Bullet Journal – 2017 Check In

Since we are about half way through the year, I thought I’d toss up some photos of what I’ve been doing with my Bullet Journal this year. I’ve been trying some new things and settling in on layouts I love and for the most part have been doing a pretty good job of keeping on top of it all.  I have had a few days a couple different times where I didn’t even touch it for days in a row. But, in the spirit of the Bullet Journal idea, I let that shit go and moved on.

Monthly Layout:  

This has been my montly layout all year so far and I really like it. Interesting but not super difficult to throw together. Some months I’ve added a doodle, most months I’ve colored in the boxes. I use these pages probably the least of all of them, but I like tossing them in just for continuity sake. Plus they are kind of fun to do. It also allows me to take a minute to wrap my head around what major things are coming up in the next month. I try to use this for birthdays and holidays and other similar important dates. I also put any major events or trips on my month view. Some months are busier than others. April, for example, probably had the most “stuff” on it of all of the months so far.

Daily Layout:

These are my workhorse pages. I have settled on a layout I really like and have tweaked it a bit as the year has progressed. Again, most days are pretty spartan as far as decoration go. I color them all in but don’t doodle nearly as much as I first did. Some days I will doodle. Some days I will put in a quote I really like. Some days I don’t do anything. Every day I track my water, so that box is on all of the pages. I did mood tracking (see below) a few months and that box is there during those time periods. I like to jot down my “daily trackers” on each daily page becuase I don’t always remember to go and fill in the little boxes on my tracker page (see below) every single day. I’ll take a day and go back and catch up and this box is very necessary, as my old ass brain can’t remember what it did last week any more.  I have played around with tracking food intake, sleep times, spending, exercise types, etc.  I kind of leave a large portion of the bottom of my daily page blank so I can put whatever I feel like in there.

Monthly Tracker Page:

Every month I choose a variety of things to track, in an effort to hold myself accountable for … something.  Whether it be water intake, exercise, meeting my step goal, not spending as much money, having some good “me time,” the list goes on and on. For the most part, every month this year has had the same things on it. I haven’t really taken a moment to go back to compare to see if I’m improving on anything, really. But I’m sure at some point it will be nice to do that. Going back to my main focus with this journal – don’t stress over it – I just try to keep track and then let it go. Don’t sweat the small stuff and try better tomorrow.

Mood Tracker:

This was my most involved mood tracker and took a long time to set up, so I won’t be doing this every month. But it was fun. I came up with a list of moods to track, assigned each mood a color, and kept track for the month, then filled in another circle with that day’s mood color to complete the coloring of the mandala. I followed the basic idea of Kara at Boho Berry and it turned out pretty good for my first try. She has a great video HERE to show how she set hers up. She is a great source of inspiration, so check her out! She has another “Circular Mood Tracker” that I may tackle next.

I’ll write a seperate post about my mood trackers and what I actually track, as well as my new tracker I’m trying for June. There are a TON of ideas out there on how to do this and June is only the third month I’ve attempted it. Again, I have not really gone back to compare or “analyze” my moods, but at some point I will do that.

Reading / Book Tracker:

Early in the year I set up my little “bookshelf” to keep track of the books I read this year. Looking at this now I am not reading as much as I’d like to. I better get on that. I either am not reading very much, or I grossly overanticipated how much reading I’d be doing this year.  Lol.

 My Journal:

To start 2017 I splurged on the Leuchtturm1917 notebook and I LOVE it. Totally worth it. In fact I’ve nearly filled this one and will be ordering a new one to finish out the year. I also “decorated” my journal this time, with some stickers I grabbed at Michaels. Honestly, it’s a little too uneven and unorganized for my little OCD brain to take, but the theme of the stickers was this whole Bohemian thing, so I kind of went for it and am forcing myself to accept that it’s a little messy and that is 100% okay.  The whole reason I started Bullet Journaling is to try to encourage myself to accept more messyness into my life. Things are not always perfect and that is okay. I’m the girl that came home from college and re-wrote my notes so they were “neat” and if I messed up (in my mind) on the page, I’d rip it out and start over. It was problem and I’m working to better accept imperfections in my life. I have a few pages that are total failures. I have a page or two that I simply crossed out and tried again on the next page. And I left that sucker in there. I didn’t tear it out and remove it from my sight. It’s there, in all it’s imperfection, as a reminder that shit happens and life goes on. Yes, I messed up that page, but look over here at all the boxes I colored in on my tracker that one day. It was a good day. I feel like it is helping me, a little. Baby steps right!

Do any of you use a Bullet Journal? Do you have a favorite layout or page or journal you use? Favorite pens or pencils or markers? I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration!! Share in the comments!!

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