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Bullet Journal Tips To Help You Get Started Today

Are you are looking for a way to get you organized, motivated, and even to help with depression and anxiety?

Then, I have a few bullet journal tips that might encourage you to give journaling a try.bullet journal tips

Last year I consistently used my journal as a tool to help keep me organized. I can now officially say that It has helped me in so many different ways.

If the thought of starting a journal like this seems a bit overwhelming, I’m here to share a few bullet journal tips that I learned throughout my year of journaling.


First, if you are not familiar with what a bullet journal is, take a look at my post, Bullet Journal: A Beginners Guide. You will find all the details there.

You might be wondering how a journal could be such a life-changing thing.

Here’s my little backstory.

I tend to have a  lot running through my mind. As a result, I can be a little unorganized and discombobulated. I have all these big ideas and plans in my mind about what I want to accomplish during my days, my months, and just in life overall.

In the past, one of two things usually happened. Either I kept all of those ideas floating around in my head, and then forgot about most of them. Or, I wrote things on scraps of paper, and the would end up scattered in various places around the house, getting ignored, or forgotten.

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All of that made me decide that my goal for last year, would be to find a way to be more productive and actually make some of my ideas start happening. I didn’t want things to get lost in the shuffle anymore.

Enter the bullet journal.

The main thing that made me decide to use this system was the fact that it was so customizable. I could build up my journal pages in whatever way that I wanted, and I could switch things up at any time.

I get bored with things easily, so this was a huge plus.

It was awesome having one place for all of my to-do lists, appointments, ideas, and health information.

Once I got into the habit of checking my journal each morning, something amazing happened. I found myself more motivated to accomplish things, and get them checked off in my journal.

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For the first time in a long time, I was becoming an actual productive person!

The second major thing that I learned, was that my journal was a tremendous help with my anxiety and depression.

By checking off, and achieving goals, instead of just dreaming about them, my mood became more positive. I had a visual of my successes.  I began feeling more confident and even started making the time to take care of me.

Because I want to get to my bullet journal tips, I won’t go into too much detail about all the different ways I used my journal to help me through some rough times.

However, you can read this post if you would like more information.  It’s got some great stuff!

Now, this all might sound great, but the first thought typically is, that it’s too hard to get into the habit of keeping a journal.

Don’t let that stop you from at least giving it a try.


I even have a few bullet journal tips to help get you started.


#1. START SIMPLE

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As you explore the world of bullet journals, you will find some incredible page layouts and lists that will inspire you to create.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and want to immediately fill your journal with ALL the pages.

Start with the basics.

Your calendar, a to-do list, maybe a tracker, and then slowly start adding more throughout the year. You might even create a page to keep a list of all the other pages that you want to add to your bullet journal.

#2. DON’T WORRY ABOUT BUYING ALL THE FANCY STUFF

There are lots of opinions about what type of journal you should buy, and that it must be dot grid paper. A lot of those journals are beautiful, but also pricey.

If you want to purchase the journals that you will see in a lot of bullet journal posts, you certainly can, but you don’t have to do it that way.

Remember how I mentioned that I used to have loose paper with my ideas scattered everywhere?

Well, I got myself a mini binder. I ordered a variety of loose leaf paper, like graph, lined, and even dot grid. Now, all of my papers are in one place, and since I’m using a binder, I can remove or rearrange things without messing up my journal.

I’m a mom, and on a budget, so this method is perfect for me!


 

#3  DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION

I will be honest, I’m a perfectionist. At first, I kept wanting all of my pages to look perfect. If I ended up with a smudge or crooked lettering, I would have to start all over again.

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That started to make the whole journaling thing not so fun.

Then, I decided to be nice to myself, and forgive my mistakes. I also decided to keep a bottle of white-out on hand, for easy corrections.

So, embrace your mistakes! You aren’t perfect, and your journal doesn’t have to be either.

#4  JUST GO FOR IT!

There are so many excuses for not giving it a try. Believe me, I’ve used a ton of them.

People tend to think that they are not disciplined enough to stay on track with keeping a journaling routine.

If I can do it, I am certain that you can as well.

Start slow, and find your groove.

If a few days, a week, or even a month goes by without your journal routine, DON’T QUIT! Just pick it up, and start again.

It definitely took me a few tries to be consistent with it.

I hope these bullet journal tips give you a little push and inspire you to get started.

Next week I will be sharing some of the new pages that I’ve created, as well as my new calendar layouts.

Also, this year my goal is to go a little deeper, and use some writing prompts to help me continue building confidence, and to appreciate myself more. If you want to join in with me, be sure to sign up for my newsletter.
I will be kicking things off in February!

