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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