I made the switch from a filofax ring planner to a bullet journal back in April of this year. I felt that my Filofax, A’s much as I loved it, just wasn’t fitting my life at that moment in time and had become to ridged and inflexible in my life though I still loved writing down my plans and things that mattered. It was hard to properly realise and accept that the system I had been using for years and truly loved just wasn’t working for me anymore . So I sat down and thought long and hard about what I needed in my life at that point and after doing some research and looking at tons of pictures and posts on Facebook, reading blogs and generally poking about at the ton of information on the web, I came up with a few things that I wanted in a new planning system. For me that was something that was flexible – somewhere that I could play around with layouts, make notes, use a day per page if I decided then flip to a week on 2 page spread should I choose, a place to track life statistics – sleep, steps and mood are big ones for me and useful to track as I have anxiety and stress and need to be able to be able to identify links between these things, and I wanted something that I could be creative in – I’ve not really done much art (painting and drawing mainly) since uni and wanted something I could doodle in and decorate with my own art, it had been suggested to me at a Stress Management course that doing something creative can help dealing with stress and anxiety levels. This is where the bullet journal came into its own for me…it offered me all the things that I needed in my life, everything in one place, something that can change with me and gather everything together, a more true version of me.
So, which bullet journal did I choose to purchase and make mine? I did a lot of research online and cross referencing prices and a whole host of other features and decided that the Leuchtturm1917 was the bullet journal for me. I chose dot grid paper and the medium sized journal in azure blue (I really was undecided on the colours, there are so many beautiful colours to choose from!). I ordered from amazon and as I am a prime member I got it a few days later.
Since it arrived I have been filling it with monthly layouts and weekly spreads, doodling and drawing in it, using watercolours, pencils and pens to add colour to my pages. I pick it up at least a dozen times in the day and add to dos, daily logs, notes and all matter of other things that are important to me. And it makes me feel so much better and a lot calmer.
I’d never knock the filofax, it will always be my first love and I will go back to that format of planning at some point I’m sure, but right now, with only one job to monitor along with my health and well being, the bullet journal is the place for me to lay my thoughts, it feels like I’m home – anything goes and it’s not judgemental if my pages are full or empty, pretty or a mess. It has taught me that not everything needs to be perfect or fit into a certain section and that you can be creative in the smallest way. The only thing I do miss is being able to easily remove and move pages around like you can with a ring bound planner, but that’s where your index comes in handy!
Here’s some pics of pages I have done
Plans is a sub category that I used a lot when I was in college and University, it was similar to a to-do list but more specifically orientated around things I wanted to do rather than things that needed to be done in a certain time frame, for example, things like watch xyz tv show, rent out movie to watch one weekend, visit museum, etc. I started a Plans section so I could group all these random wants together as a sort of brain dump and ideas page for when I was bored or in need of inspiration. I don’t have a Plans section any more which I thought was a good thing, I use my week on 2 pages and post its to write things down on but I loose ideas and things I want to do/watch/visit/look at/read/make within those pages and forget to flick back through to obtain the data I want. Perhaps it is time to bring the Plans pages back?
Do you record your plans separately? What do your pages look like? Mine were always a jumble of different colored pens and scrawled writing and crossing out
I don’t use Month On 2 Pages (MO2P) inserts anymore, but, when I was in School, College, Uni and working a few different part time jobs I found this kind of insert to be the most useful for planning my time and knowing where I needed to be at a glance. I did have some for one of my planners the other year but aside from setting them up I never really used them so decided not to add them to my planner this year.
I had 2 or 3 different planners on the go at one point (a Domino Pocket in Indigo for my work stuff, an A5 for my college and uni notes that I bought from Paperchase and my pink Filofax Classic that combined all of my day to day itinerary.) and I had MO2P papges in all of them. My work one held all my shift rotas, my college and uni one held my timetable info and class times and my everyday planner had all of my timetables and rotas combined (along with annual leave days, holidays booked and festivals, camping and car mot/insurance/tax) on it – it was a mess! I wish I had kept the pages or photographed them so I could show you, they looked really chaotic but made sense to me!
All my MO2P inserts came from Filofax (you can buy them here)
Do you use MO2P pages?
Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts! This is my tenth post in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective (you can find all other posts here) – a group of like minded planner girls who will be blogging each week on the same subject and then linking to each others posts afterwards. Today the topic is “Gift Ideas for Stationery Lovers”.
- Washi Tapes, if you know a stationery lover and their birthday is coming up then you can pretty much guarantee the gift of washi tape will put a smile on their face! For bonus points why not get a few rolls of different thickness, Hobbycraft have a great range that you can co-ordinate.
- Sticky notes always make a fab gift for the stationery lover, and whats more is there are so many different, fun designs out there, whether you search in high street stores, your local supermarket or online, there is sure to be something to appeal to them! Check out Paperchase for some super fun designs!
- How about a set of pastel highlighters? These ones are super cute and are erasable as well!
- Cute notebooks, whether it is just one, or a set, they always come in handy! I love the Paperblanks ones.
- How about a pretty but functional desk tidy? One with drawers makes it even more handy. This one is lovely!
- You could get a pencil case and fill it with all manner of stationery items. Smiggle does a brilliant range!
- You can’t go wrong with a mug, it can be used for drinks or as a plant pot or for keeping stationery together, Kiki-K have a lovely one, or for something truly unique how about browsing on Etsy?
- And while we are on the topic of etsy…have you seen the lovely ranges of stationery related jewellery that is available?
