I’m not very arty, and so my bullet journal isn’t as beautiful as most bloggers and YouTubers out there. Actually, I’ve always used mine more like a diary rather than a bullet journal, but I am starting to make more of a effort to plan out my month and stay organised.
Not only is it calming to take some time out to draw and plan the month ahead, but it can also keep you on track for any goals you have for that month. Since my exams start at the end of April, I have more of a study theme for my journal this time round. Since my timetable will fluctuate depending on how much I achieved the previous day, I haven’t planned out the entire month just yet, but only week 1, however I will be keeping the same layout each week. Also, I mentioned that I use my journal as a diary, too – another reason I keep space at the end of each weekly spread as well.
So, let’s get into it!
First off, I use mildliner highlighter pens (who doesn’t?) and a 0.5 Pilot G-1 pen to write – something I picked up at my student shop last year and have used for note taking every since.
As you can see, I’m very basic with my journal. I did a few drawings of my plant and vase I have on my side table, but the rest is just boxes and writing. I drew a calendar to keep track of the days and highlighted the days I have events, exams or appointments in yellow, and the days I have work in orange. Underneath the calendar is a list of the days and said events I have in writing, so I don’t forget which one is on what day!
Recently, I’ve not been happy with how I look and I’d love to get back into the gym, but with exams coming and my days being filled with endless hours of studying, it’s not all that possible. So I decided that I would get up and do a few exercises in my bedroom every morning, and track my progress each day – it might not be a lot of exercise, but it’s something, and that’s better than nothing, right?
(As you can see, this morning I did 30 squats, a 30 second squat hold, 25 sit ups and 10 push ups – if I’m honest the push ups were the “easier” style, I’m a weak ass bitch)
Underneath my exercise tracker, I just have a general to-do list for this coming week, which includes catching up with all the lecture notes I missed this semester… ((let me hide))
My last page is my study plan. This week I’m just focusing on writing out and catching up with notes, as I have A LOT to get through.
Each day I’ll have a plan of how much I want to get through, and at the end of the day I’ll write how much I actually got through, and then come up with a study plan for the next day based on that. Yesterday… wasn’t so much of a good day for studying.
Every time I complete a chapter, I get to tick it off the list on the right hand side of the page which I find is really helpful as the more I tick off, the more motivation I get to complete the other tasks on the list!
This is where I have stopped the spread for the week, giving me space to write any diary entries for that week, or add in more lists or plans if something else arises. Then, next Sunday, I’ll copy the exercise tracker & study plan and continue it on the for next week!
I hope you enjoyed having a look at my smol, basic bullet journal spread for this month. What are your plans for April?