XO,

Melissa

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8 Books That Will Help You Keep A Journal (even if you are busy)

I’ve been writing about my passion for using a journal quite a bit recently.  I have even had a few people say that I have inspired them to start using a journal of their own, and that makes my heart so happy!

But what if you feel like you are way too busy to keep a journal? Or maybe you just don’t know where to start.

As a solution, I’ve made up a list of some great books for you to check out that might help give you a little help in finding the time to make using a journal part of your day.

Most of these would make good companions to your daily planning, and a lot of them have short and quick exercises that you can do. Many of them can even happen right in the book itself!  There are so many wonderful options out there, and if you are looking for a little inspiration, I’ve got you covered.

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START WHERE YOU ARE: A JOURNAL FOR SELF DISCOVERYbooks

This is one of my favorites. It is an interactive journal that contains beautiful images and hand lettering. It will help inspire you to become self-motivated and show your creative side a little love.

HOW TO BE HAPPY (OR AT LEAST LESS SAD) A CREATIVE WORKBOOK

booksThis book contains a series of prompts that can help readers see things in a different perspective.

THE HAPPY BOOK

booksThis is a book that can help show you how to practice happiness by using different prompts and activities. There are places to make lists, paste pictures and fill in the blanks.

WRECK THIS JOURNAL

booksThis book is fun because it challenges readers to make mistakes, be messy, and to destroy things. It is a fun and different way to get creative!

THE LIFE ORGANIZER: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO A MINDFUL YEAR

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This book gives you a more in depth way to explore your needs and dreams by using daily prompts and strategies. It isn’t a fill in the blank type book, and helps you delve a bit deeper. It is a wonderful guidebook to use as a companion to your daily planning.

CREATIVE DOODLING & BEYOND: INSPIRING EXERCISES, PROMPTS, AND PROJECTS FOR TURNING SIMPLE DOODLES INTO BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART

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Maybe you don’t feel like writing – don’t forget that being creative is a fun way to add to your journal. This book will inspire you to get your creative juices flowing with its projects and prompts.

DOODLING FOR CAT PEOPLE

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Here is one just for doodling fun. This is an entertaining way to experiment with ways of drawing furry friends. Yes – they have a dog book too 🙂

MY BOOK ABOUT ME

booksThis is one that I loved as a kid and is a fun way to introduce kids into exploring the world of self-discovery and writing about themselves.

I hope at least one of these might be a fun tool to pair with or help you to start using a journal. Do you have any favorite books about journals? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

xo, Melissa

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7 Self Care Pages For Your Bullet Journal

 

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Self-care is an important part of life but can be hard to find the time to fit it in.

A few months ago I wrote about a few simple ways to sneak self-care into your routine. This month,

I will show you how you can use your bullet journal as a tool to help you with your self-care.

Self-care is all about being in tune with your own personal physical and emotional needs.

It is about nurturing your mind, body, and soul.

It is something that should be done regularly, so it makes it a great thing to incorporate into your bullet journal pages.

Here are seven different self-care pages that you can make that will help keep you on track with taking care of yourself.


JOURNAL OR BRAIN DUMP PAGE

Keeping a journal is one tool that you can use to take care of yourself.

Simply taking the time to write about how you feel is important. It will help you clear your mind, and discover the things that are bothering you, or better yet, inspiring you.

If you have the time, try to set aside a time in the morning or evening to write a few pages.

Just start writing your train of thought, working to empty out everything that is on your mind.

You might be thinking that you do not have a big chunk of time to spend writing.

I totally get that, and I have a solution for you.

The brain dump page. 

I covered this wonderful page in my post about how bullet journals can help with depression and anxiety.

The brain dump page is a good quick substitute for writing a few journal pages.

You may not have the time to pour your heart out into a journal.

Instead, try pouring a cup of coffee and jotting down a few words or sentences about what is on your mind.

It will help you approach the day with a clear mind.

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Plus, participating in that little morning routine counts as self-care!

GRATITUDE PAGE

This is another page that you can add to your journal that will help you keep a good perspective.

It is easy to get overwhelmed with all that is going wrong or bad in your life.

Eventually, if that is what you focus on, nothing seems to go right!

Keep a page in your bullet journal where you write the good things that happen to you.

It doesn’t matter how big or how small, just try to find ONE thing that you can be grateful for.

Maybe it is a compliment from a friend or a nice text message you received.

It could even be that the sun decided to shine.

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Refer back to it often, and remember those good things that happened. They are good for the soul.

SELF CARE PAGE

This is an easy one. It serves as a good reminder to take time to care for you.

