My BRAND NEW Bullet Journal | Sitting In The Clouds

I think everyone can relate to me when I say that it’s nearly impossible to finish a notebook when you are a stationary/planner addict like myself. Therefore I am proud to announce, not only have I finished a notebook, I have come to the end of my first full year of bullet journaling. I had used the bullet journal system on and off for a couple of years now, but my black hardcover Moleskin you are used to seeing in my bullet journal posts was my first proper one. I’m sad to see it end, but I’m also so excited to have moved into a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover dot grid notebook in teal. I can definitely understand why there is hype surrounding the Leuchtturm, it’s amazing!!



The first major plus side with the Leuchtturm 1917 is that it comes with a built in index, along with page numbers already done for you. Although I never saw the use before, I am really enjoying it so far. I know in the long run, being able to flip back to some really old collections will be useful.

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I am only planning on logging collections and the page each new month starts on so my index doesn’t get over cluttered. I will highlight the month in the corresponding monthly colour, August being turquoise, for easy access later on as it will stand out from the rest.

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My opening page hosts one of my all time favourite quotes…”we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”

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A brand new spread for me, my year at a glance. I’m loving this collection so far, I get to write down events I have much further in advance rather than just the month before. I have given each month a colour, as well as colour coding my events. My colour code system hasn’t change since my last bujo. Pink = university, purple = social/me, blue = hospital/health related events, green = work and red = holidays, whether national or personal, as well as birthdays. 

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Turning the page is my birthday tracker. I’m not sure how much I will use this as I only have a select few birthdays I need to remember but it’s a pretty spread nevertheless. I love quotes so I try and incorporate them into my bullet journal as much as possible. I saw this quote on Pinterest and knew I needed it written down somewhere. “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”

The month’s colours on this spread correspond to my year at a glance spread.

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One of my favourite spreads I have done so far in my new bullet journal is my books and movies of 2017.

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I transferred this collection from my old bullet journal into my new one but changed the style of it slightly. Doing doodles relating to each film has really made the movie spread, in particular, stand out and I love it.

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My next collection houses all of the films my two favourite actors have starred in, Tom Hanks and Jennifer Anniston. I say they are my favourite actors but I haven’t even seen half of their works so I want to gradually get through all their films. These lists will just help me keep track of them. Tick them off once I’ve seen them and highlight my favourites with a little heart.

I had to insert a dutch door in-between the pages to accommodate all of Tom Hank’s films. He’s done a ton and a full page just wasn’t enough.

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Next, I allowed myself a page for a list of books I need to buy, having had read them but not owned them and books I need to read. I also have a list of blog post ideas. Simple but very useful spread in the long run.

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Next, I have my “Saving Goals” spread. I’m not saving for anything in particular at the moment but I want to get into the mindset to save money from each pay check I get. I think it’s a good habit to get into. Having this spread motivates me to budget and put money into my savings as I get to colour in boxes. Each box is £20, once I have coloured up to the dotted line, I would have saved £100. Once this whole page is coloured in, I should have £2,000 in my savings.

On the opposite page, I decided to have my “30 Before 30” bucket list written out as I’m sure my savings will help me acomplish some of my bucket list items.

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My first month in my new bullet journal…August!

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Moving onto my first month in my brand new bullet journal. I stuck with collections that knew worked for me. As my bullet journal is so new, I’m scared to experiment just yet as I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my journal. Therefore you may have seen all these spreads before.

My monthly view is my usual one. I’m loving this style at the minute, it really helps me to visualize my month when I can separate my events into “all day”, “am” and “pm”. I also like having a space on the right to write any general tasks I need to complete this month as well as up coming events.

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The dutch door style comes in really handy when you need more than a single page for your collection but not quite a full double page spread. Recently I have found that creating a dutch door for my monthly blog tracker and spending log works wonders. I have the perfect amount of room to include everything I need in each spread.

My blog tracker just includes a box to list all the blog posts I plan to publish, my monthly stats, as well as a notes section to jot down anything that comes to mind that month relating to my blog.

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My spending log has stayed the same for a while now as I’ve figured out exactly how this type of spread works for me. The bar graph style allows me to easily see how much I spend each day if any, and where I spend it. Each colour corresponds to a different category…purple = food, pink = me, green = travel, grey = car, blank = monthly expenses (Spotify, Netflix, phone bill etc)

It helps me to see visually, at a glance, where my money is going in ratio to different categories in my life. As you can see I spend a lot of food. The dutch door part of the spread, allows me to include a few extra areas relating to my savings, budgeting, and spending. I like to keep track of loans, if I owe anyone money or if anyone owes me any money. I like to budget at the beginning of the month and roughly jot down the key areas I will be spending my money this month, as well as how much ideally I would like to tuck away into savings.

