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I’ve been thinking about the things that I have learned since I started journaling. The things that I wish I’d known when I first started. This has led me to create a list of my top 5 Bullet Journal Hacks…
Hack #1 – Page Tabs
I’m useless at keeping the index up to date, in fact I haven’t even started one for my latest Journal. Page tabs have been an absolute life saver for navigating my way around my journal. To make these you can use tabs of washi tape (see pic 1 below) or for the start of each month these calendar tabs are fab as they also provide a quick overview of the month layout. (see pic 2 below).
Hack #2 – Highlight!
I use my Pastel Tombow Dualtips* to highlight things I have completed and add a quick pop of colour to my journal. I’m a very visual person so being able to quickly assess what is done and what is still to do really helps. (see pic 3 below).
Hack #3 – Organise your supplies
All you really need to journal is a notepad and a pen… however if you are anything like me then a love of all things stationery will mean you end up hording a vast amount of journaling supplies. Having these supplies organised and easily accessible is crucial – otherwise you’ll find you wont use even a fraction of what you have!
I use a gorgeous wooden cutlery storage box to house all my most often used pens and pencils. All of my washi tape is looped on an embroidery hoop, along with a folding pair of scissors and a tape measure. Finally all my stencils are hole punched and housed in my Oops a Daisy Stencil storage folder. (see pic 4 below).
Hack #4 – Stencils (obvs)
Now it doesn’t take a genius to realise that I LOVE stencils! Using stencils allows me to quickly set up my pages and add a little design flair while I’m at it. The stencil I use the most (by far) is my MVP stencil. I use it to set up a quick go-to daily spread, plus a tonne of weekly spreads and monthly spreads. It’s a good all rounder and the stencil I’d advise anyone get if they were to have just one stencil in their journaling set up! (see pic 5 below).
Hack #5 – There are no rules…
This is not so much a hack, but advice from everything I have learned while journaling and being part of the world-wide journal community. What works for one person might not work for someone else.
I personally like to set up the journal through the year as I go. That’s part of the fun for me. Others like to set up the year ahead all in one go.
I use Monthly and weekly spreads, with the occasional daily spread thrown in when I have a lot on. For other people its daily/monthly or all three.
Some people track weather and moon phases, for others they track moods…. You get the idea.
The big thing for me is colour and decoration. That’s part of the joy in creating my journal. But that’s just me. If you like a simple black and white tick box list, then that’s great. Don’t get hung up on what everyone else is doing. Use them for inspiration if you like or ignore it and dance to your own tune. Just enjoy the process!
I’d love to hear what you consider to be your biggest #journalhacks don’t forget to tag me on Facebook / Instagram @OopsaDaisyUK.