August #BulletJournalChallenge

Hey there!

This is an exciting month because it will signify half a year of Bullet Journal challenges!

All you who have participated have been so great with all of your awesome ideas! I'm sure we've all made a new friend or two along the way as well. I've met plenty of lovely people via the challenge as we geek out over Bullet Journal awesomeness.

This time I decided to create a handmade printable with my handwriting. I tried to be as neat and as legible as possible. A far cry from my usual chicken scratch. I hope that you can read it, but if not, I included written prompts below as well. Also, Bujo is a short way of referring to the Bullet Journal. Scroll all the way to the end to see some of the photos that were shared by Bullet Journalists for July's challenge. Please let me know if you would like me to take down your photo.

Download the color version here or the black and white version here. They should download automatically :)

1. Signifiers

2. Personalizations

3. What I keep track of

4. Notebook I use

5. How I set it up

6. Bujo pen of choice.

7. Fav bujo video on Youtube

8. Planning strategy

9. Expenses or finances

10. Bujo accessories

11. System before bujo

12. Fav bujo Instagram account

13. Supply storage

14. Future events + tasks

15. Experiments

16. Collections I keep

17. Looking forward to

18. Most referenced pages

19. Fav bujo moment

20. Layouts or simple?

21. Do you use other notebooks? Planners?

22. Shopping with Bujo

23. Notebooks you've tried

24. Fav Bujo blog post

25. How the Bujo works for me

26. Rapid-log or take your time?

27. Index while you go or at the end?

28. Waiting on

29. Pens that work in my notebook

30. Back to basics

31. Week or month set-up

How to join the challenge

1. Sign up on Instagram if you haven't already.

2. Follow me at @TinyRayofSunshine

3. Each day look at the prompt list and:

- Take a photo related to the prompt

- Write a bit about it

- Add the hashtag #bulletjournalchallenge so that it's added to the growing pool of photos. Your idea may be just the thing someone else has been looking for, and conversely, you may find a great idea to implement!

That's it! Make sure to check out the #bulletjournalchallenge hashtag to see what everyone else is sharing and socialize. Have fun with it and I hope to see you there :)

July #BulletJournalChallenge Recap

These are some of the images that stood out to me. Please let me know if you would like me to take your photo down and I will do so.

July #bulletjournalchallenge. Day 1 (month calendar) and day 2 (month tasks)

A photo posted by Kristina (@thekriswithakay) on Jul 2, 2015 at 3:01pm PDT

- Day 01: Month calendar. This is my hand drawn monthly calendar foldout that I've pasted into the cover of my bullet journal. Not much happening this month, but it's still early days... #bulletjournal #bulletjournalchallenge #decadethirty #handmade #handwriting #handwritten #handlettering #journal #journaling #notes #notebook #notebookaddict #organization #planner #planning #plannerd #planneraddicted #plannerprintable #stationery #todo #writing

A photo posted by Dee Martinez (@decadethirty) on Jul 1, 2015 at 8:21pm PDT

Day 2: weekly #bulletjournalchallenge

A photo posted by Rachael (@xoxorachaelg) on Jul 2, 2015 at 8:56pm PDT

I think these mostly relate to the new bullets. Also, however, drew inspiration from word notebooks. (Which I may someday use in my TN.) Again, I'm catching up in July's #bulletjournalchallenge because I finally redid mine to what I discovered to work for me!

A photo posted by Cole Bug (@colorynn) on Jul 8, 2015 at 10:13pm PDT

Day 3: #bulletjournalchallenge -old vs. new signifiers. I much prefer the old as I'm all about simplicity and 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. even though I moved into a ringed #planner I still make my notes #bulletjournal style. This is my #businesssplanning 'dump' page where everything is signified with a checkbox- even sub-tasks. When I schedule them to my daily/weekly I note it with a migration arrow. If it gets done before I migrate it, it's checked off. Appointments or any date/time generated tasks are a triangle I color in with yellow. That's pretty much it. The simpler the better

A photo posted by ~Elena~ (@weekendwife) on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:06pm PDT

- Day 04: index or index alternative. I don't have the luxury of numbered pages in the Piccadilly and I also don't have the patience to write them! So my alternative to an index is colour-tagging my daily pages according to the month they fall in. For instance, all May daily pages are coloured in the same line on the edge of the page (grey tag) for that month. See top picture for how my bullet journal looks like closed with the colour tags. For my collections and random notes, I'll write a word in the top corner of the page #bulletjournal #bulletjournalchallenge #decadethirty #handwriting #journal #journaling #notes #notebook #notebookaddict #organization #planner #planning #plannerd #planneraddicte #stationery #todo #writing

