Bullet Journal Spread Idea: Playlists

It's no secret that I love my bullet journal, and over the years I've adapted my technique and perfected a bunch of useful spreads to best suit my busy schedule.


In this post, I'll be sharing one of my favourite journal spread ideas, which you may want to try in 2021.


Whether you use a bullet journal, a personal journal, or even a page-a-day diary, it's worth having your life-saving playlist to hand!


WHY PLAYLISTS?


Depending on my mood (or what I need to get done), I like to listen to different tracks by various artists—sometimes I need lyrics to sing along to and sometimes I prefer a powerful instrumental soundtrack. I'm a huge fan of Lindsey Stirling, the electric violinist because her music inspires me, but I also find it motivating. It helps me to zone out of reality and into my fantastical worlds when I'm writing speculative fiction.


For anyone artistic, drawing CD covers, disks or IPod screens would be a cool way to display the songs that generate certain emotional responses in your journal. You could also simply write the songs and the artists behind them in list format under headings based on the moods they inspire.


PLAYLIST HEADINGS


Here are a few lists to consider:

  • Songs to make you happy/cheer you up

  • Songs to motivate you

  • Songs to increase productivity

  • Songs for when you need to believe in yourself

  • Songs to calm you down/help you relax/sleep

  • Songs to get you pumped/excited

  • Songs for when you mean business

  • Songs that make you cry

  • Songs to work out to

  • Songs that spark certain memories

EXAMPLES FROM MY PLAYLIST


Here are a few of my favourites (which correspond to a private YouTube playlist I keep), which you may also recognise from my Finding Pandora playlist.

  • How It's Done - Kash Doll (motivates me to have a #girlboss attitude, featured in the latest Charlie's Angels movie)

  • Mr. Blue Sky - ELO (cheers me up, gets me singing)

  • Jekyll and Hyde - Bishop Briggs (for when I mean business)

  • Try Everything - Shakira (inspires me, featured in Disney's Zootropolis)

  • Lindsey Stirling - Angels We Have Heard On High

>> GET MY FAVOURITE LINDSEY STIRLING ALBUM HERE<<

>> GET BISHOP BRIGGS'S ALBUM HERE<<

>> CHECK OUT MY FINDING PANDORA PLAYLIST HERE<<


INCLUDE QUOTES IN YOUR PLAYLIST


If you're unsure which songs to include in your spread, set it up in advance. Feel free to leave it blank until you hear a tune that resonates with you—add to it throughout the year.


You could also include quotes from your favourite songs and make notes in a separate spread or a personal journal entry when this happens. Think about:

  • How the song makes you feel and why

  • What you gained from listening to it

  • When or under what circumstances you would next hope to hear it

Be sure to let me know your favourite tracks and send me your playlist spread ideas. If you would be interested in hearing some of my other playlists for my published books, please get in touch.


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