This post has been a long time in the making. My bullet journal posts are hands-down my most popular. They bring in consistent traffic from Pinterest, and they generally get a good reaction. But the more time goes on, the more in-authentic I feel they are (is that a word?).
My most viewed post of all time on this blog is 5 must-have pages for your bullet journal which I wrote on the 13th of April 2016; around five days after first picking up my bujo. The girl who started that journal barely knew what she was going to use it for, and I wouldn’t write a ‘must-have’ pages post now for that exact reason. Everyone is different and everyone’s must-haves will be different. That said, I wanted to create a post which talks about how I actually use my journal. So if you want a peek into my life, this is it.
Let’s start with the more recent additions, shall we? I mainly use my bullet journal to plan. So when I decided to start offering blog advertising it was a no-brainer that I would map out my thoughts in my little blue book. On the left were my initial thoughts, then on the right I set up a page specifically for this month’s advertising information. It’s simple, but it’s very ‘me’.
Also new is the editorial calendar up top. I decided that my monthly planning wasn’t enough when it came to my blog, and so I set up a calendar which spanned three. I feel like this is much more organised and allows me to be really flexible, so I’ll definitely be drawing this out again when I near the end. I just wrote down all the posts on the spread in the right-hand column too to keep track of them more easily.
Next up is another recent addition – my Level 10 Life spread. I’ll be honest I’ve seen this around and never thought it was for me, but recently I’ve been feeling just a bit ‘meh’ about everything. I was off work a couple weeks back with an awful cold, and decided as I’d got the time I’d have some fun with the layout and see how it went. I’m making an effort to read through this a couple of times a week and really work on certain things in order to ‘level up’.
Now for the ‘bread and butter’ stuff. My daily logs usually look like this. I rarely log a full week – hey, at the moment I rarely log consecutive days. My logs tend to be for weekends when I have time to complete things, but I do occasionally fill a whole week. This spread is back from when I went to the #BWBLaunch hence there’s a bit more going on than usual, plus I got creative with some lists. Using washi tape allows me to keep this simple though, I don’t have to worry about drawing out layouts and not using them – I just stick some tape in and go.
I took the photos for this post a few weeks back so my August spread is pretty empty, but I always draw out a monthly layout. This month I’m back to the grid layout again after being inspired by my editorial calendar. Again, because I took the photos for this a while back I haven’t actually written out what I usually track, but it’s pretty similar to what goes into my blog and social stats posts. I also track some Twitter stuff like how many times I’ve tweeted and been retweeted.
Speaking of tracking, here’s a spread I nicked from Gwennan. I am aaaaaall about that goal tracking! Since photographing this I’ve actually hit 200,000 all-time pageviews, which I’m so excited about. I’m also realising I probably should have gone for increments of 100 on my Twitter tracker because I can see that being the fastest grower by far.
These last two are just examples of random shit I sometimes include. Another mention for Gwennan comes in the form of the #ourtwentysomethingsummer spread which I am definitely slacking with! I wanted to have a physical copy of this and couldn’t be bothered to faff around printing it, so just decided to write it myself. It definitely should have fallen on one page, but I’m leaving some space to stick my favourite photos of the challenge. I also traced some of Gwennan’s summer printables in the corner because they are TOO CUTE.
The Instagram spread is just a list of hashtags I like to switch between and they come in different (poorly organised) categories. I have a similar spread for hashtags and accounts to use for tweet scheduling too, and they are useful for referring back to when I’m completing these tasks.
So, that’s how I actually use my bullet journal. It’s not all ‘must-have’ pages and Pinterest worthy spreads, but it’s mine and it does the job. What’s your favourite page in your own bullet journal? Are you guilty of following the trends rather than your needs?