Make yourself a reference page in your bullet journal where you list ideas for self-care activities.

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Since you will always have it handy, try to refer to that page each week and pick something that you can do to show yourself a little love.

DOODLE PAGE

I like to doodle. I find it calming and relaxing, and it definitely counts as self-care.

Make a page in your journal to doodle, or sketch.

Breathe slowly while you color, and be mindful as you make your lines.

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The result will be a page full of doodles that make you happy and might cheer you up on a day that you feel down.

REALITY CHECK PAGE

This page is a good way to help put the negative thoughts that run through your mind into perspective.

There are times in my day where my brain starts freaking me out and I perceive things in a way that are not true.

When this happens, I use this page.

There is one column to write my fear or the irrational thought that I am having.

Then, there is another column to replace it with a more positive thought and perspective.

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Using this page is similar to the gratitude page, as it helps to refocus negative thinking into something more positive.

AFFIRMATIONS PAGE

Fill a page with positive thoughts and affirmations about yourself, or about life.

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Start out slowly if you need to, but set aside a time at least once each month to light a candle, put on some good music and say these affirmations out loud.

Ideally, working towards saying them at least once a week, and then every day, would be best.

YOGA POSES PAGE

One of my goals this year was to work on fitting yoga into my self-care routine.

I know by doing this it helps me stay relaxed, and it is another good way to clear the mind.

However, I don’t typically have a ton of time to watch an entire video or attend a yoga class.

I remedied this by making my own little page illustrating a mini yoga routine for myself.

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Now it is always handy in my bullet journal, and I see it often, so it reminds me to take a few minutes and stretch it out.

I hope that some of these self-care pages might help you find a way to making self-care a priority in your life.

Remember, these are only examples. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. You WILL make mistakes. If you don’t like to draw and prefer lists, just make lists.

The main point of a bullet journal is to have a system that you can customize for yourself. 

If I happened to inspire you and you would like to share, I would love to see it. Or if you have favorite self-care pages that you like to use,  please share them in the comments!

Check back in soon,  or better yet, sign up for my mailing list, because I will be sharing about how my use of a mood tracker is working out, and I will be sharing more information about how to use trackers in your bullet journal.

xo, Melissa

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How Using A Bullet Journal Can Help With Anxiety and Depression

 

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Anxiety and depression are something that I often deal with.

Last year, I started a bullet journal in hopes that it would help me ease my busy mind. I am happy to report that I have noticed a huge improvement.

While I still have my moments, I now know that I now have a good tool to help me cope and work through things when I start feeling overwhelmed.

I want to show you that creating a routine with your bullet journal can help you deal with anxiety and depression. It will help you feel more stable and give you a more positive outlook.


Not sure what a bullet journal is? Check out my beginners guide to bullet journals


Here are some ways to put your bullet journal to work for you and your mental health.

BRAIN DUMP PAGE

This is one of my favorite pages to create.

Each morning, as I am drinking my coffee, I take some time to breathe and think about what is on my mind. Things that are bothering me, things that make me happy, and things that I want to do.

I create little mind maps with all of these things that accumulate in my head, and once I do that, my mind feels a little more at peace.

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It doesn’t have to look pretty, and it can be in any form, just find what works best for you.

The goal is to quiet your mind.

TO-DO LISTS

I usually have a brain full of things that I want to do and need to accomplish. It can get a little cluttered, so being able to have a running list written out, helps me clear my head a bit and have a visual of what I want to do.

However, those lists can also get long and become overwhelming, which leads to shutting down.

One solution would be to make short to-do lists for each day, or for the week.

Choose two or three main things that you would like to accomplish, and start with that.

Use your brain dump page to jot down other things on your mind. Then, when you sit down to work on your goals for the day, pull items from that page to add to your list.

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Another suggestion would be to create a DONE list, instead of a to-do list.

Write down thing things that you did accomplish.

This can help turn a negative thing, such as a long overwhelming list, into a positive thing.


However you create your lists, just make sure it is achievable. Do not set yourself up for failure.


GRATITUDE LISTS

Sometimes, when anxiety and depression strike, it can make everything feel so hopeless. Like there is nothing good happening.

Take some time each day to think about and write down 1-3 good things that happened in your day.

Even if it is just something like just getting out of bed, or that the sun came out for a few hours. I found once I practiced this, that over time, the good things became easier to think of.

Here is a peek at my current gratitude list page for my journal.
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Need a little more inspiration?  I explain a little bit more here, how keeping a gratitude list can help focus on the positive and put things into perspective.

SELF CARE PAGE

Make a page that lists various activities that you can do to take a few minutes to focus on yourself.

