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How A Bullet Journal Can Help With Holiday Planning

holiday planningPretty light viewings, the ballet, cookie baking, festive gatherings, caroling, and shopping.

This month is typically one that fills up quickly. All of that is fun, but it can also be overwhelming.

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That’s where the bullet journal can help.

It is a great tool to help keep your sanity intact during this busy season. Here is how I am going to use mine to make this the smoothest holiday yet!

HOW A BULLET JOURNAL CAN HELP WITH HOLIDAY PLANNING

I began with my usual routine, which is creating a monthly goals page. I’ll fill this in with an overview of what I want to accomplish.

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I’ve really enjoyed using more color this year and incorporating more doodles into my pages. The trees and lettering were fun to make.

Usually, I can fit all of my tasks into my weekly calendar.  However, the things I like to accomplish this month, require a bit more detail when it comes to staying organized.

So I made a few specific pages to give me extra space, and to help make that sort of holiday planning easier.

My biggest stress during December is figuring out the gifts. In the past, I have been terribly disorganized, and end up doing everything very last minute.

I want to be able to keep on top of things by organizing gifts that I want to make, and the things that I need to buy.

This page will have all of my shopping and to-do items in one place, which will be incredibly helpful. holiday planning

I am going to love checking things off as I accomplish them!

Kicking off the holidays by baking cookies and other goodies is a family favorite in our household. We put on good music, laugh, and have fun making the house smell delicious. holiday planning

We generally stick to baking our tried and true treats, but I often end up wishing that I would have thought ahead a bit more so that we could make something new and different.

I’m going to set aside one morning this week, and pick out some new additions to our baking day. I have so many different ideas that I have pinned, and this is the year I am actually going to give some of them a try.

This page will allow me to list the things we want to make and serve as my ingredient list as well.
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If you want to find out what we make, follow along on my Facebook page. I’ll share recipes and results later this month. You will also be able find all the fun crafty things that we are making for the season there. (Which makes me realize I need to get to work on a journal page for crafty activities, as well)

I hope this helps you see how you can use your bullet journal to help you get organized with your holiday planning. The pages can serve as a record of how the season was celebrated, which is an added bonus!

holiday planningDo you have any tips on how you manage your holiday? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

XO,

Melissa

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Beginners Guide: Using a Tracker In Your Bullet Journal

Using a tracker in my bullet journal is my new favorite thing! Since I love it so much, I want to share it with all of you. I even included a little mini tracker for you to download at the end of my post! 

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Recently, I have been dealing with some health issues. I’ve spent the past few months in and out of the doctor office. Each time, I am given new instructions or a different medicine to try, and it started to get a little difficult to remember everything that I was supposed to do.

Then it dawned on me. I should make a tracker for my bullet journal!

Are you new to the world of using a bullet journal? Before you read through this, be sure to check out my Beginners Guide to Bullet Journals.


Of course, it isn’t a requirement to have a tracker in your journal, but it has been such an awesome tool for me. It helps me keep an eye on my good habits and the places that I need a little extra work. I love checking things off, so using a tracker has been a great way to hold myself accountable.

Best of all, there are so many different things that you can track. And as always, there are so many different layout options. Mixing things up and trying different styles of trackers also helps keep me motivated to get my stuff done!

HABIT TRACKERS

The habit tracker is just a list of the things that you like to accomplish in a day. It’s basically like an everyday to-do list. To make one, you can use dotted or grid paper. Having a ruler handy is also helpful. You can make your tracker a weekly one, or a monthly one, that’s the beauty of having that customized system that works just for you.

Here is an example of the one that I just made for myself. I just set it up for a two-week period.

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See? It’s pretty simple but so helpful.

Need some ideas of what to track?

