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6f1ae2a10312012a2332533e0e231fd5.jpg (960×720) My Hobonichi Planner. If you are not a total geek, you will not understand this post at all. I am a certified office supply and planner junkie, always have been. I belong to several Facebook groups about planners, bullet journaling, pens…it is a little crazy, I know.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a post about this Japanese planner, the Hobonichi. I was dying to get my hands on one, and finally caved and ordered one. So yesterday my wait came to an end as my Hobonichi planner arrived from Japan! It took a little over a week to get here, South Carolina, which really surprised me! I was really upset when I got this thing out of the box. This planner measures 4 x 6. I got out all of my geeky office supplies and went to town! I added tabs at the top on the current monthly calendar, monthly task grid, week, and monthly blog calendar.

Inside the front cover, I used Washi tape to secure my keys. The first part of the planner is the monthly calendars. The next section is the monthly calendars. Kary. Bullet journalling… six months on | decade thirty. EDIT: There were some questions regarding how I use my monthly pages, so I’ve added this under the monthly plan picture. I’ve written a good 6 or 7 drafts of this blog post trying to figure out the best way to review the bullet journal system after six months.

Being a visual person, this is another image heavy post, so here goes… To date, I’ve had 5-6 revisions of my system, and even now, I’m still changing a few things around. It’s more stylistic changes (e.g. lettering, labelling, etc.) rather than anything specific to bullet journalling itself. I’m happy with where it is right now, but I’m sure I’ll come up with some more ideas as I go. C’mon, I’ve been contemplating moving it to the Midori Traveler’s Notebook for a good three months, and then the Hobonichi, so yeah, I’m fickle-minded when it comes to organisation/planning Below is the bullet journal key that I use. I only use squares (tasks), circles (events) and triangles (appointments). This is my monthly plan page. Dm Like this: My Life All in One Place: Free Bullet Journal insert for your Midori Traveler's Notebook. The Bullet Journal system seems to be becoming popular in planning circles. First described by Ryder Carroll at, it constitutes an effective system for organising the notes you make in your daily notebook.

Today I am offering for free download a Midori Traveler's Notebook insert designed to make it easy to use Bullet Journalling. The opening page lets you note the date range of the book, allowing for easy archiving when it's finished. Turning over, you'll find the book index. The index is a crucial part of the system, as Bullet Journal users will know. The come 52 pages of the Bullet Journal daily template I've designed. Although there's no rule that says you have to, Bullet Journallers tend to use a grid to lay out their notes. If you'd rather not use the signifiers, they're fairly unobtrusive and won't get in your way. Finally, the the very back of the insert, I've added a key to the Bullet Journal systems and structures: You can download this insert here.

My Week with Bullet Journal — Better Humans. I’m a journal addict. I've started dozens of them and most of them never go deeper than 30 pages. Office supply addictions aside, when I stumbled upon Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal system I realized there was an opportunity to reset my obsession with journals and turn it into a useful productivity tool. An Abundance of Attempts I'm no stranger to trying to remember everything, and Bullet Journal isn't the first thing I've tried to manage tasks. When I was in middle school and high school, back before iPhones or Evernote and even predating the cult of GTD a bit, I used a daily note card system. I wrote ideas, goals, and most importantly homework all on one card. Lather. I graduated high school in 2007. First, OS X’s Stickies, then iCal’s Reminders, then Cultured Code’s Things, Wunderlist, Evernote… I'm pretty sure I forgot a few, but ultimately I kept moving my task list from one service or app to another, and occasionally I just moved it back to my inefficient brain.

Back to Basics Bam. The Bullet Journal Productivity Method Empowers Your Paper Notebook. Bullet Journal: An analog note-taking system for the digital age. Bullet journal. I’ve been intrigued by Bullet Journaling since I first heard about it last August. The person who conceived of the system, Ryder Carroll, explains it very well on the web site, so I won’t try to give a full run down here. Essentially Bullet Journaling is a system for keeping track of your daily tasks and notes using a pen and notebook.

If you haven’t seen it in action you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, that’s a diary, moron.” Well it is a little more and a little less than that. There has been a flurry of interest in Bullet Journaling, and searching Google will reveal quite a few commentaries on the system. Speed. But there are drawbacks to Bullet Journaling. Repetitious. Some people will find keeping a Bullet Journal liberating and effective. Clearly, some of the cons flow directly from the pros, as in the “off-the-grid” but “no backup” dilemma. So, Bullet Journaling is a good front end to an information management system. Update: I’ve written further about my bullet journal here. My Moleskine Planner Hack | A Dose of Simple.

