Hi. My name is Kara and I am a Bullet Journal addict. As of today, I have been bullet journaling for the past 40 days and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you have no doubt seen my feed explode with pretty planner pictures over the past month.
Today, I’m here to walk you through my bullet journal page by page. I’m going to show you how I use it, what works for me, and what changes I have made along the way. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
>Psst! If you missed my first Bullet Journal post, go check it out and get caught up to speed ;)
>> Want to see a video flip through of my entire journal? Check out the video here! :)
BULLET JOURNAL: ONE MONTH UPDATE
Before I dive into pictures, I thought I’d address some supply questions I have been getting. I put together a list of my favorite journal supplies for you bellow.
MY BULLET JOURNAL SUPPLIES:
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- Notebook:Leuchtturm Medium Hardcover Dots Emerald
Faber-Castel PITT Artist Manga Drawing Pens, Black, 4-Pack (Main writing pen)
STD334SB20A6 – Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens (All of the pretty colors)
- Colored Pencils:
Prismacolor 92885 Prismacolor Premier Colored Woodcase Pencils, 36 Assorted Colors/Set
Alright, now let’s get on to the fun part… all of the pictures!
MY BULLET JOURNAL SO FAR:
Ok, I promised that I would go page by page so here we go! Get ready… It’s about to be a pinner’s paradise up in here! (FYI, there are a few spreads missing from these pics due to their personal nature)
P.S. – I didn’t reduce the original size of any of these images. That means you can click each one for a nice close-up :)
One of the things I love about the Leuchtturm notebooks is the built-in index pages. As you can see, I filled up the first one pretty quickly. I don’t expect this trend to continue, as I have already added most of the collections that I plan on including. We’ll see though. ;)
My key is pretty simple. I love the simplicity of the original Bullet Journal for rapid logging my entries. This also makes it really easy for me to see all of my daily tasks at a glance and know what needs action.
Besides my doodles and quotes, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the monthly spread. I love the simplicity of listing out the days and writing in events as they come up. I keep a shared iCal calendar with my husband so that he can keep track of everything that’s going on, but everything still gets logged here in the monthly view.
I’ve split my monthly goals/tasks into business and personal so that I can see them more clearly.
Here’s my first spread. I’m a lover of quotes as you can see, and I have a few lists like this one sprinkled throughout my bullet journal. On the right is my very first Miracle Morning tracker. Don’t judge me too harshly for not coloring it all in… I started tracking this separately and honestly just forgot to go back and fill it in… oops!
Here’s a couple of examples of how I lay out my daily pages. In the beginning, I found myself logging the same tasks repeatedly day after day. I rectified that in September by creating a tracker page which you will see in a bit.
I’m also keeping a running lists of books that I would like to read. Any recommendations for books that I should add to this list?
One of my favorite collections is this list of 100 goals I would like to accomplish in the next 10 years. I got this idea from THE Maya Elious and absolutely love it! Check out her list here :)
I love to sprinkle my daily pages with quotes, doodles, and notes. Sometimes I’ll add in a little journal entry. That is the beauty of the bullet journal system. You can really make it your own and you are never limited by space.
You can see that I switched from my Prismacolor colored pencils to those awesome Staedtler Fineliners for color on the 13th.
This is one of my favorite exercises that came in the Miracle Morning Fast Start Kit. Completing this exercise inspired me to write the post Level 10 Life – 100 Goals in 10 Areas of Focus.
More and more dailies, followed by my first collection of blog post ideas. This is one of those lists that I keep referencing back to time and time again. (Isn’t that lightbulb just the cutest?)
More collection pages. I’ve gotta say… that Improve My Blog / Improve My Business spread is one of my least favorites in my entire bullet journal so far. I didn’t really think about how I wanted it to look when I started. Oh well, you live and learn, right?
That entry on August 24th is one of my favorite in my whole bullet journal so far. The night before, I discovered an amazing group on Facebook called Bullet Journal Junkies. As part of my intro, I posted a link to my original bullet journal post and that thing literally blew up overnight.
Since then I have been super active in the group and I have learned SO much. (Shout-out to all you amazing BuJo Junkies! Love you all!)
September begins! I”m sticking with the same monthly spread since I loved it so much in August.
I took the time to write out some of my long term goals for the blog. Oh, and there’s my super-awesome September Tracker I was telling you about earlier. The colors don’t mean anything, I just happen to thing they are pretty.
You’ll notice that not all of the items are necessarily “habits”, rather things that I want to keep track of during the month. Oh, and that yoga class line? Well, I thought that I would join a yoga studio this month so I added that in there. Hasn’t happened yet.
I soon realized that I wanted to have a method for future planning besides just using iCal. Here, I drew out the next 6 months to keep track of birthdays, holidays and the like.
Here’s my first “big” mistake page. I planned on writing out the prompts for the #planwithmechallenge. I realized a little too late that I wouldn’t be able to fit them all on the page. Against my perfectionist nature, I just let it ride and made a little notation to myself that that list now lives on page 53.
This is where I also started keeping track of the temperature in addition to my weather doodles. Further on, you’ll see that I start tracking the highs and lows instead of just the high temps.
My savings goals tracker has been one of the most popular pages that I have posted on social media so far. Those numbers in the bottom square are the increments for each graph. Once I have that amount in checking free, I transfer it over to savings and color in the square.
This cleaning tracker is a fun little spread. I can’t take full credit though. Check out @fourdotspaper on Instagram for the original :)
Can we talk for a minute about how much my cursive is improving? If you look back at those first entries, you can tell that I had not written in cursive for a very long time! I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m happy with my progress so far.
Oh, the infamous Whole30 Action Plan. This simple spread got re-grammed by THE @Whole30 Instagram account earlier today and literally exploded my feed. My Instagram following grew by 800 and counting at the time I sit here writing this. Can we say “achieving goals”?
Those planner inspirations were a prompt from the #planwithmechallenge on Instagram. If you’re loving this post, then you should definitely go check out the accounts listed above. There are some AWESOME ladies out there doing amazing things with their planners!
And this brings us to the end… Phew! What a ride, am I right? The quote above is one of my favorites and I think that it ties in perfectly with the idea of the bullet journal.
Seek progress, not perfection.
I’ve heard of so many people afraid to start writing in their bullet journal because they don’t want to “ruin it” or they just don’t know where to start. This makes me so sad!
If there is one thing that I want you to take from this post, it’s that you’ll never grow if you don’t start. Which reminds me of one more quote:
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Thank you SO much for taking the time to read through this post! I’d love to hear back from you. Are you a Bullet Journal Junkie? If so, why don’t you join us in the Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group?
If you loved this post, I’d seriously appreciate you pinning any of the images to your favorite Pinterest boards. I’m all about spreading the Bullet Journal love! :)
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