May is fast approaching, and I was actually able to get myself together enough to plan ahead of time. I know, I know… shocking. I was even able to film a video for the YouTube channel!!
Anyways, lets dive in.
Getting started in my planning actually began a couple weeks ago. I counted pages and estimated what page my dailies would end on and reserved half of the page to make notes for May. I just kept track of thoughts, ideas, additions, and things I will be discontinuing. The biggest change is that I am going to back off habit tracking again. I tried it in April, but I am still habit-tracker burnt out.
This page is nothing fancy. You can really get into this and make it as elaborate as you want. I do recommend that everyone reflects on the prior month while planning, so that your planner/bullet journal can by fully tailored to fit your needs.
Next task is gathering supplies which were printables in this case. I looked through and decided what my pages would be and if I needed printables for them.
Printable or Draw
|Monthly Calendar Wheel||Printable|
|Gratitude Log & Daily Log||Draw|
|Likes & Dislikes||Draw|
I did not create this table while planning, it is purely for this post, but you definitely could pre-plan pages and spreads. Here is a printable page layout sheet.
If you follow me Instagram, you may have already seen my short video of me creating my May banner. I saw a Pin of Pinterest that inspired the drawing by Free Pretty Things For You (take a look at all the cool stuff on their site).
Although, I ended up coloring in my banner, I almost wish I would have kept it black and white. It is such a simple design, and I was so excited that I could easily do it.
These next few pages are pretty self explanatory. The video (above) shows how I insert the stickers and some pointers I have to get them to lay nicely.
Coming up next is my May Likes & Dislikes page which I like to have to track throughout the month because I am toying with the idea of doing monthly ‘Likes and Dislikes’ videos On the right side of this spread is my new mood tracker. This seems to be kind of a new trend, which I really enjoy and can see the benefits in keeping track of. Especially for people (like me) who sometimes suffer from depression. Last month, I tried out a feather design inspired by a design by Fiona over at @tinas.welt.de on Instagram. I love the feather idea and will probably do it again, but for May I decided to try a different idea I had. My Grandma introduced my to Zentangle last summer and I really enjoy it. Here is a link to a Pinterest search with a bunch of Zentangle examples and designs. I decided that I wanted to do a Zentangle design that was color coded like a mood mandala/tracker. The other part of the idea is that I thought it would be fun to do animal designs. For May, I settled on a giraffe design.
This is a prototype of the printable that I will be making, but I am really excited. So excited, that I already created all of the Zentangle-y designs on the giraffe.
The next page/printable that is new this month is my step tracker. I wear a FitBit, so my daily steps are logged. I thought it would be fun, and hopefully motiviating to see how many steps I can accumulate for the entire month…. kind of like a competition against myself.
There are printable PDFs available in the library. Each PDF has a table numbered on the bottom axis 1-31 for the days of the month, and increments of 2,000, 5,000, or 10,000 steps per day going up the vertical axis. There is even a bonus PDF with extra increments at the top for those who are above and beyond. If you need a PDF with different increments (i.e. 1,000, 15,000, 20,000, or even more – let me know).
The last page here is my goals. Nothing special, but I find that constant reminders keep me on track… or at least thinking about the track.
That is all I have for today. Make sure to check back for my April review post.
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