When you start feeling overwhelmed and need a break, refer to your list.

Often, when I start feeling really upset, my brain doesn’t seem able to think of what I can do to help get out of that rut. If you have a list, it makes it easy to just pick something and go with it.

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If you need some ideas to get you started, check out my post about quick self-care ideas.

HABIT TRACKERS

These have everything that you need to do on a daily basis available at a glance. Use grid paper and track things like exercise, food, medicine, housework, or vitamins.

A good one to start with is water intake, as staying hydrated is important for the mood.

Trackers are handy because they can help put things into perspective for you.

You might discover that you need to work harder to make something more of a habit, or better yet, you may realize that you are doing a great job and that things aren’t as bad as you think!

Again, just remember to set realistic goals for the things that you want to track.

MOOD TRACKERS

I wrote a little bit about starting to track my mood last week.

Even though this is a tracker as well, I feel like it deserves its own category. This one is helpful to see if there are certain times which you are prone to feeling depressed or anxious, it gives you the big picture of how you are feeling.

I have enjoyed tracking my moods so far. When I grab my colors to fill in my box for the day, it gives me a moment to think about and recap my day.

Often I think I had a bad day, but once I think about it, I realize that it is usually a mix and that something positive typically happens. (of course, I try and remember to add that to my gratitude page!)

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At first, I was worried that all my squares would be gray for sad, or dark blue for anxious, but I discovered that wasn’t the case.

QUOTE OR MANTRA PAGE

Finally, I like keeping a page with inspirational or motivational quotes that I like. I can glance at them when I start feeling dark, and usually, there is some kind of quote that will help uplift me.

It doesn’t need to be fancy, I just keep a page in my notebook so that I can just write it down when I find a quote that I like.

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Mantras or affirmations are also nice to add, work them into your morning routine and start the day right. Remind yourself that you are a strong, capable, and smart person.

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I hope that this shows you that organizing and creating a system in your bullet journal can be therapeutic and can help when emotions start feeling out of control.


Do you have a favorite page that you use to help combat anxiety and depression? I would love for you to share it in the comments. I am always trying to find inspiration for new pages to add to my journal.

xo Melissa

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How To Sneak In Self Care When You Are Too Busy

Self Care when you are busy

I have to admit, these past two weeks were pretty tough.

I started a new contract position, and in addition to my other job, homeschool, and other regular mom duties, I was exhausted!

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Adding something extra to my routine threw me off, and I started to find it really hard to keep up, let alone carve out some time for my own self care.

I was quickly reminded that it is quite easy to get caught up in life and the changes that it brings. Which in turn makes it even easier to forget about setting aside time to recharge. I know that it is important, and that it might even help ease the stress of such a crazy schedule. However, when there seems to be a never ending to-do list, figuring out HOW to fit it in seems absolutely impossible!

I decided that making a list of quick and fairly easy things to do for a little recharge might be helpful. Sometimes, for me, figuring out what to do is half the battle.

Ideally, it would be helpful to have a little alone time for self care, but let’s be honest, with kids, it can be difficult to get a moment alone.

This list has a few things that can be done solo, but most can be done with a little one hanging out. Have them do the same activity, give them an independent craft project, or some solo reading time. This will enable you to have some time for a mini escape.

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20 Quick Self Care Ideas

  1. Create a morning ritual, start the day with a favorite coffee or tea.
  2. Get out some crayons or colored pencils, and color.
  3. Write in a journal. Jot down worries, and then, write out what you are grateful for.
  4. Put on some favorite music and have a dance party.
  5. Get some fresh air and Vitamin D. Walk, run, play and jump in the backyard or a park.
  6. Organize something.
  7. Work out or do some yoga or stretching.
  8. Give yourself a mani and pedi.
  9. Read a magazine or a few chapters of a book.
  10. Light some candles and take a bubble bath.
  11. Take a class that interests you. There are even some wonderful ones on YouTube!
  12. Treat yourself! Get some new sheets, or pajamas.
  13. Take some deep breaths and listen to a guided relaxation.
  14. Pet a furry friend.
  15. Buy or pick some beautiful flowers to help brighten your day.
  16. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds.
  17. Put on some relaxing music and soak your feet.
  18. Put on your pajamas, pour some wine (or hot cocoa) and watch a movie or favorite show.
  19. Play solitaire or do a cross word puzzle.
  20. Curl up in bed and take a nap.

There you have it! I hope that this list might provide some ideas on ways to fit self care into your busy schedule. If you have a favorite way to sneak in some relaxing, I would love to hear about it in the comments.


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