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Activity tracker within a bullet journal

3 Ways to Use A Bullet Journal to Stay Active

By Shannon Hakala of @wellellabujo

Hey there, it’s Shannon from wellella.com. Did you know that bullet journaling can help you get excited about exercising? It’s true! Read on to see how I’m sticking to my fitness goals using my BUJO.

Fitness goals-themed bullet journal spread with sections on "why do I exercise?" and "My fitness goals."

Fitness Goals Bullet Journal Spread

First, I started by writing down some reasons for why I want to exercise. Having them written down makes it easy for me to remember why it’s important—to me—to stay active on a regular basis.

I also decided to create some exercise goals for extra motivation. When thinking of fitness goals, it helps to choose goals that are S.M.A.R.T., also known as specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. To make this page even more fun, I added some reward ideas I can give myself if I stick to my exercise plans.

I used my trusty Zebra M-301 Mechanical Pencil to plan out these BUJO layouts before adding ink and markers. It’s been my go-to mechanical pencil since long before I started bullet journaling! The steel construction gives it a solid feel which makes it a pleasure to use, whether for writing or sketching.

For normal writing in my bullet journal, I used my black Z-Grip Ballpoint Retractable Pen. The thick barrel width and the grip make it a comfortable pen to use for any kind of journaling.

Bullet journal spread showcasing different exercise activities with minutes spend doing each, labeled with a Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Highligher

Activity Tracker BUJO Spread

Next, I created a page to keep track of how I’m exercising for the month of September. The activity tracker I made tracks the total minutes of exercise, as well as what kinds of activities I’m doing each day.

I decided to use my favorite highlighters, the Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter & Creative Tool, to make this tracker more colorful and fun. The broad chisel-tip creates thick lines of even color perfectly in this tracker.

Bullet journal spread focusing on fitness YouTube channels by exercise

Fitness YouTube Channel Bullet Journal Design

I love following YouTube exercise videos at home, so I created another BUJO page of my favorite fitness channels for quick reference. I categorized them into groups according to the type of activities I can do from each channel, using the same colors for each group as I did in my activity tracker page.

By thinking about my why, creating S.M.A.R.T. goals, and using a tracker to hold myself accountable, I feel mentally ready to hit the gym!

I hope you’ll try some of these ideas in your bullet journal if you’ve been wanting to get more active, too. Remember—without a plan, a goal is just a wish! For more bullet journaling inspiration, check out Mandy’s back-to-school bullet journal ideas for students.

3 Back-to-School Bullet Journal Ideas for Students

By Mandy Mair of @productivedoodling

Hey everyone! It’s Mandy here, better known as @productivedoodling! I have been bullet journaling for a little over two and a half years. Every year when the new school year rolls around, I use my bullet journal to plan and stay organized.

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Preview of the August bullet journal design created with Zebra Pen Mildliner Highlighers and Zensations Brush Pen

3 Summer-Themed Bullet Journal Layouts to Simplify Your Life

By: Fatimah of @studychaii

Hi! It’s Fatimah from @studychaii and I’m here to introduce you to different ways you can use your creativity to effectively bullet journal over the summer. Summer can always become a bit hectic, so creating organized monthly spreads can help keep you grounded and ready for summer productivity. Here are some ideas you can implement into your own bullet journal!

July bullet journal monthly design featuring sea creatures drawn with Zebra Pen Mildliner Highlighters and Zensations Brush Pen

*The specific Sarasa Clip design pictured on right only available in the Japanese market.

July Bullet Journal Design

For the July bullet journal design, I created a simple calendar in my journal. Keeping a calendar will allow you to view your summer days collectively. It will also help you to plan your days and responsibilities accordingly. If your summer month is going to be very busy, I also recommend using the color-coding system to make sure you can distinguish different events throughout the month!

