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April Bullet Journal Set Up and March Review

Well, hasn’t March whizzed by? It feels like it was only a few days ago that I was setting up my new bullet journal, but it’s been a month already, and April is just a few days away!

I feel as if I have settled into using my new Leuchtturm 1917 journal pretty well. It’s the first time I’ve used a journal with a dot grid, and I’m liking it so far. I’m still not overly impressed by the level of ghosting when compared to my previous journal (a Conceptum) but it’s not bad enough to put me off continuing to use it. 

Let’s have a look at how I got on using my bullet journal over the last month.

March Bullet Journal Review

Gratitude Log



I’m pretty impressed with how I kept up with my gratitude spread this month – I only missed out two days, which I think is the best I’ve managed so far. And yes, I really was grateful for ‘really good mashed  potato’ on the 19th. Don’t mock me. If you had eaten some you would have been grateful too – it’s true! 😉

March Meal Plan

I’ve been doing a monthly meal plan for a few months now, and it has been the perfect way for me… until this month. I started a monthly meal plan spread but just did not use it. Instead, I went back to doing a weekly meal plan and incorporating it into my weekly spreads. This feels like a better option for now, so that’s how I will carry on. 

Habit Tracker


I think the habit tracker has been my favourite spread this month – although my lack of exercise and my alcohol consumption is pretty shameful – eek! But, it still pleases me to see ‘no smoking’ completely coloured in especially as I am now hitting the point where in the past I have given into temptation and started up again. Having this visual log has been really useful, as even now, almost three months later, I still get the occasional craving. But seeing how well I have done so far is incredibly motivating, and gives me the boost I need to push past those cravings. 

Mood Mandala


I was keen to give a mood mandala a try, especially after seeing so many pretty ones online. I think it’s safe to say that mine isn’t really very mandala-ish – there’s no symmetry for start, and I hadn’t really given much thought to the pattern I would like to try. That may or may not have something to do with me having had a couple of glasses of wine when I started drawing it (it was my birthday!) 

Will I include a mood mandala for April? I’ll answer that shortly….

So, those were the main monthly pages I included for March. I normally then add in weekly spreads, but I knew that the first couple of weeks of the month were going to be quite busy so I decided to use daily spreads instead.


Things calmed down a little after the first two weeks so I decided to go back to using a weekly spread. This freedom to adjust the journal to work in whatever way suits me best at that time is one of the reasons I love the bullet journal system so much.


I also added a few additional spreads across the month but these are business related so I won’t be showing them for the time being. 

So, onto April…

April Bullet Journal Set Up

Monthly Spread

I have changed my monthly set up – normally I go for a grid calendar view, but this month I am going back to the traditional bullet journal style of a column with one day per line. 


I’m already preferring this layout as it has given me more space for notes on the right-hand page. No prettiness here, I’m keeping it very simple this month.

Gratitude Spread

Next up is my gratitude spread and I’m using the same format as last month – 2 lines per day.



Habit Tracker / Mood Tracker

My habit tracker this month has been expanded somewhat. In addition to the usual things I track I have added a (very) small section for housework / laundry, and also a section to monitor when I publish a blog post and post to my social channels.


I have also decided for this month to incorporate my mood tracker within my habit tracker – so no mood mandala for April. That’s not to say that I won’t go back to a mood mandala in May, but at the moment I just don’t think that I will be able to devote much time to it this month. When I box off my habit tracker at the end of each day I will use the corresponding mood colour to fill the box in – so I’m killing two birds with one stone with this spread this month.

That’s April pretty much all set up. I do have a couple of new collections that I hope to include at some point over the coming weeks, so they should feature in my set up post for May. 


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  1. 27th March 2017 / 10:29 pm

    I love your bullet journal, it’s such a great idea. I think the mandala looks fab btw, a great idea to see how your mood changes and the gratitude part would definitely make me feel happier each day too, even if it’s just for mashed potato, ha ha! 🙂 x

    • Catherine
      29th March 2017 / 9:52 pm

      Aah, thank you! xxx

  2. 26th April 2017 / 5:39 pm

    It’s so reassuring to know that I’m not the only one who sometimes struggles to fill in their gratitude section of their bullet journal. My memory is so bad that some months I haven’t even put one in and have felt a little guilty about it. I love the look of the mandala mood tracker. I’ll definitely be considering one of these when I set up for May. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    • Catherine
      27th April 2017 / 10:57 am

      Thanks so much for your comment! Ugh, I really love the idea of a gratitude spread but I don’t think I have actually managed to fill in a full month since I started doing them. Maybe I need to find a new way of incorporating it within my weekly, or daily, spreads. xxx

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