  • Exercise
  • Vitamins
  • Water consumption
  • Journal time
  • Chores
  • Feeding pets
  • Watering the plants (for people like me who seem to have a black thumb)
  • Medication
  • No Junk Food/Caffeine etc…
  • Goals
  • Symptoms
  • Sleep schedules
  • Self-care/Me time (you’ve got to make sure you are giving yourself love)
  • Spending
  • Moods
  • Routines (morning and night)
  • Flossing/teeth brushing

Really, anything that you want to work on, or make sure that you do each day, add it to your tracker!

However, if you don’t use it on a daily basis, it won’t do much good.

I am guilty of thinking that I will remember to fill in what I did a few days later, but that just doesn’t work. So my solution was to work it into my nightly routine.

In my last post, Beginners Guide: Starting a New Month in a Bullet Journal, I mentioned that I changed my layout so that I could write a few sentences about my day. It was my goal to do this on a nightly basis, along with filling in my mood tracker. I am happy to report, that this has been going well for me, and I have now added filling out my habit tracker during this time.  So, just be sure to find a spot in your day that you will be sure to check off those boxes.

OTHER TRACKERS

There are other fun things that you can track, but you may want to dedicate a layout to a single thing, instead of just a list.

For example, here is my mood tracker page. Each day, I color in the boxes to indicate how I was feeling. By the end of the year, I will have a very colorful page with all of my moods.

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I did mine over the entire year, but next year I think I would like to try to do a monthly mood tracker. I have seen some pretty amazing layouts that have inspired me.

I also like to track the books I read, movies that I see, and shows that I watch throughout the year. Here are what my trackers for each of these look like.

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It’s fun to have a history of the things that entertained me throughout the year.

You may have one big goal that you want to work towards, such as saving up for a vacation. This is another way that a tracker would be helpful. Having that visual will really help keep you motivated.

Our family recently decided that we want to visit one of the state parks out west, so I made a page to remind my husband and me to set a little money aside each month.

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I can’t wait until all those boxes are filled in, and we are on our way!

Finally, I have a page dedicated to the bills that I need to pay each month. It’s very basic but incredibly helpful.

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Feeling a bit intimidated by drawing out your own tracker?

I always want to remind people that your bullet journal pages do not have to be fancy. Please do not get hung up on seeing all the beautiful layouts out there and then feel like you have to do the same. Part of the reason that I make these blog posts is to show you that I do not make perfect layouts, mine do not look like they are made by a professional artist, but I love them. And they work!

I made these handy little weekly mini tracker stickers to put in my journal, for those times that I just can’t draw one for myself. To print these, I used Avery mailing labels #8168, but you can also just print on blank paper, cut out and glue into your journal.

Feel free to download them and use for your own bullet journal!

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I hope that this has helped to show you that a tracker can be a great tool to help you manage your time better, and to get those dreams and goals accomplished!

xo, Melissa

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Beginners Guide: Starting a New Month in a Bullet Journal

The start of a new month is one of my favorite times because it means that I get to add new pages to my bullet journal.

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I love a fresh start! 

I wanted to share with you what I do to kick off a new month. Hopefully, this will help you to understand how to use a bullet journal.


Note: If you aren’t sure what a bullet journal is, check out my post, Beginners Guide to Bullet Journals. Using this system is the first time that I have stuck with keeping a planner and journal. There is just something about being able to customize everything that just makes me happy and motivated! I want to share the love and get everyone hooked!


First of all, yes, I know that we are already a few days into the month of April.

My daughter had surgery, and my crazy life put me behind.

Again.

But, that didn’t stop me. I am trying to be kinder to myself, and reinforce that I don’t have to be perfect, so I went ahead and still got it done.

This might have to be my new mantra: It’s okay to get started late, at least I still got it done!

Remember, you do not have to make fancy pages or layouts for your bullet journals. Simple lists or just a page with each day written on it is fine. Start out that way if you are feeling intimidated. You can always switch it up and add more as you find your routine and get more comfortable with the bullet journal system.

Ideally, here is what I do each  month:

GOAL PAGE FOR THE MONTH

First, I sit down and think about and what my main goals for the month will be. I review the past month to see what I did not get done, and if needed, I move it forward to the current month.

