My Bullet Journals – October 2020 Spreads

Hi guys!

Happy Friday! How have you been doing? That essay I was stressing about in recent posts…well I finished it and sent it in! Thank you so much for everyone who sent me support because I really needed it! ❤
Now…I just started my next one which is due next week haha – the work of a English student is never done!
Anyway, today I get to write my favourite post of the season – my Bullet Journal Flip-Throughs for October! Advanced warning, if you are looking for spooky spreads then sorry you won’t find them here haha. But if you’re okay with that then stay tuned for the themes I did pick for my spreads. My favourite of the two themes is definitely in my blogging bullet journal but I liked the idea behind my personal one too.

A little backstory in case you haven’t seen my other bullet journaling posts. I started my bullet journals in January this year and I have no idea how I coped without it before. I am very new to it and most definitely still in need of improvement. While most people’s bullet journals cover every aspect of their lives – from daily planning to habit tracking etc. But I like having two separate ones, one for that kind of thing and then one for all my bookish things. Keeping them separate has really helped me keep my school work and my blog stuff organised. My love for bullet journalling just keeps growing and I really recommend it to anyone who is ever been interested in trying it out. I love looking at different spread ideas on Pinterest and Instagram too.
I’m just going to ramble through my spreads and if you guys have any ideas on how I can improve it or spreads I should add please give me suggestions, cause like I said I’m still getting into this.

Blogging Bullet Journal:

As per usual – This is my bullet journal. It’s a very pretty Teal colour, and also nice and plain. I bought it on Amazon for £8.99. It’s an A5 Dotted Notebook by Stationary Island. It has 180 pages at 120 gsm. I adore the quality and if you’re interested in getting into BuJo-ing but you don’t want to fully commit to all of the snazzy equipment that the professionals use. Sadly they don’t stock either of the colours that I own in the dotted style anymore, but they do have a really pretty taupe colour and a pale purple, that I’ve been eyeing up for next year. I just use Black Uni-ball eye pens to write everything (cause they’re my favourite pen to write with), and then my Stabilo pastel highlighters for decorational bits and pieces. I’ve also recently invested in a few Tombow Markers (Black N15, Cool Grey 3 N75, Crimson 847, Asparagus 192 and Deep Blue 565) I really like them so far, except the writing has basically completely rubbed off the barrel and I have only had for two weeks. It’s annoying but doesn’t affect the quality of the actual marker. While the Tombow markers are more expensive they certainly are nowhere near the most expensive on the market and I feel like they are a nice addition to my highlighters. I also bought a Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen to cover up my mistakes – this is my new lifesaver but it does take a while to dry and can be a little patchy sometimes.

This is the first page. I always show this page and it doesn’t change much- except for the small goals section that obviously changes every month. It also has my rough key – when I get a new bullet journal I am really excited to make a better key because I never use these and it just doesn’t work for me so hopefully next time my system will be better. And it just has some basic details. I actually rarely look at this page so I have no idea how it has ended up looking so grubby. I have actually kind of fallen behind on remembering to track what books I have been reading so it might not be completely accurate but its close.

The theme I chose for this month was Constellations. I did start off with actual constellations and as I went through all the different spreads I just started making things up haha. I am a Cancer if you are interested. What’s your start sign? I kept a very simple colour scheme and I think it works really well.
I was so so so happy with my calligraphy of the title this month. I don’t think I have ever done anything as good as that which is good cause it means I am improving! I kept my reading goals spread the same as last month and I actually had some room left over this time because I was hyper-aware of making sure I didn’t run out of space. While I like it and it works I decided to change it up November’s spreads to see if I prefer that.

As I have said for the past few months, I have been really great at sticking to my schedule this year, and it is definitely down to my bullet journalling. I haven’t had as much time for blogging since Uni restarted so this has been really great for staying on top of what I am posting as well as any ideas that pop into my head. I didn’t use any sticky notes this month because like I said I haven’t been using it as much because of uni.

I am still loving my calendar page. I just like being able to see what I need to post or read in a view like this. It is great for remembering about scheduled posts especially if the date isn’t set in stone yet and you just know it needs to go up on a certain week. The stats tracker is still my favourite and most used spread in this bullet journal. It motivates me to keep my bullet journal up to date and helps me from falling behind. Plus it’s so nice to see my improvement over the month – also which posts you guys liked and the ones you maybe didn’t like as much. So I would definitely recommend adding this spread to your bullet journal if you have one. It was definitely trial and error at the start but now I have it fit perfectly for my page size and for my regular stats.

