As we’re three months deep into 2018 now, I thought it would be fun to do a quick bullet journal flip-through. I last wrote about my 2018 bullet journal back in January, so I wanted to show you how it’s progressed over the past couple of months. I think I’ve actually developed my journal quite a lot and there are a few new spreads that I’ve not tried before, so I’m excited for you to see them!
The first thing I’ve done since my last update is actually add a title page which you can see above. I’ve been putting this off for ages because I always worry about ruining it, but in the end I just went for it and I actually really like how it turned out!
I copied this style for my February and March title pages too. These aren’t something I’ve ever done before, but I left gaps when I created the overview pages so I went back and added them afterwards. I think they help add a touch of creativity to my journal where it’s otherwise lacking and I kinda dig it. It also means I’ve got much more of a theme going on which I’ve never really had before. Maybe 2018 will be the year of themes?
My plan is to do each month a different colour and then continue with the colour scheme throughout all my spreads in that month. I did this in my first year of bullet journalling back in 2016 and it worked really well then, but for some reason I never bothered to keep it up.
Something else I’ve added this year is a period tracker. This took me a good hour to draw out and I’m not gonna lie, I kinda hate it. On the left-hand side are my actual period days, and then on the right are my symptoms. I did originally plan to shade the boxes on the left as to how heavy my flow was but I kept forgetting to fill it in so instead I’ve opted to just colour them. I think this was one of those “nice in theory” layouts, and I’m not sure if I’ll stick with it or try and work something else out. I do usually use the Eve app on my phone to track my period (and only really bother so I remember when I’m supposed to change my patch) so it’s not like I really needed a tracker anyway, but this was supposed to be a bit more friendly at a glance. Also the symptoms side is a mess because I hadn’t accounted for feeling more than one of those things on any one day, which obviously happens quite a lot!
I’ve mentioned before that I no longer use my journal on a day to day basis and the way I’m accounting for this is to just create layouts as and when I need them. I had three days off this week as I’m currently in between jobs so I created a little spread with odd jobs I had to do on each day and I really liked how it turned out. I used to do more structured layouts when I planned them a week in advance but for this I thought just drawing the odd boxes worked nicely.
A fun spread I’ve included is for Gwennan’s spring Instagram challenge. I always try and take part in these challenges where I can because they’re fun and it’s a great way of finding new accounts to follow. Some of these look quite challenging so it’s going to be a fun way to welcome in the new season I think! Opposite that I just have a page with a short list of things I had to run up to my boyfriend and then some posts that I need to take new photos for. I went through my archive updating my photos in my older posts recently and there are a few that don’t have any photos whatsoever, plus a couple of unwritten posts I needed to take photos for.
Lastly is a relatively new spread I’ve come up with (and have spoken about in more detail in this post, which is a pageviews and sessions chart for my blog. It’s still quite early days to decide if I like it, but I think it’s going to be a much more visual way of keeping track of my key stats.
That’s pretty much it for my 2018 bullet journal so far. Be sure to check out the pages I brought into my journal for 2018 if you’re looking for more inspo. I’ll definitely do another one of these later on in the year as I love flicking back through. How’s your 2018 bujo coming along?