As hard as I try, I don’t always get everything done that I planned on accomplishing, and that’s okay. See my new mantra above 🙂

Usually, I like to write the month and then break it up into four sections; Self Care, Health, Blog, and Projects.

Here is what my page for the month of April looks like:

I like to use a color theme, and April makes me think of spring. This brings to mind the arrival of blue skies and the pretty greens returning, so I used blue and green to decorate my pages.

Typically, I like to add a quote for each month at the top of my page. I still haven’t found the perfect one for this month yet, so I have left a blank space to add one.

I also try to make a point not to overwhelm myself with too many goals. If I do that, I tend to just shut down and not accomplish anything. So, I only choose 2 or 3 things that I want to work on that month for each category.

For example, in the health category, I want to make a point of eating more fruits and veggies. I also need to remember to take my iron pill, so I added that to my list.

WEEKLY LAYOUT

Once I get that accomplished, it is time to set up my weekly pages.

Many people like to do just one week (or day) at a time in their bullet journals. You can totally do this, but for me, it is easiest to set up weekly pages for the entire month. It helps me be to be able to plan ahead a bit.

Remember, one of the fun things about using a bullet journal is that you can try different layouts to see what works best for you. Mixing things up helps to keep it fun. So this month, I’m trying a different layout.

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In the past, I have used vertical boxes for each day. However, I made a goal this month to try and write a few sentences about each day. I decided that horizontal boxes might work a bit better for my diary entries.

I also added small boxes in the corner so that I could make a little drawing about what the weather was like each day.

ADDITIONAL PAGES

I like to incorporate my menu plan into my bullet journal. In the past, I have just written down what we are eating somewhere on my weekly pages.

This month, I thought it would be fun to try something new, so I made a page dedicated completely to our menu.

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If you recall, I wanted to add more color to my journal this year, and the little doodles are the perfect way to do this!

I also home school my daughter and have been working on planning ahead a bit more. This month, I created a page dedicated to our lesson plans and theme.

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I think that having a visual for the crafts, reading, and experiments that we will be doing alongside our usual daily work will be helpful. I can fit our whole month of activities on one page (front and back) since we focus on each theme over a period of two weeks.

Finally, I made a lettering practice page. You may have noticed that most of my lettering in my journal is done in the same style.

At this point, I am ready to branch out and I know that I will need some practice.

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It might not be a super fancy page, but it gives me a visual reminder that I need to work on my lettering, which is a goal of mine this month.

There you have it. See, it isn’t too scary or overwhelming, right?

This is what I do each month for my bullet journal. I really enjoy creating my layouts and pages because I feel like I am taking some time for myself to be creative, but I am also being productive as well. It’s a win win for me!

Do you have any favorite layouts or pages in your bullet journal? I would love for you to share them!

Stay tuned for my next post, where I will discuss different trackers that you can use in your journal. I will also have a neat little sticker that I have been working on available as a download.


xo, Melissa

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My Favorite Bullet Journal Supplies

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Today, I thought I would share my favorite bullet journal supplies with you.


If you are not sure what a bullet journal is, check out my bullet journals for beginners post.

One of the best parts about a bullet journal is that you can create your own system.

You really only need a notebook and a pen, but there are also many fun supplies that really can help personalize your journal.

So let’s start with the journal itself.

JOURNALS

Just do a search on Amazon and you will find tons of adorable blank books. Many people use this Leuchtturm 1917 journal, it seems to be the tried and true go to.

However, I like to be able to rearrange and remove my pages, and I am unable to do this with this particular style of journal.

To solve this, I use a simple mini binder.

It has clear sleeves in the front so that I can switch up my cover often. Plus, if it gets damaged, it is very inexpensive to replace.

PAPER

There is plain, dotted, lined, and grid paper available in loose leaf form.  I like to use all of the types of paper since I prefer the grids for my trackers, dotted for my calendar, lined for writing and plain to do little doodles and drawings.

