Today we’re going to take a look at my bullet journal setup for May! I know I’m a bit late, but as they say, it’s better late than never! Read on for details, photos and video of this simple yet highly functional layout.
We are already more than half-way through the month of May, but I wanted to take some time to share with you my setup for the month because I have been finding it to be highly functional. I love a pretty bullet journal as much as the next person, but functionality is what helps you achieve your goals and keep organized.
If you saw my blog post or video for my April setup, you may already recognize the setup for my monthly pages. That’s right, besides the color scheme, I copied my April monthly pages exactly! On the left page, I have mini block calendar for easy viewing, sections to list out my goals, to-dos, and to track my social media growth. At the top of the page, I also have a section to write down what I’m looking forward to in the month of May. With everything that’s going on in the world, I’m finding it helpful to focus on the positive, and listing out things to look forward to gives me a sense of hope and optimism. Try it for yourself!
On the right page (you can check this post for a better photo), I have a traditional bullet journal monthly date list. I split the page into two columns so that I can easily separate my work events from my personal events.
The weekly layout is where the functionality of this month’s setup really shines. First, let’s take a quick look at the overall layout of a week. In order to get the best use of space, I decided to turn my notebook and use two pages as one long spread. At the top of the spread, I have habit trackers, and the rest of the pages contains a table for organizing my days.
Let’s take a closer look at the habit trackers. I am really passionate about keeping track of my habits, even though I don’t always stick to my habits. For the entire month of May, I thought it would be easier to track my habits one week at a time instead of making one giant 2-page habit tracker spread, which can be really overwhelming. The other problem with creating a separate spread for tracking habits is that it often becomes out of sight, out of mind. By keeping my habits on the same page as my daily planning helps keep my habits top of mind.
I like to keep my habits separated into at least two different trackers. I have a very developed set of morning routine habits in one tracker, and in the other I have both my evening routine habits (which are less rigid) and a few other habits that are helping me reach my goals.
Planning My Days
When my husband surprised me with a new tablet last month, I was so excited that I considered making a digital bullet journal for the month of May. I spent some time developing some functional layouts on my tablet, but when I remembered my goal of finishing my current journal, I decided to adapt them for the page and this is what I came up with! Each day has six columns and I use a different color pen for each column.
From left to right:
- Events or appointments (red)
- High priority tasks (orange)
- Other/lower priority tasks (green)
- Dinner meal plans (yellow)
- Mood (mint)
- Notes or memos (pink)
I’m really loving the functionality of each of the columns. Being able to see my entire week at a glance, and plan my events, tasks and meals in advance is helping me stay motivated and organized. I also love that I am able to record my mood and notes everyday as a form of memory keeping.
- Wash tapes and washi stickers: Daiso Korea
- Dusty blue marker: mild highlighter from Daiso Korea
- Dusty pink marker: Staedtler marsgraphic 3000 duo brush pen
- Colored pens: Tomobow Playcolor Dot
- Black pens: Uniball Jetstream and Sarasa Dry
I hope you found this post helpful or inspiring! Thanks so much for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Don’t forget to check out my April bullet journal video as well for a more-detailed look.