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I have brought back the well-loved Tetris style mood tracker for this month but I simplified it a little by only including five shapes and five different moods.

I just love how colourful this spread looks once the month is up. Although it’s not the most practical spread, as I can’t see which day I was feeling what mood, it gives me a general idea how I was feeling overall that month.

As you can see another little quote managed to get into my bullet journal…” not every day is good but there’s something good in every day”.

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The opposite page holds my monthly habit tracker. A spread I have never gone without, even if it’s been weekly habits, I have always tracked my habits in some way. The month, I decided to colour my habits according to the day. Could you tell I love colour coding, each day of the week had its own colour…Monday = turquoise, Tuesday = pink, Wednesday = blue, Thursday = light green, Friday = purple, Saturday = dark green, Sunday = deep purple. 

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I also decided to bring back my sleep tracker this month. I just love the look of it when it’s all filled out but it also helps me figure out how many hours I should get to feel good in the morning. At the moment I am trying to train my body to be up at 630am so I can make the most of my day.

Hey look another quote…” you were born an original, don’t die a copy”

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You bored of turquoise yet? haha!!

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Finally, after 24 pages, we have made it to my first weekly spread in my new bullet journal and I have to say it is one of my favourite spreads I have ever done. My bullet journal isn’t just a place to write all my to-do lists down in, it’s a diary and a memory journal. Therefore, I love doodling a little picture each day to remember something that happened that day. The first week of August was a great one, I met up with my friends twice, saw Dunkirk in cinema and found out my uni grades (highest grade…WHOOP!!!).

I have finally figured out a weekly layout that works perfectly for me. It allows me to have a master task list, a section of notes, as well as a place for me to jot down any up coming events in the following week, as well as track my water and includes a space for my doodles.

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I did try and participate in the Boho Berry Challenge this month but did two days and fell off the wagon. I just don’t think this is my kind of thing. I still love the spread though and don’t regret trying it.

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This spread is the current week. Not as busy this week but I still managed to doodle every day and I’m loving it. You may have noticed that each week I am altering the boarder colour and style, as well as the week day dates and headings. It just allows me to experiment and mix it up from week to week without changing my entire layout that I love very much.

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Another quote…what?! This was actually said by my boss as we have done something after work on Tuesday for the past two weeks and each time it felt like a Friday. It also just reminds me that no matter what day of the week it is, you can make it feel like Friday with your outlook, therefore I put it as a reminder in my bujo.

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Relating to the quote on the first page, I decided to do a little doodle page of everything that makes me happy. This collection is a working progress but so far I have things like, Disney, Youtube, books, catching up with friends, country music and Tom. It’s just a little reminder than when I’m not having a great day, these are the things I know will cheer me up.

Yesterday I planned out for the following week, this is how it turned out.

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I changed the pattern and colour of the border again this week and really love it. My boss’ birthday is on Tuesday so I have already doodled a little balloon to visually remember that. I also have Friendsfest, a yearly event for Friends fans, on Sunday so drew out the Friends logo to signify that. Once again I changed the week day headers, just so I don’t get bored of my weekly spreads, a simple change can keep it interesting without having to change it all.



If you have made it this far I congratulate you, that was one long post but I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless and it helped you get some inspiration for your own bullet journal.

I absolutely love how my new bullet journal is turning out so far and have a feeling I won’t be going back to a Moleskin. While they are great, Leutthurm just gives you that little bit more space, as they are slightly wider, as well as the already built in page numbers and index makes for easy use in months to come.

What are you favourite spreads in my new bullet journal? Also what type of bullet journal posts would you like to see as these are my favourite to do.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 



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A fresh month in your bullet journal is always exciting as there are clean new pages to fill out and experiment with. This month I’ve kept some of my old favourites, and got rid of others.

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I hated the colour scheme I did for May so in June I decided to try something I haven’t done before and tried doing an ombre effect with yellow and pink. I’m really pleased how it came out.

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I stuck with my first double page spread being my One Line and Doodle A Day spread but I’m already regretting doing a Doodle A Day this month as I’ve been enjoying incorporating a doodle into the blank space I have left on my weekly spreads. Therefore this spread might get abandoned but we’ll see.

I realised in May that leaving only one line for my One Line A Day sometimes wasn’t enough so therefore I’ve removed the dates down the left hand column and everyday after I’ve finished writing my one “line”, I will put the next day straight underneath. This is just give me more room if I need rather than trying to squish everything together.