By doing this, I am able to have everything together in one notebook, and it is easy to switch it up if I get tired of my layouts.

You might want to invest in a 3 ring hole punch as well. It comes in handy sometimes.

PENS

Next, you need pens.

If you like basic, just invest in some nice black pens.However, you may want to add some color.

Last year, I did most of my pages in simple black and white. This year, I wanted to branch out and play with color.

Brush pens are a wonderful way to add a little variety to your pages. The set that I have been using recently has a wide and a thin tip. I have been having fun experimenting with different brush strokes.Sometimes, your colors will bleed through your pages, which can be frustrating. Colored pencils are another good way to get a little creative, without the frustration. I like this set because you can also get the pencil wet and get a watercolor effect.

STICKERS AND WASHI TAPE

Stickers are another fun way to add some fun to your bullet journal pages. There are tons of Etsy shops that sell custom stickers, as well as Amazon. I am working on my own sticker pages and will be sharing them here on the blog soon.

I also have become a bit addicted to Washi Tape.

For example, I found some super cute Totoro Washi tape that I have been using to decorate the top of each of my daily calendar pages for this month.

There are so many different styles and patterns, it is fun to stock up so you have a bunch of options for your decorating.

CLEAR SLEEVES

There are a few pages in my journal that I don’t access often, like my color key, and blog information, but get a little beat up because I refer to them often. I found some clear protective sleeves to put those pages in, and it helps keep them in good shape.

DIVIDERS AND TABS

Because I keep a lot of different content in my journal, using tabs and divider pages helps me easily access my different sections. I like these dividers because they are made of plastic that is a bit sturdier.These self-adhesive tabs are also great because I can easily label them and stick them on specific pages that I use often.

I hope that this list of my favorite bullet journal supplies is helpful in giving you some good ideas for your own book.

XO, Melissa

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Bullet Journal: A Beginners Guide

 

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The Bullet Journal.

This calendar system has become quite popular these days.

However, creating your own calendar system from scratch might seem a bit intimidating when you first begin.

So I decided to create this beginners guide to bullet journals.

Everyone needs to start somewhere right?

What exactly is a bullet journal?


“The bullet journal is an analog system designed to track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.” – Ryder Caroll, Inventor of the bullet journal


Basically, it is a self-customized calendar system that typically has three categories: tasks, events, and notes.

What do I need to start my own bullet journal?

All that you need is a blank notebook and a pen.

It is that simple!

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Just pick out a size that works best for you.

I use a mini binder, loose notebook and make my own calendar pages because I like to have the ability to move things around easily.

Markers, colored pencils, tabs, post-its, and graph paper are also fun to have on hand, but certainly not required.

I found an awesome set of gel pens on Amazon. They add some color to my pages and even have glitter in them! It is my opinion that everything is better with a little bit of sparkle!

The bullet journal has 4 main concepts:

1. THE INDEX OR KEY     

This is where you organize the contents of your notebook.

Think of it as a table of contents for all of your information.

It could simply be a page containing a key of symbols that you use in your journal.

Or, if you are extremely organized, you might use page numbers for your entries and subjects.

I’ve even seen some journals that use washi tape to color code the side of the pages for quick access.

2.  COLLECTIONS

Entries in your bullet journal are called collections.

A collection might take up only one page, or it can be comprised of several pages.

Each page has a topic, which helps to group and organize your ideas.

Typically, there are three main collections:

  • Future Log:

    This contains the monthly calendar and tasks.

    I usually prefer to use a pre-printed monthly calendar page to write out birthdays, holidays, and appointments.

    Additionally, I make a monthly page to write down the goals that I would like to accomplish for each month.

    This is one of my pages before I filled in my goals.

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  • Daily Log:

    These pages contain your day to day events, specific tasks for the day, and notes as they happen throughout the day.

    In addition to adding tasks, I like to track the weather on my daily pages.

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  • Other Collections:

These are special lists, such as long term goals, places you would like to travel, books you want to read and any other trackers you might want to set up.

