6-Month Bullet Journal Flip Through & Journaling Tips for Beginners
In this video, I am flipping through my 6-month bullet journal. The set up of which I have taken you through in another video, how to bullet journal for beginners.
I have been really nervous about sharing this bullet journal flip through as it will be far from the perfect flip throughs that you probably tend to see from other journal users. On the other hand, I did get a lot of you asking me to share the ups and downs, and what happens when you get demotivated as well as how to get back to it when you do.
So, prepare this bullet journal flip through to be a bit different. At the end of the journaling flip through, I am also going to share my key takeaways from my very first six months of journaling and top things to keep in mind when you start your journey of journaling.
So, I started journaling back in August. I did mention in the video where I shared my setup that I set goals and systems, and work on my habits throughout the year and do not start on the standard milestones periods, like the new year as I find that it does not work for me. I suppose too much pressure. So, instead of setting goals for the sake of setting goals, I would set goals based on what I feel inspired in the year or may not even set anything because I have already too much on my plate.
When it came to choosing the journal, I chose one of ZenART’s Dotted Journals as I found that it ticked so many things for me in a journal. I have also gifted one of these to a friend and she enjoys it as well.
6-Month Bullet Journal Flip Through
So as you can see I took ownership of this bullet journal ahaha. I started using the section of the index but then I did not need to go back or search for what I needed so I actually stopped filling this around December.
This was my first key section which went bad due to my pen so I created another one on the next page. The key section came in handy when I was creating my spreads, as I could easily calculate how to split my pages and where to find the middle of each page.
I wanted to have a lot of creative spaces but I actually was barely drawing so this was the first and last time pretty much that I used two whole pages to draw anything. My calendar came in handy, especially in the beginning of my journaling and so did the events as I would refer to them when I needed to make some notes or plans within my monthly spreads.
My bucket list as you can see is barely filled in and not completed. I have 6 things that I wanted to accomplish. I have accomplished 33% of them. I got my Master’s degree (yeah) and I did visit the Island of Thassos, however, I did not manage to get to the rest of the things. I am keeping them and evaluating them though and see what realistically I can keep.
My next section is my vision board, I covered a few things as I am not 100% comfortable sharing this as it is super personal. I actually got a house that I wanted and I am in the process of setting it up the way that both my fiance and I want to. I found a partner that I want to spend the rest of my life with so yeah some things I have manifested. I do want to reach 2 million subscribers. Will you help me out? If you haven’t subscribed, please do :) and share with anyone you think will enjoy my channel. At the end of my vision board I always write ...or something better than these or those...so I do not limit what I receive because I am not sure what God or Universe has in store for me.
This is my first monthly cover. I did not find it practical so I changed it for the next months. My weekly spreads and habit spreads are actually two areas that change from one month to another. My favourite section that stayed the same throughout the months of journaling is the section where I write my thoughts at the end of each month. I find it extremely therapeutic.
This is my favourite monthly cover set up! Super practical. At the beginning of each month I mark the important days, like birthdays, anniversaries and highlight lightly when I am expecting my period, so I am prepared for it. In my previous monthly spread I could not fit the actual words, so I would have to write next to the calendar the important days, so that is not practical.
In September, my weekly spread had more space for notes. I love writing and keeping notes and I missed that in the previous set up. So, I ensured I have that in this month’s spread. I also experimented with a new mood tracker.
I felt that September’s set up felt closer to my needs at the time so I kept it similar in October as well. I was not happy with my monthly habit tracker. I wasn’t inspired and I was unsure as to what I actually want to track. My monthly thought section on the other hand helped me a lot from so many perspectives. I wrote my worries, my achievements, my happy moments, my fears and it felt nice.
In November, I gave a go having my weekly spread and habit tracker on the same page and at the end of these sections having blank pages dedicated to my notes and then my thought tracker. It worked actually. November felt quite consistent. Also, November was a move month for us which comes with different type of stress and I was less strict with myself in general.
December month was such a needed month. I decided to skip tracking my habits altogether and so just kept a simple weekly spread and my note sections at the end of the weekly spreads. I also took a week off work to relax a bit. We have been renovating the house since we moved in non-stop so taking a week off and having no other house related work made such a difference to us.
At the end of December, at work we decided to stop keeping notes and recording tasks on paper and we moved everything online. So my weekly spreads became much smaller and some days I did not fill in anything which made me think about what I actually want to use my next bullet journal for. I did not feel like tracking habits at this point and most pages of the month became note-taking. I kept my monthly thought section as this and my monthly cover are my favourites.
This may have resonated with some of you as sometimes being consistent is not the easiest thing and also we change, our life evolves and a bullet journal should evolve with us!
Bullet Journal Top Tips for Beginners
So here are my top tips when journaling using a bullet journal.
Leave It Flexible
And that is one of my main key takeaways. When I first created my monthly view, I wanted to fill up the whole bullet journal as I thought this is how it will be for the rest of the six months but my bullet journal evolved and the monthly spreads changed as my needs started to change.
So, my number one tip is to not rush into filling your bullet journal in advance and take it a month at a time.
It is so tempting to find the most beautiful and potentially complicated to design bullet journal and re-create it. And I have no doubt that you will be able to do it and do it. However, if your time is limited, it may take so much time to set it up that you may end up giving it up in the process. So, instead of focusing on finding the most beautiful design, focus on creating simple spreads that you can realistically re-create easily.
Keep What Works
Do your research, decide on your spreads, be open enough that some elements may change but at the same time keep what has worked. My weekly spreads and habit trackers changed from month to month but what stayed throughout the bullet journal is my monthly covers and my end of the month thought spread and I love my vision board set up. So, I know that these will potentially work in the following months as well and I am excited to re-create them in my next bullet journal.
Create a Draft in Pencil
Throughout the set up of my bullet journal I first created a draft using a pencil and a ruler and that helped avoid too many corrections. However, at some point I started creating the spread immediately with a pen and later I needed to change them or I wanted to change them but did not to avoid making a mess.
Do Not Compare
I have seen so many beautiful spreads and bullet journal set ups that I wanted to create something extra as well, but understanding my needs and creating something tailored to me actually helped me be more consistent. So, get inspired but personalise.
Set-Up Your Environment to Support your Habit
Bullet journaling is a habit so you need to support it accordingly. The easiest way to support any habit is to design your environment to support that habit. That means if you want to journal in the morning while drinking your coffee, keep your bullet journal next to your coffee station so as soon as you make coffee you also grab your journal and start filling it in. If you want to fill it in the evening, then keep it on your bedside table, if you use it as a notepad then keep it on your office table.
That’s it for now on this but I will see you around.