Planning August; Bullet Journal & Goals + Printables

Hey, beautiful people!

Is anyone else just completely shocked by how quickly this year is flying by? It’s already August . . . I’m not ready. Anyways, with so little of the year left, it’s really time to knuckle down and start getting to work on all those goals.

Something that I will be writing about on the blog is the amazingness that is bullet journalling.

If there’s one thing I know about myself and what I need to be happy, it’s that I need to be productive. Things like blogging aren’t just hobbies; they’re something I almost feel compelled to do or else I just feel unfulfilled. I feel like I’m wasting my life away and being useless and I just . . . I don’t enjoy it.

So I’m always kind of looking for that next thing to help me be more productive – and, I swear to God, bullet journalling has actually made a really big impact on my life. I’ve only been doing it for a few months, but those few months have been insanely productive. One of the things that actually came about from bullet journalling was this new blog! Because you end up spending at least five-ten minutes everyday just thinking about you need and want to be doing and setting yourself goals and tasks.

You’d be surprised by the ideas and motivation you get by spending 10 minutes a day thinking ahead.

A brilliant by-product of bullet journalling is the almost sub-conscious planning that’s constantly happening. At the beginning of every month, you sit down and you create your monthly layout. You set up habit trackers, a little calendar, whatever you want really . . . and it forces you to think the up-coming month and what you want from it.

While I was setting up August’s bullet journal pages I just started to think about all my August goals and the things that I want to get done – and I thought “hey – maybe this would make a good blog post!”. At the very least, you’ll get to see some the content that I’ve got going up on the blog in August and some pretty stationery pictures. At the most, you might even be inspired to try bullet journalling yourself! (And, if you do bullet journal already, I have a few free printables you might like.)

So . . . let’s go.

My August Layout

I keep my journal pretty minimal so that I don’t get bogged down worrying about how it looks constantly – the whole point is that bullet journalling is quick, easy and that you’ll actually do it. This means that, for me, I can’t have crazily beautiful layouts constantly or I’ll feel that pressure every time I go to write in it and I’ll end up never using it. So everything is simple – but cute enough that it’s encouraging to write in!

At the beginning of my month, I always like to include a monthly overview and a to-do/goals list of big events and things that need to get done in that month. This month, however, I realised that I needed to include . . . a blog calendar!

Fuck yeah! I’m so excited about this blog; I hope you can tell how much I’m enjoying creating content and engaging with all of you. I slightly fucked up when creating the calendar (yeah, I know – you’re so suprised) but it’s good enough for now. It helps me to plan out my content and see what I need to be working on, so it does its job.

Next up are my habit trackers.

Sleep Tracker Bullet Journal Free Printable

Bullet Journal Tracker; Breakfast Tracker

Here are the printable versions for you, if you are in the market for some bullet journal habit trackers.

Okay, so I admittedly didn’t do great with these last month, but it’s something that I am trying to get in the habit of recording. I’ve set trackers up for 3 things that all tie into my goals.

  1. Did I eat breakfast?
  2. How many hours did I sleep?
  3. Did I exercise?

I don’t do my weekly layouts in advance because I’m very prone to adding random things in or wanting extra space, so that’s pretty much all I do to set up my month. Here’s are my August goals:

  • Create a lookbook! I have been desperate to do this for ages.
  • Return to the gym! I actually went through a stage where I was a really good gym person a couple of months ago; I loved it, I went with two of my friends almost every night . . . but then I went on holiday, my friends switched gyms and a whole lot of inconvenient things happened, which just led to me not going to the gym. This month, I’ve recommitted, signed up to the new gym and am going to get back into it!
  • Eat my smoothies again!
  • Eat breakfast! I’m terrible for this; breakfast is genuinely not a word in my dictionary but it absolutely needs to be.
  • Get 10 blog posts out! I’m trying to figure out a blogging schedule that works me and all of you guys, but I think around once every few days is cool? Mondays seem like a good day, so I was thinking: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday? Possibly not Friday because Friday nights seem like going out nights, so I can’t imagine readership would be good. I D O N ‘ T K N O W.
  • Actually use my sleep tracker. My sleeping pattern is horrific and I want to sort it out – which is difficult when I haven’t been tracking it. So, note to self, do that shit.
  • Reach 300 followers! I’ll be honest here – I don’t know if it’s possible for me to reach this goal . . . but I’m gonna try!
  • Reach 2,000 views on the blog! I currently haven’t even hit 1,000 hits yet, but I’m going to be aggresive in my targeting and try to get 2,000 views by August! Wish me luck, kids.
  • Finish blog branding.

And that’s my bullet journal for August set up! I hope August is going to be a great month . . . June and July have been non-stop amazing, so it’s got a lot to live up to. Do you have any goals for August? Any fellow bullet-journal addicts in the house? Let me know your thoughts below!


51 thoughts on “Planning August; Bullet Journal & Goals + Printables”

      1. Me too! That’s partly what inspired me to start. You don’t need to only plan important things; you can the everyday (like meal plans, appointments, books you’ve read etc) x

    1. I love this! I hate that it’s soon-to-be August. I’m not prepared. I need to plan my July Favourites. I need to plan my August pages in my Bullet Journal. Suddenly, you reminded me that I have lots of blog stuff to be getting on with, LOL.

