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Learn How to Bullet Journal Effectively in the New Year

By: Fatimah Coppin 

Preparing for the upcoming New Year is definitely a must.  What better way to start off 2019 than to set up a new bullet journal?

Bullet journaling is a conceptual planning system created by Ryder Carroll, where you can plan ahead for an organized lifestyle, and unleash your creativity onto the pages of your notebook. Here are some ways in which you could effectively bullet journal in the new year. Grab a pen and a notebook and let’s get organized!

Yearly Overview

Incorporating a customized yearly overview into your bullet journal is a great way to look at your year in a bigger perspective. Not only can you keep track of all the days and weeks of certain months, but you can highlight any days of personal importance. This reference prevents you from forgetting important days, and allows you to see the days ahead to see deadlines, projects, and more.

Tip: Include an “Events” portion so you could become more interactive with your calendars. Highlight or write down holidays, deadlines, or other events from your calendar.

Year in Pixels

Setting up a “Year in pixels” will make your journal a little more personal. It also encourages you to write into your journal more often! Every day, color in a box with a color in according to how you feel every day of the year. This master mood tracker will also give you a chance to reflect on your feelings for the year.

Tip: Use Zebra Mildliners for a unique variation of color, as it will help distinguish the different moods you want to include in your tracker!

Monthly Goals

Creating a list of goals for yourself in your journal for an assigned month will help you achieve your objectives. Creating realistic goals each month will help you remain focused.

Tip:  When creating goals, organize them under categories (such as fitness, academics, or habits) to help you take things one step at a time and to prevent any confusion in setting up different goals. This will allow you to achieve your goals faster.

Idea Pages

Creating idea page(s) for your journal is a great way to quickly jot down formulated ideas, or even plan for projects you may be working on. For instance, this page can include artistic or organization ideas you could implement in your journal or daily life. It can also include academic ideas for when you come up with studious plans.

Tip: Make the page blank! Create enough space to branch out your thoughts and jot down ideas that may leave your mind the next second.

Creativity pages

Creativity pages are a great way to unleash your artistic or creative abilities. Save some pages in your journal solely for creative purposes for you to brainstorm new artistic styles, inspire and motivate yourself, or even relieve some stress.

Hope these Journaling idea layouts and components will help you in your bullet journaling adventures for 2019. Wish you the best of luck, and happy planning!

Fatimah Coppin is a New York-based creator, and runs the popular Instagram account @studychaii

Make Time For Bullet Journaling This Summer With 5 Foolproof Techniques

Summer is officially here, providing the perfect opportunity to indulge in a relaxing hobby designed to make your life easier…and a lot more colorful. Bullet journaling has revolutionized the way we plan, doodle, and express creativity.

A bullet journal can be a planner, to-do list, journal, notepad, and/or sketchbook all in one. Include what you want and leave out what you don’t. Your bullet journal should be about you and can be customized to suit your needs. For some bullet journal inspiration check out “Zebra’s Guide to Bullet Journaling”

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a self-proclaimed bullet journal expert, here are some foolproof techniques to turn your bullet journal into a fulfilling summer activity.

Designate a time to practice

To make bullet journaling part of your daily routine, it’s important to make sure you practice daily. Whether it’s fifteen minutes or an hour, find a time that works for you and designate it as your “bullet journal time.” Try working on your bullet journal when you wake up or before you go to bed, or as a method of fitting in some “me time” during a busy week. Disconnecting from digital and taking time to put pen to paper can decrease stress levels and cultivate your creativity.

Customize it to Suit Your Needs

No two bullet journals are the same. Don’t feel pressured to produce elaborate bullet journal spreads right away (or at all). Include things as simple as your grocery list, daily to-do list, weekly schedule, or get creative. No matter how you use your bullet journal, it should suit you and fit into your day. Remember, your bullet journal should be fun and relaxing, not stressful. Use it to keep track of new books you want to read, places you want to go, and long and short-term goals. Create a habit or mood tracker as a practical way of holding yourself accountable for achieving your goals. The possibilities are endless.