- A journal to track life and thoughts makes a perfect stationery lovers gift. This Kate Spade one is perfect.
- And finally how about a planner charm? If the Stationery Lover uses a ring bound planner/Filofax, or a planner of any kind then one of the ones I make would make a brilliant gift for a stationery lover!
Check out the other girls lists for more inspirational gift ideas using the links below
Lists seem to be popping up all over the place in my Filofax, from daily lists consisting of household chores, weekly lists of things to remember (like collecting my medicine prescription…), shopping lists that happen mainly on fridays and sundays, books to read, films to watch, tv shows to catch up on, and lists of things to do/not forget that happen sporadically, it seems my life is run by lists!
At the moment I don’t really have a set place for lists of things (unless you count my ‘notes’ section which I use for shopping lists!) and day to day these little notes written in the day section of my planner are ok I do tend to struggle with finding that book or tv series/film recommendation further down the line. I have been looking at Bullet Journals on instagram and am inspired to create a section in my planner for lists of things like Books, TV, Film, campsites and other lists that would get lost on my weekly pages but would be things that I want to refer to at times and add to when needed. I am currently looking at papers to use for this – I like the idea of lined paper but feel that it could restrict me and look messy if I wanted to add extra columns in the future to accommodate my lists expanding, I am swaying towards dot grid paper but sourcing this as ready made inserts may be a problem as I have looked before but not come up with much. I am thinking that I could make inserts to fit by purchasing a dot grid note pad and cutting it to size, punching and adding to my planner instead.
What kind of lists do you make in your planner? What is your list style?
This is the ninth installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts (you can find all other posts here)! I won’t be taking part myself as I have already covered 2 monthly wish lists on my blog (January and February) but feel free to check out the other Planner Girls posts in the links below
I love getting new diary inserts and being able to start planning out my year – writing out birthdays, bank holidays, special occasions and other things that happen through the year, however, one of the downfalls that I face sometimes is forgetting the occasion until the week that it falls in. Maybe this is because I use WO2P and only really look at the week I’m in or the next week on, rarely do I flip more than a week ahead which means I can sometimes miss things until they are on top of me so to speak.
I have done a bit of research and reading (well, looking at others planner set ups on facebook and instagram) and having a section set up for all these occasions seems like a good idea, and there are so many ways in which to set up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder so there should be some kind that will fit with everyone’s planning style!
In my next post on “Set Up” I will be taking you through how to set up a few styles of Occasions Reminders!
How do you keep track of Birthdays and Occasions at the moment?
Week on a Page (WOAP) inserts are a fab addition to more compact planners (like the Filofax Saffiano Compact or the Temperley for Filofax Ikat print wallet) or even small planners like the Pocket Filofax range or the Mini, anywhere that space may be tight. I love WOAP inserts for my wallet Filofax, I can still carry around my plans and jot down any important appointments to transfer them over to my personal planner when I get home.
I don’t currently use WOAP inserts as I rarely go anywhere that I am not carrying around my bag with my day to day planner in it (and really I don’t have much to plan appointment wise) but I did find this format really handy when I was in university and needed to keep track of assignments, classes and when library books were due back. I also used this format to keep track of different shifts in my jobs that I was working at the time (in a Pocket Domino Filofax!)
I am considering setting up my Saffiano Compact at some point using WOAP inserts to track my blog posts for next year! I am currently using a diary that I bought from WH Smith which I love along with a Paperblanks notebook for blog notes and ideas but think that combining notes and a diary for next year might be easier as everything will be together under one cover so to speak!
Do you use WOAP inserts?
Tools are versatile things that help you in your day to day planning and can become essential over time. My favorite, and possibly most used tool is the humble hole punch.
When I first started planning I used a regular 2 hole punch and had to line up each hole really carefully before making the move, it was really clumsy, awkward and really fiddly to get all 6 holes in the right place, let alone in a neat line!
I then switched to Fiskars Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter springy boiing things which were in my crafting kit, these worked well for a bit but I did find the pull back and let go motion sometimes off set the hole from where it should be though they were a lot more reliable than my original method!
At some point I bought the filofax plastic hole punch for my A5 planner. I liked the idea that it would fit into my planner and I would always have a punch available so I could add my uni and college notes easily. What I didn’t think about was that unless the punch is covered with something it can leave dents in the paper or your planner, not only that but in reality it will only punch one piece of paper at a time (and not very well) but it adds extra bulk to your planner and you are forever opening and closing your planner rings (which I try to avoid).
Sticking with the single hole punching method (and because I couldn’t really afford anything better) I then switched to this little beauty which worked really well as you could see exactly where you were punching the hole and it worked for all sizes of the planners I was using (A5, personal, pocket, mini) though it did give you hand cramp if you were punching a ton of things! I still use this every now and again and it is fab to put in your bag for on the go planning needs.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I took delivery of this Rapesco 6 Hole Punch and I wonder why I ever tried to make do with the other options of punches available. For me the only 2 punches I will ever need in my planning life ever again are this one and my single hole punch!
What is your favorite hole punch?
I haven’t made any more items recently but I have now listed my new makes which I showed you in this blog post.
Here’s the latest additions with direct links to them in my shop
Locket with Blue Star
Locket with Orange Star
Locket with White Star
Peace Symbol on Turquoise Disc
Resin Heart with Dried Flower
I also listed these two charms that I made also
Queen of Hearts
You can find my shop and all other listings here