If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that I reference my bullet journal (and this post on bullet journaling) all. the. time. With that in mind, I thought it was about time I share my 2018 bujo so far—both for your bullet journal inspiration and as an update of sorts! Of course, this is just a sampling of my favourite spreads. If there’s a spread you’d like me to share otherwise, just shoot me a message and I’d be happy to oblige.
This post is in no way affiliated with the official Bullet Journal brand.
As of August, I’ve updated this post to include some more spreads and further feedback on my earlier spreads! I began a second journal for 2018 when I graduated at the end of May, so there are spreads from both journals and both my student life and “adult” life. For the most part, these are updated versions of our prior spreads. Where I haven’t kept up with a spread going forward, I’ve let you know about that, too.
I’ve let myself get a bit extra-creative (and a lot sticker-crazy!) with some monthly covers this time around. Can you tell I was really getting into Valentine’s Day?
As the months went on, I used a few covers and the start of themes for the month, like my Bob’s Burgers theme for April and my Star Wars theme (featuring special guest star Justin Timberlake) for May. I’ve really come to enjoy spreading a theme or colour scheme throughout my spreads for that month.
I’ve kept a habit tracker of some sort since I began my first bullet journal, but it’s probably the spread that’s changed the most! As I’m sure you can tell from the image, I’ve done rather poorly when it comes to keeping up with it this month, too. Nevertheless, I’m liking the small sets of boxes for each habit, as opposed to a larger overall grid. Not sure if I prefer the x’s or squares though (let me know what you think in the comments!).
I haven’t done very well throughout the year with keeping with a habit tracker, and I didn’t include one for a few of the months. This one is still a work in progress: I’ve started reincorporating a few individual habits that I’d like to track again, but it still hasn’t quite stuck!
I’ve always been partial to daily spreads, if only because I tend to have an unnatural list of things to do each day. Nevertheless, I think I’ve permanently converted to this weekly spread! The long boxes allow for a lot of to-do items (though I have found myself having to abbreviate to fit some items), but keeps me from putting too many in one day—if it doesn’t fit in today, it will just have to wait until tomorrow! I also love the boxes above for events (yes, I need to go to class, but I don’t want to take up valuable to-do space with it!).
As of August, I’m using the same style of weekly! I’ve added a few pieces some months, like a tracker for the hours I worked at my transcriptionist job or a tracker showing my progress toward making the money I’ll need to pay my bills that week.
Meal Planner & Recipe Bank
These are some of my favourite pages so far! One of the best things about living alone (well, besides Fitz and the obligatory Gettysburg ghosts) is the ability to experiment with new meals whenever I want, with little to no complaints. Not only do these pages keep me from forgetting about some favourites, but I’m constantly adding to the bank to mix things up. That being said, I’m happy to take suggestions if you have any recipe recommendations!
I don’t use this spread anywhere near as much as I should even still. But I am making a conscious effort to add new recipes and recipes I rediscover so that when I do use it, I can use it more!
Books to Read
This one is taken almost exactly from my last journal, except I’m adding books as I plan to read them, rather than filling all the shelves at once with books I eventually want to read. This way, I feel like I’m under a lot less pressure to read the ones I added to it months ago just to fill space, and I’m already colouring in more than I did in all of the filled shelves!
When I switched journals, I also moved over a similar spread. I accented this one with a few cute details from some stencils I acquired, which never fails to make me smile!
I’ve been trying extra hard to improve my sleeping habits, and between my Fitbit and this log, it’s getting there! In the main grid, I midline the hours I slept during the night, then on the right, I add in any naps.
As of August, I’ve mostly stopped using this tracker. My sleep’s still very poor, but filling in the tracker wasn’t making much of a difference. My Fitbit records this in much more detail, so there’s little sense in rewriting it (much less writing out so many tiny numbers!). I’m considering adding a spot to mark how much sleep I’ve gotten each night, but I don’t think I’ll be returning to a full-page spread.
What’s your best bullet journal inspiration of 2018 thus far?