My Journaling Routine

When and how you journal is a very personal thing. It has to fit in with your life, your time limitations and what you want to get out of your journal.

After I have set up a new journal (as described in this blog post) my journaling falls into 3 main sections: Monthly, Weekly, Daily and Miscellaneous.

Monthly

On the Weekend before a new month starts I sit down and lay out my monthly spread. I will often theme this around holidays or events that fall in the month ahead.

My monthly spread normally contains:

  • Monthly Calendar (traditional or circular layout)
  • Goals for the month
  • Habit Tracker for the month
  • Social Media Icons (to track followers on various social networks at the beginning of each month)

At this point I will refer to my future log and pull across any important dates/events into my monthly calendar. Some examples of previous monthly spreads can be found here.

I will also add in a master to-do list for the month, this allows me to migrate everything not achieved in the previous month and download anything flying around in my head!

Some examples of master to-do lists can be found here.

Once the month is set up I can then move on to the week ahead.

Weekly

Generally I lay out my weekly spread on the Sunday prior to the week. I really like that this gives me time to sit down and think about the week ahead and what I need to do to make it a great week!

My weekly spread normally contains:

  • An area for each day Monday to Sunday
  • An area to plan meals for the week
  • Social media icons (as above)
  • Weekly habit tracker
  • Weekly to-do list
  • Order tracker for my online shop

Once the week is set up I can then add in detail of events/to-do’s for each day, populate the Social Media data and migrate any to-dos from the Monthly master list into the Weekly to-do list.

My weekly spread generally takes up 2 pages in my journal. Some examples of weekly spread can be found here.

Daily

While I don’t regularly use a daily spread, I do on the occasions that I am working from home as I find having a brainstorm session at the start of the day helps to make my time as productive as possible.

When I don’t have a specific daily spread, I do try to check in with my journal each evening to mark off items I have achieved during the day, add in any thoughts/feelings and review what I have planned for the following day.

Miscellaneous 

In addition to all of the above I will also add in miscellaneous pages when the mood/need arises. These can be anything from a purely decorative page (which I find particularly de stressing to create), to project pages or collections such as film/book/goal challenges.

Sometimes it doesn’t happen…

All of the above is in an ideal week… I find if I have the time (and take the time) to work on my journal, I feel more relaxed, organised and efficient. Sometimes, however, life just gets in the way and other times I really don’t feel like picking up a pen. I think the key to the bullet journal system is that it allows for these times. When the mood takes you, just pick up a pen and start again. Your journal is FOR YOU, no one else is judging it. So do what works and more importantly what you enjoy!

Happy journaling

Jo xx

I live in Essex in the UK with my gaggle of furry friends including Daisy the dog. I have had lifetime passion/obsession for beautiful stationery and to do lists which has lead me to the wonderful world of Bullet journals. When I first starting bullet journaling it struck me the lack of UK based resources for journal accessories which lead me to create my own. I know have my very own webshop selling my hand made journal stencils and ship all over the world and am just as enthusiastic as I ever was about stationery and organisation!!

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