It is the start of February and I am really looking forward to the month ahead. It is my birthday month and this year, it’s a milestone birthday… I am turning 30! I am not going to lie, I have been having mixed emotions about this. My 29thyear has been really difficult in terms of my health, which has meant that my life has drastically changed and my mind set has definitely shifted too. So, I have decided that this year is going to be my year and I am going to make the first year of my 30s a year to remember!
As with every new month, there is a new monthly bullet journal to set up. That’s why I’ve created this easy-to-follow guide, so that if you are a beginner, you’ll have a clear set of instructions to follow. Also, if you are reading this post and want to start a bullet journal, then I definitely recommend this style of planning. However, it is about trialling different ways of planning and finding out what works best for you and allows you to be the most productive.
I have added some different pages in February that I wanted to trial for myself and see if they are beneficial for me in reflecting upon my days.
These are a really useful tool to start tracking your regular activities in your daily routine. If you are wanting to start a new habit, using a tracker would act as a reminder and to hold you accountable to achieve these habits consistently. Depending on how you wish to set up each month in your bullet journal, there are a variety of ways that you can display and record a habit tracker.
Having a ‘to do’ list or a habit tracker with tasks to check off, can motivate you to achieve more. Using habit trackers also allows you to reflect on your progress for certain habits, especially if it something vital, like taking medication. Using a habit tracker can make you feel more organised and productive with your time.
A mood tracker for some people is important and for health reasons I am one of those people. There are a variety of ways in which you can record your mood each day depending on what your monthly spreads look like. Charting your mood is helpful to connect your feelings to what has happened that day. Also, as you are monitoring your mood, you will be able to have a better understanding of your feelings and how you can best manage them. If you want a simple way to record your mood, you can write down how you are feeling; however, if you like a more creative design, you can use a colour coded system.
If you are a blogger and want to grow your brand, keeping a record of your blogging statistics is vital in learning about your progress. Have a record of your stats can act as a motivator to increase your views. When you start to see your hard work paying off, it can motivate you even further.
You could also have bullet journal spreads where you can record your most popular blog posts; this can highlight to you what content your audience prefers to see.
Showing gratitude can be hugely beneficial for your mental health and your mind set. Practising gratitude helps you to feel more positive emotions, which then makes you feel good and can therefore improve your mood. Living a more grateful life can improve relationships and better your body and mind.
Writing down one thing that you are grateful for at the end of each day allows you to end each day on a positive note. Practising gratitude can be nourishing for your mind, body and soul.
I saw this idea online from Helen, where you can write down the things that you have achieved and of which you are proud. This can be really helpful for people with chronic illnesses or mental health struggles. Small wins are still wins, so it can help you to recognise the things that you have done even if you feel unsuccessful.
This spread will also act as a great reflective tool, so that you can highlight your daily wins and enable you to look back over the previous month(s), so that you can see all that you have achieved, no matter how insignificant those wins might seem to others.
I also saw this idea online from Helen. This ‘one line’ spread could be used as a gratitude tracker; however, I am going to use this section to write about what I did that day, so it will act as a mini journal, with the day’s highlights. If you are busy and do not have a lot of time to journal, this spread could really work for you!
This is a simple spread for February to follow especially for beginners. What is your theme for your February bullet journal? Do you even have a bullet journal? I’d love to hear in the comments.