It’s that time again – time to reflect on what worked last month and prepare for the next. In this post I’ll be sharing my new layouts and spreads for February – yay! Check out my video for a quick preview, or jump down to the rest of the post for a detailed explanation of each spread.
It’s also a time to set a new color scheme and style, which is so much fun to me. January was all about bright blue, but February is the month of love, so of course I choose the bright pink Tombow dual tip marker (#743).
I’ve almost exclusively used a calendar layout for my monthly spread up until now. This month I wanted to try something a bit more minimalist and see how it works out for me. My monthly was not something I used a lot except to set up my weeklies, so I don’t think this will both me much.
Last month I LOVED my brain dump page next to my monthly, so I reused that idea again.
If you haven’t heard of a brain dump, it’s simply a place where all your random thoughts go: task lists for the month, random pieces of inspiration, concept sketches, etc. Check out my January brain dump below:
As you can see, it was not really organized at all, but I knew all my random thoughts were safe there!
In January I completely forgot to incorporate a gratitude spread, and that oversight made me sad. Jotting down the highlights of each day is fun, and I genuinely believe this practice develops a thankful heart. I missed being able to look back at all those memorable moments at the end of January.
I also decided to add a month meal-plan section for meal prep; planning by week just wasn’t working for me. I was not in a groove with shopping and went back and forth to the store a lot more than I like to admit! Hopefully this small area will help me with that.
The event details section is something I’ve never done before. It seems I am always planning or preparing for events and don’t really have a place to put these thoughts down. I figured I could put my calendex to good use by using this area as a ‘brain dump’ for events.
Although I enjoyed all my January weeklies, they seemed a little busy for my taste. With February’s weeklies, I decided to get back to the basics.
Each week includes three habit trackers (my small goals: reading, yoga, and playing music), as well as a daily time tracker. The time tracker helps me to reflect on how I spend my time – I discuss it in detail in this post.
I plan to use each daily area for daily events and goals, but I want to keep it simple and not overdo my task lists. I’ll use my brain dump for recording random things I want done this month.
February’s Fun Spreads
These ‘fun’ spreads are the extra ones I add to the back of my bullet journal. Keeping these types of spreads separate allows me to find them easily when I want to use them, rather than keeping an ‘index’.
The Packing List
This spread was initially inspired by this packing list by @coryannellis. However, the world map idea was all mine! I always seem to forget something, so I thought adding a packing list would help me stay organized for several trips to come.
House Projects Spread
After my last failure of a house projects spread, I searched hard for a spread that was elegant AND practical. Then I found this spread by @ordinaryepiphany! It did take a bit of tweaking because my house is GIGANTIC, but a managed to make it work.
Cleaning Schedule Spread
Because my house is so large, I have a difficult time being motivated to clean it. I honestly don’t mind cleaning, and I love organizing. My house just doesn’t seem to get that untidy, so deep cleaning tends to go by the wayside – which is baddd.
Therefore, I’ve made this spread with weekly chores (written in ink) and miscellaneous chores (on post its). If I fail to complete a task, I plan to carry it over to a future week. Hopefully this will actually motivate me – we’ll see!
And that’s all folks! What new ideas does February have in store for you? I hope this spread inspired you to change things up a bit or add something new to next month!