How I’m using a bullet journal for motivation

I haven’t posted anything in a week and I feel like ideas are popping into my mind all over the place but I just haven’t had the time or inspiration to get them down. I tend to need a reset if things have been going wrong or become stressful so that’s what I’ve done after last week. I’ve restarted my routine and all of my good habits in order to stay positive!

One good thing that’s happened in the past week is that my bullet journal arrived so i thought I’d do a little post to give an insight into how I’ve started to set mine out, and also just to get the ball rolling on a positive week of blogging.

I’ve said before that I’m a bit of a stationary obsessive – so something so plain and empty initially seemed daunting. Realising that I can add in exactly the things I need has given me so much motivation knowing I can jot down everything in my own way.

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So my journal starts off like many other with a key, which is just simple markings to keep up with each bullet. I then have an index that is already printed in the journal, so thats pretty handy.

I’ve then used a single right hand page after the index as a year view calendar which I find I’m always looking at either on my phone, my laptop or in a diary so it seemed essential.

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Next I’ve gone straight into March as there was obviously no point writing in months that had already passed, and I’ve stuck to quite a simple theme carrying the green colours throughout the month. I like the idea of having a goals section at the beginning of the month as well as a page for reflection at the end so hopefully these will work well for me.

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I’ve seen most people include a habit tracker in their bullet journals and it’s something I felt would really motivate me to do certain tasks each day. Alongside this I’ve popped in a page dedicated to blog ideas both for the current month and for any ideas I have for future posts. I’ve created a column in the current month where I can mark after each stage: Plan, write, pictures, schedule, post. I’m hoping this will work really well with my new blog plan as I’d like to start writing my posts further in advance.

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I havent strayed away completely from a usual diary or planner format. As someone who’s rather particular, I wasn’t keen on seeing how much room each day would take up and working with that accordingly so I set out clear sections meaning each week would only take up one page.

I’ve also added in a page for my monthly budget, one for notes and a monthly roundup page where I can reflect on what went well, and hopefully as my blog grows I will potentially add stats etc.

I’m really enjoying creating such a personally organised bit of kit and I can see that as time goes on I’ll stumble across even more creative ideas so that I can grow my journal!

do you have any bullet journal suggestions that I could add in? I’d love to know!

Lib x

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