October Bullet Journal Setup
So I know it’s been a while since I wrote a blog post, but I’m back today with my October bullet journal setup and I’m so excited to be back blogging. I pretty much took all of September off inadvertently. I think I had done so well at blogging regularly in August that somehow I kind of burnt myself out what with keeping up with my blog and work and personal life etc. I’d also just got married and back on August 1st and you’d think that would mean August was my busy month where I didn’t blog but somehow it worked out to be the opposite and September was the month I was suddenly feeling unmotivated and too busy with going away at the weekend or work.
I’ve still been using my bullet journal consistently, although September’s blog calendar is completely empty, oops. I’m hopeful that October’s won’t be quite as bare!
Autumn is finally here and October is one of my favourite months of the year, it’s the beginning of the holiday season and everything is exciting from here on out. Therefore there was no way I was going to be doing anything other than a Halloween theme for my October bullet journal setup. I actually took a bit of inspo in a way from Alexandra Plans again in the sense that much like my September Bullet Journal (which was inspired completely by her setup) I decided for little doodles spaced around the page for my October monthly cover page.
I also added some stars to the top of the page which I think brings everything together really well. to the left of my cover page, I have my standard monthly to do list which since taking this photo has found itself almost half full! You may recognise the layout of my standard to list and I’ve said before this is heavily inspired by possibly my all-time fave blogging gal Gwennan. She is also an avid bullet journalist and I absolutely love her style. You should definitely check her out if you keep a bullet journal because she has a lot of bullet journal content on her blog.
After my standard first two pages of any monthly setup I create, we have another two, albeit in slightly different layouts. I guess after not blogging for the entire month of September I wasn’t feeling super motivated to blog when I created my October bullet journal setup and so I didn’t think drawing out my normal full calendar layout would be worth it and so, I didn’t.
I’m still really happy with how this works though and after using it for both my personal and blog calendar for this month so far (although I know we’re only six days in) I think this is definitely something I would repeat in months to come.
If you’re curious, the little green bins mean it’s recycling day and the black ones mean black bag bin day. I know that they take recycling on black bag day too but I just draw the one bin because it’s easier.
Next up are yet another two of my usual pages. If you’ve been reading these posts for a while now you’ll know what I do and don’t include month on month and other than changing up my calendar layouts this month, not much else had changed.
I’ve blurred out the details of my budget but you get the gist. I write everything I know I need to spend money on that month and then try my best to stick to that amount whilst also putting some money aside for savings. Christmas is coming and all that, not to mention my MOT and car service.
My meal plan page is currently still empty because I just haven’t had the time to sit down and plan meals out for a full week yet. We’ve pretty much just been deciding the night before based on what’s in the freezer (which we are trying to clear out in preparation for Christmas– see my to-do list for today further down).
I very nearly didn’t include a habit tracker at all this month and I’m not really sure why that thought crossed my mind because I love filling my trackers. I created this months setup over a couple of days rather than my usual, setting aside a few hours to set it up. So maybe one of these days I was feeling pretty lazy and couldn’t be bothered to draw it out. Luckily that soon changed and I added my trusty habit tracker complete with pumpkin doodles.
I’m really happy with all of my doodles for this month, I know they’re not perfect because I’m not the best drawer but I kind of like how they’re a little rough around the edges.
Finally we reach my first weekly spread, usually I set up the entire month and so include these but they’re all blank. However this month I haven’t done that. I’m setting up each day at a time and I’m loving how it’s working out so far. I don’t have to worry about running out of space which is definitely something I encountered last month and wanted to change. I’ve gone back to my trusty simple layout for the first week of October and it’s worked out for me perfectly. I’ve added colour with the lettering for each day and a little pumpkin for the date and I may just repeat this spread for the whole of October; switching out pumpkins for other Halloween doodles week on week.
I’m sorry I’ve been gone a while and that this blog post is up a little late. I usually like to get these up before the month has started because if you’re looking for inspo for a monthly setup it’s kind of useless if you don’t see it until the month has started but hopefully if like me, you haven’t set up your entire month yet this can still give you some ideas.
Thanks for reading