February flew by for me – it’s been a mix of ramping up in my teaching load and prepping for launching challenges at the beginning of the month, AND getting momentum on getting a shop started. All to say, I’m shocked it’s already days before March. This post will be pretty quick, down and dirty – because I’m ill and want to take a nap!
Every month I like to take stock of where I’m at – what worked? What do I need to tweak? I used one of the pages in my weekend spread to look back on what I wanted to keep or change, and sketching out possibilities for March pages.
- My weeklies! They are still core to my system
- Though I don’t schedule in my Bullet Journal, it helps to see events within my day to appropriately prioritize tasks
- The weekly habit stamp – though limited to 5 right now, I think that’s what works about it. I never kept up with my monthly tracker so I like that I’m looking at this one week to week
- Using Class Pass as a fun way to get my work-outs in each week! I have loved the process of signing up for a variety of fun classes to actually exercise beyond swiping my gym tag time to time.
- Keeping shared spending tracking on the Mint App – I did NOT miss tracking that!
- Having the flexible sections within my week
- The Challenges section
What to tweak?
- I was using Dee’s run sheet this week – though I used it, it will likely be used for tasks in the next few months, but probably not used religiously
- My monthly task overview – I wasn’t quite happy with this yet… but may have found a possible solution!
- More “me time” – working smarter, not harder
Which brings me to… March!
I do not set up my next monthly far ahead of time. This is the weekend before March, so I spent an hour setting it up. For new folks, I have long ditched the grid calendar – I just didn’t want to draw the boxes AND I never used it since, you know, Google. *note: this post will feature a couple affiliate links, which simply means if you end up buying something, I’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you. As you can see these are products I use and love – thanks for your support!*
I did a quick video flip-through of February and my March pages. See below! You should know that I use a traveler’s notebook system, which means that I am flipping through my *planning insert – my collections, blog planning, and journaling live in other notebooks! They all live inside my Foxy Notebook cover (formerly known as “wide” and now a classic No. 7)
I have such high hopes for this….
The original Bullet Journal monthly log simply has all the dates/days on the left-hand side for you to fill in events or things going on in the month. Kara did a derivative that included a focus on monthly goals and tasks, and I’m taking my twist on it to make it work for me.
- Expense column – I use Mint, but this will help me see expenses over time. I’ll quickly jot down what I spent/where.
- Work column – with so many projects it’s nice to see what’s going on across the month. Heavy grading periods, or if I have milestones I need to reach on different projects to maintain momentum, that would go here.
- Personal/home column – again, going beyond the events themselves but the important steps to take prior to the events, like “get xyz a gift” or “set this up” by a certain date
- PPP (blog and biz) column – this endeavor has been taking off quite a bit, so I’m using this column to track when I’m drafting posts, posting challenges, and so on
- Focus – top 5 things for the month – ideally these would align with my overall goals for the year
- Tasks – tasks and errands that I need to complete sometime this month
I am very hopeful for this layout! Hoping this will help manage overall tasks and momentum.
- This page takes me about 15 minutes to set up (you can see the time lapse here) – I set my week up every Sunday evening. This practice helps me create an overview of what’s going on for the week – at work, in the evenings, in the weather, and more. It helps me enter the week with intention (or at least awareness of what the H is going on)
- The heart of my system – I automatically plan tasks within weeks, and they build together to create a cohesive week
- Weekly habit tracker – it’s from @atelierdreams on Etsy and it’s a quick way for me to check in with habits – I’ll be posting soon about habit tracking and what I’m using it to reflect on
- Interchangeable sections – need to segment out some different pieces? I have these categories on the side. 3000 – the class I teach; waiting on – keeping tabs on things floating around in the universe; HH – the student I manage; and PPP – my blog/shop.
Weekend + Review
I originally did the 5-day week layout because I needed more room for weekends! That’s where my chores live, is the weekend. I hate that usually, the weekends are shortchanged on space, or share a box – what’s that about??? So, I dedicate half pages to each weekend day.
The opposite side is for a review of my week – what went well? What do I want to change? How did I show up? What lessons did I learn? Taking this time is what makes me and my system better.
This weekly took me about 5 or 6 months to figure out – with this weekly reviewing and figuring out what worked or didn’t, so don’t feel too overwhelmed or disappointed if you haven’t gotten there yet! It takes time and as long as you put in the effort of reviewing, you WILL get to a system that works for you. 🙂
What are you doing for March?