It’s my favorite time of the month – when you can reflect and start anew with another monthly set up in your bullet journal. It’s almost like getting a new start and it’s full of possibility. You’ve probably seen that it’s planner time for “back to school” season and I’m seeing so many beautiful planners and I’m enchanted by them every single time – until I open them up and realize their structures don’t match up with my own. And I am grateful again for this system! (Thanks Ryder!)
So here we go – my reflections on June and bullet journal set up for July!
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As you saw in my June set up, there were quite a few things that worked out.
Adventures in my bullet journal! When I’m bored at events I will either doodle or plan – in this case I laid out some things for a camping trip. It’s casual car camping so I have much less gear but I feel good having my packing lists and to do list down on paper. I’ll officially write in our meal plans once I clarify with Mr PPP! What are some of the adventures on your list for the summer? #planwithmechallenge #minimalistbujo
A photo posted by Jessica (@prettyprintsandpaper) on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:36pm PDT
On the blog today I talk about productivity and effectiveness. I don’t necessarily use my bullet journal to “get more done” – it helps me take stock of what I have to do in order to make progress towards my goals and do more of what I want. I don’t like checking boxes just to check them – I like to know they are there for a reason as much as I can. So before things even get written down, there’s a process I go through to whittle my tasks down, especially for work projects. I never had formal language for it until I watched Rory Vaden’s Focus Funnel video. Essentially, you go through the stages – Eliminate, Automate, Delegate, then either Concentrate or Procrastinate (on purpose). It’s helped me a ton! How do you maintain clarity on your work projects and tasks? #planwithmechallenge #sketchnotes
A photo posted by Jessica (@prettyprintsandpaper) on Jun 12, 2016 at 6:01pm PDT
After finishing up my last insert, I started a new May Designs planning insert. It fits perfectly in my Foxy Notebook cover. I moved back into my dragonfruit cover for the summer because… pink. (If you are curious, this is a Classic No. 7, which fits 4 May Designs notebooks perfectly).
If you’re curious about May Designs, starting a bullet journal, check out my latest video!
Goals Page. Every time I start a new insert, I want to stay rooted in my goals for the year. Too many new years resolutions have been left lying in the dust and since my inserts last around 3 months, it helps me re-center on these intentions I had. See more about how I set some of my goals through reflection, action planning, and annual goals.
I’m using versatile hexagon stamps from Foxy Fix and colored pencils (brand unknown) that were gifted by my sister in law.
Monthly Grid. OMG I cannot even tell you how much I love how this page turned out! After a quick and total mess up the first go around, I got the Foxy bujo stamps to line up right. This definitely takes more time than last month’s grid which was just drawn with lines, but I love the way it looks. I added the highlight of some colored pencil and the numbers in light gray Tombow marker.
Since I use Google calendar for events, here I will jot down various Instagram challenges, blog posts, etc so I can focus spare time on these upcoming posts.
Stamping Tip: These clear stamps are so wonderful, make sure you get an acrylic block from a local arts store, or some other clear plastic. Once you stick the clear stamp to the block, you can see exactly where you’re stamping – which hypothetically makes it easier…. hypothetically (LOL).
Monthly Task & Project Log: Okay this might be my favorite page ever. This helps me do a few things – continue using the loosely categorized Rapid Log for tasks due “sometime this month” and tracking my projects. Summer is high tide for my job and I have the blessing and the chaos of keeping track of 203409834 projects – so I used some big Hexagon stamps, one for each project I’m focusing on in July. The shaded ones are my top priority projects with some key next steps I want to accomplish this month.
Tip: Make sure you use the right size to get the pattern you want… I used one too big last month and it didn’t fit well!
Weekly. I used to do a 7-day weekly ala TinyRayofSunshine, but I realized I used weekdays and weekends very differently in my bullet journal. So, a couple months ago I split them up in order to separate their function. These 5 days can focus on my standard work week – my priority tasks above the dotted line, date-specific tasks in the main body, gratitude log in the 2nd row, expenses in the 3rd row. My weekly habit tracker stamp (from Aetelier Dreams) has been awesome. The space on the left is for “sometime this week” tasks and on the right is open for any projects that I happen to be working on.
Weekend. And the companion to the weekly is the weekend – it’s been working so much better to have this mimic my weekly set up with the main task area, and gratitude and expense sections. I either usually take it easy on weekends and barely touch it, or it’s a huge to-do list.
The opposite page can be used for just about anything – brain dump, mind map, sketching, or review.
I hope to share some more photos of collections and things I’m using to organize my life this summer! What are you up to this month in your bullet journal? Let me know down below!