Readers! Several of you have asked to see more from my bullet journal and I have been eager to share it. In this post I will be explaining what is or isn’t working for me in my bullet journal and what changes I have made in February.
First off, I have calmed down a lot since I began making my bullet journal. When I first started I was always so afraid of making any mistakes or pages I did not like. I would spend at least as much time planning out each page as actually making it. Now, I am getting into more of a rhythm of creating pages since I have found a style that works for me. If you are following my bullet journal board on Pinterest, you will see that I am no longer waisting time pinning each and every idea I like, but I have narrowed down my pins to a style that works for me.
To create my February spreads, I began by reflecting on my January spreads and looking at what I used or did not use. I also looked at my favorite layouts, color combinations, and templates. For example, I realized a vertical weekly spread typically works out better for me than a horizontal one.
I also had an easier time with my February spreads because I used the same templates from my favorite January spread and recreated them with a different theme, colors, stickers, and washi tape.
One of the most helpful techniques I have found when creating my spreads is mapping everything out in pencil first. That way I can make sure everything fits and it to my liking before I pen it in. It also helps me be less afraid of making mistakes because the pencil is erasable and I usually catch what I don’t like while it is still in pencil.
Another thing I realized this month was that now that I feel comfortable making my weekly spreads I can start adding things and having a bit more fun. I started including thought boxes where I can record any big ideas or revelations I have had during the week. I also use my colored pens to write important events or moments on the day that it happened. Each color signifies a different thing for me.
Essentially I have realized that I want to also use my bullet journal as something exciting to go back and look at and see what I accomplished over the year. Maybe I will reserve the last few pages of my bullet journal to put all these memories together at the end of the year to reflect on them.
As far as my special pages, anything besides my weekly spreads, I have not used them as much as I anticipated. This is partly because I am still trying to get over the perfectionism issue. Maybe March will bring that.
As always, I would love to see what you are working on! Comment your pictures, suggestions, ideas, and thought below! If you are still not sure what this whole bullet journal this is about be sure to read my previous post Why I started a Bullet Journal as well as view what materials I used.