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Spring is in the air, and I’m totally rocking the floral-y, pastel-y theme this month. I know a lot of the Insta-famous bullet journalists tend to stick with the same setup month after month, week after week. I’m sure there’s a reason behind this…madness. I am a bit of a ‘Wild Child’, per se, and I need spontaneity and change REGULARLY.
My millennial mindset makes me dissatisfied with the same ole, same ole. I need change and fresh ideas regularly. Which could explain why I never kept a regular planner longer than a couple weeks.
So, for my April Setup, I changed just about everything (See My March Setup Here, Video Here). In the past I have gone with a standard calendar and habit tracker. For April, I reduced the size of my calendar and dedicated a space below it for daily appointments and deadlines. I think I like this setup more because I can look at the ‘Month-at-a-Glance’ and see that the fourth falls on a Tuesday without my appointments distracting me. And, I like the list of important events below. It’s a much easier reference than skimming a boxed in calendar.
The biggest change I made was to my habit tracker. Since day one, I have used a linear habit tracker. But, I found that as I closer to the end of the month, I was struggling to fill in the right boxes on the right days. It was becoming more of a hassle than it was worth. I may go back to the linear structure at some point because my April Habit Tracker was very time consuming. Also, it only fits 30 days comfortably, and I haven’t quite figured out how to make it work with 31 days.
But, you are more than welcome to copy the style of this habit tracker, adapt it, and share your tips on improving it with me. It’s certainly not required, but I would love if you tagged me on Instagram, @the.petite.planner.
P.S: If you love these pastel colors as much as I do, you should grab the Tombow Dual Brush Pens Pastel Pack. I got mine after a what seemed like forever, and I think they’re my favorite Bujo supply thus far.
Meal Planning + Shopping List
I kept my meal plan the same as last month. It worked for me… aside from going on a post-hangover food tangent and devouring a 16-piece Mango Habanero Hot Wings order from Dominos.
I also added a monthly shopping list. Now, judge me if you must, but even though I keep a bullet journal and am very organized, I suck at keeping a shopping list and sticking to it… or remembering it for that matter. I always forget that I’ve written things down in my weekly layout that I need to buy, then I go to the store, and then I come home with a bag of Sweetos, my soul-food, and no milk. You feel me? So, this monthly shopping list is a test run to see if it helps me remember what I need since it’s all in one place.
If you follow me on Instagram or read my March Setup blog post, you know that March was the first month I added a gratitude log. Shame on me. But, I’m reconciling my previously unthankfulness by keeping up with this page in my April setup, and months to come.
I changed the layout for a few reasons. As stated above, I need change. And secondly, I needed more room to write. I’m a writer by nature, and I utterly failed to make room in those little boxes I created for March. So, in April I have all the room to write all the gratefulness! Yasssss!
I’m going to brag a little here. I effing love this spread! Not only did I change the layout from my March Setup, but I changed moods I’m tracking. March’s mood tracker turned out to be less effective than I intended because I didn’t have a good range of moods. Some days I had to kind of wing it and pick a related but not accurate mood because I didn’t have a color to designate that I was stressed or productive. I used moods from this layout I found on Pinterest— I haven’t been able to locate the person who created this. If you know or have seen it on their Instagram, let me know in the comments and I will certainly edit to add it.
The layout was my creation. I love coloring in the areas for how I was feeling each day, but I felt like I needed room for a brief description if applicable. For instance, if I have an amazing day, I want to note why. On the other hand, if I mark an area red because I was really angry, I also want to note why I was feeling that way. I’m a bit analytical, and I like to look back and try and find a pattern or reason, and then make changes and goals dependant on my findings.
I am really getting into all the different monthly challenges hosted on Instagram, so I have added a two-page spread for my doodle challenge. This didn’t change from last month because the size of the squares and the layout worked really well for me, and I find it aesthetically pleasing when it’s all completed. If you didn’t know already, I host the Oodles of Doodles Challenge every month, and this month we are doing a whole month of Spring Doodles. Check it out and join in, even if you are a few days or a weeks late. All are welcome!
Not Pictured: I’m doing the #RockYourHandwriting Challenge this month, which is hosted by Boho Berry, Tiny Ray of Sunshine, Decade Thirty, and Pretty Prints and Paper. I didn’t dedicate a spread for this because I plan to just add pages and days as I go, as all of the challenges require a different sized space based on the prompt.
My remaining pages are for my monthly goals and April memories. I have made an entire page for my monthly goals, instead of a small box. I have separated my goals into categories: Blog and Social Media, Health and Fitness, and Family and Home. Under each category, I noted 4-6 goals and then my action plan. Like most people, when I set goals, I need a course of action on how I’m going to achieve them.
Last month I tried to just add a box for my monthly memories, but it just wasn’t enough. I love to doodle and add lots of color to my bullet journal, so of course, I needed a whole page for memories. I eventually transferred my March memories to a whole spread, and now it’s one of my favorite pages in my bullet journal.
I’m feeling really good about April. I think winter took a toll on my mental health, and this newly warm weather has lifted my spirit. I’m feeling motivated and excited for what’s to come. I think I’m looking forward to hiking and barbecuing most. What about you?
What’s your favorite page in your April setup? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram. I love connecting with my readers and seeing how they are being productive and creative in their bullet journals.
Want to know what I use in my bullet journal every day? Check out my Supplies list.