My Blogging Bullet Journal: Plan With Me July
In last week's Blog Post I told you about my planning process for setting up my new Blog & Business Bullet Journal for the second half of 2017.
In this post I'm going to show you my July set-up, go through the changes between this Bullet Journal and the one I used for the first half of the year and share how I'm using my different spreads.
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My Blog Bullet Journal 6 months on...
The first change is that I've moved from an A4 notebook to an A5 one (both Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid for you notebook geeks). The A4 one is just too big and heavy. I've not even finished it yet (I'm using it for my blog & video outlines now) but it seemed a good time of year to move to a new journal! The A5 size is lighter, a lot more portable and I think is going to end up with a lot less wasted space
One of the reasons I started using a Bullet Journal as a planner was because of the flexibility and how you just add stuff to it wherever you want. But I was finding I still had a new notebook for every project. And because my A4 Bullet Journal was so big I was using a separate A5 notebook for notes, and then forgetting where I'd written stuff down!
With the beginning of this new Bullet Journal comes a new resolution to keep all my blog & business stuff in the Bullet Journal (apart from blog post & video outlines) and make sure I set up an efficient indexing system.
Following on from the last point is the addition of content planning spreads to my Bullet Journal. Previously 'content planning' was notes in a notepad and was a bit all over the place!
And the final change is with my trackers. I've added a few new ones to cut down on the repetition in my dailies and changed some to monthly trackers instead of 6-monthly to keep everything together and 'in my face' as better motivation.
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What's staying the same
I'm keeping my monthly goal planning & review spreads. I love filling these out for each month to keep me focused and motivated and then explore what's worked and what hasn't at the end of the month.
My monthly calendar is staying. It my absolute favourite in terms of looks and it's great having it right there at the front of every month
The final thing I'm keeping hold of is the move to super simple dailies. They started of really detailed with loads of information and have slowly got simpler towards the end of my first Bullet Journal. Super simple means I'm more likely to fill them out and just the simple task of writing out my daily to do's forces me to consider what's really important and puts them at the forefront of my mind.
I missed out quite a bit of bujo planning during the first half of the year and 'winging it' without a plan just Does. Not. Work! No planning, no progress.
July Plan With Me Video
Before we dive into the post, here's the Plan With Me video for July where you can see me setting up my Bullet Journal and drawing out my spreads.
Bullet Journal Materials
And a quick run-down of the Bullet Journal materials I use:
- My Notebook is an A5 Leuctturm 1917 Dot Grid. Mine's Purple, but there's loads of other colour options.
- The drawing pens are Derwent Graphik Line Markers (I got a pack of 6 with different size tips and tend to use the 0.2 most of the time)
- The coloured pens are Bic Cristal Ballpoints (pack of 10 - assorted colours)
- And the other pen you see in the pictures is a super cheap ink roller ball that I picked up from my local supermarket. I use it for writing and filling in my spreads and the Derwents for drawing them out.
Right then, time to dive into my Bullet Journal....
Blog & Business Bullet Journal: July Plan With Me
I have included a monthly index because I write everything down! It's my way of keeping my brain clear and stress free. I don't think the main notebook index is going to be long enough for me to keep track of everything, and I might even need two pages for my monthly index! Anything I start that will be added to in future months will be logged in the main index as well as the monthly one.
Monthly Goals and To Do's / Braindump
I start each month with my goals spread where I write a note of my numbers, what those numbers mean in terms of product sales and affiliate referrals and the priority action items that need to happen so I meet my goals. The action items help when I'm planning my daily tasks, to keep me focused on my goals and avoid doing 'busy' work.
The To Do's and Braindump is for tasks I need to do to make my priority action items happen and any other random things I think of that come up!
I do a review at the end of every month to keep track of how much progress I'm making, what seems to be working and what doesn't. It helps me set the next month's goals and tells me what I need to do more of and when I need to change things up.
This spread is completely new to me and I'm loving it so far! It's nearly all work related and filling in the boxes at the end of the day is very satisfying and the knowledge I need to fill them is a great motivator!
Monthly Calendar Spread
This is one of my favourite spreads in my Bullet Journal. I just think it looks lovely! It contains all the important info for the month at a glance and I use it to track content and sales.
Monthly Content Planning
This is another new spread for me and I'm finding it really helpful. I have 3 pretty much identical layouts in my Bullet Journal; for Blog posts, videos and emails. I can see all my posts (or emails or videos) for the whole month at the same time, with a brief description of the post topic plus the checklist tells me how far along I am in the creation process for each one.
Monthly Content Promo
I have 3 of these trackers too; for Blog Posts, videos and Planner Shop products. It's a super simple way of tracking what I've promoted and where, making sure I don't miss promo opportunities and helping me keep track of when I last shared content when I come back to re-promote it in the future.
Weekly Content Planning
I like this spread but I'd like to work out some way of doing it as a month at a time, instead of weekly. The colour coding makes it really easy to see what type of content I'm working on at any one time, and I work backwards from the publishing dates to make sure everything is done, ready to publish on time.
Social Media Planning
My new Facebook Groups Promo tracker and planner is one of favourite spreads; it's so pretty! I drew a box for all the promo threads I post to and the different colours are for different types of promo; some are blog posts, some are social media accounts, some are Pinterest etc. It's working really well and the only thing I'm going to change is next month I'm going to do the whole month at a time instead of only a week.
The Instagram & Facebook page planning is a bit of a 'meh' spread! I did it quickly and it's not inspiring me! Next month it will either be gone completely or there will be something different in it's place.
My dailies are super simple; some days I might include a few lines of journaling or some brief notes but mostly it's just a list of things I need to do. I fill out my dailies the night before and I find daily planning works better for me than scheduling a week at a time.
These pages are full of whatever things come to mind that I think is important enough to record at the time. My notes pages will be logged separately in the main index so I can find them easily at a later dates, especially if I start to record things one month that I'll want to add in future months.
So far I've started extra pages for:
- Blog Post ideas
- Pinterest group boards I want to contribute to
- Bullet Journal printable ideas for the Planner Shop
- Weekly To Do list. I think I will do a new one of these each week - my monthly one is filling up fast already!
I hope you enjoyed this flip though my July spreads in my Blog & Business Bullet Journal.
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