March was a busy month!
I officially launched The Sassy Lemon, my hand lettered sign store on Etsy. (Speaking of, new designs will be coming out for Mother’s day, so you’ll definitely want to check it out!) Did you know all my readers get a 10% discount?! Just enter the code READER10 at check out.
I also worked (yes, went to a *job*) two weeks in March for the local school districts teaching ACT Math Prep. In top of that, I’ve been organizing a youth retreat for this weekend at Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri. Immediately after I’m off to the Gospel Coalition Conference in Indianapolis (literally, I return one day and leave the next!). Leaving my husband and doggies for nearly six days takes quite a bit of prep!
ANYWHO! You definitely needed that bit of back story before I started my March bullet journal review. Without it, I would look like a total slacker! I’ve never given you a glimpse into my finished bullet journal – and this vulnerability is a little nerve-wrecking.
Despite all that, my hope is that some of my half-finished, attempted spreads encourage you in your own bullet journal journey. Not everything works out, and that is okay.
This monthly spread is tried and true for me. Although I supplement it heavily with my Google calendar, I love having the paper copy to come back to for reference. (The colored dots are also for easy reference of the type of event.) My monthly spread is also my go-to when filling in appointments in my weekly spreads.
As you can see, my brain dump is not organized, and that’s just the way I like it! This is were I can just throw out ideas, and reference them later. I most often use it for brainstorming for the blog and The Sassy Lemon.
March Morning Routine
When March began, I was sooo looking forward to my new morning routine! Alas, to say it didn’t work out was an understatement.
The business of each day really hindered me from going to sleep on time, which kept me sleeping in late… and morning routines just don’t feel as attractive at 9:00 AM when you have a million other things to do!
Needless to say, I will be trying AGAIN in April. However, my spread is a lot less intimidating – I did not include a tracker!!! I was so discouraged at the end of the month, I don’t even like looking at this spread.
See a trend here?! My gratitude log also fell flat… which is so sad because I love tracking gratitude. However, my nightly ritual of bujoing never seemed to happen, and I never thought to do gratitude in the mornings.
Don’t be all excited for me with the meal planning either. See all those strikeouts? That means I didn’t do what I planned. April was littered with eating out and pizza. (One of my April personal goals is NO PIZZA.)
And let’s not even talk about the habit tracker. Quite pitiful.
These are all things I want to do, so I have not left them out in April. Instead, I’ve completely changed my gratitude, meal planning, and habit tracking. Check out of my April Walkthrough to learn more.
The rolling weekly served me well in March. Without it, my weeks might have been as equally discouraging as the trackers! As you can see, there were times when several days were skipped. Never fear – the rolling weekly is super forgiving.
I simultaneously enjoyed and despised the small spaces for future days. It was helpful to fill in future events/tasks so I could see them coming up. However, it was sometimes frustrating writing the same information three times: the monthly spread, the small space, and then the actual day. If I use rolling weeklies in the future, I plan on making those small spaces even smaller – that way perhaps I won’t be so tempted to fill them.
March Productivity Spreads
If you recall, I was super pumped about this spread in my March Walkthrough. I envisioned myself keeping my bullet journal open to this page rather than my weekly spread as I worked each day. However, after writing out my events/tasks for the day in my rolling weekly, I really didn’t need to turn to this page.
In order for this spread to be useful, I would need to use dailies and use this as a weekly replacement. Since I can’t part with my weeklies at this point, I am discontinuing this spread for the month of April. Perhaps it will make an appearance again in the future.
Did you know I’m going to Zambia?
It’s going to be AMAZING.
This spread is just to help me keep track of all the information I receive in emails. (Emails are the worst to keep track of!!!) Don’t think bullet journaling is just for tracking and monthlies – I make my bujo work for me. (Actually, remember for me.) So be inspired to use it for project and party planning too!
Alright. So now you’ve seen the ugly side of bullet journaling: half-finished spread, empty habit trackers, and useless productivity spreads. But I still love my bullet journal – what about you? Have you found a way to make your bullet journal work for you?
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