As I settle into my bullet journal, it has become clear that the unstructured pages suit me. I’ve started to tweak my system in small ways. It’s still simple, but I am making this my own.
On Sundays, I have a weekly “launch” routine. I’ve written about this before, and my system is still going strong. Now I’m using the bullet journal instead of my Filofax, however, and I have taken to adding some Washi tape. Nothing over-the-top. Please note that I don’t have a lot added to my list of tasks for the week, because I like to plan out my day the night before. While the pages are relatively empty, I can guarantee they will fill up, since I put tasks both large and small on the pages.
My least favorite layout this week is Monday. It faces a page where I was trying to work out some logistical concerns, and I didn’t have a great vision for how to use the tape. Meh, it is what it is. Tuesday and Wednesday turned out much better, I think.
One of my small tweaks is listing the dinner plan for the night at the bottom of the page. I also created a log to track how many glasses of water I’ve consumed during the day. I plan to add notes that also track my spending for the day, since I carry this notebook everywhere, and I can tuck a receipt in there as soon as I make a payment or pay a bill.
For Thursday and Friday, I love the paisley Washi tape with a small strip of purple underneath. Simple and bold at the same time. It almost makes up for Monday’s disaster of a page!
In addition to starting my lists for the week, I decorated some pages for two lists that I want to make…one for brainstorming family activities and one for travel. My husband and I are alternating weeks for one-on-one time with our kids, in addition to spending time together with all four of us. This weekend, I took my daughter bowling at the university’s student union. The lil’ stinker managed to beat me…legitimately! Next weekend, my husband will do something different with her, and I’ll do something with my son. As you can see, I haven’t added a lot; I’ll fill it out as the week progresses. On the other side is a space where I’ll brainstorm our family vacations. My husband and I spent an hour talking about our calendars yesterday, so here’s where I’ll put ideas for each of the vacation periods.