After a crazy busy spread last month I am back to saying this is empty, or at least semi, empty compared to the overflowing list I had last month. Not much change here so that’s all I have to say really.

My monthly wrap up spread is always a godsend! Without it, I would never remember half the things I have been loving throughout the month. I didn’t use this as much as usual this month and found myself trying to remember to write thing down near the end of the month so I didn’t have a blank spread. I hope this is just because of the business of uni and not because this spread has become useless to me because I always found it very handy before.

Overall, I loved this the theme this month (So much so I made a constellation themed wallpaper for my phone) and I loved how it was simplistic and practical but also cute.

Personal Bullet Journal:

I use the exact same stuff in this bullet journal as I do in my blue one. It’s even the same book – just in pink. Again, all bought from Amazon and all the links to the stuff is up at the top. The first page is the same as my bullet journalling one, except with no goals section because I’ve incorporated that more into the journal itself.

The first page has my yearly book goals – and I colour them in as I go. It’s just a nice way to see your yearly progress. I recently hit my original goal of 48 books (I have upped it to 72 now) so I have just gone back into the spaces and drawn in more books. The other page is my bucket list. I once again haven’t added to this – I keep meaning to but nothing is coming to me so please leave some bucket list suggestions below!

So this is my Title and Goals page. The theme I went for this month was a polaroid thing. I wanted to use the colours blue and orange so I decided I could make it work with a polaroid theme since that doesn’t have an associated colour. I liked it but also it’s not my favourite theme I have ever made. I kept my goals pretty specific and added to it as the month went on rather than listing them at the start of the month. I continued to use the new tally section in order to keep up with the more long game goals and I really like the look of it and what it adds to the spread.

This is my monthly calendar and my notes page. I actually kept my calendar the same as last month…shocking I know haha! I decided to keep it this way because I can see the whole month in a one few, it doesn’t waste a double spread because I don’t need that much space but if things do get busier it can adapt and work for that too. I only had a couple of notes this month and like in my Blogging BuJo, I decided to use my sticky notes that way when I completed a note I could just take it out rather than score it out and those that are left over can be moved onto the next month easily. I did have sticky notes but I took them out of the pictures because they were just my notes about the essay I was writing and they looked messy haha.

This is my habit tracker and Exercise tracker spread. And easily my favourite part of my bullet journal. It’s so interesting to see what I manage over the month. As always it is exactly the same because I really like it and it always just works for me. I love the way I structure/organise my trackers and I know I will not be changing this, I may change the things I track obviously. I was super lucky that I found a tracking system that worked for me first time with no trial and error. (P.s sorry this is blurry)

Last month I changed my spreads to allow for more space and I kept that this month, but I actually changed in again for my November spreads because I ran out of space on some of the days this month. Again, I only need to show one since they’re all laid out identically. It’s super easy to make daily to-do-lists which is basically all I use the weekly’s for.

Now this is a new spread that I added to the very back of my personal BuJo last month- a school work tracking spread and after having been using this for two months now, I love it! It is so amazing and I think is sneaking up to be my favourite spread but it could be because it’s so satisfying to colour a bit in when I am done. Anyway, on one side I have a tracker that I update daily with the work/study I do for class to make sure I never miss out on anything. I felt this was super important especially with online classes just to make sure I am keeping on top of everything. Also, because I have to mark the stuff I have done off every day it keeps me super accountable to the work I have to do and so I can’t slack or I will feel guilty haha. The other spread is a large academic year calendar so I could mark out my assignments, essays, reading weeks etc. I have a different colour for each class to make things simple and I just think it looks really good – if I do say so myself haha!

Anyway, that’s the end of this post. I hope you liked this again, I really love writing them and showcasing what I’ve done. I’m glad you guys like seeing them because they have quickly become some of my favourite posts to do. If you would like to see more BuJo content from me please tell me because I love doing it and I am also really wanting to get into that community too haha! Anyway, I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I will see you on Sunday ❤

Any suggestions for my Bucket List?
Do you have a tracker for you Academic Work?
Would you like to see more BuJo content from me?

10 thoughts on “My Bullet Journals – October 2020 Spreads

  1. Always happy to see bujo content! (I mean, it’s a third of all my posts pretty much on Puddleside Musings so I’m biased towards bujos :D)
    All your spreads are so nice by the way 🙂

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  2. Congrats on finishing that essay and good luck on the next one! And I’m absolutely loving your themes – the constellation one might be my favorite yet 😊 My parents are both physicists and super into star-gazing, so I guess it has rubbed off on me 😁 (I’m a Sagittarius, by the way 😉)

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