Get the Right Tools

Color makes bullet journaling fun and therapeutic. To optimize your bullet journaling experience, use products you love! Try our Sarasa Fineliners for smooth, vibrant, marker-like ink combined with the performance of a fine tip pen. For coloring, hand lettering, highlighting and more, try Zebra Mildliners, available in 15 unique, pastel colors! If you’re looking for a traditional writing tool with an modern twist, try Zebra’s Fountain Pens available in seven vibrant colors.

Take it Along

Bullet journaling isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Make sure your bullet journal is readily available by taking it with you wherever you go. Bullet journaling is a great way to unwind after a business trip, vacation, or long day of travelling. Keep it in a backpack, purse, suitcase or briefcase so you can find zen in bullet journaling anywhere.

Have Fun

The most important rule of bullet journaling is quite simple: have fun. All you need is your favorite notebook and some pens. If you need help getting started, connect with other bullet journalists to get tips, ideas, and positive encouragement. The bullet journaling community is vast and diverse, proving that anyone can create something amazing.

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Guest Blog: A Simple Bullet Journal Day (with bonus announcement and new product preview)!

We’re thrilled to share this guest blog from influencer Alec Fischer (@fischrjournals).  Alec helps you get organized through Bullet Journals every day. Read to the end and find a special announcement from Zebra Pen and make sure to follow Alec on social!

Are any of you feeling stressed? Do you need an outlet to help you visualize your day, or to put your “to-do” list in order? If your answer is yes to any of these, I’d recommend looking into starting your very own bullet journal. For anyone who hasn’t heard of bullet journaling, it’s a practice where you use bullet points & short sentences to plan out your schedule. See examples here.

When I’m feeling stressed out, I create a layout plan to help me visualize my day. It can include everything from meetings, work, time with friends, to classes (if you’re in school). The layouts can be as simple as you’d like, to more complex designs. Today, I want to show you a simple baseline that can help you create your very own!

Here are the supplies I used to create the designs I’ll be showing you how to make. Feel free to get your own via Zebra Pen USA!

Supplies Used:

Zebrite Eco Highlighters:

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F-301 0.7mm Zebra Pen:

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Black Zebra Fountain Pen: (COMING SOON!)

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Generic Ruler

Generic Notepad/Notebook

How To:

Once you have your supplies, you’re going to want to turn to a fresh notebook page. Using your ruler & pens, draw a large rectangular box that covers enough lines to mark the amount of hours you usually stay up. I wake up early & get to bed late, so my design has quite a few lines.

Then mark the lines with the time of day. It should look something like this:

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I use the F-301 0.7 to draw the boxes, then the Fountain Pen to fill everything in and write my text.

Now you can decide what direction you’d like to take. I prefer two version: highlighter & minimalist modern.

Highlighter:

For the highlighter version of the daily plan, you’re going to want to use your Zebrite Eco Highlighters to fill in the time each activity takes.  Fill in the space however you’d like – I draw a vertical line down the time slot to fill it in.

Next, take your ruler and draw a horizontal line next to the vertical line. I let the highlight dry, then write in my daily task. It should look something like this:

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You can maneuver the design however you’d like, or in whatever way fits your aesthetic! Share you designs using the hashtag #ZebriteEcoHighlighters when you’re finished!

Minimalist Modern:

For the minimalist modern version of the daily plan (my personal favorite), you’ll want to start with the same base structure. Instead of using highlighters to fill in the time slots, you’ll want to use the ruler to trace boxes around the selected time. Class from 11am to noon? Fill it in! I like using modern patterns & fun minimalist elements to mix things up a bit.

Next, use your ruler to draw a horizontal line outward from the filled in box. At the end of the line, write out your “to-do” item, or activity. Under that activity you can also add more specific bullet points, depending on the level of detail you’d prefer.

When finished, it should look something like this:

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When you’re done, you have a little piece of art that can help you stay organized and ready for the rest of the day! It’s a constantly growing adventure, so don’t worry if your designs don’t look the same as the images above. Each person adds their own style and flair to their designs – it’s what makes it so fun!

Good luck and happy planning to you!

-Alec

14067724_10153972417687545_333123548541120632_nAlec Fischer is an award-winning director, content creator, & social influencer. When he’s not working on new documentary projects, you can find him working on his bullet journal, blogging about mental health & wellness, or reading awesome books while drinking tea. You can follow him on Instagram under the handle: @FischrJournals

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