August is here and for many that means the summer is winding down and back-to-school is kicking up. Here in the deep south it means it will be blazingly hot for at least 2 more months but we still have to pretend summer is over and be productive. It’s a sad time. However, it does give me an opportunity to break out some new planning pages for my peeps, which makes my faux “end of summer” a little brighter.
Here’s my August setup from start to finish. All these spreads are available as free printables! Scroll to the bottom to sign up for yours! If you’re already signed up you can head to the Printabundle Library and enter your password.
Supplies I used to create these pages:
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens (These are the pens I use for headers and calligraphy. They are amazing, they basically do the work for you!)
- Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
- Prismacolor Colored Pencils
- Prismacolor Colored Pencil Blender – This is the first time I’ve tried these blenders and I love them! They can give you a nice watercolor effect even if you’re using regular colored pencils.
Hello August + Quote of the month
As you can see, I printed out the monthly pages I designed onto an Avery Label and laid them in my Bullet Journal. For a full explanation and instructions for using Avery Labels as a Diy sticker, click here.
I love drawing these intro pages every month. Not only do they jazz up my journal, but they really get me in the mindset of the time period I’m entering. Every month is different- different events, different weather, busy, slow, etc. When I sit down to draw out my intro it helps me adjust my thinking to whatever vibe is needed for what I have coming up.
This month the sun is setting on summer -not here in the south of course but in normal places to live, yes, the end of summer is near.
August Calendar and To Do’s
For a calendar, I use the traditional minimalist style as designed by the creator of the Bullet Journal system Ryder Carrol. It works well for me because I try not to over schedule my days with more than 1 major event at a time, but that might change against my will in the near future.
On the next page, I map out what I need to focus on this month, as well as the myriad of little tasks that I need to find time in my schedule for. I’ve changed my design a little bit this month and gave each goal a big ribbon instead of tiny ones. I chose the categories of Home, Family, and Blog, but you could choose any category you want to fill those spaces. Work, Business, School, Finances, Relationships, the list goes on and on. It’s completely customizable month to month, depending on whats going on in your life at the time.
The To Do List is a brain dump of things that are coming up. These aren’t necessarily time-sensitive, but it’s a general list to reference when doing my weekly or daily planning. It’s so easy to forget when I don’t write things down! This list helps me to keep that little stuff from falling thru the cracks.
This is one of the most productive spreads you can have in your Bullet Journal! List the habits or tasks you want to keep track of along the side, and then mark what you did each day. You can list things like laundry, water intake, making the bed, no spend, exercise, etc. This spread can really give you insight into how often you are really accomplishing what you set out to do. Once you have a clearer picture of how often you perform certain activities, it’s so much easier to set realistic goals for yourself, and gradually grow into those habits you want to make a part of your life.
This is my gratitude log, it has 31 lines where I write down, every day if I can, something in that day I feel grateful for. The idea is that even on your worst day, you are forced to take a step back and look on the bright side. The act of being mindfully grateful can have long-term effects on your health, your self-control, and your general satisfaction in life. Psychology Today writes “ Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives.” Sounds good to me:).
As much as I love the research and agree with the principles, I have to admit I find it hard to keep up with every day. I tend to get rebellious in the face of relentless cheerfulness. But I’m gonna keep at it because I believe logically it’s better to focus on what’s going right in your life than on what’s going wrong.
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All of these spreads are available as free printables for you! I highly recommend printing them out on these Avery shipping labels. I know, it sounds weird, but they fit absolutely perfectly in any A5 size journal (roughly 8×5). No wrinkled paper or awkwardly taped edges, just a smooth easy transition from my journal to yours :). They’re the perfect DIY sticker!
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