March is right around the corner—literally this week! 2018 is really flying by quick, isn’t it? For me, it means the month of midterms and spring break—total polar opposites on the spectrum of what I’m looking forward to. I spent a few hours this weekend planning out my study plans for all of my midterms and also my march monthly spread—all in my bullet journal. If you haven’t seen my previous bullet journal post, you can read it HERE.
The color green came to my mind when I sat down to start the planning. Probably because of St. Patties day or maybe because it’s the emergence of spring! Either way, the color, as you can tell, of this month was green. I’m still using the same supplies and it worked out perfectly.
Last month I realized that I was too rigid with my bullet journal. I would get stressed if something didn’t look perfect or if I forgot to input something—which is completely opposite of the bullet journal’s intentions. So, to help myself combat this issue, for this month, I tried to free-hand a lot of the aspects. While I kept most of the things on my monthly spread the same, because it’s the page I use least, I changed the organization of my daily spreads. Let me walk through the different pages with you.
First, we have the monthly spread, which like I said, didn’t change at all. I like that I have the whole month at a glance and the extra space for my expenses tracker. Having this tracker is a lifesaver in budgeting in my opinion. Holding myself responsible to log every expenditure made me more cautious about what I should and shouldn’t be spending on.
Next, we have my habit and mood trackers. In my previous bullet journal post, I explained why I wanted to track my mood. For habits, being able to track my progress has made me more prone to follow through. I just color them in at the end of the day if I completed a task. It is super fun to sit down and fill in the things that you’ve completed during the day.
Moving on, we have the blog tracking page where I track my progress on upcoming blog post and where I have an area to brain dump any ideas for new posts or photo locations. I’ve been finding myself putting ideas in random places that I end up placing. So maybe this will put more of my thoughts in one place.
Moving onto my weekly and daily logs! This is where I went a little free-hand with the style. I found that it was stressful to continuously migrate tasks from one day to another if I was too busy to finish them. So, with this month, I designated each box to only be for homework assignments, events and schedules specific to that day and that day only. Hence, the daily log boxes are smaller than before and also at the right, there is a box specifically for tasks I need to do during the week. This way, I know that they are tasks I need to do during that week and I can complete them whenever. I also didn’t use any rulers to draw this section and ended up really liking the results!
Lastly, I wanted to share with you how I set up my study plans. I have 3 midterms in the month of March and needed to stay organized on how to study for them. I usually start studying a week before the actual day (if I am on top of my game). So I wanted to plan everything that I needed to do. To review for any exam, I go back to re-read or sum up any reading assignments for the period I’m going to be tested on, put together notes, re-do any problems sets and then just review all those notes a couple days before the exam. For this setup, I just assigned a date to each thing I need to complete and a section where I can check off when I completed it. I’m hoping I actually stay through with this schedule!
I hope you enjoyed this month’s setup. I am excited for March, even though I still need to plan out my spring break (which will be filled with studying). What are you doing in March and have you started your own bullet journal yet??
A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!