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Saturday, 18 June 2016


When you think of a bullet, you think of something small, compact, precise and quick. 
When you think of a journal, you think of a diary, to-do lists and reminders.
Combine the two and you have an organised planner that even Monica Geller would be jealous of.

This lil slice of organisation can be as creative and colourful as you want, that's the beauty of it. You can choose whichever notebook you like, I decided to go for a blank canvas so I could build it up to make it more personal, and start from there.

We live in an era where everything is entered into a device that has a screen, a keypad, a battery that (if you're lucky) lasts around five minutes. So sometimes it's nice to take this back to the basics, and let your creative side flow. I mean everything you'll probably write in your bullet journal, could be saved into the notes section on your iPhone...but think of all the colouring pens you get to buy along with it!

How To Prep Your Journal

What you'll need:

A blank notebook
Colouring pens/ pencils

A bullet journal can be anything you want it to be, from a list of reminders to a calendar that plans every minute of your life. It's up to you. 

First things first, you've got to find a method that works for you, but remember you can use it for whatever you like!

I decided to split mines into three sections: the first page of the journal I've created a structure that the rest of the pages will follow. 

Section One is a diary and to-do list that will be updated monthly, weekly and daily in order to stay on top of things.

Section Two is an overview for the year, which allows forward planning.

Section Three is a creative space for anything I want to remember but isn't necessarily important.

Creating a contents page is essential if you're planning to use your journal for a whole year. It means you're not going to get lost in all the information and keeps you focussed on what you need to remember, and helps maps out everything that the journal contains.

A 'bullet key' is also a good tip to help you stay on top of what is essential, and what can be carried on to the next week. Take a look at the one in the photo to give you an idea of how to structure your key.

Part One: Diary

Because you'll be using your bullet journal for so much, it is easy to get swamped in all the information. Split it into three sections to allow yourself balance and also structure.

I've used part one of my Bullet Journal as if it was my diary. Using my ruler, I've drawn out a calendar, split into different boxes, to give a brief overview of general things that I need to remember over the month and can see in advance. Once you've set each month up like this, you're good to go for the full year!

I've then assigned myself goals that I want to achieve within that month. These won't be as adventurous as my yearly goals, but little things that will help me accomplish the overall picture. 

Alongside the goals, I've created a monthly to-do list. This may seem like a lot of effort, and while you have things you need to do everyday, there could be certain events that you may need to plan for throughout the month.

Your daily planner (or a weekly one if you'd rather an overview instead of a step-by-step routine!) will most likely be the most in-depth part of your bullet journal. This page will allow you to jot anything down that you need to remember to do each day, or schedule any work appointments/ plan for any uni essays.

Be sure to make it as creative as possible; remember it is your bullet journal and should reflect your personality! I've injected lots of colour, some doodles on the page, and a cute daily quote to provide optimism.

Part Two: Planner

So you've already set your planner up to help you achieve/ remember everything you wanted to do in a day, week, and month.

Part two of your bullet journal is for you to plan ahead and think of the year as a whole. You can even section each part off with a cute bookmark.

Similar to the calendar overview for every month, I've decided to create a year only which will allow me to see anything important coming up at a glance. Because let's face it, there's nothing worse than forgetting someone's birthday!

Here at Pretty52 we're all about optimism (check out our simple daily habits:, so utilise your bullet journal and list everything you know you are 100% capable of doing. It doesn't have to be anything crazy like skydiving, anything that you aim to do throughout the year should be listed in your goals.

Push the boundaries and create goals for yourself. Give yourself a challenge for every month of the year, so you can look back and realise how much you've achieved throughout the year.

Don't forget to mark in each one of your achievements once you've completed your goals!

I tend to use lots of different coloured pens to make the journal seem much brighter and nicer to look at. The more you decorate it to suit yourself, the more likely you are to use it.

Part Three: Journal

Although you've been creative throughout your bullet journal, section three gives you free space to use it for whatever you like.

Sections one and two are quite structured (obviously... a diary is meant to remind you of things) but shop-bought ready-made journals don't really allow you free reign at the back to let you jot down pretty much anything.

Get all your colouring pencils out: create a list, a mind-map, draw some pictures. Anything that helps make the journal YOURS.

The beauty of a blank notepad means you get to to build it up to suit your lifestyle. I've used section three for things I always, always forget. I'm so guilty of planning a movie night, but never actually knowing what to watch. Write down a list of movies you've wanted to watch, or ones that have been recommended to you!

Create some mind maps for occasions that you may stress about. I always tend to overpack, but somehow forget things I actually need.

List everything you need to take on holiday with you, and underline the ones that should absolutely go in your bag first.

Or if mind maps aren't your thing, draw some boxes in various colours and check off each one as you go.

I did this for my travel wishlist, which helps me keep a note of places I've been to, and places I want to visit.

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