In today's post I’m going to show you how I've set up my bullet journal for December. December is a very busy month and I have to create lots of spreads. Today I’ll show you the basic monthly spreads and there’ll be another blog post with all the xmas spreads separately.
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post, because there's also a video, where I'm showing you exactly how I've created each spread.
Since I had space, I thought to create a page to say goodbye to November and I continued the theme with the leaves that I started that month. For all the spreads, I’m using my Tombow markers as watercolours with my Pentel water brush.
When I'm using watercolours, I prefer to add the colour on the page first, before I go back and retrace the image with my black pen. But make sure to leave everything to dry well first, so that you can avoid smudges.
The next page is the first page of December. For the last 3 months I'm using a month from my Penguin Calendar as the first page of that month. You can print and use it as normal calendar, but what I like to do is to print it on a sticker paper, cut it to size and add it straight on the page. I like to use a ruler to make sure the sticker goes on straight and there are no bubbles..
The next page is my Month at a Glance. I decided to use the traditional monthly calendar grid for this month and I added a cute little snowman at the top of it. I've found that this layout works better for me.
I also have to sections at the side of the calendar that are for things I want to remember to do this month and next month.
Moving on to the next spread which is my November review and my December focus. I tend to do this at the end of almost every month, but since it’s the last months of the year, and they are the 2 busiest months as well, I want to reflect on what I’ve accomplished in November and also to focus on specific tasks for December.
The December focus page I separated it into 5 sections: one section with all the things I want to do this month, and then 1 section for each week, where I basically take all the things I want to do and I allocate them in one of the weeks of the month. That makes it easier to do tasks and I know exactly what I have to do each week.
For last month’s review I create sections for my big wins, what didn’t work and how I’ll improve.
Moving on to my Mood Tracker for December. I decided to make it a bit more fun, so I created a polar bear that seems to be having some issues with the xmas lights. I created 1 light for each day of the month that I’m going to be colouring depending on my mood.
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The next spread is my Sleep Log. I really enjoyed doing last month and I’m going to continue it this month as well. To tell you the truth, I’m surprised that I kept up with this tracker. Every time I’ve tried in the past to use a tracker, I always forgot to go back and fill it in. But with this one I did it. I’m doing a similar design with before with the little stars, but I chose pinks and purples this time for the colours.
I’ve also decided to start tracking my sleep from 9pm instead of 6pm, because clearly I’m not going to be getting any late afternoon naps any time soon. I also left some space next to the times to record exactly when I wake up and when I go to sleep. I’m not sure if I’ll keep up with that one, but I’ll give it a try.
And the in the last page I wanted to add a list with all the things I have to do before the holidays.
I wanted to make it a bit more interesting and so I made it look like a binder. I don’t know if that happens to you too, but when I draw and create things on my pages, then I want to go back to them and finish all the tasks. It’s a bit weird, but it works.
You can watch the video as well to see exactly how I've created each spread:
So, this is how my December looks in my bullet journal. Which spreads did you add in your December set up? Have you used a mood tracker or a sleep log before?