Welcome back to the Bullet Journal series!
It's going to be a new month soon, and I'm trying to figure out how I want this month's spreads to look. Now, I don't always do very creative designs with my bullet journals. Usually, it's a freehand pen drawing that I maybe go back to some other time in the month. But, this is the last month I'm going to be able to put into my current journal so I wanted to make it fancy. I had seen a couple other picture of people online using citrus as a spread theme and felt very inspired considering how hot it has been and how much lemonade I want to be drinking. As you can tell - I am no artist. But doodling like this makes me happy, and coloring can be a great form of self-care. It happens to be one of my favorites, so we get lumpy, bumpy, very colorful citrus slices.
My lovely citrus is my title page for the month, which is something I started incorporating this year. I like having the hard delineation between months a bit more than nebulously changing from month to month the way I did last year. It feels more like a fresh start each month, and I like that a lot. In addition to my title page, I include these following spreads every month:
+ Goals/To-Dos/Monthly Affirmations
+ Habit Tracker
+ Content Creation Calendar + Schedule
+ Brain Dump
You can see my spreads below!
And if you want a closer look, here are my calendar, goals and affirmations page, manifestations page, and habit trackers.
These spreads follow directly after the title page. Last year, I wrote out all of my weekly spreads and then did other bits afterward, which ended up feeling restrictive. Now, by putting the weekly spreads at the end of my litany of spreads for each month, I don't have to use pages for weeks that I end up not needing a weekly spread.
These spreads have all been thoroughly vetted (by me, obviously). I base the spreads I continue using on the spreads that I actually turn back to and use frequently. I had a bad habit of writing out these fancy trackers or organizational tools and then never using them, which is ~highly~ not the point of a bullet journal. Why spend the time making it if it isn't serving you? The whole point of a bullet journal (at least in my opinion) is making a planner that serves you better than any planner you can buy off a shelf. That's why my journal is part-planner, part-journal, part-content organization system.
In the next part of the series, I'll go over my weekly spread and what that looks like, plus how I structure my to-do list!