Digital BuJo: October Updates

Recently, I've talked a bit here about my journey with journaling, with a focus on bullet journaling and why it hasn't worked well for me in the past. I've shared a bit about the app I'm using now, why it didn't work before, and what makes it so perfect this time around - and I've even shared screenshots from when I first set my journal up.

But that was in August, and I've adjust things just a bit since then, taking things out that weren't working, adding things I needed in. I've been having fun using images to pretty things up a bit too, adjusting the sizes to create backgrounds, stickers, and digital washi tape. My index/table of contents is coming along nicely, and still creates a quick and easy way for me to get to any page I need. This index page has been incredibly valuable for quick use of my journal, and I've got it on the home screens of all my devices.

One of my favorite things has been seeing the monthly memories get filled in. I tend to be a glass-half-empty kind of girl, so I like that this page is a great way to remind me to look for the beauty in my life even on days when it might be harder to find. In September, I got to watch the month fill in with little moments of joy - sometimes they were super small because it was a bad day and I had to actively search for them, but nonetheless, they're there. Still, I didn't like how the page turned out when filled in the way I had created it ...

I didn't like that in order to see the entire month, I had to zoom out so much I could barely make out anything on the page. So I rearranged it a bit, and ended up liking that new layout enough to carry it into October.

I've been using this page as a way to track my pain levels throughout the month as well, and while I haven't seen much connection or pattern between my pain levels and other things like the weather, etc., I still think it's a good thing to have a record of because I can use it to refer back to my doctors. My daily page has remained the same, from the way it's laid out to the way I use it, and I can see it being something I'll continue to use for a while yet.

I don't fill every box in every day, though, so when the day is completed and I've logged whatever I wanted to keep track of, I just go in and delete the empty boxes. So from start to finish, any given day might go from this ...

To this ...

Some days are more eventful than others, more emotionally varied, or more or less busy. Generally, most of the day's events fit well into the various "emotional" categories - when they don't, then I log them in the box just below that.

Another new thing I've added this month is a goal tracker, which allowed me to remove the habit-tracking app I had on my phone and also gave me the freedom to track from whichever device I happen to be using at the time. Instead of doing a new tracker each month, though, I wanted to use mine in conjunction with my lists of (Jenna Moreci inspired) quarterly goals, so I set it up like this:

So far, I'm loving it, and I also love the accountability potential; I'm planning to share a screenshot update of my goal tracker on my Instagram story each week!

What do you guys think? Are you into journaling or planning? If you are, what are your favorite pros and cons? How do you use your journal or planner? And if you're digital like me, what tips, tricks, and hacks do you think I should know about?

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