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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!