The Self-Care Journaling Method

Time to get your pen out…

As 2020 rolled around, I vowed to ‘journal’ more. Take a bit of time and space away from the screens. But as my life is currently a constant to do list of reading, essay writing and lectures, I haven’t gone the whole hog with this resolution – mainly because I often can’t fit my bullet journal in my bag for a day at uni. But when I have made the time to journal, it has set everything into a wider perspective and that’s where Fearne Cotton’s books, Happy and Calm come in.

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October Bullet Journal

October is pretty much nearly here now & as I talked about in my last post (which you can read about here), I’m ready for the next chapter to start so my bullet journal is all prepped & ready to kick this off!

Title Page

Sticking with the orange/brown colour scheme this month, as I have attempted to draw autumn leaves throughout! I attempted some calligraphy for the ‘hello’, but kept the found fairly simple otherwise. Using quotes for the title page is one of my favourite ways so finding these ‘autumn’ quotes on pinterest fitted with the theme.

Monthly Spread

As I’ll be using my bullet journal for planning daily this month, I decided against a two page monthly spread. Using one page kept it simple & would be able to clearly show the important events.

Weekly Plan

This is the first time I’ll be using a weekly plan in my bullet journal & with uni lectures starting on 30th Sept, it will definitely be well used! Keeping it simple again (& still attempting to draw autumn leaves). Separating the weeks by pages seems to work well & the box size is 12×12, enough space to write down plans.

For the final week, the month finishes on a Thursday so I have used the ‘Friday’ & ‘Weekend’ box for Next Month & Highlights from the month.

Blog Post Plan

The blog post plan has been one of my most used pages over the last few months. The ideas page works well for ideas either for this month or what I think would work well in the future. This means that 1. I’m less likely to run out of ideas & 2. I can see when they will work best in the month’s timeline. It seems to be working so far, especially through using the W P L I T V checks (Written, Photos, Live, Instagram, Twitter, Views) as I can be tracking, if I’m halfway through writing a post & need photos or what content is being liked the most!

I’ve skipped using the exercise tracker this month as I’m going to record Gym or Swim in my weekly spread.

Bullet journal set up all ready for October (not entirely sure how this year is going so fast!). How have you planned for this month?

Im x

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September Bullet Journal

So hello September! You’ve rolled around without me really noticing after spending last week away in Scotland. But I’m ready to get back to some sort of routine. Luckily, I’d planned ahead & had my September bullet journal mapped out ready to go once I’d returned from holiday, so let’s have a look at how I’m going to use it in September!

The pages I used in August are pretty much the same in September, as university term won’t start until right until the end of the month. I found the pages worked well throughout August for planning blog posts, tracking exercise etc. So we are still keeping it simple with the pages, but for October, I will be incorporating a weekly diary for lectures, seminars, deadlines etc.

But for September, there’s a bit more of an ‘autumnal’ theme for the title page & monthly calendar. Can we also please appreciate that my calligraphy has got *slightly* better?! I’ve included key dates at the bottom of the mini calendar as reminders.

I really like the way the title page looks, it sets the tone for the next season & Pinterest becomes your best friend when searching for bullet journal themes!!

Following on from the title page is the monthly spread. I’ve used 6×6 squares for each day of the month & used the theme colours to follow through the theme. I’ve used the space on the right hand side to write down my goals for the month. The two main goals for September are completing the sponsored walk next weekend & my ongoing book challenge, but as university starts next month, deadlines will most likely take up this section!!

The blog post ‘scheduler’ page is next up (as you can tell from the monthly spread pens on the other page!). This has been really vital over August & is one of the main reasons for using my bullet journal at the moment. The ‘ideas’ section works well for jotting down what I might wright about & once decided, it’s planned out on the ‘schedule’ section. Over September, I’m aiming for a post every Monday as you can see from my bullet points reminders!!

The final two pages are for tracking after trialling the pages in August, I found it was a good way of recognising what I had done. Personally, I can get a bit demotivated with exercise & I’ve found that it’s good to keep track to look back at what I’ve done over a month.

I’ve recently set myself a ‘book challenge’ to throw myself back into reading again. I’ve always loved reading & it’s definitely good to get myself immersed in a good book, taking time away from phone/laptop etc. Keeping track worked well over August & meant I achieved my target of 10 books! (I know it might sound a bit mad but promise i’m a quick read & not making it up). For the rest of the year, I will have less time than I have had in August so the aim is 5 books a month from now on. The plan for September is to write a few thoughts about each book, so I can actually start to update my Good Reads account!

The To-Read section should help me keeping the ball rolling & I’m always open to book recommendations so please let me know!

And there we have it! Still a very simple design for this month, but next should be more student/work focused.

What do you use your bullet journal for?

Im x

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