I can't believe that May is almost over! Time flies by for sure! As always I had to get my bullet journal ready for June (Yay! 👏🏻)
I knew I wanted the theme to be related to summer, but I wanted something a bit different from the normal summer themes. So, in the end I decided to go with a 'Polaroid photos and Summer Time' theme. I also didn't want to use all the conventional colours that you'd normally use for this type of theme. I wanted to go more with a pastel palette. (You can check all the supplies I used for this theme at the end of this post 😉)
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.
We start with the cover page of the month. As you can see it's full of photos of ice-creams, summer fruit and a cute little boat. 🍦 All things you associate with summer. Here you can also see the type of colours I chose for this theme. They are mostly blues with pinks and light purples.
The theme continues into my Monthly Spread. Again I used the separate boxes for this layout, and I've added lots of photo doodles with lots of summer elements to match with the theme.
As you can see my doodles are quite raw and far from perfect. And that is the look I wanted to go with. I wanted to show you that you can do something cute and fun without it being a masterpiece. You should create things in your journal that you enjoy and most importantly have fun.
Again I'm separating my monthly goals into two sections: personal and business. Sitting down and writing all the things I want to focus on during the month in these two categories has proven very productive. It helps me clear my head and narrow down the things that I want to achieve each month.
The next page is my monthly focus. I've started using this spread in March and it has become a staple in my monthly set up since then.
I found it in 'Your Best Year 2018' by Lisa Jacobs and decided to added it in my bullet journal. These are my monthly objectives summarised in 5 categories that include Financial, Spiritual, Mental, Physical and Relational.
These are the five pillars of a harmonic life, as taught in 'Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of attracting the life you want' by James Arthur Ray. And on this page you basically write what you want to improve during this month in each of those categories. It's just another way to help you focus more on specific areas of your life in order to move forward and make changes. So, together with my monthly goals page they set up my intentions for each month.
Moving forward, this is my areas of focus / tasks to complete spread. It is the next step of my monthly focus and planning. One more spread inspired by 'Your Best Year 2018'. It helps you to organise your thoughts and what you have to do during the month and turn your plans into actionable steps.
On the left hand page is the areas of focus, where I write everything I want to do during June. To create this list, I look at the previous two spreads. Then I take it a step further and I write all the steps I need to take for each goal, in order for everything to be done. After that, I take those steps and I spread them as the tasks that need to be completed in the 4 weeks of the month. That way, I know exactly what I need to do each week in order to have a successful month, so that I will finish all my projects and tick off all the things from my to-do list.
Next comes my monthly finances spread as always. It's a basic spread for my blog/work income and my expenses.
As always I keep a notes page in my monthly layout. I think every one should have a page like that in their monthly setup. It's such a useful page, that keeps all my random thoughts and notes in one place. And I think it turned out so cute this time with those polaroid photos!
This is my 'two lines per day'spread. It is a spread that I use like a journal. I like to come here every night and write something I want to remember about that day - it could be a thought, it could be something that happened during that day, a quote I liked or anything else I want .
I enjoy so much filling in this spread each day! And I love coming back at the end of the month to read all the things I've written.
And lastly, but not least, this is my first weekly spread for June. Again I used a very simple layout for the first week. I love the simplicity and functionality of it. And it's my go to layout when I want to create my weekly in a hurry. You simple create 2 lines on each page and then you add the days on each rectangle formed.
And that is one more month planned in my bullet journal. Have you decided on June's theme yet? Do you prepare ahead of time, or you like to start planning on the 1st of each month? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you use the same theme like me, please send me a picture of it at firstname.lastname@example.org