Plan with me: June 2021 Bullet journal set up
"The key to SUCCESS is start before you are READY." - Marie Forleo
I have a confession: It's currently September 2021 and I'm only uploading June's content now. (Insert cringe here) Enough said, you must understand the struggle...these last couple of months have been busy. I hesitated blogging these "Plan with me" videos and tips because it's so late in the year. However, I learned a ton each month and felt like I should be documenting these growth moments.
June was an interesting month and the start of a few of new beginnings. I decided to take the leap and start a Patreon while trying to find my footing as a stay at home mom for only 2 months.
Call it a surge of "can do" new mom hormones but I honestly don't know why I added more to my plate than I needed to. Looking back 10/10 would probably not recommend.
This first month was a success but not as smooth sailing as I thought. It was filled of watching Youtube videos on video editing, learning the in's and out's of marketing and promotion, and learning social media trends. I definitely overlooked the life of being a "content creator."
Now that I've painted a picture and now reflecting back, here's what June has taught me:
1. Planning is different from time blocking
Having a check list is great but understanding how long each task will take (while considering your day to day interruptions) will set you up better for success...and emotional battering. Especially as a new mom I had unrealistic expectations of how much I could accomplish in a day. I had a long daunting list for the day but only completed 1-2 things if I was lucky. #bujobaetip Give yourself 3 top priorities to complete for that day vs a huge list. It's all about the smaller wins that built a healthy productive momentum.
2. Don't compare yourself to others
This is easier said than done and was my mantra all of June. It constantly had to remind myself that these are all new skills that I'm learning. Yes, I had a natural eye for taking flat lays but never have I ever edited videos and ran a subscription type business. ( AND while being a new mom) #bujobaetip Give yourself grace. Take inspiration from others around you but never compare your page 1 to someone else's volume 3.
3. Being busy and being productive are two very different things
You know when you're busy when you do a million things and don't feel fulfilled at the end of the day. I felt drained and still felt like I didn't do enough. The days that I felt productive were the times that I was very intentional about each task. #bujobaetip Create time in the morning and map out your day. If you're not the early bird, you can also plan before going to bed.
4. The key to success is start before you are ready
I had cold feet the night before I activated my Patreon and imposter syndrome set in. Looking back I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but all I had was excitement, the nerve, and great ideas to share.
As much as I am a planner, success doesn't happen unless you go through the sticky, frustrating situations. I learned so much from the challenges and unexpected details. #bujobaetip Grow through what you go through.
Bujo Bae Favorites from June 2021:
Mood boards are probably my favorite part of a monthly set up. It sets the tone and gives you inspiration for the new month. Here's my simple steps to creating the perfect (and aesthetic) vision board:
Find a color palette that sparks joy.
Look on Pinterest for photos of different styles that match your color scheme.
Place and arrange the photos. (SIS, believe me don't glue them down right away)
Add washi tape or planner stickers for accents.
Write in or doodle sayings or "push pins."
SIMPLE POPS OF COLOR
In my past years of bullet journalling, I avoided color! Coloring things in or illustrations seemed like too much work for my minimal style of bullet journaling. My OCD kicked in and cringed if I could see color on the back side of pages. I found a way to still use color but still be minimal. I joined the dark side and I'm all about it! It's no secret but opened flood gates in for my bullet journal....I just used colored pens to outline my layouts. My favorite thing is using the "ombre" effect to elevate my simple weekly spreads.
For more details, watch my Plan with me videos for the full set up!