For this design, I used the Zebra Pen Zensations Brush Pen and the Zebra Pen Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter & Creative Tool. I used the brush pen to draw out my doodles all around the page and am in awe of how it turned out! I love how the brush pen is flexible yet stable, allowing me to outline my illustrations with control and produce doodles with variability in line width. This effect helped make it appear more comical. In addition, the use of the Mildliners helped my summer events to stand out with its colorful pigmentation.

Weekly timetable bullet journal design for August. Features hot air balloon drawings created with Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip gel pens and Zensations Brush Pen.

August BUJO Design

For the next bullet journal design, I created a weekly timetable for each day of the week. Timetables are a more in-depth way of planning your days, since you are planning your days by the hour. Now that time is incorporated into your planning, it can help develop a habitual routine. This method of determining whether your responsibilities can fit in a day makes it easier to accomplish your summer goals! The reflection section at the bottom can help sort out your days, as you can include ways in which you can change or add to your timetables after a week of following your routine.

In this design, I’d like to highlight my use of the Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in the Milk Colors and the Mildliners. The milk colors were perfect for the soft colored theme I was aiming for. I used the Sarasa Clip gel pens to color in my doodles with a lined pattern and went in with the Mildliners on some of the illustrations in order to add variability in texture. I then went in with the same pattern on my timetable. Adding color can help important or habitual events in your timetable stand out as well!

Reflection bullet journal design for September created with Zebra Pen Mildliner Highlighers and Zensations Brush Pen

September BUJO Design

For the last bullet journal design, I created a September reflection page. In this spread, I decided to write out my September goals, and reflect back on my accomplishments and highlights of my July-August summer. This reflection serves as a way for me to learn from events that took place in the summer and help motivate me to do more amazing things for others and myself.

In this design, I used the Mildliner Double Ended Highlighters and Zensations Brush Pen. The double-sided feature of the Mildliners really helped bring my spread to life. I used the fine end of the highlighter pen to outline the words and the images and used the bold end of the pen to color in small doodles I had drawn around the page. In this way, the coloring balanced out! In addition, I used the brush pen to letter small words as mini headers to the sections of the spread. The versatility in this brush pen contributed a great deal to the collection of summer spreads, as it allowed me to letter in huge letters for heading, and in small letters for mini headings!

Thank you for reading and I hope this helped. I wish you all a very productive summer!

Stay Organized During Back to School with Zebra Mildliners

By: Laura Geraci

The beginning of fall semester is both my favorite and least favorite time of the school year. It’s tough to leave the relaxing monotony of summer, and it is daunting to take on a full school schedule after three blissful months of relaxation. On the other hand, it’s always exciting to be reunited with friends and get back into the swing of things. One great thing about the fall semester is that by the time it rolls around, you’ve almost forgotten about the endless nights you spent drinking energy drinks at the library late at night. Never again during the school year will you feel as refreshed and as ready to take on new challenges as you do at the very beginning of the fall.

My favorite way to get ready for the academic year is to go shopping, which will not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me (sorry, mom). There’s something magical about starting the year with a new set of pens and a completely blank planner. Buying myself office supplies somehow makes me feel organized and put together, even if I roll out of bed at noon and forget to brush my teeth. But seriously, owning supplies that I love motivates me to stay productive and organized.

Get the Right Tools

If you’ve spent any time at all in the bullet journal community, you will certainly have come across some nifty little markers called Zebra Mildliners. For a solid month, I was convinced they were called midliners. I even made a post where I tested every single one I had just ordered by writing the word “mid-liner.” All was fine and dandy until someone corrected me in the comments – oops!

Mildliners are just about the most popular tool used for planning, and for good reason. They come in an array of lovely pastel colors and are dual-tipped, with a chisel tip on one side and a finer marker tip on the other. The colors are vibrant and the pens have little to no bleeding, making them perfect to use in your planner.

