Welcome to this first edition of “ Plan with me ”, which will feature the month of March 2018.
“ Plan with me ” articles are used to lay out one’s monthly planning setup and to explain it. A lot of Bullet Journal bloggers out there use this concept to share their monthly planning, in the hopes of inspiring and helping others plan better. For example, I love to watch Boho Berry’s Plan With Me videos over on her YouTube channel, they are amazing.
Planning out your month is really important in the Bullet Journal system: indeed, to be more organized, it is necessary to plan long term as well as short term.
Without further ado, here is my “ Plan with me ” for the month of March.
The Monthly log
On the first page on the left, I begin my planning of the month with my Monthly log. I write down the events I have planned for the month. I use a vertical disposition, where I write down the date et the day of the week in one column. This month, I decided to use two columns to write down what I have planned: one column work related (shifts, overtime, etc.) and the other column for anything else (personal, appointments, etc.).
The page on the right features various information: they are things I like to note on a monthly basis. For example, I like to record the number of followers I have on Instagram at the beginning and the end of the month, the number of visitors on my blog during the month, the books I have read, and the songs I have listened to during the month, a.k.a. my playlist. There is also a square I called “Next Month” that I use to write down things I want to remember, and maybe migrate, for the following month.
The habit tracker
The next page contains my habit tracker. These habits are things I want to do every day, or at the least, as often as possible. Basically, they are good habits I am trying to maintain. As such, this table is a good way to figure out if I am dedicated to those good habits throughout the month. I invite you to check out my Instagram account at the end of the month to see it filled out.
At the bottom of the table, I keep track of my sleep hours. I am the kind of person that needs at least 8 hours of sleep per night to be functional, so I like to keep track of my sleeping times in my Bullet Journal.
On the page opposite of my habit tracker, I write down my Instagram post schedule. I write what picture I post on Instagram, on the date I post them. On the right-most column, I record the reactions they got from my followers a few days after the publication, meaning the “likes” and the comments.
The fifth page holds my grocery spending tracker and my bills tracker. This page is a bit like my monthly budget for the things I find most important.
Chores to do
The last page of my monthly planning, before I start my weekly and daily planning, is the chores I have to do. There was a time when I would re-write every chore every week (since most chores are due on a weekly basis), but eventually, I grew tired of it and decided to write them once per month. As such, I came up with this table: when a task is done, I put an “X” in the column of the corresponding week. Some tasks need to be done every week, while others, only once a month, and so I found a way to have them all at the same place.
That was it for my monthly planning for the month of March! For those that follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that it is quite similar to my planning for February, except for the Monthly log. Indeed, for now, this setup satisfies me, and I have thus not made many changes.
Let me know in the comments what you think! ?
Till next time !