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Seriously without Boho Berry I don’t know where my bullet journal would be, she gives me so much inspiration for spreads. This circular mood tracker was inspired from hers, of course. It’s a simpler version of the mood tracker than last month’s. I will just rate the day out of 10 depending on how good or bad it was then colour in the according boxes. Hopefully it will make a cool patter at the end of the month.

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Within each spread I’ve made my birthday bold because why not? haha! My monthly habit tracker has pretty much stayed the same with the first section of habits. I’ve included a “creative time” as I’m officially on summer break from uni and I want to make sure I’m still creating things and keeping up my skills. The section underneath is all to do with my recent health kick. In 2016 I wanted to take up swimming and I’ve FINALLY had motivation to do so. Today was my first session and I really enjoyed it. I’m excited to go back and build up my stamina and just feel better about myself.

I’ve also been slacking on my water intake recently and because it’s getting warmer in the UK now it’s even more important for me to drink more water. Therefore I’ve made my daily target 3 litres. I’ve also added a “no food after 8pm” on my tracker as well because I want to train myself to stop late night snacking.

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My spending log is back because I find it really useful to see where all my money is going. Thankfully I won’t have to spend much on uni this month and there will probably be a lot of pink columns. It is summer after all.

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And finally before we get into my weekly spreads, I’ve included “20 Things I’ve Learnt in 20 Years” as I am turning 20 this month. I have 11 more days until I’m no longer a teenager so I wanted to reflect on my time on this earth so far and think about all the things I’ve learnt. Once this spread is complete, I would love to do a blog post on it, if you’re interested.

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This is my first full weekly spread in June. I’m in love with it already. I just love all the colour and the doodles I’m incorporating. It just makes me so happy to look at.

I have incorporated my water intake into each day with the squares on the left hand side. I just colour in a box for each 500ml glass I drink. This just allows me to track my water more easily as I know then if I colour in 6 boxes I’ve drunk my target of 3 litres.

My past weekly spreads used to see Saturday and Sunday share a rectangle but I’ve recently realised that I needed more room to write my weekend activities so I reformulated the layout to enable me to allow the weekend days to have a box each. I really like this layout now and think I’ll be sticking with it for a while. It also takes me half the time to create which is a lifesaver sometimes.


I’m really excited to be back in my bullet journal as in May, near the end I just couldn’t be bothered to fill in my spreads. With the little changes I made and how much nicer the colour scheme is, I feel like this month will be a good one.

Do you bullet journal? What spreads have you done for June, let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 
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Welcome Back!!! I had hardly made a dent in my bullet journal for 2016 as I only started my new one in September so I thought it would be pointless to move into a new journal for the new year despite how much I wanted to. However, I’m really pleased at how I divided the years and started a fresh for 2017 but in the same bullet journal.

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To divide the two years I decided to take a double page spread and list all my year goals on one page and create a nice decorative page with one of the quotes I love and I want to try and focus more on in the new year on the other. I absolutely love this double page spread and it’s now one of my favourite spreads in my bullet journal.

The quote reads…”we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone”.

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The following double page spread is my January monthly view. I’ve been using this exact monthly view layout since starting university in October and I really like it and how it works for me. It enables me to plan for the entire month and let’s me easily see how my month is going to plan out. And it’s just so simple and easy to use that I didn’t not want to include it for the new year as it really helps me stay on track.

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I’ve been using a blog tracker of some sort since I started my bullet journal. However, for the new year I thought I’d revamp it a bit. It used to only take up one page but for 2017, I decided to take two pages and on the other page create a check list with tick boxes for “photos taken”, “written”, “edited” and “posted”. So far this is working really well and helping me stay more organised with my blog. I also created a nice big “notes” box where I can write down any blog posts I want to make sure to post in that month as well as anything else blog related that comes to mind.

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If you’ve been following me a while, you’ll know that I LOVED my cinema movie spread from 2016 and I loved it so much I had to bring it into 2017. However, since the cinema spread only took up one page, I thought of what I could include on the other single page before my first weekly spread started on the flip side. I finally decided to create a 2017 reading tracker. My goal for 2017 is to read 50 books so I created 50 boxes and each time I complete a book I can colour in a box. I know this method works really well for me and helps me stay motivated as I love colouring in boxes, it makes me feel very satsified. However, I decided to colour code the boxes.

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Depending on the rating I give the book depends on what colour I colour in the box. As you can see above, I created a little key to help myself remember. And following the key you can see that the first book I read in 2017 was a 5 star. At the end of the year, if I complete 50 books, it will be awesome to look back on and compare what ratings I gave all the books I read and just see the entire page coloured in.