        1. I’m glad you enjoyed lovely! I think the whole trick with bullet journalling is to make it as easy as possible, so that it doesn’t feel like a chore πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading – and good luck! x

        2. A fellow bullet journaler (?) Is here lol. I love those printables! Super cute πŸ™‚ I’m just starting as well to figure out a content plan. I wanted to post on Fridays too – I think you’ll get good views as long as the post is in the morning.

          Natalie | Natalie’s Alchemy

          1. YES TEAM! Thank you – I used to draw out everything by hand, but sometimes a little printable just gets the job done better (and a lot quicker ;D ). I agree; Friday morning seems like a good time to post. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ x

        3. Let me know how it goes!
          I’ve never tried bullet journaling, but I’m a pretty regular planner and am in a few planner communities on Facebook, hehe. I’m LIVING for your printables, omg.
          I really need to start going to the gym again, too. >,<
          And how'd you know I searched for youtube tutorials yesterday on how to make a lookbook? HOW ON EARTH ARE WE SO IN SYNC?!
          As for the blog thing, I am having some trouble with making it easier for subscribers. I need to get ahold of my hosting provider and get that sorted out. πŸ™‚
          I post Sunday through Thursday(4xs/week). I think I may play around with it and see if people like the weekend more.

          1. I will lovely! Ooooh, I love planners too (anything vaguely stationery and organisation related really.. It’s an issue) and thank you! I’m considering making loads of them and just having a post about useful printables; I need practice with using the program and it could be a good post? Or it could be hopelessly boring for people to read. DECISIONS😭😭
            I’ll go if you do – we can virtually suffer together!
            I LITERALLY GOOGLED THAT A FEW DAYS AGO. I told you – soul sisters.
            I did slightly notice that; I follow you but i dont see posts in my reader – it’s not a big issue because I check your actual site (Not in a stalker way, promise πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) but maybe to help new followers see your posts?
            Oooh good luck!

            1. It doesn’t show up in reader? Oh no! I wonder why?! 😭
              And I dunno. I think releasing printable every now and again, like at the end or beginning of a month when planner junkies are looking could be useful.
              I’ll go to the gym… tomorrow πŸ˜‚
              Odds are I’ll forget, but I’ll at least go for a bike ride. πŸ‘

            2. Oh! It looks like you aren’t following the blog! Are you following the old one? You have to type in the reader part of the app for me to show up. πŸ™

              1. I love the sunflower prints! And thanks for the printables as well. I’m so excited to use my bullet journal that’s why coming across to posts like yours inspires me more ✨ thank you! xx, Chams

              2. I totally feel this post – my Filofax (old school I know) planner is like an extension of myself. I’m travelling right now and let the plan build itself anew everyday, but part of my really misses planning my week every Monday, writing out my gym schedule, writing out my work schedule, organizing when I’ll be seeing my friends, etc. Having a place to store everything you want to or are going to do is so helpful in actually getting it done.

                Loved this post so much!

                1. I used to love Filofaxes! There is nothing more satisfying than seeing all the pages full up πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ ah I hope you enjoy travelling! All the planning and organising will be here when you get back 😏 im so glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by!xx

              3. Everyone seems to be really into bullet journaling at the moment. I do keep a journal where I jot ideas for blog posts that includes a calendar of when I want my posts to go out, so I guess a little similar. Those are all great things to track, very healthy!

                1. Yeah, it’s really blown up – I can’t complain, thought; its such a helpful trend! And thank you lovely – I’m aiming to be more healthy so hopefully this will do the trick!xx

              4. I tried bullet journalling and failed miserably! Maybe this will inspire me to start again haha. Also love your handwriting – mine is so messy urgh. Good luck on your goals! xx

              5. Omg you are so much like me in that journaling is something I NEED to do. It makes me feel more productive and that I’ve actually created something. I have failed pretty terribly with keeping up with to-do lists and bullet journaling. I’ll really make a real effort for like a week or two then forget about it…exercise included haha and btw you are SO creative! I love your handwriting πŸ˜€

                1. Yes girl! Feel productivity and creativity junkie 😏 I completely get what you mean – I was the same with my sketchbook and diary. For a week or so, 100% effort…after that… oh, did i have a sketchbook? Who knew! And thank you so much lovely!

              6. I absolutely love this ❀️❀️ so inspired to do out my first August bullet month right now tonight! It seems so relaxing!
                Tell me, what are your tips for gaining views and followers? I would absolutely love more people to connect with my blog but I just don’t know how/where to start. Thanks so much X

              7. I love bullet journaling! I also have one since february I think and I find it really inspiring to read about others journals or see what other peoples journals look ike! So thanks for sharing! Although I would love to share more of mine on my blog too, I find it pretty difficult, because you write in it also some private stuff :/
                xxx Girl on rainbow

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              9. I am high-key stalking lol I was looking at your blog specifically for bullet journals as I really want to get started for this month. This is so encouraging. You have definitely surpassed 300 followers at this point and you have continued posting bullet journals (from what I last remembered seeing a few months as I fell off the reader page for quite a bit….yikes) Anyways, I look forward to putting forward your tips because you simplified them and made it seem a lot less overwhelming than I was worried about. Blessings! I hope 2019 is off to a great start for you!

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