It sort of crazy to think that today is the start of the fourth week in the year already. I honestly thought keeping a tracker would make time slow down a little bit, but I guess not. 2018 has been going very well for me so far, which is more than I can say for the past few years.
Usually by this time, people have given up on their resolutions and resorted back to how they really are. I don’t suppose that’s a bad thing, unless you’re a crummy person altogether.
Monday, the start of the week, for me anyway. I’ve started to appreciate Mondays more than the last time we talked about it. It feels good to see a fresh nd clean bullet journal spread at the start of the week. It feels nice. The more I think of it, the more I love it.
Bullet journaling can be whatever you want it to be and I think that’s why I wanted to do it. It can be a mess or it can be neat. It can also be a sketchbook or a planner. I think some people are worried that bullet journaling is a chore, but it’s really not. So for anyone who wants to start their own but maybe has some second thoughts, here’s a few do’s and don’ts to help you get started.
Bullet Journal Do’s
- Check out bulletjournal.com : Before starting your bujo, you should definitely check out this website. There’s a video on the homepage to help you get started and you can sign up for emails to get tips and tricks sent straight to your phone or computer!
- Try using a habit tracker: I still haven’t gotten the hang of this yet, but it’s definitely a really cool tool to use. A habit tracker is basically it’s title, you track your habits. You can choose any habits to put in your tracker, such as
- No takeout
- No soda
- Read 1 chapter
- Clean for 15 minutes ; etc
3. Get straight to it: Listen, worrying about how to get started doesn’t benefit you at all. I know you want to “do it right” but the fact is there is no “doing it right.” Period. Pick up the journal and get started…plus, you could be allergic to dust….so don’t let your bujo collect it.
Bullet Journal Don’ts
- Don’t compare your Bullet Journal to others: This is probably the worst thing you can do. There are some people who are fantastic artist and have mastered calligraphy and penmanship in everyway possible. But not everyone is that person. If you have the artistic measure of sloppy handwriting and stick figures then YOU DO YOU. There’s no shame in having your bullet journal be just like you!
- Don’t make it another thing on your to do list: The whole point of keeping a bullet journaling is that it’s fun. A bullet journal should be a complete guide to your day. It should be the thing holding all your other to do lists. If you’re making bullet journaling a chore, you’re not doing it right.
- Don’t wait on the “perfect materials:” I know, the Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Dot Grid notebook is all the rave right now. But let’s get real, it’s also expensive. I found my dotted notebook at Michael’s for $5, but any notebook will do. Just personalize it.
This week I still stuck with a simple spread. Again, I let Trey pick out he theme color and much to my surprise, he chose green. Together, we picked out a nice green pen and a green marker to compliment it. As you can see, I added cute calendar like date marks to the spread this time. I actually love how this spread turned out and I will probably use it again in the future.
Jan 22-28 Goals // How I Did Last Week
- Walk 6 miles: Last week, my goal was 5 miles, which I accomplished surprisingly easy. It helps that Trey walks with me and we talk the whole way. My total for the 15th – 21st is 9.2 miles. Not bad at all. Reminder: my week is Monday to Sunday.
- Write 3 blog posts: While I did write 3 last week, which was my goal, I did not do it on the set days (Monday – Wednesday – Friday.) Instead I did Monday – Wednesday – Saturday and ended up not having a good topic for Friday. My apologies. My goal again for this week is three posts which hopefully won’t be a problem.
- Work on my novel every day: As some of you may know by now, I am writing a novel. Last week, I was working on my plot line and character list. However, I did not complete my goal of writing a chapter. This week, I decided to cancel out on chapter goals and just have a gol to work on the novel every day.
I decided to keep my goals minimal and simple.
Quote of the Week
“Accept what is, Let go of what was, and Have Faith in what will be.”
I’m not sure who said this but if you know, kindly tell me and I will credit the speaker.
Check out my Instagram for more bujo posts: there will be a February sneak peak being posted soon! I would love if you guys would help me reach my goal this year of 1,000 followers! @klolszewski
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’ll see you on Wednesday!