How To Bullet

A little while ago we posted a blog on how we use a bullet journal. Since then we both have used many different layout styles and started using our journal in new ways. SO why not share it with all you beautiful souls?!?! As you’re reading, so you know who is writing what: Hannah will be writing in this color and I (Kerri Anne) will be writing is this color.

Let’s get started! 

Week layouts: 

This has become my favorite way of organizing my days of the week! At the end of each week (typically on a Sunday evening…I like to start fresh on Monday’s) I will write the headers for the week. Then each morning after I brain dump (CHECK OUT this blog to figure what I mean by that) I’ll write out everything I have to do that day. Sometimes I get on a roll and plan out the following day or two. OR I’ll even do this: Plan out my day in the morning after brain dumping THEN in the evening if I have nothing to do I’ll do some blogging along with bullet journaling for the next day. Then I’ll lay it out on my cute little ottoman so when I wake I take a glance at my pre planned day, dump out some of creativity, and start with the productiveness.

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HOWEVER! Boredom strikes so I like to change it up every other week with a new layout to put a fresh spin on planning my days. Keeps my life exciting! (..wow..re reading that makes me realize how lame I am) I also use this one below because it takes up less paper. So then I get extra pages for grocery lists and monthly school schedules! (..okay now I am even lamer) 

So this is my plan B layout when I get bored of the other: 

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Monthly Planning:

When it comes to the beginning of each month I like to know what I have on my plate. Work, school, hot dates *mysterious smirk* (lol at my life. I wish)..well you get the picture..So I write a month at glance type of deal. Stating my goals for school work, activities, projects, etc. Listing my work schedule for the three jobs I have and writing down how much I make that month and how I’m going to split up my paychecks. Doing this right before the start of the month really clears my head. I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s just really nice to write down certain goals for that month and set a schedule that makes walking into a new month less stressful for me. So this is how I lay it all out: 

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Grocery Lists:

I freaking love grocery shopping. Like LOOVE it. Don’t ask me because I don’t know. I just do. SO of course I got to to have grocery lists in my bullet journal! Usually I will create a new grocery list each month. It’s almost always the same items but I try to search around all month to find new things to start eating and add the ingredients to my list. Throughout the month if I’m going on a weekend trip or just any trip at all I will create a separate grocery list for that certain event. This is what my grocery layouts usually look like:

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Vacation Planning:

Some of my very favourite pages in my bullet journal are my vacation pages. Anytime I go out of town I make a packing list, and then I write down each day I will be on vacation. I usually plan things like my outfit, the weather, and what our plans are for that day. At the end of the day I write down all my favourite memories from that day. I usually have so much to write the page ends up looking a little cluttered, but I love having memories written down in my journal.

we have no pretty vacation planning pictures to share with you guys…sorry. 

Monthly Memories:

I also love to dedicate a page to each month, where I write down some of my favourite memories. I usually try to decorate these pages with doodles relating to the memories. These are great pages to look back on, and I’m sure I’ll be happy I did them a few years down the road. Credit to Boho Berry for this idea (her pages are much pretty than mine to be honest)

If you would like even MORE ideas for your Bullet Journal, check out this post!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of your day! 

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Bullet Journal Ideas

 

Late February I (Hannah) got pulled into the pretty world of Bullet Journaling. Of course, I dragged Kerri along with me (because that’s what sisters are for).

Anyways now we’re obsessed and love listening to music, drinking coffee, and bullet journaling. So I guess you might be wondering what exactly is bullet journaling anyways? Why should you care? Ryder Carroll created the original Bullet Journal system, and it’s basically a simple way to organize your life. He has helpful pictures as well as a video on the website: http://bulletjournal.com/. The great thing about Bullet Journaling is it’s very customizable and easy. We’re a little over a month into using our journals, so we thought we would share our favorite uses.Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

  1. Daily Planning – This is probably one of the most common ways to use a bullet journal, and it’s very helpful. You can make your plans really simple, or very detailed and pretty. Personally, it really depends on how much time I have. Here’s one of my (Hannah) more detailed plans. It was very much inspired by the blog Boho Berry (along with a lot of my other pages). The numbers along the top are hours in the day, each color is kind of a plan and helps me to see a rough outline of my day (blue for sleeping, pink for dancing, etc.). I then separate my tasks and plans by school, chores, and events. I also included a water counter and the weather. This page was a Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetlot of fun to make, but I definitely do not have the time for it everyday. I also really like to put a quote or verse at the end of a page.