How to Use Mildliners

I use Mildliners for absolutely everything. I refuse to take lecture notes by hand unless I have a few of them on me. They work wonderfully for highlighting headings or for doodling in the margins when your professor goes on a tangent. Mildliners are also the perfect tools to use in bullet journaling. Whether you are creating fancy headers or making a simple weekly spread, Mildliners are the ideal tool. Zebra Pen, the creator of these wonderful markers, is hosting a Mildliner Challenge in August where fans will have the chance to win products, so make sure to stay tuned!

As always, remember that there is no right or wrong way to bullet journal. What’s important is discovering the tools that allow you to achieve success and meet your goals. There’s no sense in stressing over a smudged header or a misplaced date – it is important that the process is bringing you joy.

Enter the Zebra Mildliner Challenge, and post your favorite mood trackers, monthly spreads, and other bullet journal images, tag Zebra Pen, and use the hashtag #MildlinerChallenge. Be sure to follow Zebra Pen on social media and look out for weekly prompts.

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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Zebra’s Guide to Bullet Journaling

With the new year right around the corner, it’s time to start reflecting on the past year and planning for the future. Set your goals, make your to-do lists, start a new journal or sketchbook, and jot down notes to keep you on track this year. A bullet journal is a convenient, all-in-one organization system that can be all of these things and more this new year!

Bullet journals have become increasingly more popular, especially on social media. If you’ve heard of bullet journaling but still aren’t certain exactly how or why to do it, you’re not alone! To help you understand bullet journaling, Zebra has created a guide so that you can start your bullet journal this year!

What Is Bullet Journaling?

It’s a planner, to-do list, journal, notepad, and sketchbook all in one! Include what you want and leave out what you don’t want, as they’re completely customizable! Most importantly, your bullet journal can be whatever you want it to be. It’s meant to be convenient and suiting to your needs, to better ensure that it’s a system you can stick to and enjoy!

Some bullet journals use symbols to represent different items on a list. For example a small star can show priority. A heart can symbolize a quote you enjoyed and jotted down. An “X” can represent a cancellation. Create a key for all of the symbols you choose so that you can remember what each symbol means, and after a while, when you open your journal you will be able to skim it for the symbol of the item you are looking for!

Color coding is another way some people choose to organize their bullet journals. For example, you can use a red pen or pencil to write down your school work. You can use green for social events, blue for personal events such as doctors appointments, and orange for errands. Sarasa Fineliners are perfect for color coding. With 12 vibrant and quick-drying colors to choose from color coding will be a breeze, not to mention a great way to organize your bullet journal by distinct activities! If you prefer sophisticated writing and trendy colors, Sarasa Grand Retractable Gel Pens might be the right color scheme for you! With navy, gold, and rose gold color barrels, your bullet journal can be fun and stylish.

Why Should I Have One?

To reflect, plan, get organized, or to set goals and stick to them, bullet journaling can help with all of this! Ring in 2018 with healthy and helpful habits and track them with your bullet journal. Each year, many of us set goals and find ourselves falling short of them as the months progress. A bullet journal is the perfect way to keep yourself in check all the while organizing and planning your schedule by the day, week, month, or year! You should start a bullet journal to get creative, have fun, and help yourself in 2018.

 Inspiration for your Bullet Journal

Day Summary: Jot down some notes about what you did each day. This can help you to be productive or keep track of fun memories.

Daily Peak and Pit (High and Low): Make a note of the high part and low part of your day to think positively and critically about how you spend your time each day.

Meal Planner: Sometimes meal prepping just isn’t an option; meal planning is a useful alternative. Write down meal and snack ideas to stay on track with your goals this year.

Spending and Savings Tracker: Keep track of the money you earn and the money you spend to stay on top of your saving. If you’re planning to make a big purchase soon, this could help you meet your goal.

Inspiration Page: Write down inspirational quotes, movies, books, websites, and more. When you’re feeling down, open your bullet journal to your inspiration page to brighten your day!

When it comes to bullet journaling, there is no right or wrong. With creativity and the right tools, anyone can create a bullet journal designed to enhance your day to day, and stay organized all year!