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My December Bullet Journal

December 5, 2018

My favorite thing about months is that they start over; a fresh start every 30 days. A new month lets you try again to not go over budget or restart that “clean the house every day” plan you intended. For me, the first of the month brings the newness I always anticipate from the new year. When I failed my resolutions by the end of January, I had a difficult time picking myself back up. I’ve learned that giving myself 30 days to make a change instead of 365, made attaining my goals much more attainable. I was able to give myself more grace and encouragement, while having a time frame that didn’t overwhelm me. By setting SMART goals, I could track my progress and feel good about the tiny successes! Bullet journaling was the best way I’ve found that gives me a creative outlet while helping me grow. I’m no expert, and my pages aren’t perfect, but it gives me such joy!

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Setting my goals was a huge part of making Bullet Journaling work for my world. I use the SMART method for setting goals with my students every 6 weeks. It’s a method I’ve found to work swimmingly, so I thought “Why not use it on myself?”.

S=Specific. “Eating better” was a surefire way to set myself up for cop outs or complete failure. It was way too broad of a goal, and how could I track it? Instead, I would target the specific “behavior” I wanted to track or change. What EXACTLY was I trying to achieve here?  “Eating better” became “Eat Vegetables”, “Cut out daily soda”, or “One sugar in my coffee”.

M=Measurable. Again “Eating better” is extremely difficult to measure. If you can’t measure it, how can you know if you’ve been successful? “Better” is such a subjective word. What’s better to one person may not be better to the next. Instead, when I chose a specific goal, I could measure my success. Making a goal measurable breaks it down into pieces. Even if I do want to cut out soda and sugar completely, I need to chunk it.   “I will have soda only 2 days a week”, “I will only put 1 sugar in my coffee”. Those were goals I could put in my Bullet Journal to track. It was very clear if I had achieved it or not.

A= Attainable. This part was the most eye-opening for me. Was my goal really reachable for me? Of course in a perfect world I could say “NO MORE SUGAR OR SODA AT ALL”, but would that really be something I could do? Is that a reasonable goal that I could succeed with? Absolutely not. I was setting myself up for failure and falling down even faster. I started off small with my goals making it one or two days a week. When I felt the success with those parts and got my feet planted, I could up it with “Soda once a week”, or “Eating a serving of vegetables at 10 meals a week”.  If you don’t have the resources or time to achieve that goal, it’s not attainable.  If your goal is to go to the gym every day”, but you’re working double shifts two days a week, you might be setting yourself up to fail. I’ve also found that I need to limit the amount of things I want to change at once. Having maybe 3 goals instead of 6, makes your goals much more attainable

R=Relevant/Reasonable. Is this something you even WANT to do? Does it spark your interest? Does it matter to you?  Believe it or not, this is a huge part of creating your goals. Sometimes we create goals we think we should have or we copy others’ goals. In reality, you probably aren’t going to stick to goals you don’t really want to accomplish for yourself. The goals must be relevant to your  life and have meaning to you!!

Also, your goals need to be reasonable. This means that you have to challenge yourself. Don’t make a goal you know will be too easy to achieve! You’re stronger than you think!!

T=Timely. It’s important to give yourself a time frame and plan for achieving your goals. “By the end of the week” or “By the end of the month” gives you a time frame to hold yourself too. When you’re time is the whole 365 days of the year, it can seem daunting. Some of my goals are even daily and THAT’S OK!

My tips!

  • Remember these are YOUR goals. You can choose to share them or not, it’s your business.
  • Stay positive! Speak kindly to yourself during the hard times and give yourself grace during the small failures.
  • Don’t be afraid to edit your goals and plans! No one is grading you. If something isn’t working, change it! There’s no use in doing something that isn’t getting you toward your goals.
  • Try an accountability parter! Chances are there is someone in your circle who has a similar goal as you. Get together to encourage one another!
  • Create a pretty tracker you want to look at every day! It’s simple, but I always want to track my habits on a tracker that looks nice!
  • Track your habits for a month before creating goals. Track specific behaviors that you want to change or that you notice. See where your gaps are and where improvements can be made. This will help you create goals that are SMART!

Here’s a look into my December bullet journal!

My December goals:

  1. By the end of December, I will have drank 90oz of water a day for at least 25 days.
  2. By the end of December, I will have walked at least a mile 3 days a week.
  3. By the end of December, I will have read 1 book.

I hope this helps you start your own bullet journal goal setting! If you’re interested in my materials for bullet journaling and more check out my October Bullet Journal Post HERE!

HAPPY JOURNALING!

Bullet Journal

My October Bullet Journal

October 2, 2018

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I started bullet journaling about two years ago as a way to take control of my anxiety. I began by tracking my moods and habits to make connections between what I was doing and how it was making me feel. Bullet journaling was a form of  healing for me. It became controlled creativity for me, which was something I needed as I was recovering from my miscarriage. It was something I didn’t have to share with the world if I didn’t want to. I could make mistakes in private and not worry about my handwriting being perfect. It was just for me! I’ve had so much fun exploring new pages and tracking random things in my life!

I’m sharing my bullet journals with y’all to encourage you to start your own! I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even intricate; it just needs to be what you need it to be! My handwriting is less than perfect, my lines aren’t totally straight, and I’m really bad at drawing. However, the benefits outweigh my embarrassment, and I’m getting better and better.

For the most part, I steal my layouts and monthly covers from Pinterest or Instagram. There are tons of amazingly creative and inspiring pages to get ideas from. I’ll take them and tweak them to fit my style and needs.

Currently, I’m using the Minimalism Art Soft Cover Journal,  Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel pens, and Paper Mate Felt Tip Flair Pens to make my pages.

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I love tracking my moods each month. It helps me keep the big picture in mind. When I think that I’ve just had the worst month or that I’ve been too sad for a while; I can look back and see that it was just a bad day or two. Realizing that sometimes I just have bad days has helped me come out of my funks quicker. When I can see how temporary some emotions are, I can move past the bad ones. It’s always fun to figure out a cute way to track my moods.

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Having a health tracker is HUGE for me. Holding myself accountable has always been tough. I can talk myself into making decisions that are bad for me way too easily. With a habit tracker, I can get a visual of my success each month. I always get a little joy from crossing things off of a to do list and this is the same concept, in my mind. I feel so accomplished when I compete a full day! I will also compare the habit tracker to my daily mood tracker. If I felt off one day, I can look at my habit tracker and see if something I did may have caused my mood change. For example, I always feel better when exercise or drink my water! If I have too much caffeine or skip breakfast, my energy wears out faster. This has helped me take control of my moods and health.

 

This spread was just for fun this month! This is all the Hulu and Netflix shows I’ve watched since 2011. This summer, when I was 9 million months pregnant, I watched an ungodly amount of Netflix. I got curious as to how much TV I’d actually watched and I gotta say that I’m a little ashamed. There’s a whole other 3rd page with the reality shows I’ve watched as well. As sad as this is, it’s been eye opening to see how I chose to spend my free time before Winnie was born. I have a feeling this will change!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my October spread! I’m no Bullet Journal expert, but I’m here if you have any questions about getting started.