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And finally it’s my weekly spread. You are probably sick of seeing the same weekly spread by now but I’m scared to change it or even rearrange it slightly as it works so well for me at the moment so I doubt I’ll be adjusting this layout any time soon. The only real difference is the headers for my weekly spreads. I’ve started working on my handwriting and love the added touch of colour around the font.


So although I didn’t change my bullet journal for the new year, I’m really pleased on how I decorated it and created some new spreads ready to help me conquer the new year ahead. Did you start a new bullet journal for the new year? Or did you stick with your one from 2016? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 


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Welcome Back!!! This tag was created by Caitlin’s Corner and I recently watched her video and it looked like a lot of fun to do and seeing as I’m really into my bullet journal at the moment, it seemed like the perfect time to answer these questions. I love doing bullet journal types of posts so let me know if you like them and if you have any suggestions of what types of ones you would like to see from me in the future. 


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  • How long have you been bullet journaling?

I’ve been bullet journaling on and off for about a year now. However, since about June this year I’ve been hardcore bullet journaling, making sure I update my bullet journal everyday. I started my new bullet journal (the one above) at the start of September ready for university.

  • What makes the bullet journal system right for you?

Just the fact it’s so versatile and you can truly put your stamp on the system. I had no clue what I was doing at the beginning but I gradually figured out what worked best for me. It took me up until late September, early October to really figure out a way that the system worked best for me. When I first started I didn’t even do weekly spreads and now they are the only thing, along with a monthly glance, that I religiously make sure I do each week.

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  • What notebook do you use to bullet journal and why?

I use a Moleskin dotted a5 notebook. I started off with a turquoise softcover Moleskin which I loved but starting university and knowing I was going to be traveling with my bullet journal a lot more I decided to buy a black hardcover so it was more durable and less likely to show dirt. Although I use Moleskin and think they are great notebooks for creating a bullet journal, I would love to have a Leuchtturm 1917 because that notebook is loved by the bullet journalling community. It’s actually on my Christmas wish list.

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  • What’s your go-to pen?

It’s definitely the Staedtler fineliner range. I have the 20 pack of colours which I use to colour code and decorate my bullet journal but the pen I use most often with my bullet journal and any other time I’m writing in fact is the black Staedtler fineliner. I recently got a pack of 6 black Staedtler fineliners just so I knew I wouldn’t run out for a while. Sometime I will use my Papermate InkJoy fine point pens but I will always veer towards my Staedtlers more.

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  • What’s your bullet journal style? (i.e. fancy? minimalist? etc?)

I would say it’s rather simple but with the use of decorative elements and colours to make the bullet journal system my own. I love using colours and colour coding each day of the week, it just makes seeing my weekly spread more fun. And personally, colour coding helps me keep more organised. 

  • What’s your favourite page to set up each month?

The only page I set up each month is my monthly view at a glance page and the first weekly spread of the month. Apart from that, I don’t preplan my weekly spreads in advance. I tend to create my weekly page spreads the Friday/the weekend before the next week is about to commence. I find this way works for me best so I don’t stress out about future events too much and focus more the current week and the tasks and deadlines I have for the week that’s happening. The only way I can roughly pre-plan is my monthly glance, which is enough for me. 

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  • Where do you get inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from Instagram mainly. I follow a lot of bullet journaling and planning accounts which have amazing ideas and designs. However, I always make my collections and spreads my own, adapting them to my own needs. For example, my current weekly spread lay-out was inspired by a Instagram account, unfortunately I can’t remember which account, but I only took the idea of the boxes, each box holds different things, i.e. my water tracker, my uni notes box etc, according to my needs. 

  • What’s your bullet journal routine? (i.e. where do you plan and at what time of the day?)

On weekdays I will get home from work/uni and sit at my desk, put some Youtube videos on and make sure my bullet journal is up to date, especially with my weekly habit and water tracker. I will add any events I found out about during the day, I will add any assignments I got from university and just make sure everything I need to remember has been added either to my current week or my monthly glance. However, at the weekend, I will get up at 8am and by 9am, after I’ve read for a bit, I will get up and plan in my bullet journal and make sure next weeks spread is ready to go. I love my weekend routine of bullet journaling in the morning as it sets my day up to be great because I’ve looked in my bullet journal and know exactly what needs to be done during the day.

  • Page you’re most proud of?

I absolutely love my “movies” collection. It’s just so decorative and colourful. It’s also been a great way to track what movies I’ve seen in the cinema this year. To be honest, this double page spread is just super fun to look at. On the right is my uni timetable.

