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5 Things I Learned About Bullet Journals

The best thing about the bullet journal is that you’re not limited to what’s laid out in the original bullet journal system. You’re free to add as little or as much as you need, whether that’s colorful decorations or hacks that help organize all aspects of your life. There’s an abundance of ideas and resources to turn to when it comes to setting one up. Different people will tell you different things, but there are a couple of tips that are almost universal regardless of how you decide to use your bullet journal. After two years, I’d like to share five top tips that I wish someone told me before I started bullet journaling. 

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Bullet Journal Pros and Cons

Most of us want to be more productive and organized. Whether or not you’ve actively searched for ways to do so, you’ve probably come across the bullet journal and how it has transformed lives for the better. I’ve certainly raved about it in the past. Many. Many. Times. But picking up the bullet journal system and actually putting it to good use wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows like many social media posts and “Plan with Me” videos these days paint them out to be. If you’re still on the fence about starting a bullet journal, here are some pros and cons that’ll help give you a better idea of what to expect.

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Best of Daiso Stationery | Part 2

I’m sure the employees at my local Daiso store recognize me by now because I’m the girl who makes a beeline to the stationery section every other week. What can I say? I’m a sucker for $1.50 stationery. And if I’m being totally honest, I prefer some of Daiso’s products over stuff you’d find at overpriced stationery stores. $5 for a single roll of washi tape? No, thank you.

This isn’t the first time I wrote about stationery from Daiso, and I didn’t think I’d put together a part two so soon. But since then, they’ve really stepped up their game by introducing new collections and products. So, without further ado, here are five more stationery items worth checking out at Daiso!

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10 Reasons to Start a Bullet Journal

Maybe it’s because I follow a butt-ton of artists and stationery-related social media accounts but, lately, bullet journals have been popping up everywhere – Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, the most recent Paper Source catalogue. With its Pinterest-esque spreads and the promise of an organized and productive life, I’m not surprised one bit.

At its core, the bullet journal is a simple but effective productivity tool that helps organize tasks, events and notes. One of its selling points is the fact that it’s incredibly customizable to fit your needs. And that’s where potential newcomers get intimidated or even cynical towards bullet journals.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Bullet Journal

So, you promised yourself that you’re going to be more organized this year. You ditched the scattered sticky notes and five mobile apps that just weren’t working for you and began your search for a good ol’ planner. With hundreds of options in the market, there’s bound to be one made just for you – or so you thought.

It’s way too bulky.

There’s not enough space for everything.

I’m never going to use these sections.

The design isn’t for me.

What do you mean that planner is $60?!

No matter where you looked, there wasn’t a single planner that met all of your needs. But I wouldn’t throw in the towel just yet, especially not without giving the bullet journal system a try.

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Passion Planner Review

I don’t know about you, but I sucked at keeping a planner. One missed day became two. Two days became a week. And before I knew it, I was crawling back to Google Calendar and scattered to-do lists written on Post-It notes. For that reason, I never bothered looking for the perfect planner.

I’m pretty sure that if I tried searching, however, I’d end up getting a Passion Planner.

The Passion Planner was created by Angelia Trinidad, a fellow UCLA alumni who, like many recent college grads, felt lost and uncertain about her future after being thrown into the “real world”. She turned her post-graduate struggles into a Kickstarter success and now, the Passion Planner is helping people find their passions and achieve their goals.

While I’m more than happy with my bullet journal, the opportunity to try the Passion Planner presented itself last year in the form of a very generous giveaway at UCLA – I’m talking 20,000 free planners. My brother, who thinks he’s too good for a planner, gave me his to try out. And after about two months of using it, I’m here to share my thoughts on the Passion Planner.

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