Hi! I’m back to share with you my bullet journal spreads for July. I’d intended on being here sooner however I’ve been less than organised of late – the irony of returning with a post about planning not being lost on me!
If you’ve never heard of bullet journaling then, firstly, welcome back from under your rock and, secondly, I’d recommend you take a look at Ryder Carrol’s website as he is the genius who came up with the system. Then mosey on over to Amanda Rach Lee on YouTube and see what it has since evolved into.
I sort of have a love/hate relationship with my BuJo (that’s what the cool kids call it) in the sense that it’s easy to put so much pressure on yourself to have insta-perfect spreads that are picturesque but not much else. However the essence of a journal/planner is to organise your life, your thoughts, your to-do’s and your to-don’ts … so if you are embarking on a journaling journey then please keep this in mind. I like to think I’ve found my groove and what works for me – after many months of experimenting with functional versus arty, I’ve found the hybrid that gives me an outlet for creativity (I mean, I try) and also a place to track everything I want to keep an eye on.
So lets delve into my spreads for July and hopefully they’ll provide some inspiration for your own journal or at least give you a nose into mine!
I decided to go for a simple green and pink theme for July and sketched out some leaves and flowers (if you can call them that) to adorn the title and quote page. I am very much still in the hand lettering/calligraphy learning phase – but I don’t think I’m doing too badly, even if I say so myself. My quote for this month is all about mindset as I am struggling with extreme over thinking and anxiety at the moment – so a few reminders to think more positively are peppered around my spreads for the next few weeks.
Truth be told, I don’t get a huge amount of use from my monthly spreads but I do like to have an at-a-glance space for detailing my intentions for the month. Being on maternity leave at the moment I don’t have a great deal of to-do’s or appointments, so my space for this month is just enough for jotting down the few things I have coming up – most of them social (thank goodness for restrictions starting to ease!) and what I’m planning to write for the blog.
My journal is most definitely more about mindfulness and self care for me – although this does vary month to month depending on how much actual life stuff I have to organise. I’m a very visual person, so seeing my mood, sleep, activity etc all on one place in a graph format is a nice glance into what is working for me and what isn’t. Combined with a brief line-a-day journal I can cross reference and see what happened that day and how it effected my mood and sleep pattern. It’s an interesting little insight if you’re a bit of a data nerd…no shame!
Just to completely contradict what I said above – I also like to use my journal to track productivity and how much I actually hit my goals. Although I don’t aim to be super-duper productive at the moment as enjoying time with Mr Harry is far more important while I’m on maternity leave – I do like to achieve certain things in my day and I always feel better than when I’ve flopped about in pyjamas (although the odd duvet day is absolutely essential). I tend to track personal habits that are centred around my mindset – i.e. things that I know contribute to helping me feel my best. My productivity aims this month are to see as little time taken up with mindless Netflix binging as I am in the habit of wasting away time with the TV blaring away while I scroll zombie-like through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and repeat. Everything else on my productivity tracker this month are all things I consider to be a good use of my time and tracking (roughly) how I’ve used my wee hours is a nice reminder to do things that ultimately are of benefit.
My first weekly spread for the month allows for a few appointments/social scheduling’s to be jotted down on the appropriate day and also space to plan meals and write out my to-do’s for the week. Since lockdown we have absolutely found the love for the weekly shop (we were terrible in the past for buying bits and bobs ad-hoc and eating far too many takeaways) and planning a rough idea of what we’ll eat throughout the week is working well for us as a family. Also as a Mum of two now and wife to a busy husband it helps to have as much pre-planned as possible. (It also helps my chaotic mind to feel like I actually might be on top of something!)
Side-note: I made a glaring error on this spread – comment below if you spot it!
My weekly spreads for the rest of the month are likely to evolve throughout the weeks – follow me over on Instagram if you’d like to stay up to date.
Are you a bullet journaller? I’d love to hear from you and see what you do with yours. Comment below or tag me in your spreads on Instagram / Pinterest with the hashtag #sophiesjournaluk as I am always looking for new inspiration!
Thanks for visiting, speak soon.