It is unreal that I am already setting up my March Bullet Journal spreads! How are we already two months into 2019? The year is becoming a blur.
One of my favorite parts of using a Bullet Journal is being able to go back, and look at all you have accomplished! Before I sat down to set up my March layouts, I went back to look at January and February and reflect. This helps me set my goals for the upcoming month, and ensure that I am setting up my layouts to maximize productivity.
This month, I was having a bit of a hard time deciding what layouts I wanted to include. If you have ever had a creative block, be sure to check out Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration! There are lots of amazing spreads that are sure to give you some sort of inspiration!
If you’re ready to get started with your March layouts, grab your drink of choice, your pens, and of course your journal!
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Monthly Calendar Layout
For March, I decided to draw out a Calendar for my Layout! I have not done this monthly style in a long time, but I am really happy with how it turned out. My lettering still needs a lot of work, but practice makes perfect!
How To Draw This Layout
Before you draw out your calendar, count the dots on your page, so that you can evenly divide the page. In my Leuchtturm 1917 there are 27 dots across the page (left to right) and 38 dots down the page (top to bottom). By doing my calendar spaces 6 dots by 6 dots, the total space ending up being 30 dots down the page, and 24 dots across. This ensures there is enough room along the top to add a header as well!
How many days of the week you include on each page will also determine how you draw out your calendar. I wanted a sidebar along the right-hand side of my page, so I drew out 4 columns on the left page and 3 on the right. This leaves plenty of room for me to able to write down my goals for the month. Once filled in, I may even have a little bit of room leftover in that bottom corner for a cute quote!
Once you have your calendar drawn out on your page, you will want to add the days of the month. This can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be! I wanted to add a little bit of decoration, so I used a circle shape from my 20 pack of Bullet Journal stencils from Amazon and filled them in with a black marker.
Once the ink from the marker dried, I used my white Uni-Ball Signo gel pen to write out the days of the month.
Total Time: Approximately 20 Minutes
My habit tracker has not changed at all over the last couple of months. It is just working so well that I don’t feel the need to change it! The setup is really easy, and I enjoy the look of it once it is filled in at the end of the month.
If you find yourself wanting to change it up a little bit, but you want to continue using the same layout, I highly recommend just changing up how you mark off your habits!
Since this is a grid style, you could draw any kind of symbol in each box to mark it is complete. This is easy to do and would add some really cute variety. Some ideas include;
- Zentangle Designs
- Small Banners
How To Draw This Layout
In order to fit the entire layout across the page, you will have to rotate your journal sideways. If you do not like this look and wish to keep your journal upright, you will have to split your habit tracker in half with half the month on the top row, and the second half of the month on the bottom row. The rest of the setup would remain the same!
Starting with the header, I use my Sakura Pigma Brush Pen to write out Habit Tracker. If you are not yet comfortable with using a brush pen, I highly recommend you check out my blog post on how to do Faux Calligraphy! This great alternative can be done using any pen you have available, and is extremely easy to learn!
Next, write out all of the days of the month along the top of the page starting with the last day of the month on the right-hand side of the page. I always start at the end of the month and work my way back so that I ensure I have enough room to write out the days, and still have room to write out the habits.
Next, you can write out all of the habits you want to track along the left side of the page. If you don’t fill the page, that is okay! You can add a sticker or quote to fill in the bottom, or you can just leave it blank!
To create the straight grid lines, I highly suggest you use a ruler. Simply draw your line under the days of the month, and then down along the right side of your habits. *See picture above.
Finally, I like to make the dots within the graph stand out. To do this, hold your pen straight up and down, and dot on top of the dot from the notebook. This is time-consuming, but makes the dots within the grid really pop!
Total Time: 15 Minutes
What habits am I tracking in March?
The habits that I track change month to month based on the goals I am working towards.
Habits are a fantastic way to better yourself as a person. Whether you are trying to develop new habits, or break the old ones, a tracker can be a great tool to utilize!
In March, I will be tracking the following;
- Daily Exercise
- Drink 1500 ml of water
- Practice Some Yoga
- Follow The Body Boss Food Plan
- Scoop Cat Litter in the basement
- Scoop Cat Litter in the bedroom
- Hot Tub
- 15 Minutes Of Reading before bed
- Clean Kitchen before bed
- Post an Instagram Story
- Post to Instagram Feed
- Pin image to Pinterest
- Follow 2 new Pinterest accounts
- Follow 5 Instagram accounts
- Comment on 2 blog posts
- Write blog content
- Publish Blog Post
- Practice lettering
- Study my current Blogging Course
To be honest, I almost considered removing this layout this month.
My husband and I have scaled back on our expenses as much as we possibly can, and our expense reports have been looking the same every month.
Plus, if any additional money has to be spent, we both know about it. For example, our fridge broke this month and we had to go buy a new one. This was $1500 we had not planned to spend, but life happens.
In the end, I decided to add the layout one more time, and if I feel the same in April, I will omit this layout from my monthly setup.
How To Draw This Layout
Start by writing out your header for this layout. If you lean towards a full budget, you may wish to title it Budget rather than expenses.
Below that, leave a spot to record your income sources for the month. If you have multiple income sources you will need more space. The only thing I have to track is my income, as well as my husband’s income, so the one line suffices.
Below that, begin to list your expenses. This should include things like mortgage/rent, car payments, fuel, groceries, phone bills, internet, etc.
In the next column, I list out dollar signs where I will be able to record exactly how much was spent over the month for each item.
If you wish to include a budget, there is plenty of space leftover on the page to include a third column! Personally, I would recommend placing the column for your budget next to the expenses, towards the middle of the page. Then your total spent column could go to the right of the budget.
If you do not have a stencil to use to help draw the boxes at the bottom of the page, I would recommend grabbing a ruler. First, decide how many boxes you want to include at the bottom. I personally use these boxes to track our weekly spending, as well as extra payments we make to our credit card.
Once you know how many boxes you need, count out your dots to determine how many you can fit, and the size they should be.
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Blogging & Social Media Layout
This month, I decided to include a couple spreads dedicated to my Blog and Social Media. I have never included these types of spreads in my Bullet Journal, but I am eager to start doing more blog planning in my Bullet Journal.
Of course, not everyone has an online business that they need to plan for, but there are other ways you can utilize these types of spreads. The simplicity of this setup makes it extremely easy to customize to your needs.
You could set up spreads for work projects or for projects you are doing around your house. If you are looking for collection inspiration and ideas to include in your Bullet Journal, be sure to check out my FREE printable of collection ideas. There are over 100 ideas on this printable!
How To Draw This Layout
My aim of this layout was to create a place to brainstorm my blog posts, create a maintenance checklist for the month, and come up with my Social Media posting schedule.
Using a Sakura Pigma brush pen, I wrote out my Blog To Do header.
Below that, I listed the days of the month that blog posts will be published. Since I post on Mondays and Thursdays, the only dates listed are the ones that fall on those days. When I am ready to brainstorm my editorial calendar for the month, I will write out the name of each post beside the day I plan to publish it.
The rest of this first page will be used as a blog maintenance checklist. There is a lot of little maintenance things that need to get done throughout the month. Creating this list allows me to go back and check off items as I complete them throughout the month.
On the second spread, I wrote out my Instagram header. On this layout, I will brainstorm the posts and stories I want to publish on Instagram throughout the month.
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Have you created your March Bullet Journal layouts yet? Are you adding any new spreads to your Bullet Journal? Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below!
Until next time, happy planning!