Hi! Today we are going to be doing something very different from my usual posts. For three months now I have been a bullet journalist and I have seen people doing posts like this before so I thought I would give it a go. Today, I thought I would share with you how I plan my Monthly and Weekly in my Bullet Journal, as it is nearly March soon.
Using Youtube and Pinterest I combined various ideas to find a way of planning which fitted my role as a student but also fitted my life outside of university.
The biggest influence on my planning style has to be Caitlin’s Corner on Youtube, so some of the credit goes to her.
When I begin planning my Monthly and Weekly I make sure to spare:
1 Page as a Title Page.
2 Pages for my Monthly and Tracker.
2 Pages for the Weekly
And finally one page for memories.
You will need a set of black pens, felt tips, washi tape and a ruler. Links to the specifics that I used are in the text below.
I start by taking the first blank page and making it into a Title Page.
I start by choosing a picture on the internet that represents that month and then I print it out. I always print the picture through my phone as it comes out the perfect size, but If you can’t do that you can always print it in A5 and trim the edges.
I then tape the image onto the blank page with a decorative Washi Tape before taking my Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen in Bold and writing the month on the printed background. (Using Washi Tape to line the edges of the image you stuck down also helps to cover any wonky cutting, which is an added bonus!)
I then choose another themed Washi Tape and use it to line the edge of the page, folding it over the edges to make a border that can be seen when the journal is closed. This makes the month easier to find later on. Personally, I like this Flower Printed Washi Tape to line the edges and this Coloured Washi Tape to stick the image down. However, there are lots of other options that you can find in craft stores or on Amazon.
I then move onto creating my Monthly.
I take two pages for my Monthly, the first is the page with the Washi Tape folded over the edge, from the title page earlier. I turn this page on its side and use it as the calendar, with the Washi Taped edge at the top of the paper.
I take a look at the calendar format for the month and copy it down into the journal.I place this calendar at the top left of my page and I make sure to leave enough space for each day so I can write one or two main events.
Underneath I write the month in a coloured STABILO Felt-Tip.
To the right of the Calender I draw a virticle line down the page and title this space Tasks. This is where I write all of the important tasks I have to remember to do in the month such as an Essay that needs completing or a book that I really want to finish reading.
On the second page reserved for my Monthly I create my Tracker.
For this, I take my Pitt-Artist pen and create a graph with the title of the thing I want to track in the first box (leaving extra space here for longer words). I then use one square per day and list all of the numbers at the top.
You then fill each box with a coloured pen if you complete the thing you are tracking on that day.
Personally, as an example, I like to track how often I drive, How often I read a book or watch a movie and how often I have a take-out meal etc. But you can track whatever you want here.
I actually find the tracking the best part about Bullet journaling as I have always been a lover of lists and charts. It has become a ritual for me to spend twenty minutes or so each night before I got to sleep planning for the next day and filling out all of my lists and trackers. You can find some of my other lists and tracker pages on my Instagram account: @Olympus95 but I will be making a post about trackers and lists here soon.
Below I have posted a computerised version of my monthly and tracker that you can print out and stick in your own journal, or use as an example of how to creating your own.
The next two pages in your journal are going to be your Weekly. I lay mine out with plenty of space to track my tasks each day and my week’s readings for my course. But, you can adapt it to suit your needs of course.
On the left page, I start by leaving a small gap at the top for the Week and Month Title (For example; WK 1-7 MAR) then I divide the rest of the page into a graph. The first box of the graph can be slightly smaller than the rest as this is just for your labels. However I then divide the rest of the page into seven vertical boxes, all of equal size as I do as much work at the weekend as the rest of the week, but if you don’t you could always create Saturday and Sunday smaller to give you more room to plan the working days.
The first box of the graph can be slightly smaller than the rest as this is just for your labels (DATE, TASKS, SLEEP, EVENTS). However, I then divide the rest of the page into seven vertical boxes, all of equal size. I personally do as much at the weekend as the rest of the week, but you could always create Saturday and Sunday smaller to give you more room to plan the working days.
