Organise your life with a Bullet Journal

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Whilst browsing through my Pinterest to feed my creativity, I came across this journaling method known as the bullet journal system.

Since exams has started for us, I decided to give this ago to help me stay organised and create headspace so I can focus. And honestly, I never felt so relieved and productive in my life.

To help you feel the same feeling (it is a fairly nice feeling), I'm going to show how you can organise your life with this awesome system.


One of the obvious things you need to do is get a notebook and pen (you can have coloured pens if you prefer). It doesn't have to be an expensive Moleskin real leather notebook, it can be any that suit your taste. I would recommend getting a notebook with dots or squares as it will help you keep you bullets and lists in line and more organised.

For your first page, make a list of the bullets that you're going to use with the fill-ins and marks.



It doesn't have to be exactly like mine - make it yours since it's gonna be your bullet journal!

You will need to use these bullets when you're note-taking to make it easier for you to understand and complete.



To make your life easier, create an index. Doing this will help you find the right page.



From what I saw on Pinterest, the bullet journals were colourful, neat and had lots of illustrations. If that's the style you prefer, then go for it. But, frankly, you don't have to do that. It is your journal so you can make it into whatever would fit your needs. It is not a journal for display so you don't have to illustrate fancy drawings or banner or write in a really fancy font.

For my bullet journal, I simply put the date at the top with a list of Reminders, To dos, inspiring quotes that I find, events/appointments and my thoughts. Occasionally, I would draw a little illustration to make it visually stimulating for me.



And once I completed a task, event or attended an appointment, I simply cross it out.

To help you refer back to something, I placed these sticky notes on the pages that I wanted to mark with tiny icons to show what it is:



To make your life much more productive, you can add a 'Goals' page where you write down what goals you want to achieve whether it's to lose a few pounds, wash more often or make more friends.

I also found on Pinterest that some people keep track of their habits which I think is a good idea because you can see what kind of perpetual things you do on a daily basis and what habits to change (as what Mike Murdock once said: "You will never change your life until you change something you do daily")

I think it would also be quite important to keep a record of your contacts of family and friends as your backup in case something happened to your cell phone or you account was hacked and whatnot.

What I like to do is write all my thoughts down. I write down whatever's on my mind. I just feel like it lifts the weights that's holding me down and refreshes my mind.

Sometimes, I like to write a 'personal overview' where I write down what went well today, how productive that day was and what else to improve. This introspective constructive criticism helps a lot because then you get a birds eye view of your life and you can see what's standing in your way and how to jump over it.

I hope you find this helpful and inspired you to create your own!

Remember: it doesn't have to be perfect. No one and nothing is perfect :)

If you want further help or guidance to create your own bullet journal, you can inbox me or go here!

Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ


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17 comments

  1. This is so cute! I have a planner that I write everything in, but I like the idea of incorporating all these colors and symbols to help me keep track of everything. Also-- noticed your button, I'm putting it on my blog :). Lovely post!
    -Vivian | https://moonsworlds.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Vivian! And yes, the colours and the illustrations will help make your journal visually stimulating and easier to understand and it's just more fun with colour! Also, thank you for putting my button on your blog, I'll add yours now :D

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  2. I really like this. It can be hard for me to organize stuff I have to do over the week as well but I like to set goals for myself. I really like your blog! Check out mine sometime if you want :)

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    1. Thank you! And with the bullet journal, you can include your past, present and future events so it's great for planning and organisation! Yes, I'll check yours out now :)

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  3. I really like this concept, I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin | Instagram

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    1. Thank you and it's great! It's definitely a must to keep a bullet journal :)

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  4. Hi there, Nicole! Your post is posted with perfect timing. Really. On Saturday I just bought a new journalbook. My old journal is already full with my random stories. Now I wanted to try new journaling method, so I browsed across google and found new things like bullet journaling. (LOL i don't know about this before)☺ And today i read your post about it! I'm so interested to do bullet journaling too. Seeing your journal makes my mind says: "Go Hana make a bullet journal too, you should change yourself to be more organized." LOL. I'm not an organized person. I forgot things,I do procrastination, and both of them supported me to do my tasks very close to the deadline.😂 Thanks for sharing. Your post is really good and detailed.♡♡

    btw, your doodles are awesome!
    ~Hana

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    1. Aww thank you Hana! You should try bullet journaling - it's the most easiest and the simplest way to a more organised lifestyle. It's a real game changer for me because I used to procrastinate ALL the time and did almost everything last minute! But by using this method, it has helped me become more productive :)

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  5. This is such a clever concept and your book is so cute! I really need to do something like this X
    www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Cara! Glad you like it :) And yes, you should it give it a go!

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  6. Wow this is so helpful! I've tonnes of old journals lying around and am in desperate need of a planner so time for some recycling (;.
    Anyway I find your blog really helpful and I'm giving you a follow on twitter... I'd love to connect =D
    Hope to hear from you soon! goo.gl/WfT8FE

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad my blog has helped you in a way :) And I'll follow you back on Twitter!

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  7. It's so cute! I've been wanting to start a bullet journal for a while now but never get around to it, this post has really made me want to start one asap! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. Thank you, Ariadna! I'm so happy this post inspired you :D

      x Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  8. Wow, it's a great idea. Can't wait to try.

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    1. Definitely worth it :)

      Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ

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  9. Yes! I love my bullet journal to death, it has made everything 1000x easier.
    xxxPoppy

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