Happy April and happy April Fool’s Day! I hope you all are going to be fooled minimally today or vice versa if you’re actually the more trickster type. April is one of my favorite months! One, because my it’s my birthday month (it’s tomorrow!), two, it means spring is just around the corner and the weather is going to warm up soon and lastly, it’s the anniversary month for Alex and I! For today, I wanted to show you inside my bullet journal for this month. So many of you have been loving these types of posts and it actually motivates me to create better spreads. One thing for sure this month is that I changed almost every aspect up from last month.
I usually combine my monthly spread with my expenses tracker, but for this month I thought I should dedicate both pages to the whole month. This way it’s easier to see all the events I have going on and it’s easier to add upcoming events when they pop up. I chose orange for this month because it reminds me of the flowers that are going to be popping up soon. I tried to incorporate as much of it as I can without going too overboard. Something I love doing is creating shadows on words or objects because it creates a 3D effect that I love. I’m also still going with the rough sketch theme where I don’t use a ruler so it looks more hand-drawn.
I have five different types of trackers this month, spanning over three pages. An entire page of the journal is for expenses because I realized I was always limited on space for the past three months. I usually like to record my spending item by item instead of one large amount throughout the day so I can categorize my spending, so this month it should be easier.
On the next page I have my blog and work trackers. I like to know if I am doing everything for the days I want to post (usually Wednesdays and Sundays) from changing the link in my Instagram bio to writing the actual post. I needed a work tracker to keep track of how many hours I work since I am still paid by the hour at my internship. It’s just easier to keep all of it in one place so I can look back to it if needed.
Next, I combined my mood and habit tracker into one page as always, but I changed up the format. It’s shown in a more vertical design rather than a horizontal one, which I’m hoping makes it more user-friendly. Through this method I’m also able to be more specific with my tracking. For instance, I changed the mood tracker to just 3 different levels and I added more details to my wake-up and bedtimes in the next two columns. Habits I’m trying to track are: wake-up/bed times, working out, brushing my teeth, flossing, taking my vitamins, checking my email, calling my parents, homework and working on my blog.
Paper Plans & Brain Dump
The next page is dedicated for my upcoming papers that I need to complete before the end of this semester. Since the first week of May is filled with final exams, I thought it would be beneficial to finish all of my papers and final projects before the end of this month. I had more space after planning out my work assignments, so I added a brain dump area. This area is for any lil’ thoughts or ideas I may have. Last month I had a brain dump area specifically for blog post ideas and I really enjoyed jotting down lil’ notes on what I wanted to write about in the future.
I’m still experimenting which style of weekly spread works best for me. I’ve learned that I mostly use the individual day spreads for homework assignments and events specific for that day. Last month I also added an area at the bottom of each weekly spread for my on-going to-do lists. It was easier to get things done one after another when you are on a mission to continue crossing tasks out. So for this month, I dedicated an entire page of the weekly spread to it. This way I can add more things I need to do per week and can also assign them to the day if I needed to.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s spread! I would love to know if you have your own bullet journal. If you do, what your theme or color is for April? I’ve seen such amazing ones where they make me dream of being more artistic and creative. Like I said from my first bullet journal post, bullet journaling is a never ending journey of learning and improving. Have an amazing start of April!
A million and one thanks for reading — until’ my next lil’ thought then!