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.
Great guide! I think these are such creative but organised ways to keep your journal looking amazing this month x
I genuinely loveeee your gratitude tracker, what a handy one to have. I really like the blog tracker as well, thanks for sharing gal x
Thank you Kayleigh 😘.
Love the “be proud” idea – I might try that for March. I love my habit tracker it definitly keeps me on track, though it is looking very empty right now ’cause I am on holidays.
That’s great! Have a great February!!
Thanks for sharing. I’ve never thought of creating a bullet journal before but now I’m feeing really inspired xx
Jodie Paterson says
I’ve been looking to start a bullet journal for ages, but never know where to start (and often get distracted!) thank you for sharing this, I’ll definitely get on it today.
I hope you managed to get started!
Great ideas and tips to stay and get organized. You are wise beyond your almost 30 years…
Thank you Mark. I hope you are staying safe!
Ellie Phillips says
This spread is so cute, wish i had the patience to keep up my bullet journal!
I love the idea of adding the blog tracker and gratitude one! It’s always nice to go back and read them on a bad day. Absolutely in love with the washi tape! Thanks for sharing x
This is cute! I’m always amazed by people who does this. The creativity and passion is lit <3
This is such a wonderful post! I’ve started dabbling in bullet journaling in the last 2 weeks and this has given my so much inspiration!
Your journal looks fab this month! I love the idea of the one line a day as I think it’s a fab way of keeping track of the month without too much commitment. I also really like having a blog tracker in there too. Thanks for sharing!
Tash – A Girl with a View
Della Driscoll says
This is amazing, I love how you’ve designed each page! I especially like the blogger stat page x
Love this!! It looks so nice! This is very helpful for my own bullet journal so thank you for sharing!
I’ve been so tempted to start a bullet journal. These pages are amazing! I love how elegant the one line spread is.
Jaya Avendel says
Loving the ‘one line’ and ‘be proud’ ideas! I have been loving your bullet journal spreads for a while so it is so interesting seeing the pages you have been adding. My favorite page from this spread is the unique design of your mood tracker!
Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you Jaya!
Jeanine Byers ☕️ (@HyggeMompreneur) says
I really, really LOVE these ideas!! You know, I have been hearing abut bullet journals for years, but have not been interested in them. But this is the first time I am hearing about some of these possibilities. I would love to keep track of things like social media posts or blog stats. Even one-liners for what I am happy about. Or maybe one-liners for what I’d like to change for the next day. And I didn’t realize you could set different pages up in different ways. This is making me want to run our and buy a journal to use.
Can you link your blog so I can read. I am glad this has sparked your interest in bullet journals.
Suzanne- Happily Decluttered says
I love how you set up your habit tracker!
Liz Martin says
Happy birth month! Love the one line spread idea!
Thank you. Can you link your blog?
I love this set up, Lauren! I’ve given up with habit trackers (for a while at least) because I’m awful at keeping up with them. I’d love to get back into it though! Really cute design for Feb xx
Katherine Knowles says
Love this, I’m seeing more of these journals around lately and considering giving them a go, this is a really good guide on how to do one, thank you
Such a gorgeous set up! I particularly love the blog stats tracker!
Can you link your blog
A Cup of Wonderland says
Love this and such a great guide and beautiful set up too!
The Be Proud section has to be my favourite along with Gratitude. Great idea!
xoxo Olivia | http://www.oliviaandbeauty.com
Ali Duke (@weirdoA) says
Your journal looks so pretty! I do practice gratitude every day, it is great for the mind.
Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you link your blog?
Fadima Mooneira says
Good journal guide! Thank you for sharing. I hope you’ll have a good birthday celebration. Take care.
Thank you. 3 days until my birthday.
I don’t think I really understood bullet journaling until this post. I LOVE the habit tracker, and I think I need that in my life. I also like the idea of tracking your mood and writing what you are grateful for. Your journal is beautiful. Great post!
Thank you. Can you link your blog?
I love the idea of one line! Your theme for this month is so pretty 😍xx
Caroline | https://envirolineblog.com/
Britt K says
You went with a really pretty theme this month. I love that you focus so much on positivity, gratitude and recognizing the good things in our lives. I think everyone could benefit from maintaining a gratitude tracker like that. It’s a great way to prioritize our mental health at a time full of uncertainty and anxiety. Thank you for sharing! I have a bullet journal but haven’t actually set it up or started to use it now… Maybe this is my sign that it’s time.
Thank you for your kind comment. If you have a blog, can you link it
Tiffany McCullough - Metaphysical Mama says
I love the idea of bullet journals! I have some space at the back of my planner that I want to use for this, but I’ve never done a bullet journal before so I’m a little lost. This gives me a great starting point. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!
Jenny in Neverland says
Oh my gosh, how pretty is your February spread! I absolutely love this – think it’s my favourite one you’ve done. This is a helpful post as well for those who are just starting bullet journaling and aren’t sure what to include or how to set it out! xxx
Thank you Jenny xxx
Gorgeous as ever Lauren! I love the be proud one line set up, what a lovely idea. I have set aside tonight to catch up on my journal set up, I just wish I could be more disciplined with it and use it daily x x
That is great and it will come. I have made it part of my morning routine so that helps x
Jasmine | Poppies and Jasmine says
Nice! I started using a bullet journal for work last year, but it’s very utilitarian. I’m going to be toying with using a bullet journal for more things this year, so I may incorporate some of this.
Wow this spread is stunning! I always look forward to your Bullet Journal posts x
Fransic verso says
There are a lot of things that I’m going to do this year. Being proud of your achievement does really help. I tried it a couple of days ago and made me change the way I think of myself.
I started to think differently about how to approach things. Before… I was just upset about there is no progress even when I’m doing a lot of things. And think I’m not doing anything and it made me lose motivation and focus. This is amazing, thank you for sharing it, Lauren!
First of all: YAY for birthday month! (It’s mine as well). I hope you enjoy yours to the fullest. 30 is gonna be awesome for you, I just know it! Also, LOVE this bujo spread for the month. You did a beautiful job decorating and each page is so clever and helpful!
Your journal looks real pretty. Last year I started getting interested in bullet journaling, still looking to see how I can use it for me, I like the ‘be proud one line’ that’s a terrific idea. xoxo
That’s great! If you have any questions please let me know if I can help x
Oh thank you very much. I actually have bought a couple of journals, but I’m not sure what I want yet. 🙂
Check out Pinterest as there is a lot of inspiration in there x
These sort of posts are one of my favourites to read! And actually it’s because of you that I starting using a bullet journal (so thank you)! Also Happy Birthday Month 😀
Such a gorgeous set up! I have a bullet journal, it is incredible for keeping me organised & being creative is such good escapism!