As many of you know, I’ve been an avid fan of bullet journaling for close to… a year now? I’ve gone through almost my second whole journal, and I’ve discovered a few things about what does and what does not work for me, so I thought I would share one key thing that I take into consideration when making my bullet journal layouts recently.
After months of routine scrolling through bullet journal and study inspiration accounts on Instagram, as well as constantly checking Pinterest for new popular pins of layouts, I’ve finally found a few that I consistently use. And what I found, is that I tend to favor and actually use the simpler layouts.
Don’t get me wrong. I love looking at the posts and blogs of bullet journalers who decorate every page with lots of illustrations, washi tape, and boxes upon boxes to fill in of weekly tasks and tracking. I still get inspired by those kinds of layouts, and every once in a while I try to make a monthly spread or goals sheet with a little embellishment. But for the most part, these few simple layouts have been consistently keeping me on track.
For the past month, I have been using this weekly setup above for the month of March, thanks to a layout I saw from an instagrammer by the username of @bluelahe, I tried this simple single page weekly layout. If you’ve seen any of my other weekly spreads, most of them take up two pages. I thought this would be ideal since I’d have more space to write in all my tasks, but I realized it took too long to make the two-page spread with all the washi tape, and measuring out spaces between days, that I hardly ended up writing in anything at all.
So I switched to this single page layout. I draw out the month in nice lettering, and write the number of the week next to it, and divide out the page into 8 sections: 7 for the days of the week and the remainder goes to a end-of-the-week notes and review section, where I write anything that comes to mind on Sunday about what I’ve accomplished or any key emotion I need to focus on for improvement. I add a little decoration by putting some color underneath the month by blending my Tombow markers into a simple watercolor effect or a piece of washi tape.
I found I actually don’t need all the space of a two-page spread, and I’m actually much better about both filling in my schedule and checking things off as I complete them.
Another spread I’ve used consistently for many months now is my monthly spread. I even have all the spacing memorized, because I’ve been drawing my monthly layout like this since December! The month goes along the side written vertically, and I decorate a space along the top with small illustrations or a piece of washi tape. It’s simple, clean, and organized, and I’ve been doing great keeping up with my tasks with this layout. Any space before or after the days of the month that fill out the rest of the page is used for notes, where I write in goals or month-long things to remember, motivation, and things like that.
What kinds of bujo spreads do you like?
Do you prefer embellishing them or super simple and minimalistic ones like these?
-Gabrielle @ MonoCa