it down and tipped it in with washi tape… Now that’s something I will remember. Very meticulous planner to say the least! I will grab some important points from your FUTURE PLANNING & PERPETUAL CALENDARS as I really need to have annual plans and targets to keep up with. BTW, the designs look very cool!

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