My bullet journal for June 2017

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Happy June everyone!

Enjoy some of my bullet journal pages for June 2017. As you can see, my theme colour for this month is sea green (Tombow dual brush pen 346).

My monthly spread is basically same with the previous month. I’m not quite happy with the darkened tip of my first arrow below the monthly title, but I had to fill it out before ruining it… (saddened)

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I don’t normally use washi tapes unless I have a major mistake to cover up. As you can see on the side, I had to cover my failed border with the grassy washi tape. Surprisingly, the washi tape ended up so natural with the monthly theme colour. Out of satisfaction, I applied another washi tape at the bottom of the page. As a result, my habit tracking page is fuller than ever!

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This is my favourite page of the month. Enjoy my wholly new mood tracker! See how my grassy washi tape adds joy to this page.

I don’t know why but I hated the idea of using the same design for another mood tracker. I’ve discovered the fun of coming up with the ideas of new tracking spreads.

New for June 2017

  • 4 mood colours (1 colour shorter than May)
  • New Work Log to be added during the month

I hope that your June will be full of happy moments!

My Bullet Journal Setup for May 2017

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How do you all feel about the new month?

Here’s my bullet journal for May 2017. This month’s theme color is rose red. I don’t know how I came up with those stripes, but I’m happy with them.

As you can see, the left page is Ryder Carroll’s method of monthly spread, divided into two columns for upcoming tasks and accomplishments. My first experience with this method worked well for April, so I’m sticking with it.

I’m doing well with monthly habit tracker since last December. It’s traditional tracker that keeps me on track with daily routines and positive habits. The bottom of the page is intentionally blank, in case of adding more habits.

 

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I’m doing new mood tracker since last March. I didn’t track my mood in April because I was not sure about my new experience with the dot grid notebook. I got the idea of this tracking spread from here.

As an independent worker, I organize my work assignments and income with my bullet journal. As the last Work Log was full with the work assignments in April (another busy month!) I needed to set up a new Log for May. This Work Log spread was inspired by Pretty Prints and Paper.

Added 

  • mood tracker

Removed

  • Monthly title page

I hope you enjoyed my bullet journal setup for May, and I wish you a happy and fulfilling month!

Moving into a new bullet journal + my first experience with a dot grid notebook!

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This is my new bullet journal + my very first dot grid notebook. After spending two ruled notebooks for bullet journaling, I was pretty nervous to use a dot grid notebook for the first time.

(If you are unfamiliar with what bullet journal is, it is a highly customizable journaling system invented by a designer named Ryder Carroll. If you want to know more, view this introductory video or visit this website.)

As you can see in the photo, my new bullet journal notebook is Rhodia Boutique Softcover A5 Dotted Notebook – ORANGE, consisting of 160 unnumbered pages. I don’t know how many months it will cover, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll have to be moving into another notebook sometime in the year.

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I have allocated the first 3 pages for indexing. (I make a lot of mistake!!! lol)
Since this Rhodia notebook is unnumbered, I need to manually number my pages on the bottom right corner.

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This is an example of my monthly page, and also my first attempt of Ryder Carroll’s monthly spread, moving from the traditional grid-view layout (Visit this page for more monthly layouts).
You see the dates and days of the month along the left edge. I have divided my month in two columns to organize my upcoming tasks (first column) and achievements (second column).

From this month, I adopted the method of ‘theme color‘: each month I pick a specific colour to use throughout the month. For April, I picked blue as the theme colour.

(Pens: Tombow Dual Brush Pens (primary), Steadtler Triplus Fineliners 0.3)

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Weekly layout, inspired by Boho Berry. I’m still wondering how to utilize that empty space on the left page…

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Typical daily pages. I know my handwriting is clumsy… (sigh) but I’m try to be better at it. You can see my practice with Faber Castell Artist Pitt pens on the left page (that’s why that portion is written in black)

I try to keep this bullet journal simple and minimal, without unnecessary stickers and washi tapes which made my previous bullet journals trashy…

I hope my first dot grid bullet journaling experience will be successful. In the beginning, I was pretty uncomfortable with the small line spacing, but I’m getting used to it. One thing I love about a dot grid notebook is wider space where I can write much more stuff on one page.

What’s new in my new bullet journal?

  • Ryder Carroll’s monthly spread (break from grid-view layout)
  • Monthly theme colour
  • Minimal decoration

Highlight(s) of dot grid notebook

  • Customizable use of pages
  • More lines

Lowlight(s) of dot grid notebook

  • Small line spacing

My Goals for March 2017!

I can’t believe it’s already the third month of 2017!

In order to start the new month afresh, I have set up a list of goals for March 2017. I decided to take these monthly goals more seriously than the roughly set goals in February.

The most exciting thing of the month is my upcoming trip to Italy during the last week! But I want to complete several challenges and projects before taking off.

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Here are my goals for March 2017:

  1. #PlanWithMeChallenge (hosted by @TinyRayofSunshine, @Boho.Berry, @PrettyPrintsandPapers)

    I became interested in this bullet journal challenge hosted by my favourite bullet journalists only last month. I decided to follow the prompts for this month, and my approach will be as follows: I will check the daily prompt, and if it is something I have never tried (e.g. rapid log, etc.), I will search for relevant resources and apply them to my bullet journal. If the prompt is something I have tried or already familiar with (e.g. To-Do, etc.), I will check others’ examples and improve my entries or pages. And if I am proud of the result, I may share it here or through social media.

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2. #DoodleWithUsinmarch Challenge (hosted by @alexandra_plans and @christina77star)

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I have tried and failed several independent doodle challenges before with no clear guidelines or set of prompts. I almost decided not to take any doodle challenges, but this set of fairytale prompts absolutely intrigued me. So, I’m taking this challenge this month, and I will definitely share the result here!

3. Finish reading Lion by Saroo Brierley  (previously published as A Long Way Home: A Memoir)

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This is my currently-reading book, and another book written by a non-professional writer after ‘A Mother’s Reckoning’ by Sue Klebold. I decided to read the book because I thought it would take less time than watching the movie in a relatively distant movie theatre. I’m past the half point now, and thoroughly enjoying it! I will definitely post my review here.

4. Read the Torah (except the Genesis)

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This is an appropriate challenge for Lent. I excluded the Genesis because I have read the book for multiple times in the past (but I’ll eventually return to it one day). I have been always curious about what happened after the Exodus, so I’m reading all four books, including the Exodus. I need to complete this challenge anyway before starting a new notebook for my bullet journal.

5. Finish planning for the Trip to Italy & Have a safe trip!

This is the highlight of the month. I spent all February in planning and researching which left me relatively little to do in March other than reserving admissions and packing. I’m a big planning person who needs to plan almost everything before going to a strange place or doing something big like this. Having concluded that planning every second of the trip is nearly impossible, I’m leaving some blank spaces in my schedule aside from the essential attractions such as the Papal General Audience (which I secured the ticket!), Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery, and so forth.  So all I’m left to do is reserving admissions to those attractions in order to avoid wasting hours in lines. Stay tuned for my photos!


So these are my ‘major goals’ for March. I have a feeling that I’ll live through March 2017 fuller than ever! I think it’s the strength of planning. In the end of the month, I will share how these challenges went.