september bullet journal spread

September Bullet Journal Setup

This is possibly the most excited I’ve been for a bullet journal setup post because I’m starting a new notebook this month. Yep, that’s right, I’m stepping on the Leuchtturm 1917 bandwagon for my new bullet journal. And it’s bright orange.

orange leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal

I wanted something that was going to cheer me up when I looked at it and I think this just about fits the bill. Cracking the spine of a new notebook can be a little daunting, and I definitely had a blank moment staring at the first page. As soon as I got into it though, things flowed a little easier.

As this is the beginning of a new bullet journal, I’ve added a few extra pages before my September spreads which will hopefully be helpful throughout the academic year. I know many of you mainly clicked on this post to see the photos, and not read paragraphs of writing, and so I’m just going to get straight into it…

Title page

2018/9 academic year bullet journal title page

I’m hoping this journal is going to last me through to at least the end of the academic year (and perhaps over next summer too) hence this title page. I’ve gone for quite a neutral plant theme, as I didn’t really want the start of the journal to define the vibe of the whole notebook.

Future Log

minimal six month future log

This is my first time creating a future log – I figured it could be helpful for term dates, university events, birthdays, holidays… anything and everything. Basically a quick overview of the next six months. I have no idea how frequently I’ll use this, or if I’ll find it helpful at all, but I’m willing to give it a go.

Life in pixels

life in pixels bullet journal spread for tracking wellbeing and pain

I’ve seen this method used to track many things related to wellbeing – mainly mood. The idea is to colour in each day of the year with how you felt that day. I’ve decided to draw two grids – one for general physical and mental wellbeing (graded good/okay/bad) and the other to note down if I felt any pain that day. As I’ve had on-and-off stomach problems, I think this could be useful for me to try to identify any patterns. It seems a little ambitious for me to think I’ll remember to fill this in every single day, but I’ve decided it’s better to have it there so I can use it when I want to – no pressure.

September calendar

september toadstool bullet journal spread

And now we’re onto the monthly spreads for September! I’ve decided to go for a toadstool theme as it feels fittingly autumnal and toadstools are very easy to doodle. As I don’t have September on my future log, I can use this page to note down any upcoming dates of importance (like moving to university!)

Line a day

toadstool line a day bullet journal spread

This is another new spread for me – although not so different to the gratitude pages I’ve kept before in previous months. I want to record a sentence or two about each day here, so that I have something to jog my memory.

Goals and finances

goals and finance pages bullet journal spread

This one is pretty self-explanatory, really. The first page is the things I want to work on in September, and the second is divided into areas I’ll be spending money on this month.

Tracker page

habits tracker bullet journal spread

This one is a little different to the usual grid I draw of habits I want to encourage myself to do. This month, I’ve split it into things that are important to consider each day (and so the list acts as a reminder) and then the things I’d like to do more of but don’t necessarily expect to be daily activities. The toadstool drawings indicate the goal amount of times I’d like to have spent on each activity by the end of the month. I’ll colour in a row every time I do one of these things and hopefully I’ll reach the top of the toadstools!

Everything blogging

blogging stats bullet journal spread

For the next spread, I’m carrying on the blogging stats page I introduced into my bullet journal last month. This page is helpful because it helps me to see which platforms are growing better than others, and which need a little more attention. On the opposite page, I’ve left space for brainstorming blog post ideas.

Food diary

food diary bullet journal spread

And we’ve finally reached the last spread, for which I have a small confession: I really don’t like keeping a food diary. I find it tedious and a little obsessive and I don’t think I’d choose to do this normally. But, because of the stomach problems I’ve experienced, it could be helpful for identifying trigger foods (although my attempts at this have been unsuccessful so far). And so I’m going into September with the gritted teeth and the intention to fill this in every night. Wish me luck.

Washi tape tabs


To make filling in all these spreads a little easier, I’ve decided to use coloured strips of washi tape to indicate which pages need to be updated daily and which can be left a little longer. I think I’m being quite ambitious this month with the number of spreads I want to keep updated – but September always gives me a burst of energy to be a little more ambitious. So I will do my best!

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22 thoughts on “September Bullet Journal Setup

  1. questionsfromateenager says:

    Oh my god, if this isn’t beautiful then I don’t know what is. Your layout is freaking GORGEOUS, something I aspire to create (but will fail miserablly at – but a girl can dream, right?!) I also love the idea of “life in Pixels”, it’s such a brilliant way to track your well-being and mental health with it still being an overview. xx


  2. ruthinrevolt says:

    Wow, this is beautiful!! I may need to put some of these spreads into my own bullet journal (although, they won’t look as pretty, but the idea will be there!) I love seeing these posts from you. 😀


  3. Rita says:

    I love the way you set up your bullet journal! I’m using the same kind of future log in mine and it works very well for me.
    The wellbeing pixels page is a great inspiration. I could use something like that to track my anxiety.
    What do you write on your line a day page? Something you are grateful for or something important that happened to you that day?


  4. Bexa says:

    Yay! I love that brand new notebook feeling! Bright orange is such a happy & positive colour! Your spreads are so creative Alys. The Wellbeing Pixels is a great idea, and the line a day would be a interesting way to reflect at the end of every month. The toadstool theme is very cute! Thank you for sharing, always love seeing your bullet journal! ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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  5. Hannah says:

    I love your bullet journal – it looks absolutely incredible and it will look even better once it is filled in. I hope you manage to figure out what is causing your stomach problems and that you are able to reduce your pain as a result. xx

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  6. Jabberwalky says:

    You read my mind! I was thinking today that I need to learn more about bullet journaling, and your post was first in my feed. Perfect. I only wish I was artistically talented as you. I may resort to stickers or find an artsy friend to doodle on my pages. I love what you are doing.

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  7. mariexceline says:

    Lots of different spreads there. Well done 👍
    I thought about a mood tracker but my moods change so much during the day I wouldn’t know how to go about keeping track.

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