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Bullet journaling has become wildly popular in the past couple of years, but what is bullet journaling? Many would describe it as equal parts day planner, diary, and written meditation. A bullet journal turns the chaos of coordinating life into a streamlined system that helps with being more productive and reaching personal and professional goals. The most important thing is a bullet journal needs to be effective. No matter how it can best serve its author is entirely up to them.
I started bullet journaling right before the pandemic hit in January of 2020. Little did I know that it would become a regular habit of mine and help me through the uncertain times. I learned what a bullet journal was from a combination of Pinterest, Instagram, and Tiktok those first couple of months. I tried so many different spread pages, themes, lists, and ways to organize all from getting inspiration from those apps. Over the years I found out what spread pages, themes, lists, and ways of the organization were beneficial to the different seasons of life I was in.
July Bullet Journal
The theme this month I went with is red, white, and blue. Taking 4th of July celebration elements and putting them all together to make the pages festive. Each page is very festive with elements such as fireworks, popsicles, stars, and sayings common around July.
The Title Page
The Goals Page & The Month At a Glance Page
Mood Tracker Page & Highlights of the Day Page
Self Care Tracker Page & Focus Log Page
Reading and Book Tracker Page & Habit Tracker Page
This month instead of doing weekly spreads I’m going to give daily spreads a shot. Time blocking is very popular right now. I took one half of the page of time blocking and the other half for the to-do list. Then added the top three focuses too just to keep on track each day. I think I’m like this going into this new season of running a business, building a brand, and coaching a high school dance team.
A reminder bullet journaling is always about function over form. Your form can messy, sloppy, or beautiful. It doesn’t matter what your bullet journal looks like. It’s about how it makes you feel, and how effective it is in moving you towards the things that matter to you. I hope this inspires you to start your own bullet journaling experience!
Make sure to keep on the lookout I might have some freebies coming your way to help you get started with bullet journaling.