Good morning everyone!
Well well, here we go… February is in our midst. January is over (finally… it definitely lasted about 600 years) and we are in February. Another month closer to Summer; another month of more light in the mornings and in the evenings; another month closer to warmth.
You’re not here to hear my drawling on about the sadness of Winter though, haha! You’re here because you wanna check out my February bullet journal… I know, I know!
I’ve had an on/off relationship with bullet journaling in the past. I always start the year meaning well with bullet journaling and then by the time we get to September, things just seem to peter out (is that the phrase?!) and I stop. However, I am keeping things fun and no-pressure on my bullet journal this year, and in January we had a VERY successful month. I’d fill in my mood tracker/gratitude tracker every night before bed (after I’d brushed my teeth and taken my tablets), so I think that helped!
Without any more rambling, here is my:
February bullet journal
February’s colour of the month is purple, so you’ll notice that everything is purple coloured. I like to do a colour of the month as that helps to keep things cohesive and, to be honest, is one less thing for me to have to think about haha! I sat on Saturday and did this (while I was watching some football). I added the washi tape onto the month page just so I could see the start of a month (and hopefully I’ll have the right colour washis for every month, otherwise you know what that means… MORE WASHI BUYING).
My first double spread, like last month, is a bookish spread. My book post and my February reads. I found it really helpful last month to keep track of what came in the post so that I could make sure that I thanked the publishers/publicists accordingly. My February reads is quite basic – books on a shelf. I’ve gone for the aim of 6 books in February, but I know that, as we have a half term, I will probably read more books than that! I’ll write the book titles and authors (and maybe even star rating) in the spine and colour them in!
Next up is ‘February at a glance’. I’ve found that this page is really helpful for tracking my blogging habits over the month. I usually have a separate diary for blogging, but this year, I decided to just use my bullet journal for blogging things too. I’ll go and put in each blog post and blog tour date in this and then any dates that come up for March can go in the ‘March days’ at the end of the page. My ‘month to do’ box will end up being filled with blog posts to write, emails to send and other personal/blogger things. (I tend to use my Positive Teacher Planner for teacher things).
My next double spread is my emotional pages. I’ve got my trusty gratitude page and then my mood tracker. Every night, these are the spreads I look at/use. In the gratitude tracker, I’ll write something that made me smile/something I’m thankful for. On the other page, I’ve done a mug with 28 hearts coming out of it (one for every day of the month!) and then I’ve chosen 6 colours and 6 emotions to track. I was tracking all of these last month, with the exception of ‘frustrated’. I decided to add ‘frustrated’ into the mix because it’s definitely an emotion I felt in January, but didn’t have a colour with which to express that. I’m hoping I won’t have to use it, but it’s there in case I need to use it.
The next duo in my bullet journal are my motivational quote and my running tracker. I’ve signed up for another Great Run Solo challenge for February (it’s 14 runs in the month), so every time I do a run, I’ll get to colour in one of the blocks on the pyramid! I found it lovely last month to have a tracker for my Great Run challenge, and since I’ll probably just keep doing them for as long as they happen, I would dedicate a whole page in my bujo every month to it! The quote? I just liked it. I think it’s an important thing to love what you do and to do what you love… I think that’s maybe why I love my job so much because I get to do the thing I love!
The final double spread, for now, is my weekly spread. I sit and do these on a Sunday normally ready for the next week (that way each week is different and I get a good bit of being creative on a Sunday!). This is just a basic weekly overview. These will NOT stay blank, let me tell you that ha! In the top left you’ve got the whole month calendar, then my to do (for BIG things I need to get done that month), next week (for things that I need to track/remember for next week) and then my big RUN letters help me to track my runs weekly (I aim for 3 a week!).
A shout out here to my brilliant friend Cassie! She started a hashtag on Twitter for teachers who bullet journal. It’s really helped me having the #journalingteacher hashtag to follow on Twitter and Instagram because you see so many brilliant ideas on there that I can magpie. (I also recently fell down a Youtube hole of watching/following bullet journalers/stationery people… which was fun, but wow, some people are WAY MORE TALENTED than me, ha!)
And that’s it for now! I really enjoyed my 2 hours of just sitting and being creative on Saturday. My bujo isn’t anything fancy, but it’s MY bujo and that’s what matters. (Also… there’s SO MANY out there to magpie ideas from that that’s actually one of my favourite parts of the whole process!)
If you wanna check out my January bujo, you can check it out here: January bujo
Do you bullet journal?
How do you organise your life?
What theme have you gone for this month?
I’d love to talk journaling with you! Or inspiration! Or anything! Leave me a comment, or talk to me on twitter (@eenalol)