Welcome to week 2 of the bullet journal planning challenge.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing the pages produced so far, along with the feedback I have received on this challenge – thank you so much.  The goals being set are utterly inspiring, moving and at times have made me quite emotional.  I feel surrounded by people who want to bring love, positive change and passion to their lives and the world around them and I just couldn’t be happier to be connected to you.

If you are still working on week 1 of the challenge, don’t panic!  I have saved some photos in the Inspiration Gallery of bullet journal pages put together by other people taking part in the challenge – they are definitely worth having a look at. It’s so great seeing the different styles and content, they may well also give you a few ideas for your own pages.  I have included links to the various Instagram accounts, so that you can join up with other people taking part in the challenge.

So, on to this week’s challenge.  Week 1 was all about looking into the future and making goals.  This week’s challenge is about getting an honest understanding of exactly where you are now.  I actually found this one of the hardest parts when completing it in my own bullet journal. Bullet Journal Week 2

I really wanted to honestly reflect on my current situation, but there was a part of me that thought, am I just writing this down for the sake of it? I know where I am and everything about my life.  But, when I started properly considering my current situation I was surprised how much came out on my pages that I hadn’t really thought about, the power of pen and paper still amazes me.  I found it both cathartic and rewarding, so I hope you find the same.

I would recommend looking at the different sections you identified on your ‘What would I like to have achieved’ page and using these same sections to reflect on your current situation. Think of it like planning any journey.  You need to know where you are now, along with where you are going, to map out the best route for your adventure.  Bullet Journal Week 2 2nd

Don’t beat yourself up.  It’s important to be honest in your reflections, but there’s no need to judge yourself – your past decisions don’t need to define your future. I’ve been working on my goals for a few months now and I love looking back at these reflection pages as I can already see that I have moved forwards in so many areas.  There will be set-backs and some of my goals may change, but I certainly feel I am starting to move in the right direction.

I hope you get on well with this challenge and find it useful to spend some time reflecting on your current situation.  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this challenge as it helps me to know whether I am providing information that you enjoy and find helpful.

Also, please continue using the #journalwithpurpose on your Instagram posts so I can add your pages as we progress throughout this challenge.  My YouTube video can be found here.

Finally, a quote that I read on Robin Sharma’s blog that I just loved and had to share. It certainly got me thinking …

“The world really is a mirror, giving us not what we want.  But who we are’.  Taken from Robin Sharma’s blog.

9 thoughts on “Week 2 of the Planning Challenge in your Bullet Journal – Time to Reflect”

  1. Oh man Helen, is each week going to get harder? haha I can already feel resistance to this which means it’s something I really should push on with. You’re really challenging me!!

    1. Haha, sorry Candace – you know I love to be challenging! Reminds me of one of my favourite quotes: ‘it will be difficult in the beginning, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end’ – a bit like this 6 week challenge! Your first week challenge page was so great.

  2. I completly agree: pen and paper are my mind’s best friends! Great challenge for this week. I find it easier than previous one! I’ll be working on it and will let you know 🤔😊
    Also, great post and beautiful Pages!!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, as always. I hear 40 is the new 20 anyway!!! Really looking forward to seeing your pages for week 2 🙂 xx

  3. Well…. First, my thought was “I can’t do this, because I am like hundreds of thousands of miles away from where I want to be….”
    But then, as a real Gemini, I told myself: “If you don’t like how something looks, just change the angle!”
    So, I decided that instead of saying “I failed in something” I won’t judge myself – as you said, Helen – and will say “I am about to succeed in something, if I work hard, of course”. So, one more time, Helen, thank you so much for what you are doing, love you sooooo much!!!!!!

    1. Wow, thank you so much Lena. Receiving supportive comments like yours really makes this blog a pleasure to write. Absolutely no judgement, just excitement and passion for the wonderful journey ahead of you! Much better to have hundreds of thousands of miles to travel than nowhere to go 🙂 Love you too!!!! xx

  4. I found this week very difficult and quite emotional. Maybe that says more about where I am in my life at the moment that the challenge? I don’t know. Anyway it is done. Thank you Helen. I think you’re going to get me on track!!

    1. Hi Katie, thank you for your honest comments. I can completely understand and that’s why I found this part of the challenge very difficult myself. I think it’s important to be honest about your current situation and hopefully you will be looking back in a few months so proud of how you are progressing. I look forward to sharing next week’s challenge with you. Best wishes, Helen x

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