Hello Hello! How are you?
It’s been such a long time since I’ve made a bullet journal post on my blog, this second part about the trackers was supposed to go up in May, but life happened, ahah. It’s here now.
I’m really happy to be writing this post today, bullet journaling is a passion of mine and I have definitely seen how much it calms me when I’m having a bad day, my conditions are flaring up or it has just been one of those weeks, I hope that these posts will help you to find inspiration and relax a bit. I will admit I’m a bit of an organisation freak, that’s just who I am, but bullet journaling has really helped me, especially this year with you-know-what happening.
If you are interested in reading all about bullet journaling, if it’s for you, what you need, how to start and if you need more inspiration, you can read my first post here, my second post about setting up your bullet journal here, and my third post about trackers here (which is part 1 of this part 2). I’ve had a proper bullet journaling weekend getting ready for today’s post and it’s been lovely, so I need to remember to make more time for this creative outlet!
As an organisation freak, trackers are my go-to and my happy spreads, I love tracking everything and anything and they are such useful spreads to have in any bullet journal, but especially a bookish one (let’s not talk about all the goals and TBRs right now though aha). Now on to the trackers!
Trackers in my Bullet Journal
Social Media Tracker and Book Year in Pixels Tracker
This was one of the first spreads I decided to do in my bullet journal and it took a bit of working out (I’m really not good at maths), but I think it’s a super way to keep track and see your progress.
I think that the social media tracker is going to be a great one to look back on, I feel that I have come so far in the past months, that’s down to you all so thank you for putting up with me and my craziness!
I’m more of a line, colour, lettering type person in my bullet journal, so most of my spreads don’t have doodles, and this year, to push myself out of my comfort zone (and gain a bit of time), I have tried to draw lines without a ruler when I can get away with it. My lines are probably a bit wobbly in some of these trackers because of it, but as you’ll see in the next couple of posts in the next months, I have progressed and my lines have gotten straighter, I’m really proud of that!
I was actually very surprised when I updated the book year in pixels tracker, I had no idea just how much I had read, I maybe don’t finish a book every week, but most months I read every single day. I really liked the idea of the pixel tracker and I’ve seen so many different ones, you can track your mood with this type of tracker, or maybe your medical condition and medication, maybe spending, work or homework, it really can be for anything and I love just how versatile it is.
Books Hauled in 2020 and 2020 Wishlist Trackers
I wasn’t going to actually do these spreads to start with, but I had a little wishlist spread in my previous bullet journal, and I found it quite useful when I wanted to buy a book and I didn’t know what to get, I obviously have an Amazon Wishlist, but the bullet journal ones are mostly books that have been highly recommended to me and that I know I really do need to pick up. You could have a wishlist tracker for anything really and it’s also a good thing to have if your family don’t know what to get you for Christmas or your birthday!
On the other side of the double-page, I have my books hauled in 2020 tracker and I quickly decided I needed this when I started my blog and started receiving books for review and doing blog tours. Every single book that comes into my possession, be it bought by myself, my friends and family, gifted to me, sent to me by authors, publishers, blog tour organisers, etc, goes in these trackers and it helps me keep accountable and actually read the books I receive. I think it’s also a great way to not double up if you can’t remember what books you own on your Kindle for instance and don’t want to delve into a list of a million books. It will also be a good thing to check up on at the end of the year and see what I’ve read after receiving it, and what I still need to get to.
I really like the way this page turned out, I saw this type of set up quite a few times on Pinterest and the envelope with a letter style really drew me in. Again, this was my first page without a ruler, so it’s a bit wobbly, but later ones are a bit better.
Top 10 Series to Start in 2020 and Top 10 Series to Finish in 2020 Trackers
Firstly, please ignore the washi-tape on the left-hand side of this spread, I made this at the start of the year and added a series that I have since taken off my Want to Read list in one of my Down the TBR Hole post and I still haven’t worked out what I want to swap it for, so I just covered it up in case it confused you.
I knew I wanted to do a Top 10 spread in my bullet journal before I even purchased this one, and it probably doesn’t look like I’m progressing much on the series front, but I promise I am. I have a very long list of series I want to read in my 2019 bullet journal, so I picked my 20 priority series to try to tackle in 2020.
I probably won’t start all the series I want to this year, but I am well on the way to actually finishing at least 2 of them, I think it’s a really useful thing to have in a bookish bullet journal. We all have an enormous pile of series that we just don’t seem to be able to get around to unless it’s a binge-worthy series that we finish in a week, but let’s not kid ourselves, most of the time it takes us years to finish series. I think this spread will be a yearly instalment in my bullet journal and hopefully, these series won’t make too many appearances!
2020 Netgalley Review Tracker
I have been on Netgalley since I started my Bookstagram account at the start of 2019, and I have to admit to being guilty of the trigger happy requesting and then being swamped. I do have a lot of Netgalley books to read and review, but this tracker is going to help me. I actually had a similar tracker in my previous bullet journal and the reason this one is empty is that I was filling the other one first.
I have to update it, but I wanted you to see it empty, it’s really simple, as are most of my bullet journal spreads, but it’s very efficient, and especially for me as I need organisation and structure in my daily life to not feel overwhelmed. This is a simple design that you can use for literally anything, I might actually revert back to it for monthly university assignments once I go back in September.
I really like using my bullet journal as a safe space where I can relax, forget my conditions and just try to calm my brain. I personally need the organisation to not get overwhelmed, but I would recommend that anyone and everyone who seeks a bit more organisation and structure start a bullet journal.
This was a bit of a smaller post, but I think that these are some of my favourite trackers, they aren’t fancy, but I’m not an artist so they don’t have to be. I mess a few things up, probably get some things wrong and have some wobbly lines, but at the end of the day, I am progressing and helping keep myself under control and calm, and that’s something that I have really relied on this year.
Disclaimer: If you see any spreads you like, feel free to use inspiration, but please don’t copy them totally, it took me a lot of time to make them my own and it would really be hurtful to see an exact copy of my own hard work!
Those are all the trackers for part 2, I actually have some more (read many more) trackers in my bullet journal, but they are more specific and belong in my next bullet journaling post that will be up in August, I am very excited for it and I hope you will be too.
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post and that my trackers and bullet journaling series will help you find inspiration and give you that tiny bit of structure you may need in your daily life! See you soon, stay safe,