So if you’ve followed me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed that I keep an Erin Condren planner and while I do enjoy using it, it just stopped working for me. At least in some ways, I even tried switching to an Erin Condren hourly life planner but that didn’t really help me. I can’t just carry my life planner around with me, it’s too heavy for my purse. I know, you’re probably saying ‘why not use your phone’, Chris asks me that all the time, I’m just not a phone calendar person. I silence all my alarms and don’t pay attention to my phone during the day. So I started researching what was working for other people in the planner community and came across bullet journaling. This isn’t the answer to not only my planner problem but my multiple-half-started-notebook problem. What can I say, I love writing stuff down.
So back in June, I started my bullet journal and started tracking all sorts of things that my Life Planner couldn’t handle. I started tracking my migraines, anxiety attacks, weight loss, and a bunch of other stuff. I know it’s a lot of things mixed together in one journal. Which works for me. PLUS each spread really lets me be creative, I can doodle on the spread, colour my spreads in if I want. It’s personalized in a way I needed it to be. But anyways, here are some ideas for your bullet journals.
Calendar at a view
I started my journal in June so I wrote out a calendar view from June 2017 to May 2018.
Special Dates & Birthdays
This spread is perfect when I need to quickly remind myself of somebody’s birthday or a holiday.
Book List & Ratings
Back in January, I made a new year resolution to read a book a month, so far, I’ve been really doing well with this resolution. Here’s the section of my journal that I track my progress and rate my read.
**If you’re a fan of Carrie Fisher or a Star Wars geek, I definitely recommend The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. She was such a brilliant writer and actor. I honestly didn’t put this book down, I finished it in two days…
Get Healthy Section
Beachbody T25 Tracker
I kept misplacing the tracker that actually came with the program, so I made my own in my journal. I found the idea on Pinterest and just modified slightly.
Running & Yoga Spread
I started a version of couch to 5k recently, called Zombies, Run! 5k which I’m really enjoying. ALTHOUGH! It’s a bit creepy to hear zombie sounds as I’m running with Lady at 5 am…The other activity I want to focus more on is my yoga practice. So I’ve made a commitment to go at least 3x a week. The following spread is how I track all of this.
I’ve been a migraine sufferer since I was 12 years old, so migraines are nothing new to me. When I was pregnant with Wendy, I had two or three migraines during those 9 months, so I was pretty happy about that, but after having her, oh man did they really start up again. So much so, that I decided to start tracking them and their severity.
Anxiety Attack Tracker
Since being diagnosed with PTSD, I had never really had constant anxiety attacks. I remember having two as a teenager but nothing really after that until April 2017. I started to really experience them on a weekly, sometimes, daily basis, and it was just getting too much. So I started tracking them. While I track them like this in my bullet journal, I actually use my Erin Condren hourly to track the time of day I have them. I’ve been trying to pinpoint if I’m being triggered and not realizing it and by what because I had started having anxiety attacks in my car, coming out of the shower, in the bath, late at night, early morning, middle of the night, you name it. So I came up with this simple tracker.
Monthly Habit Tracker
I kept seeing these habit trackers all over my Instagram feed so I decided to give it a try. It’s great for tracking daily activities/habits. Also great for tracking how often you do laundry, run the dishwasher, or eat out…
Year in Pixels/Mood Tracker
I’m generally a pretty happy person, but I haven’t felt like that in a long time. So I wanted to start tracking my moods daily. I’ve seen some really beautiful mood trackers which looked like artwork, but I wanted to try something simple, at least this year.
Series Tracker & Movie Tracker
We watch a lot of movies and a lot of Netflix so I started to track them. Mostly because it’s fun, but also because I’m forgetful, so I don’t always remember what season or episode I’m on, or what movie I have watched.
Whole 30 Information Spread
I actually completed a whole 30 session two years ago and loved it. Then I experienced another miscarriage , the holidays hit, and then I found out I was pregnant with Wendy…from there I haven’t been able to complete another session. So I’m preparing to do one in January 2018. I’m preparing now because there is no way I’m going to complete a session during the holidays.
Hashtags for Instagram
A great way to track my travel bucket list and my Disney World bucket list.
Blog Post Ideas
This is where I started using my journal as a blog post idea dump, which helped to eliminate the need to have so many half-started notebooks.
Grace in Small Things
Tracking small things that put a smile on my face from the first snow to Wendy’s giggle. It’s also a great way to remind yourself that you have so many things in your life to be grateful for.
I would love to see your bullet journal spreads, or your planner spreads. Tag me in your Instagram photos (@withlovefrombex). How do you stay organized?