October Bullet Journal Set Up

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Oh wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these Bullet Journal Set Up posts, hasn’t it? I think my last post was back in April for my May Bullet Journal Set Up

I have been keeping up with my bullet journal over these last few months but the summer holidays saw me scale my bujo back quite considerably. In fact, for July and August, I just worked with dailies and only as and when I felt I really needed them. 

And then in September, the unthinkable happened. My bullet journal went missing. For five days. I wouldn’t be lying if I was to say that by day three I was getting a bit…. twitchy. Even when I didn’t use it over the summer I always knew where it was, so this was a pretty dire situation as far as I was concerned. 

On day four, having turned the house upside down, I made peace with the fact that my beautiful Leuchtturm 1917 yellow bullet journal was lost forever and that I would have to start a new one… the Oh Yeah! Notebook from Nuuna that has been sat in a cupboard for the past five months. It is a thing of beauty (it really is!) and I was getting excited about using it (I had originally intended to start using it as my 2018 Bujo). 

Then on day five, just as I was thinking about my Bullet Journal set up in the Nuuna, I found my missing bujo! Hallelujah! My daughter (bless her little cotton socks) had wrapped it up in paper and ‘hidden’ it at the bottom of a toy box. 

So, the Nuuna has been put back in the cupboard where it will stay until I’m ready to set up for 2018, and my yellow bujo is back where I can see it at all times, and out of reach of the grubby hands of a four-year-old kleptomaniac. 

October Bullet Journal Set Up

I’ve made a couple of changes to my bullet journal set up this month. I’ve got rid of my mood mandala, purely because I found I wasn’t using it a great deal, and I didn’t miss it either. I do like the idea of something to monitor moods, and I think I will try to incorporate it into future spreads, I’m just not sure how at the moment.

I have also gone back to a list view calendar for my monthly spread, rather than the block view I normally favour. I’m still not 100% sure about the list view but I’m going to give it a try for the rest of this year. 

October bullet journal set up - monthly spread and habit tracker

My final change is that I have cut out colour completely and am going for a black and white theme instead. At the moment I’m favouring more of a monochrome theme as I’ve been finding all the pops of colour too distracting and too fussy. I’m sure I will change my mind next month but for now, I’m loving the simplicity of black pen on white paper.

I have kept my habit tracker, it’s still one of my favourite spreads to use and I can’t see myself changing the way I use it for quite some time yet. 

 October bullet journal set up - meal pan and spending log

Next up is my meal planner. I’ve been a bit spendy spendy recently, especially when it comes to food, and that’s because I didn’t meal plan at all over the summer. I need to get back into the habit of meal planning and keeping to a budget.

The Spending Log works alongside the meal plan – I’m giving myself a fixed budget of £50 per week in October for groceries and household items, and I plan on not using my debit card at all this month (likelihood of me sticking to this ‘cash only’ plan – pretty low!), so this spread will help me keep a track of where my money is going.

 October Bullet Journal set up - decluttering challenge.

My final spread for this month is this 2-page Decluttering Challenge (and I realise I spelt decluttering wrong on the spread – doh!). I really want to try and reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ we own that we don’t need, want, or use. I saw this idea on Pinterest and I think it’s adapted from Marie Kondo’s book but I’m not 100% certain. My aim is to try to complete this by the end of the month. I have always found the process of decluttering completely overwhelming as we own so much junk that I just don’t know where to start – so having this list to break it down into bite-sized chunks should make all the difference.

That’s my bullet journal set up for October. I have a couple of collections I want to add as the month goes on but they can be done as and when I have time to sit down and work on them.

Have you made any changes to your bullet journal set up for this month? Is there a particular spread that you used to love, but just doesn’t work for you anymore? Or is there one that works perfectly every month?

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2 Comments

  1. Maimoona
    16th October 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Hi, can I just ask which brand of bullet journal and pens you use, I can never seem to find the right combination to use and have no I idea how to buy my first one. Your pages are beautiful, by the way!

    • Catherine
      17th October 2017 / 11:01 am

      Oh, thank you so much – that’s really lovely of you to say so.

      I currently use a Leuchtturm 1917 Dot grid notebook. For pens, I am currently using Faber Castell PITT Artist pens – I picked them up cheap on Amazon a few months ago (I don’t think I would pay full price for them!). I also use Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens occasionally (If I adding some colour), and also Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

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