On the left is one of Kerri Anne’s pages, and it is a more simple, quick way to plan.

2. Meal Plans – Meal planning is a great tool for staying organized. People who meal plan tend to save money, because you know exactly what you need and are less likely to buy extra stuff. Pay attention to sales, and try to eat the fruits and vegetables that are in season; they taste the best and are usually cheaper!

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3. Monthly Plans – At the beginning of every month we love to look ahead at what our plans, goals, and important birthdays are. It is really helpful to be able to see your month “at a glance”.

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For this page, I like to write down any events I have, monthly goals, and important birthdays.

10 Things You Want to Do For a Productive Morning.

I know for a fact that we are not the only ones who hate getting up in the morning…Everyone has their own reasons on why they hate mornings. Ours is just that it’s morning and mornings mean you have to get up and do something with your life.

So here we have for you 10 tips on how to get your lazy self out of bed and do something with your life…the peaceful, productive, and stressless way.

Now we will admit that both of us are also the W O R S T  at getting up in the morning. It wasn’t until we starting doing these things and it actually made life easier. Now mornings are our favorite part of the day.

It also made us feel like we were actually doing something with our lives.

Now before you read on don’t get your hopes up…Following our steps to a productive morning doesn’t mean you’re gonna wake up like those non-human people in the movies that are all smiley and pretty looking.

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If you know what the next day holds for you then prepare the night before. We have our days written out in our DIY Planner so we go off of that. We set out clean clothes for the next morning, straighten up surroundings, pack meals & other things they may need to be packed, grind coffee, etc..I think you get the idea.. That way when you wake up you don’t have to worry about doing all the extra things like cleaning and doing all the extra steps of making coffee.

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The moment you decide to not reach over and hit snooze for the tenth time GET UP and go straight to doing your face washing, teeth brushing kind of stuff. Don’t continue to lay in bed and scroll through social media or reply to texts that could wait for another 30  minutes.

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Drink 10  H U G E  gulps of water with lemon. (Best time to do this is on an empty stomach) This is great for your digestions which is why we like to have it in the morning.  Sometimes we like to get fancy & add fruit.

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You’re going to want to start waking up at the same time every morning to get your body adjusted to early morning. It’s not very fun on weekends, but it will help you out on the other five days of the week. It also helps if you set your alarm for 15 minutes before you actually wanna wake up.

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Eat a big, healthy breakfast that’ll give you the energy you need to deal with all the annoying people in your life. (we are planning to share with you next Our Top 7 Favorite Breakfasts. So stay on the look out for that!) This is usually when I’ll put on some music while I dance/cook in the kitchen. When I sit down to eat is when I look ay my phone, reply to texts, scroll through social media, etc. I like saving my phone for this time because it actually makes me eat slower and when i’m done eating it is basically my timer to tell me to get off.

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Make you sure you give yourself at least 30-45 minutes (depending on your schedule) to sit down, drink some coffee (which is a very important part of a productive morning) & blog/journal/read. This will make your morning feel less hectic & strictly scheduled. It also will just calm your mind. I always like to skim through my bible or write down thoughts about the day before or the day ahead.

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Set your own morning routine. The morning will go smoother for you if you don’t go into them blinded. Get into a habit of doing your morning routine and soon enough mornings will become your favorite.

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Like I stated in T I P 6: coffee. Because obviously.

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Open your curtains! We kid you not…opening your curtains smacks you in the face with natural light and actually energizes you. We don’t know if that’s a real thing but it really does help. There’s just something about that natural morning light beaming through my windows that make me want to do something with my life. We also like to open our windows for a few minutes, even if it’s cold outside. It’s really nice to get some fresh air in your room.

and last but not least. . .

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Start your day with inspiration! (now this is totally different from T I P 6 btw) Whether its reading your bible or its placing your favorite inspirational quote or verse inside of your planner, on your mirror, or on anything in your room/house to give you that perfect start to your day.

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This is one of our favorites to bring to our attention in the morning. I then go along my day with this as the main thought in my head.