I always talk about the tools that I use for my bullet journal, all the random stationery goods I grab from Daiso, art supplies and so on. However, I’ve never really gone over how I organize and carry them around which are pretty important, too. Let’s face it, when you accumulate stationery and supplies this quickly, you’re going to need ways to keep things tidy.
There’s no rule requiring you to make picture-perfect spreads with the best supplies money can buy. In fact, there are hardly any rules for the bullet journal! You can either follow the original system to a tee or modify and expand it to your heart’s content until it becomes your ideal productivity tool or even a creative outlet. At the end of the day, what really matters is that you have a bullet journal that caters to your specific needs and keeps you organized, productive and in check.
To start, all you really need are pens and a notebook. Everything else is extra and can be included if they fit your needs and your bullet journal’s intended purposes. As I’ve mentioned in the past, get good quality supplies that you enjoy using, but don’t feel obligated to buy what everyone’s recommending – I’m looking at you, Leuchtturm1917, and your $25 price tag.
I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start! After taking a break to wrap up a year that can only be described as a child on two cans of Monster energy drink, I’m glad to be back with exciting plans for Anhthology.
As a hoarder of all things stationery, I always welcome the new year with open arms because a fresh start means a brand spankin’ new bullet journal (and an excuse to buy more supplies, but that’s not the point here). Rather than looking back at 2017 for my first post of the year, I thought I’d combine my goals for 2018 with a peek into the bullet journal setup that’ll help me work towards those goals. And if we happen to have the same goals, (1) congrats on taking that first leap and (2) I hope this flip-through helps you turn your goals into measurable and achievable steps!
As someone who grew up using Crayola watercolors, it completely blew my mind when I learned that some sets can cost as much as $350. Did you hear something? That was the sound of my bank account saying don’t you dare. But what I’ve also learned is that you don’t need the best art supplies money can buy to create amazing illustrations.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I’m not gonna deny it – the main reason I started bullet journaling was to use up the stationery I’ve hoarded and justify buying new ones. I’m still waiting on the day when I walk into the living room to see my family and close friends gathered in front of a giant banner that says, “INTERVENTION”.
But what started out as something to fuel my love for stationery became a fine-tuned and multi-functional planning system that actually helped me get my sh*t together. If you aren’t familiar with the bullet journal, pop on over to my introduction to this powerful productivity tool and learn how it works, along with some pros and cons. TL;DR – it’s a flexible analog organizing system where you can prioritize your tasks, keep track of goals and habits, and compile whatever else your heart desires.
Because the bullet journal is super customizable, it can be as simple or as intricate as you want it to be. That goes for both its functionality and appearance. There’s no right or wrong way to use the bullet journal as long as it serves its intended purposes. Thinking of starting one or looking to change things up with your current bullet journal? Here are a few supplies I’ve been loving since I started bullet journaling back in 2015.
Before we start, however, I just want to throw in a quick reminder that you don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to get the full benefits of the bullet journal system. Figure out what you want out of your journal and go from there. Okay, I’ve rambled on long enough – on to my current bullet journal supplies!