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Currently, my favorite is my books to read page.

I drew some books stacked on a bookshelf and filled in the titles of all the books that people have suggested. 

Once I finish a book, I color in the title.

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This month, I also made a page to keep track of the things that I am grateful for.

Taking a bit of time to fill in a few things that make me happy and helps to keep things in perspective.

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The options for different journal pages are truly endless.

Get your journal started by picking something that inspires you, and take the leap to making your first page.

Since I am a beginner, my drawings are pretty basic, but I did have fun making them. 

Doing a search on Pinterest will turn up tons of inspiration for different designs to try.

Simple numbered lists will work just fine if the creative feeling isn’t there.

Again, this system is created by YOU. The goal is to find what works best and then go with it.

If you find that you don’t like what you did for the month, switch it up when you plan out the next one.

3.  Rapid Logging

Rapid logging is the language that the bullet journal is written in, or the symbols that are used to make notations in the journal.

You can choose what works best for you, just make sure that you have a system in place. Also, be sure to notate them in your index.

My go-to symbols for my journal are as follows:

<3  things that inspire or motivate me

* –   items that are a priority to complete

!  –   stuff that I would like to research or explore more in the future

o –   tasks that I still need to complete

x  –  completed tasks

Because I have a family and put their schedule in my journal, I like to use specific colors to represent the different family members.

4. MIGRATION

This one is my most favorite step! It always gives me a sense of accomplishment.

At the end of the month, review all of the tasks that have been completed and checked off.

If there were ones that weren’t finished, be sure to move them onto the next monthly calendar.

Although I would like to, I do not always manage to get everything that I had planned, accomplished.

But, taking the time at the end of each month to review my goals and lists is very helpful.

By re-writing them in the following month’s pages, I am able to keep motivated and moving forward, which is my ultimate goal.


Be sure to check out my Beginners Guide to Starting a New Month in Your Bullet Journal.


A couple of months ago, I shared the start of my bullet journal process.

The main goal at the time was to experiment and find out if it was going to be a good system to help me stay organized.

It has definitely kept me moving in the right direction!

I find that I feel less overwhelmed and anxious about the things that I need, or want to do since I am writing them down and checking them off on a daily basis.


I hope that this guide has been helpful, and has provided some inspiration for starting your own bullet journal.

Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know about the pages you have created or share your favorite tips. I would love to hear from you!

xo Melissa

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Mission: Bullet Journal

I am feeling pretty excited about this new project. It combines being creative and being productive! Planning and being organized is one of the most difficult things for me. I have tried so many different calendar systems; paper and electronic, and failed each time. I seem to always feel overwhelmed and just give up.

However, in order to get things accomplished, and keep moving forward, I NEED lists and a plan. I’ve been seeing the bullet journal being talked about quite a bit lately, so I decided to give it a try. It seems like something that might help me find a good system for myself, and stick to it.

I know that I need a monthly overview with dates so that I can track family appointments, bill due dates, and work schedules. I purchased an Avery Mini Binder from Amazon, and blank monthly calendar pages. I also picked up some self stick tabs, and blank lined note pages. I used some of my heavier sketchbook paper and punched holes in it, for the fun, creative part of bullet journaling.

My biggest goal right now is to start small with all of my projects, and work towards the big picture. This one is no different. I know if I try to make weekly, or daily *gasp* pages, I will get overwhelmed and quit. So my first bullet journal attempt, will just be an overview of what I want to accomplish in my month. I want to choose 5 or 6 main goals. I would like to remind myself to also focus on my “me” stuff; health, exercise, and a knitting project.

I hope that when I find myself struggling with that frozen overwhelmed, don’t know what to do, or where to start feeling, I will be able to glance at my page and pick one of my goals to focus on.

Ultimately, I would like to have daily journal pages, a menu planner, and a lesson planner. Maybe even a habit tracker. I will be sure to update my instagram feed and this blog with the different pages that I create. July is pretty basic, but with practice, this is going to be a lot of fun.

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