A photo posted by Dee Martinez (@decadethirty) on Jul 3, 2015 at 5:06pm PDT

My advice on how to start a #bulletjournal. Start with a list of tasks you want to finish that week and go from there. #bulletjournalchallenge

A photo posted by @mommy22in on Jul 8, 2015 at 5:36am PDT

My advice for starting a #bulletjournal? Begin with what you want to track or do or make habits of. There are so many possibilities out there it's overwhelming! For me, I not only wanted to track my to do items but I also wanted to get better at drinking water, reading, having more walking meetings, and tracking my food, budget, and main focuses for the day, so that's what I put into my layout. Once you know the purpose, you make it work for you. ☺ featuring some early #letteritjuly lettering today. #bulletjournalchallenge #bujo #planner #planning #midoritravelersnotebook #fauxdori #foxydori #maybooks #todolist #plannercommunity #planwithme #plannernerd #thefoxyfix #habits #letteredjuly

A photo posted by Jessica (@prettyprintsandpaper) on Jul 7, 2015 at 6:30pm PDT

Day 6: My advise on how to start a Bullet Journal ? just dive right in!! The best thing about my bullet journal is that it is basically a written account of my life. All my thoughts, my tasks, my wants, my goals are here, and because of this amazing system I can just keep turning pages and putting more in there. I love it and it will change your life! I promise! 📝📝 #bulletjournal #bulletjournalchallenge #moleskin #journal

A photo posted by Jess R (@plannerbynature) on Jul 7, 2015 at 2:59am PDT

Day 7 of the #bulletjournalchallenge - I plan by using the future log, month calendar, month task list for general tasks/big tasks, and the dailies for smaller to dos and breaking down the big tasks. I plan my dailies either the evening before or early in the morning :) #bulletjournal #bujo #planner #planning #organize #organizing #journal #sketch #doodle #draw #write #amwriting

A photo posted by Veronique (@africanstardust) on Jul 7, 2015 at 1:18am PDT

Do you see any mishaps? No, because that's the beauty of #bulletjournallove. Just add something to your #Leuchtturm1917 to cover up any imperfections. The mishaps end up adding beauty to my #bujo. #bulletjournalchallenge #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournaljunkies #planneraddict #onebookjuly2015

A photo posted by Christie Taylor (@sunflowersmakemehappy) on Jul 22, 2015 at 10:14am PDT

June day 3 and July day 5. How I overcome bullet journal cons and future planning: I watch YouTube videos for ideas and I use this year in view spread (calendex?) for future planning. #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalchallenge #bujo #bulletjournaling

A photo posted by Domestik Engineering (@domestikengineering) on Jul 27, 2015 at 4:12pm PDT

Day 9 of the #bulletjournalchallenge. My style isn't exactly like the original Bullet Journal system. I like having everything in one place, including my daily journaling. Plus, I don't think they ever mentioned anything about decorating 😉 #bulletjournal #bulletjournaljunkies #planner #plannergirl #plannerlove #kikkik #journal

A photo posted by Gretchen (@gretchenhope) on Jul 9, 2015 at 8:43am PDT

Got a bit behind... Day 9: How I've made Bullet Journal my own I added a flip out monthly calendar, some tracking areas, and replaced the monthly list with a weekly version that I see and update more often. #bulletjournal #bulletjournalchallenge #PhotoGrid

A photo posted by Erin Quick (@erinlesley09) on Jul 12, 2015 at 1:05pm PDT

#bulletjournalchallenge day 10, fun list! A list of my two year old's pronunciations...i want to remember these!

