If you’ve been following my blog lately, you will have noticed that I am largely obsessed with bullet journaling. My bullet journal has changed my life. I am organized and productive to a degree that I never was before. Plus, I feel happier than I used to—my depression is nearly gone!
Keeping a bullet journal and living one bullet at a time is a great way to not be overwhelmed by the multitude of tasks needing to be completed each week. Level 10 Living is simpler than ever.
My current bullet journal is the Leuchtturm1917—coincidentally, this is the original bullet journal. I like it because it is small enough to fit into my purse and the binding is durable. It has 2 ribbon placeholders and a strap to keep it closed. In addition to this, there is also a nifty little pocket in the back of the book for me to store sticky notes and washi tape.
My favorite pens to use are the fine point sharpie art pens. They don’t bleed through the pages. The colors are bright and lively and the pens themselves last a very long time. I bought my pack of pens over a year ago and I am just now having to start replacing them.
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I have always believed that failure to plan is the same as planning to fail. I plan out my month using the monthly spread. It is important for me as I have a busy schedule between work, kids, and writing.
Monthly spreads are a great way to focus your energy and set the tone for the month. They set you up for success and hold you accountable for achieving your goals.
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What To Include In Your Monthly Spread
The monthly spread is a glance, or a snap shot, of how you want to design your month. This is a great chance to take control of how your month is going to turn out and what steps you are going to take to achieve your Level 10 Life.
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Bullet Journal Monthly Cover Page
Whether you are artistic or not, you can still set the tone for the month with a monthly cover page. The cover page can be as simple as a verse from your favorite scripture or book. It can be a drawing or even single word.
The cover page is meant to inspire you. It needs to be something to keep you motivated and determined to push forward toward your goals. You could even take a picture of your kids or of the bikini you want to fit into when the summer months arrive and tape it to the page. Whatever your motivation, this is where you need to put it.
Bullet Journal Monthly Calendar
The monthly calendar is a must if you are planning on being productive this month. This is a place to plan your days and divide the multitude of tasks you want to accomplish into manageable steps.
To set up your calendar, first decide on a design. If you are artsy, you could design your calendar with a theme in mind.
However, if you aren’t artsy and prefer a minimalist calendar, maybe a straight line with dates will work best for you. The best thing about a bullet journal is the flexibility you get with planning your time.
If you are balancing your career, school and home life you might prefer a column approach rather than a traditional calendar. Using columns to sort out the bigger events in the month is a great way to manage the different areas of your life.
For example, if you want to schedule a few self care days into your personal calendar, you wouldn’t want to do that when you have a big project for school or a director’s meeting at work.
Keeping all of your calendars in one place is a great way to stay on top of managing your time so you don’t burn out.
Bullet Journal Monthly Overview
If you don’t like the traditional calendar, you could use an overall view of your month. There are nine areas I tend to focus on when I use this type of spread.
- Current Self
- Theme of the Month
- Key Goal (s)
- Obstacles to Overcome
- Major Accomplishments
- What to Avoid
- What to Embrace
- Where to Find Support
- Advice and Encouragement
Bullet Journal Monthly Goals
The calendar is a great place to record the steps you are going to take to achieve your goals. Turning your goals into manageable steps is key to winning the race. By breaking them down and doing small tasks each day, you will be amazed at how productive you can be.
Bullet Journal Monthly Tracker
Using a monthly tracker is beneficial for a lot of reasons. You can hold yourself accountable for tasks you want to complete everyday. You can track your moods, your word count, blog schedule, etc.
The sky is the limit when it comes to what you track. For me, work life balance is hard to accomplish. I tend to track the hours I work each month on my monthly calendar.
Monthly Spread Planner
Your monthly spread should help keep your focus on what’s most important. Design it however you would like, but keep in mind that there is no point in doing something if you aren’t going to use it.
I use my monthly spread to help me organize my month so i don’t burn out before the end of it. My month is broken into quarters based off the lunar calendar. For each quarter of the moon, I focus on one completing one main task. At the end of each quarter, I reflect on what i have accomplished and make adjustment to my master plan for the following quarter.
The sky is the limit when you design your monthly spread. Add as much or as little to it as you see fit. Whatever your main goal is for the month: include it on your page. Add a calendar or write an overview. Whichever method works best, just keep trucking toward your goals.
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