Hi everyone! A little bit over a year ago I started seeing all these pretty pictures of planners on Instagram and Pinterest. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, but I quickly found out that it was called a bullet journal, and I, of course, got one myself. But I quickly ran into 2 problems:
- Bullet journals are basically planners. You have weekly or monthly spreads, and then you write all of your appointments and things you have to do in them. Because of my mental health situation all of my days basically look the same; school during the morning, exposure during the afternoon. Having a planner was therefore quite useless to me.
- Bullet journals are always incredibly pretty. People use gorgeous lettering, put cute drawings in them, etc., but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get mine to look like that. My handwriting isn’t pretty, I can’t draw, so I quickly gave up.
I had completely abandoned the idea of bullet journaling, until I saw this video about bookish bullet journaling a few weeks ago. It looked so pretty, not very complicated, and I thought it’d be the perfect way to track my reading, and maybe even motivate me to read a bit more!
While watching the video, I looked at what spreads would work for me, and what things I might want to change a little to suit my needs. Because I’m not super creative, and because there’s only so much variation you can have in a bookish bullet journal, my spreads kind of look the same as Lala’s. Also, for some reason I just couldn’t manage to write ‘February’ right once, except for on the title page, so that’s embarrassing.
I should probably tell you all about the products I use before actually getting into the spreads, just like I’ve seen all those other bullet journal people do. So, the products I’ve used are:
- Leuchtturm1917 (dotted)
- Staedtler Triplus fineliner
- HEMA fineliners
- Staedtler coloring pencils
- Stabilo Boss pastel markers
First, I attempted making a cute little page that’d indicate the start of the month. It didn’t come out as cute as I thought it would (who knew drawing leaves would be that hard?), but it’s fine. It does its job.
Then I made this monthly spread on which I’ll track how many times I’ve published a blog post that month, and what kind of posts I publish. I’m hoping that this will motivate me to blog more than I’m currently doing, because I’m so so so behind on posts.
I didn’t want to write something on the next page because, as you can see, the ink kind of bled through and you can clearly see what’s on the previous page. I felt like it’d be too messy if you could see both the lines of the previous and the current page, so I chose to cut out a drawing from a magazine and stick it on there, and I really like the look of it. It’s kind of calm and clean.
On the second page I have a February reads spread. I have a section of new releases, and next to that, a way to track whether I have the ARC, whether I’ve read it, and whether I’ve reviewed it already. (I also totally forgot to add American Panda to this list but GO PRE-ORDER AMERICAN PANDA IT’S FANTASTIC) I also have a section dedicated to my goals for the month, and a section where I’ll write down the books I’ve read and whether it was an audiobook, an ebook or a physical book.
Next I have a February reading log. On this page I’ll track my how much I read every day. Instead of tracking the number of pages, however, I’ve decided to track the time I spend reading, because tracking pages when you consume a lot of stories through audiobooks and ebooks is quite difficult. I’ll have to use the phone on my stopwatch every time I read, which is a bit annoying, but I think it’ll be motivating!
The space between two dots in the journal will stand for 10 minutes of reading. I’m not sure if that’s too much, too little or just right, but I guess we’ll find out!
The last page I’ve done is a gratitude journal. I’m pretty sure I got this idea from my friend Inge from Of Wonderland. On this page I’ll write something down that I’m grateful for every single day, and I thought it’d be a good idea because it’ll really force me to look search for the happy things in life, even on a really bad day.
So, tell me, do you bullet journal? Why do/don’t you?