If I’ve learnt one thing from the last three months of bullet journalling, it’s that people change. Our mindsets, priorities, goals, moods, levels of motivation and determination, wishes, strengths, weaknesses, abilities… All of these are versatile, malleable qualities and depending on life events are subject to change.
Personally, I have noticed how all of these things impact my ability to organise myself and manage my time. Because of this, it makes sense to adopt a method of managing myself that is easily adaptable. Enter the bullet journal. I love bullet journalling for exactly this reason: each month is a new opportunity to organise myself in a way that fits my current state, even if that’s totally different to the previous month.
When I created my March spreads, I was in a pretty positive mindset: I felt productive and capable. Because of this, I had plenty of spreads, in what was verging on what I think of as high maintenance journalling – basically I was going to need lots of time and commitment to stay on top of it. It was designed like this because I know when I’m in the right mindset, being a little strict with myself can lead to great results in terms of productivity and mental health.
However, the end third of March has been quite the struggle, and the mentality I slipped into was one in which detailed journalling was too overwhelming and counter-productive. And so, going into April, I’ve scaled back. I’m adjusting my method, from vigorous quantity to manageable quality, to fit my current state of being better.
With that slightly lengthy explanation in mind, I present to you my April spreads in all their simplified totally-not-overwhelming glory.
This page is an amalgamation of around four pages from March’s collection – yeah, I know, I was impressed with that too. It gives me an overview of the month so I can track deadlines and work days, a box for some of the goals I want to focus on in April, a box to track my money situation and also space alongside each day for noting down my mood and wellbeing. Perhaps it is a little crowded, but for me it feels more helpful than having everything written across multiple pages.
Weekly To-Do Lists
This page is pretty self explanatory really: four weekly to-do lists in which I’ll write in more detail what needs doing in terms of study, work, blogging and general organising.
For my third and final April spread, I have created a simple version of a habits tracker grid. I used an actual grid in both January and February but liked the simplified version I made with a highlighter last month – so this is what I’m sticking with for April.
If you would like to see an example of more detailed spreads, check out my March setup. January was my most basic collection of spreads so will be helpful if you’re totally new to journalling, whilst February was somewhere in between the two!
What influences your bullet journal spread designs? Let me know in the comments ❤
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