I hinted a couple posts ago that I might be starting a new bullet journal sometime in the near future, but it turns out that my old notebook was pretty much out of pages. Setting up my monthly layouts for May just would not fit in the remaining pages… So, I used a few of those pages to plan out my new bullet journal and started fresh with my brand new Leuchtturm1917 for the month of May.
I promised that I would share my new bullet journal when I got going on it, so here it is… My new bullet journal!
The first thing I did was start a pen test page in the back so that I could check on how things write in the new book. I was disappointed to find out that even in this new book some of my pens still ghost and soak through. I also did go and buy myself a couple new pens… (even though I said I would wait until I win the biggest loser competition with my husband before doing that…) Continue reading →
I’m going to continue with my monthly check-in on my habit tracker in my bullet journal (see last month’s post), as that is where I am keeping track of the various smaller goals (in the form of my giant Goal #2) that I’m working on…
How did I do in February?
I started the month with 8 habits to work on… and then part way through I added a 9th.
At the beginning of January, I introduced the habit tracker that I have in my new bullet journal. It’s nothing original, so many bullet journalists are using the same idea or something similar, but I was pretty proud of it, and was motivated to keep up my new good habits… until I went on vacation…
Okay, if I’m really honest I never did have a single day where I fully did every habit… so I can’t really blame my vacation… And I started this blog to keep myself accountable, so let’s take a look at how things went…
Here’s how the January habit tracked ended up:
#1 – Morning Routine: 8 half successful days… and 1 success… Basically, I have a really really hard time getting up at 5:30am.
#2 – Exercise: 16 successful days. I was doing very well, and then I went on vacation. It is true that while on vacation I did do a lot of walking… but didn’t count that… But I also don’t really count that as a failure either. It’s just the way vacation is…
#3 – At Work by 9am: 10 successes. 2 half-successes. (I had planned appointments that made me get to work late.) But I wasn’t expected at work on weekends, or during my vacation… so… really, there were only 2 days of the month that I didn’t do this when I should have… So, that’s a huge win.
#4 – Blog Posts: I did 6 blog posts in January. If I was following my Tuesday/Thursday scheduled, I should have done 8… and they weren’t always actually posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays like I want either. Some work to do here…
On Tuesday I discussed goal #1 for 2016, which is to get organized with my bullet journal… it’s a work in progress… but that’s sort of the concept of the bullet journal… work at it until you find what works best for you… so I’ll have to post an update in a while once I’ve had more time to work through the kinks.
I had so many ideas for goals or things I want to accomplish, it was sort of overwhelming when I was brainstorming… but it is silly to try and get everything done at once, so I needed to pare down. So, for goal #2 for 2016, I decided that I would start with a few specific habits to work on in January, and then each month I will add more based on the successes of the previous month. Mastering these habits will help me have a good basis for completing other goals.
I’ve already shown you my habit tracker from my bullet journal on Tuesday, but I didn’t go in to any details about what habits were actually being tracked… so I’ll do that now.
Here is my January habit tracker in my bullet journal that I posted on Tuesday:
And here is an updated close-up from yesterday:
I have selected 7 habits for January that are mostly attached to bigger goals, but are smaller tasks that I can work on…
1. Morning Routine (5:30am)
Last summer, I put together a morning routine or schedule in an attempt to get myself organized. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any way to record how often I was doing it, and zero accountability, and I totally let it fall to the side. So, with the help of my bullet journal, I’m going to try get up at 5:30am every morning and do the morning routine every morning. Well, not Saturday and Sunday… those are my sleep in days. So far, I haven’t done a full morning routine, but I did partial routines some mornings… Or I did get up at 5:30am, but I didn’t do a part of the routine… I have indicated that with a half filled box.