I then split the page horizontally with four lines. The first row of boxes will be small as they only need a number (the date) and a letter (the day) in them. I split the rest of the page in half. The left will be your tasks, and the right will be events. (
I split the rest of the page in half. The left will be your tasks, and the right will be events. (If you want to know more about how to start a bullet journal and the basic rules of planning I will be making a post about that soon too). I always take on
I always make a column one square wide in the middle of Tasks and Events to create a sleep tracker (see image below) which I colour depending on how much sleep I have had.
Finally, on this side of the page I will draw 6 cirlces in the left corner of the event box (see image below). This I use to track my daily water intake (you can add more or less circles depending on your needs). I colour them in each time I have a drink. Personally, I need more space for tasks than events, that is why I have the H2O tracker where it is, but you could always move it.
I know my layout for my weekly is pretty bland and basic, but I do this to keep things more simple when I have less time in the academic months. I tend to brighten it all up with pens as I go along, using bright colours to tick off the days and fill in the sleep and water trackers.
The next side of the page I will use to plan the rest of the things I include in my Weekly that do not fit in the calendar side of the planner.
I start by squaring off about a quarter of the page with a horizontal line. I will use this space to keep track of my readings for my course (which I definatly have a lot of). I then divide the rest of the page in half.
I then divide the rest of the page in half.
On the left of the page I divide the page into seven squares with two columns, leaving a small gap at the bottom. I use this to track gratitude. I have always had a problem trying to think positivly when I am too stressed with my workload so by writing something I am grateful for each day gives me a chance to try and look at the positives in my life. My only advice is to keep your space limited, the gratitude tracker has to be something that you can jot down quickly, you don’t want to spend all day filling out your bullet journal. I personally leave four dots for each day and that seems to be the perfect size for me. I can include detail, but I can’t overwrite.
The space I told you to leave at the bottom is just for jotting down a note about any Essays or Exams you may have to hand in or start preparing for that week.
The right hand side of the page I divide into three same sized boxes. The top box I use to write down any TV shows that are returning that week, Movies that I plan to watch, record or buy on DVD and any cinema releases that I don’t want to miss. I am a little bit of a screen addict so this box is great to keep me organised each week, but if you are not a great TV Watcher, feel free to replace it with whatever hobby you are interested in keeping up with. The middle box I use for notes, anything that I need to remeber or can’t fit anywhere else. Finally the last box at the bottom I use to note anything I need to remember to do next week. I then transfer everything in this box to the next weekly each Sunday.
The top box I use to write down any TV shows that are returning that week, Movies that I plan to watch, record or buy on DVD and any cinema releases that I don’t want to miss. I am a little bit of a screen addict so this box is great to keep me organised each week, but if you are not a great screen watcher, feel free to replace it with whatever hobby you are interested in keeping up with. The middle box I use for notes, anything that I need to
The middle box I use for notes, anything that I need to remember or can’t fit anywhere else.
Finally the last box at the bottom I use to note anything I need to remember to do next week. I then transfer everything in this box into the next Weekly. I take time out to do this every Sunday.
When I do my Weekly I like to make sure I start on a Monday if I can. So, if we use March as an example; I will only do 5 days in my first Weekly (Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th) so the next four weeks can all begin on a Monday. This makes things simpler for when it comes to keeping track of my university work and deadlines.
Finally, I take the last page after all the Weeklys are planned for the month and title this as Memories. I tend to do a small doodle and write a short scentence for everything I do not want to forget that has occured in the month. I usualy date each entry so I remember which days they occured on too. This page is fun to look back on over time, to reminisce about those unforgettable days.
I hope you have all found this post interesting. It is my first time blogging about Bullet Journaling. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.
In the future I am planning to make three more blog posts about Bulleting:
- I am going to make a ‘Bullet for Beginners’ post with instructions on how to start a journal and get in a habit of using it to plan your life.
- I am going to make a post describing all of the trackers and list pages I have in my bullet journal so hopefully, you will be able to use them to inspire your own.
- And Finally I will be doing an out-of-school plan with me. I will be finishing University in May for the summer so I will need a new layout for my Journal. One that isn’t designed primarily for keeping track of readings, essays and assignments. Once I have worked out what this layout will look like, I will post another ‘plan with me’ like this one, because all students get a summer holiday at some point.
Let me know in the comments below if there is anything else you would like to learn and I will see what I can do about creating a post for that too.
Here is a link to the original bullet journalist Ryder Carroll, who I owe all of this to; http://bulletjournal.com/