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  • Number one tip for beginners?

Don’t expect to figure out the bullet journalling system and the way it works best for you straight away. Like I said above, I’ve been bullet journalling for about a year now and only very recently have I truly figured out how the system works best for me. It takes time but once you get the hang of it, it truly an amazing way to plan and keep organised. I don’t think I will ever not use a bullet journal is some way or another.

  • Who do you tag? 

YOU!! I tag anyone who wants to do this tag and I’m not sure who I follow and who follows me that uses a bullet journal. But if you do this tag be sure to leave a link in the comments. I would love to read your answers.


I really enjoyed doing that tag so I hope you enjoyed it as well and feel free to do it if you want. Do you have a bullet journal? How do you make the system work for you. Leave comments, I would love to know. 

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until next time, 

xoxo, rachel 

P.S I just looked through all my old bullet journal posts and it’s crazy how much my bullet journal has changed over time and how much I’ve adapted to suit my needs at the specific time and that’s exactly why I love the bullet journal system so much. 


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Welcome Back!!! I’ve been using a bullet journal for about six months now and only recently have I been able to find the exact way I want to use it and how it works best for me. Bullet journals are so diverse, they give you so much freedom to create the planner you’ve been searching long and hard for, that you won’t find a layout and system you love and that works for you straight away. Bullet journals are all about experimenting and after six months of experimenting with my bullet journal, I have finally system I love and that works for me. 


I started using a bullet journal with the generic layouts; the monthly views, the dailies, the habit trackers…all the basics. I found I instantly fell in love with the habit trackers and I still use them to this day. I used to love monthly and dailies but soon realised I would forget to write a daily to-do list each day and realised I liked to plan ahead. I also never turned back to the monthly and when I did saw how empty and unused it was. 

This past month I found great inspiration on Instagram and the planning community for a great weekly spread. This enables me to plan ahead but not so far ahead that it starts to stress me out. I can plan for the next week the Sunday before and see a weekly overview. I now no longer do monthly or dailies because they just don’t benefit the way I like to plan anymore. 

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You can see from the image above exactly how I lay out each weekly spread. I keep it consistent each week so I don’t get confused. 

I love to colour code my days so in my “next week” section (bottom left), or my spends box I can see which day I spent that money or what day next week I have things planned on. Colour coding is a great way of keeping track of your tasks and adding colour to your bullet journal. 

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Over this past month, I have switched up the boxes to figure our exactly where I wanted to place everything on my weekly spread. The image above is how I currently like having my bullet journal. I realised I didn’t need two separate boxes for my “budget”  and “spends” so I combined the two and this enabled me to have a “next week” box which has come in more handy than I first thought. 

Each column, specific for each day of the week, allows me to write a mini to-do list of things I need to complete on a specific day. The notes section allows me to write to-dos I have but don’t need to be done on a certain day or things I know I can’t forget. 

At the top of each column I have my work schedule, which doesn’t change but I still like to note it down as I do have days off due to hospital appointments sometimes. At the bottom of the column I keep Tom’s work schedule as this does change weekly, as well as a section for when I need to post on my blog and on what days. 

I love keeping track of my water intake. I feel like I tend to drink more if after each glass I get to colour in a box…it’s a lot more satisfying and makes you, in my opinion, drink more. 


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I don’t tend to keep many collections in my bullet journal as I prefer to use it just to keep track of my to-do lists and weekly events and activities. However in June, I’ve got really into my bullet journal after a couple months of not being fussed and I’ve found some collections that I love to keep up to date with. 

Of course one of them is my habit tracker, but two other ones I’ve been absolutely loving filling in this month as been my “Movies” collection and my “Blog Ideas” page. They are pretty self-explanatory. My movies spread allows me to keep track of all the films I’ve seen in the cinema this year. I’m thinking of starting another one where I keep a note of all the films I’ve seen at home, I just love the film strip aspect of this page so much. The blog ideas page just enables me to jot down ideas quickly and once I’ve written a post on them, I can cross it off, easily keeping track on blog posts I upload. It’s also a place I can come when I’m stumped on what to upload. 


I really don’t know where I’d be without my bullet journal especially after such a hectic month of my internship, seeing friends and sorting out college applications. My newly ‘worked out” bullet journal has been a life saviour. 

I love bullet journaling and I don’t think I’ll be on the hunt for another planner any time soon. If you would like to see more posts on my bullet journal or bullet journaling in general, please let me know as I would love to share my tips and tricks with you all. 

Do you bullet journal? How do you use yours? 

until next time…

xoxo, rachel 


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