Bullet Journal – spring update

The bullet journal is back by popular demand! But this update might not be as interesting as you hoped it would be lol. I have found something that is like a rare and sparkly unicorn – I have found “planner peace”. Planner peace is defined as what happens when you find the layouts and spreads that work for you perfectly and you don’t feel the need to change them. It has taken me YEARS to get to this point! And it probably won’t stay this way! When things change in your life, your planner needs change along with it. But for now my life is set in a certain routine and my bullet journal spreads reflect that.

So, long winded intro aside, my spreads are still the same as they were in the update I posted at the beginning of the year. If you want to see my bullet journal set up for the year then check out my post HERE!! I have made a couple small changes and that’s what this post is about.

CHANGE #1 – Edited the meal page!

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Not book related AT ALL but, if you check out my last bullet journal update, you’ll see that I’ve made a small change to my meal page. I like to keep track of all of our meals so that I can see what we’ve had recently, what we haven’t had in a while, and have the ability to look back and maybe get some meal ideas. I used to use post it notes to write down meals and I would move them around for the days that I actually planned to make it. I never used them! Ever! Half the time I don’t know what I’m going to make until a few hours before I make it so they sat blank. This is a much cleaner look!

CHANGE #2 – Added a cleaning tracker!

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Once again, not book related, but NECESSARY! My life is insanity and I needed a way to track my cleaning and give myself some motivation. The boxes are under the washi tape on the bottom left (just above the calendar). I assign a room to each day of the week and I colour in the box once I’ve cleaned the room.  LR stands for Living Room, CA stands for computer area, KI stands for kitchen, B is for bathroom, etc.

CHANGE #3 – added a pages read tracker!!!

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And now, finally onto a book related spread!! This one has been an absolute GAME CHANGER!!!! I love this page more than I ever expected to and it has motivated me to read every chance I get so that I can bump up my pages read. Each box is worth 10 pages and my goal is to fill in as many squares as I can. I’ve done really well so far but I attribute that to the fact that I’ve been doing a lot of rereading. I will most definitely be keeping this spread in my bullet journal because it’s pushed me so hard to read every day and read as much as I can. I find that I’m wasting less time on my phone and social media because I’m driven to read. LOVING this spread!!!

So that’s it! I know, not a whole lot going on. But there’s a few book related things that I may be adding in the future. I want to try and keep the whole year in one book so I need to make sure I’m not going to run out of room. I’ll have to count some pages before I decide!

Until next time, happy reading!

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  1. I also added a pages read spread to my March setup and I’m really liking it.

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  2. Happywhale says:

    I love the pages read idea. And congrats on reacher your ‘planner peace’ 😉👏

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  3. Dreamy Reads says:

    This looks beautiful and great! Great way of tracking how many pages you’ve read.

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  4. I love watching other people’s bullet journals…so many ideas for me to get back on track with my own…I like that pages read tracker…

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    1. I’m probably more obsessed with looking at other people’s journals than I am with my own kol

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      1. I’m the same, I just get sidetrack with all the beauty out there… there are some gorgeous ones that I forget about my own..

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        1. Or if you attempt to recreate something but your styles don’t match and it looks nothing like theirs….. it’s frustrating!!! Stay true to you!

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  5. I looove your pages read lay-out! Although I’m tempted to add one myself, I know I better not do it. I mostly use my BuJo to track monthly things and set up my blog posts. Not really for any personal stuff because I simply.. don’t really need it? Meals are kept on our small blackboard on the wall and we have one big calendar on the wall with all the things that need to be done by me and my boyfriend so personal stuff is already handled that way, haha! 😛
    I can imagine that it helps a ton to motivate you to read though! I’m just fairly certain I’d forget to add in the pages read or simply keep track of how much I’m reading every day. [Not to mention those eARC’s without any page count..]

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    1. I hate that e books are so hard to track page wise! Unless you’re comparing it to a physical book it’s almost impossible! I tried to write thing down for meals and stuff on a white board but my kids took it over…. 😂

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      1. Right?! Some eARC’s done even have any page number on any of the book versions which makes it even harder, haha.
        Oh boy. Guess that’s the benefit of not having kids yet. 😛

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  6. TheBookHamster says:

    Omg, this is so amazing! It looks really great and I believe you put a lot of effort on it! 😊😊😊😊😊 I love the reading tracking

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  7. Zircon says:

    As someone who is easily attracted to anything pretty, I have to say, this is so aesthetically pleasing! I always love reading your bullet journal updates, and your March spread makes me want to start my own as well…. unfortunately school won’t let go of me 😭😭
    On the other hand, I’ve been working on my calligraphy…let’s see how that turns out :p
    Also, as a relatively new kid in the book blogosphere, I would really appreciate it if you could drop by my site!!
    http://www.thebookfanatik.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks! And I will say that, as someone who has a chaotic life, starting a journal may help you! School can be hard to keep track of all the things that need to get done. If you start small and write down the things you want/need to get done it may help with your due dates and motivation!

