Let me show you how I set up my new month!
I should mention that I have finally grown out of my Ecosystem and into a shiny new Leuchtturm 1917. Both are worthy journals, but I was feeling like trying something new and the Leuchtturm fit the bill. I am excited about trying a dot grid journal instead of a graph paper grid.
First, I set up my calendar. Some people like to use the more simple, list-like monthly calendars, but I prefer to see the traditional layout. I write out my goals to the right, where I can look at my long-term plans. I migrate anything over from April that didn’t get done and write it out here. Below that, I like to have a little thumbnail of the next month. It is nice to have a quick reference of what dates land on which weekdays, especially when planning appointments. For drawing out my calendar, I used my Micron pens. They are incredibly handy for all the thick and thin lines needed for my spread.
On the next page, I have my Gratitude Log, which has become a wonderful addition to my daily routine. I love being able to take a minute to be mindful each and every day for the blessings in my life. By the way, I used the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners to achieve this neat stippled look.
After my Gratitude Log, I have my habit tracker set up on the next page. In my old journal, I didn’t have enough room on one page to have the tracker and all the labels, so I used two pages. Now I can use one page in my Leuchtturm to capture it all! Of course, it wouldn’t be a new spread without a goof. I forgot to label the page! Oh well, I suppose I’ll just have to deal with it. Silly me!
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The following pages are all new to me. It’s fun to try new stuff and see how it works in my day-to-day planning. So on the page next to my habit tracker, I have my blog statistics and goals page. I am trying to really pay attention and work for my blog, and this is one step towards being more mindful of what I need to focus on to really let it shine. I have all my stats from the month of April, including how much money I spent and how much I made. I also have all my social media followers listed to help give me a point of reference on what to pay attention to in the coming month. Then I wrote out all my goals pertaining to my blog. I hope to regularly reference back to this page to work on and eventually cross off my goals.
You can see on the next two pages that I finally broke down and started the #RockyourHandwriting Challenge and the #PlanwithmeChallenge. I have been waffling with the idea for months, and I decided it was high time to commit and actually challenge myself! We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be posting daily updates of my progress with these challenge on my Instagram @Little_Coffee_Fox.
So that is how I set up my monthly spread. It’s nothing super fancy, but it helps keep me on track and grateful for all the little things in my life that I would otherwise forget. I want to be better at so many things, and this helps me move inch bit by bit towards my goals. It’s so satisfying closing out a month and seeing how I’ve grown, and hopefully these new additions to my monthly spreads will make me grow in completely new ways!
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