There was a time when I had an unhealthy obsession with notebooks. Hardbound, softbound, spiraled, stitched… it didn’t matter! I would hoard several just because. I just loved how I felt whenever I wrote on them and the resulting creativity and momentary ‘blackouts’ (i.e. getting lost in my thoughts) that went with writing. But of course, I’d like to think that I’ve outgrown that obsession (yeah right! :) ). What I haven’t outgrown, though, is the need for a notebook planner. I’ve attempted to go paperless several times. READ: Moleskine hack and free printables for a more organized 2015 Ten years ago, I started using Moleskine notebooks. So here I am at the beginning of a new year with a new Moleskine with fresh, crisp pages to write on. I keep my Moleskine along with other writing implements in one place for quick organization and easy access.

It looks small but it can definitely fit a lot! Moleskine comes with 3 sheets of cute little stickers. Follow ADOS on: Like this: Like Loading... Bullet Journaling on Pinterest. Pins from on Pinterest. A Peek into my 2014 Planner. Up until this week, I had my planner inside my household binder. It was really cute, but not at all portable, and just wasn't meeting my needs. (To clarify, just the planner part wasn't working for me... I am still in love with my household binder!) Right before the new year, some friends started talking about the Bullet Journal, and I knew I had to give it a try.

If you've never heard of it, head on over to We are only three days into the new year, so I don't have a whole lot in my journal yet, but I wanted to give you a quick peek. The first page is an index, so I can easily find things. I took the general Bullet Journal concept, and tweaked it to better fit my needs. Next, I made my January calendar. On the next several pages, I divided each page into three days. I needed to be able to plan for future events, so after I finished making the monthly spread for January, followed by the daily pages, I kept going with February all the way through December. Linked with: Bullet journal system | decade thirty. EDIT: Hi everyone, I know this little page of mine has attracted some attention in the blogging and productivity community, and I don’t mind that you share it and use my adaptations for personal use, but please make sure you link back to my page and not claim this work as your own.

I’ve added in links to the systems that I’ve used, so please use the same courtesy for mine. Thanks again for all the blog love :) To continue with the nerd-out, I’m posting how I use my bullet journal system. Behold my bullet journal at its current state: I’ve had this sucker for a few months now. It’s a Piccadilly notebook that I bought at Woolworths awhile back. For a group of important pages, I use an origami bookmark and write what it is on the front. The bullet journal system uses an index, which also involves numbering pages, and since not all notebooks come with numbered pages, this means handwriting each one. And that’s it. Happy planning, everyone! Dm Like this: Like Loading... Related In "planning" The Post To (Maybe?) End All Bullet Journal Posts. - zoot. I wrote a post at Rocket City Mom about Bullet Journaling for the first of the year.

I’m taking that post and adding more dorkiness to it in order to make an all-encompassing Bullet Journal Go-To. (All of my other bullet journal entries show up here, I believe.) I had done a summary here before but the pictures weren’t as good and I didn’t include some of the other information included here. Basically, every time I write about bullet journaling people ask me more questions so I keep thinking I’ve included all the information, but then I learn there is ALWAYS more to bullet journaling. I’m a pen-and-paper list maker. The bullet journal is a great system for list-makers. BUT – if you’re schedule isn’t concrete. The video is very useful for the general concept, but since I started I’ve solidified my technique with a few changes along the way.

Disclaimer: I like color. The original video author recommended the Classic Moleskine. This is the key to the functionality of your bullet journal. 2014 Calendar Pages for the Bullet Journal - zoot. The Bullet Journal. The other day, I was browsing Facebook and Pinterest (when I should have been doing calculus homework), and I came across someone that was absolutely gushing over something called "Bullet Journaling". Well, being as that I was bored, I couldn't help but check it out. And I feel in love. So, now I'm going to show you mine, why it works, and why I love it.

First, I googled "Bullet Journal". I'm a list maker. So, the next thing I did was pull out a cheap composition book. I found that while his original bullet journaling system worked quite well, it was lacking in what I would like to call future planning. So, here is a few pics of how mine works and is put together. Well, that's pretty much it. And lastly, here is a link to my Pinterest board about Bullet Journaling.