A photo posted by Shannon Kueny Gilbride (@gillyweedsfun) on Jul 10, 2015 at 6:25pm PDT

Day 12 #bulletjournalchallenge project planning - I have project planning pages (tagged oranges in my journal) where I list down anticipate milestones or core tasks to be ticked off. I've tried project planning excel sheets on my computer for years, and they can't beat this analogue format. I can go into meetings with the same book and flip to the page to run through projects milestones. I have 7 different projects running concurrently and this helps keep my sanity in check. #plannergeek #plannerpeace #plannerlove #bujo #bulletjournal

A photo posted by Claire Khoo (@clairekhoo) on Jul 13, 2015 at 1:29am PDT

Day 16: Bullet Journal Anxiety. I think the thing I worry about the most is losing it... And then having to rewrite my collections from memory 😬 That wouldn't be fun. #bulletjournalchallenge #bulletjournal #bujo #bulletjournaljunkies #planner #plannerlove #plannergirl #kikkik

A photo posted by Gretchen (@gretchenhope) on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:14pm PDT

Day 16 my bullet journal anxiety ... Two fold: #1 forward planning - solved with my month on two page insert. A thin little booklet from #yellowpaperhouse that saves some sanity! #2 little hands - see finger painting just out of reach from my #midoritravelersnotebook #onebookjuly2015 #bulletjournalchallenge

A photo posted by Casie Gutierrez (@cultivatingcasie) on Jul 16, 2015 at 2:39pm PDT

{day 18: simplifying} i had to set up my new #bulletjournal and took the chance to simplify my system. Loving the ruled one so far ❤ #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalchallenge #leuchtturm1917 inspired by the wonderful @decadethirty

A photo posted by Mayla (@hernameismayla) on Jul 18, 2015 at 3:21am PDT

Day 19: Food (meal plan, food log, etc.). I meal plan very simply in my Bullet Journal. It's usually a list of meal ideas for the week. I vary this up all the time from a simple list to being a bit more detailed. This time around I'm working in the small format of the Field Notes. All dots in this list are task bullets, like in the updated Bullet Journal guidelines. The sub-tasks are also to be checked off. I place prep steps and reminders to have the leftovers of the meals. A lot of the time we'll cook a new meal every day and forget that there are also leftovers to be had. There is also a column for where the recipe of this meal can be found. If you're anything like me, your recipes are probably in various locations. I use a combination of cookbooks, the Paprika app, a red Jr. Arc where recipes that we love are written down and stored, etc. I love how the Bullet Journal works perfectly with other tools. On the opposite page is my food log. I usually put the whole week down but the Field Notes is a little small for this task. This is my fifth week using this layout for a Food Log and I love it. Planning meals on days doesn't work for me...I usually don't feel like what I planned for that day. I like looking at the plan each morning and seeing what i'd like for dinner then prep the ingredients for that meal. Do you manage your food by meal planning, food logging or something else in your Bullet Journal or planner? :) #bulletjournalchallenge #bulletjournal #mealplanning

A photo posted by Kim (@tinyrayofsunshine) on Jul 19, 2015 at 8:07pm PDT

#bulletjournalchallenge July 24:habit tracker, this is a running log I made. I'm happy to say I have done 30 running training days since I started in Mid May. I didn't think I would actually stick to my walk/run program but I did. #onebookjuly2015 #bulletjournal #moleskine #running

A photo posted by @oh.kelly8 on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:43pm PDT

#Julybulletjournalchallenge Day 28: Creative freedom? My journal is 1 part bullet journal + 1 part lettering journal + 1 part scrapbook + 1 part project planner + 1 part life tracker. (I'm sure there are other parts that I forgot!) It is ever evolving. I think that is the very definition of creative freedom! 😀 #thejournalfactory #lifedocumented #doingitmyway #beoriginal #diy #makeityourself #journal #moleskine #moleskines #moleskinejournal #projects #moleskineplanner #bulletjournal #planner #planneraddict #plannerlove #plannernerd #plannercommunity #stickers #stamps #washitape #bulletjournalchallenge #bulletjournallove

A photo posted by @thejournalfactory on Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19am PDT

This one wasn't part of the challenge, but I loved it that she created a weekly set-up to suit her needs and I just had to share.

I find that I just need a slightly more detailed look at my week before I can jump right into my super detailed daily spreads. It helps me stay focused, but to not over plan. Plus, this is the ONLY place I could think of to keep my grocery list that wouldn't take over my Moleskine. #bulletjournal #BuJo #workinprogress #journal #planner

A photo posted by Jen V (@kindagirlie7832) on Jul 17, 2015 at 10:09am PDT

Again, please let me know if you would like me to remove your image and I will promptly do so. Thank you once more to everyone who participated, the world is better place with your savvy ideas!

Join us for the sixth #bulletjournalchallenge in August!

Special thanks to @cultivatingcasie@kindagirlie7832@yesyescoffee@thejournalfactory@clairekhoo for idea input for August's challenge.