Bullet Journaling with a Planner

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There are some people who obsess about all the things they have to do. Oftentimes they write their “to do” stuff on post-it notes that find temporary homes on either a refrigerator or a bathroom mirror. Let’s face it, unless you like to put your makeup on or shaving while dodging those colorful 3″x5″ pieces of paper there is a better way.

Here’s how several BuJo aficionados combine journaling with planning:

Meal Planning – there are some women who absolutely excel at this task. Sometimes, I admit, I dislike this chore intensely. However one woman took her planner and using some spots that were open used them to pencil in menu ideas. After about a week, she found this habit became her monthly menu.

Schedule – If  you get in the habit of writing in your appointments right away you’ll know where you have to be. One young man learned the hard way when he failed to do this and missed several client meetings.

To Do- ah those pesky things we keep in the back of our minds that remind me of that song from The Thomas Crown Affair. Be sure that you write down the fun things you want to do also!

Blank pages- one woman swears by this! She found herself keeping unrelated lists all over the place and finally corralled them in her planner. The lists were book lists, house projects and gift ideas.

So, as you can see, having a place for things really does help. The trick is to keep writing them down!






“When you’re in a dark place, you sometimes tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted.


What is Bullet Journaling?

Dear Fellow journalist,

The Bullet Journal is a planner system designed by Ryder Carroll which is also known as “BuJo”. The short explanation is that this type of journal is “a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system”. After reading that definition I was intrigued, so… I exploded further.

Unlike the journals that we have discussed in the past, a “BuJo” is part day planner, diary and written meditation with sections to write in daily to-do ‘s, a monthly calendar, goals, yearly reflections etc. Like a “regular” journal, you can start anytime. Carroll says “it’s easiest to start out with a daily log. You add art as needed.”

Every bullet journal should include an index, future log, monthly log, daily log, tasks, events, notes, priority, inspiration.

The video below shows how to set up this type of journal:


August Monthly Journal Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Where has summer gone? Alas, only a few more weeks and school is once upon us. Prompts for August are below:

What are your thoughts, dreams, fears about the upcoming school year?

What are you looking forward to in August?

Do you have a philosophy of life?

Where are you happiest?

What is a mistake people often make about you?

What songs do you play in the car on a long trip?

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