With the craziness that is always June in our house my focus for the month has been to simplify my June bullet journal set up. The schools break up at the end of the month and there are always lots of activities on the agenda and on top of that I’m trying to get ahead of the game and prepare projects in readiness for less time to get stuff done during the 8 week break.
Originally I planned to create a pretty header page with probably some watercoloring involved but in the end plumped on a little lettering practice and a quote from the Scottish comedian Billy Connelly. Scotland is a beautiful country of green lush mountains and lochs but both of those features require a lot of rain LOL so yes, the weather here can be wet, windy, wild, snowy, you name it! When the sun shines, however, nothing can beat its gentle warmth and beauty and as the quote suggests early summer is usually the time we get the nicer weather. May and June from my experience are the best months and we have been particularly fortunate this year with some glorious weather :D
Following on from the title page I have a simple two page spread with a few key dates on the left. I’d only just starting filling in this page when I took this photograph so I realise sports days and various end of year activities were yet to be filled in but you can probably see that my two boys (one graduating from Primary School and heading to High School after the summer and one graduating from High School to head to University) have a much better social life than I do LOL. On the right page I keep a running to-do list of items which don’t have specific times or due dates just things I want to get done during the month. It was very satisfying when I reviewed my May version of this page to see how many things I’d achieved during the month in addition to the daily to-do lists.
For my next double page spread I’ve written out a few of the Instagram challenges I like to include where I can. I find the challenges great for inspiring a little doodling and lettering in my bujo as well as helping me focus my planning. I will say though that with my aim to simplify this month I’m not sure I will get to these challenges as much as I was. However, that’s the joy of the bullet journal isn’t it. When we feel inclined we can use a page per day filled with doodles, lettering, notes and more but other times we can stick to a clean and simple style with just a few lines of lists per day.
Talking of dailies, here’s a look at how things are panning out so far this month. Again my focus is to keep things simple and for this month I’ve bought back a couple of things which have proved successful in the past – large banner headings to make each day stand out and check boxes. I do like the simplified nature of the bullets but find that outstanding items are clearer for me to see if I use a check box instead. I score through the check box three times to indicate a completed task, an arrow through shows that item has been migrated forward, a cross through the box is for something that is cancelled or no longer relevant and I use a single line through a box to show an item as partially complete.
To aid clarity I have gone with two colors of inks this month. In the Pilot Vanishing Point I have a Diamine onyx black ink which is a lovely deep black but is proving to be very reactive to water and easy to smudge. To make appointments and events stand out I’m using the delicious Diamine soft mint in the Twsbi Eco :D
Well that’s a quick look at my June bullet journal set up. Any questions, pop them in the comments below :D Thanks for joining me again this week. Let’s hope for more glorious sunshine while getting things done!