[VIDEO] Bullet Journal: A Simple Monthly Setup For Your Traveler's Notebook (September 2017)
Oh, bullet journaling.
There's so many videos and posts on the ever-popular BuJo, I decided to skip the totally overdone "Plan With Me" business and, instead, dedicate a monthly setup containing a couple easy spreads you probably haven't seen a million times before.
And today I'm gonna share them with you.
In this video (and blog post), you'll learn:
- The 5 basic pages and spreads to boost your monthly bullet journaling experience
- A list of the tools I use and recommend
- Direct links to all the references in the video
1. The Cover Page
Simply an introduction to the [new] month. That's pretty self-explanatory, yeah?
Next month I'll see if I can come up with a good use for the blank page to the left of it.
Admittedly I don't like putting quotes in my bullet journal because they don't "inspire me" for very long—they become quite tedious to see at random, depending on my mood.
Maybe that's a little ridiculous but that's how I am so, well, I don't want them in my BuJo.
2. Monthly Calendar Spread
A basic boxed calendar will work just fine (most of the time) for me.
I love hand-drawn sticky notes, so having some extra space off to the side of the calendar for important things to remember is useful in my bullet journal.
Next month will wind up being quite a bit busier, so I'll likely go back to using the listed days of the month in a vertical layout. We'll see, though.
(There's a reason why I ditched it before… I just can't think of it right now…)
3. The 4 P's of Personal & Professional Progress Spread
This layout is one of my favorites.
I found myself creating it over and over, without putting much thought into it. One day I realized I was unintentionally replicating the spreads that work for me.
Simple as that.
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In a nutshell, I take the 4 most important "P's":
- Project—whatever I'm working on for the month [ahead].
- Personal—whatever needs to get done that's for me or my family, house, etc.
- Professional—whatever needs to get done for my business or blogs.
- Profitable—what ways can you increase your income or create a stronger passive income?
4. [Lightbulb] Brain Dump Page
A designated page to just clear your mind. Simple and sweet.
5. Publish (Content Checklist) Page
Another favorite page is the Content Checklist / Publish section.
It's a basic, two-line per title setup that's listed by:
- Publish day/date
- [Blog post] Title
- Most important manually promoted social and aggregator sites (like Pinging, Submitting to Fetch as Google, adding to Buffer queue, etc.)
CHECK OUT THIS POST: 9 Easy Blog Tasks You Should Do After A New Post Publishes on GoffCreative.com
If you want to mix things up, you can add (or sub) this section with a Content Checklist that walks you through the "things to do before publishing" or whatever works best for you.
And here's another post on GoffCreative.com about crafting quality content that get the results your set out to achieve.
And that's a wrap on the monthly setup.
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References & Tools Used
- StinsonPaperCompany on Etsy and Amazon
- "Pen Holder" (Vera Bradley sunglasses slip case on Amazon)
- Zebra Mildliner Double-Tipped Highlighters
- MICRON Pigma 0.5 Archival Ink Pen (in a 6-pack here)
- Westcott Stainless Steel 6-inch Ruler ( there's a 2-pack here)
And the gorgeous, design-stamped traveler's notebook cover I'm using right now is from LeatherImagined on Etsy.
My [current] favorite notebook / bullet journal size is B6 (5"x7").
It fits beautifully in most purses and bags, however, finding quality notebooks for it is a pain in the tush. Again, StinsonPaperCompany to the rescue! (Seriously.)
Lastly, the blank notebooks I couldn't remember the name of in the video: I don't recommend the MUJI B6 inserts (I purchased them through Amazon.)
Nice, thick covers, but the pages are very thin and if you write heavily like I do (or use highlighters, etc.), there's lots of ghosting.
If you don't care about ghosting and are looking for a solid B6 insert that's blank and Amazon Prime eligible, the MUJI inserts are affordable and will work well for you.
Hi! I'm Sara—mom of three, wife, and non-fiction and fiction writer currently scrawling on Medium and about digital business growth on GoffCreative.com. Learn more about me right here and be sure to subscribe to get direct, hand-crafted ruminations delicately bundled for you each week.