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  8. Liv says:

    I loved your spreads but especially the “pages read” page. I might incorporate it into my April spread. Amazing! Love Bujo talk 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad I added it! I would recommend every book reader add it! 🙂

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  9. You’re way more organized that I am 😭 I need to follow by your example

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    1. I am an organization freak. It’s a blessing and a curse 😂

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  10. I love seeing different ways to track my readings in my bullet journal. That page counter would definitely motivate me too. I can’t wait to try it in April.

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    1. Yay!! Good luck with your new page!

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  11. Crystal says:

    So pretty and love the new pages! Mine looks like chicken scratch but I still am so glad I have been sticking to my bullet journal.

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    1. It doesn’t matter what it looks like – point is it keeps you organized. It’s easy to get caught up on all these gorgeous Pinterest journals though!

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  12. Andie says:

    Ooh, brilliant bujo! Oh my, however have you mastered the art of finding the spreads that suit you?? I’m still struggling a lot holy hell. I also haven’t been doing much bullet journaling lately, I really really need to get back into it, I was doing great! I’m definitely going to try out some of these spreads, especially the pages read one, it looks so practical and cute! ❤
    Great post!

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    1. Like I said – it’s taken YEARS to find the things that work for me. I’ve taken things other people have done that looked great but didn’t suit me. I ended up getting a notebook from the dollar store and drew out spreads that I liked from other people. I didn’t worry about decoration – it was just plain black pen. I would fill them out as if I was filling in a week and it would help me see what worked and what didn’t. It’s a torturous game of bullet journal trial and error 😂

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      1. Andie says:

        It so is! I’ve been doing this for a year and a half but I have to agree… I do the same! Trying out spreads from different people is the best way to go about finding your style, I feel.

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  13. I love the way you design your pages! They are so beautiful! 🙂

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  14. ignitedmoth says:

    Looks great! Love the way you did your page tracking. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It’s been a pretty way to motivate myself for sure!

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  15. kyera says:

    The pages read spread is really great! I couldn’t do that because I listen to audiobooks when I drive to work and wouldn’t be able to figure it out.. at all. Plus I definitely forget to track daily stuff.

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    1. Audiobooks are a pain. If I have an actual copy it’s easy, otherwise I guess. And I listen to quite a few audiobooks! So sometimes it’s not entirely accurate but ends up accurate in the end 🙂

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  16. I’ve been researching (and by “researching” I mean “spying on others”) bullet journals because I want and need to start one! I love your pages tracker but I do mostly e-arcs and audiobooks too so maybe I could go by percentage (or compare that to physical book pages and do the math, that wouldn’t be hard). I’m going to check out your other posts about bujos, so forgive me if you’ve written this elsewhere, but do you have any recommendations on what kind of notebook to get? There must be thousands out there!

    Thanks!

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    1. I have a Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid journal. I love it!! There’s also a Scribbles That Matter journal that looks great as well. The second one has thicker paper but less pages. But really, any journal will do. I prefer the dot grid so I can lay out my pages as I please without worrying about lines.
      Since you read more ebooks, maybe you could do a percentage tracker? Write down the title and have 10 squares beside it (or 20 if you want to count by 5’s) and then you fill in the squares with a different colour as you progesss

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      1. Thank you, that’s perfect! I have the Leuchtturm in my Amazon cart already! (A few others too…) 😂

        I think I’ll probably just figure out the number of pages since I read so many books at one time and 4% of one book might end up being more than 8% of another.

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        1. I hope you have fun with your journal! It’s been my lifesaver.
          And I’m sure there’s a way to do math and figure out a general page number using percentages. But I’m awful at math so I’ll be of no assistance 😂

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          1. Haha. If you ever need to track a book that isn’t printed, turn the percent into a decimal (4%=0.04, 25%=.25) and multiply that decimal by the number of pages in the printed book to get your pages read.

            I think a bullet journal will really help, as long as I don’t spend so much time trying to perfect it that it’s just a new form of procrastination! I want to have a basic setup planned before it gets here and maybe just do one month and see how it goes, I’m sure the next month I’ll want changes.

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          2. You’re super smart! I never would have been able to figure that out. Math is my husbands strong suit 😂

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  17. Ooooh you’ve got some handy pages here Shanah! I love your bullet journal posts so thanks for sharing… I love your artwork… I don’t have a talent for that and want to figure out how to do flowers or something. ♥️

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    1. Search flower doodles online and practice on a spare piece of paper. There are some really simple ones you can do and make them look great with some markers 🙂

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  18. azzamap says:

    I love your game changer!

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  19. Brandon's Bullet Journal says:

    I love that idea of the pages read spread! I might have to incorporate that into mine next month!

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    1. It’s been a very helpful spread!

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  20. Marieke says:

    Lovely pages!!

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