Bullet Journal Hack: How to Find Stuff in Your Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal Hack: Easy Way to Find Stuff in Your Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal Hack: Easy Way to Find Stuff in Your Bullet Journal

While spending a relaxing Sunday organizing my office an preparing for the week ahead, I decided to come up with a better plan for finding important pages in my bullet journal. I always forget about the Index and spend a ridiculous amount of time searching for particular pages. Do you usually use the Index or have you found a work around for finding stuff?

Bullet Journal Hack: An Easy Way to Find Important Pages

I love my bullet journal. It has become a part of my daily life and a tool I couldn’t live without. However, even though I list pages in my Index, when I actually need to find something in the bullet journal end up scrolling through the hundreds pages to find a particular piece information. I know I waste a ridiculous amount of time, so I need to figure out something better. I'm a very visual person, so an easy and colorful reference system seems like a good hack for me.

1. Choose What’s Important and Create Categories

I have pages that I refer to again and again and other pages that once they are done, I never look at them. Important pages for me, for example, are my social media stats, blog post ideas, patterns and projects I've designed, What’s important to me, will be completely different that what is important to you.

To figure out what pages I wanted to call out, I opened my bullet journal and began scrolling from the first page. I looked through every page and decided what pages were important. Then I started putting those important pages into categories. I didn’t list every page in my bujo as not all of them need to be referenced again and again. My important pages fell into six categories: Reference & How-tos, Social Media, Blog Ideas, Patterns, SweetPlanIt, and Doodles.

2. Decide on a System

How should I color code my pages? Washi tape, sticker dots, page flags, markers, or even highlighters. There are so many options. I tried several of these in my last year's bullet journal to figure out which tool I liked best. I tried highlighters, but they didn’t show up enough on along the edge. I have a lot of pages I want to call out, so the page flags sticking out all long the edge seems a little to messy for me. Then I tried sticker dots. While I liked the look of this option, I only have 4 dot colors and I need 6 colors for the categories I’ve created. My last test was using washi tape. Bingo! I like the look of the tape, I have a ton of it in patterns I love, and it really shows up along the edge. 

3. Create a Key

For easy reference, I created a little flip out key in the back of my bullet journal. I have seen many flip out keys/legends for referencing symbols on a bullet journal page, but nothing for the entire page. 

My bullet journal hack for easy reference

My bullet journal hack for easy reference

Using a piece of card stock, I cut the paper a little smaller than a bullet journal page. Then I used a piece of washi tape to tape it face down to the inside of the back cover of my journal. I flipped the page out and put a piece of washi tape next to the each category title.

Finally, I went through my bullet journal and wrapped a small piece of washi tape around each page that I wanted to call out by category. Keeping the Key open, I lined up the washi tape on the pages with each piece of washi in my key.

Easy reference for my important pages! I put my six category washi tapes in a small basket along with a pair of scissors. Going forward, if I have a new page that fits one of my categories, I'll put the coordinating washi tape on it.

Is this hack something you would try? Do you have and idea that has worked better for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy planning!

Get Happy in 5 Minutes: 25 Ways!

Get Happy in 5 Minutes: 25 Ways!

Get Happy in 5 Minutes: 25 Ways!

I love finding inspiration and putting it in my bullet journal planner. I found this awesome article on happiness from, believe it or not, Happier.com! They have so many great ideas to pick up your spirits. Here's a list of the 25 ways to be happier in 5 minutes. Go to the full article for more details..it's worth the 5 minute read!

  1. Crank the Tunes.
  2. Write it down.
  3. Get outside.
  4. Walk it out.
  5. Make a statement.
  6. Give yourself a boost.
  7. Leave a note.
  8. Do something.
  9. Say "thank you."
  10. Learn something new.
  11. Be a good listener.
  12. Let it go.
  13. Straighten up.
  14. Try something new.
  15. Spend money.
  16. Text a friend.
  17. Make plans.
  18. Help someone.
  19. Stope comparing yourself.
  20. Smile.
  21. Power color.
  22. Treat yourself.
  23. Read something.
  24. Cute overload.
  25. Think Positive.

Go to Happier.com for the full article with explanations for each!

My Washi Tape Collection

Washi Tape Collection + Links on where to buy!

Washi Tape Collection + Links on where to buy!

I absolutely love washi tape. It's so cute, easy to use, and in can totally transform a journal page. I use my washi tape instead of regular tape to post notes around my office. Mostly, I use it to decorate the pages of my planners and bullet journal. How do you use washi tape? How do you store it? Here's a video run-through of my washi tape collection.

Links to where I buy my washi tapes can be found below.

Paper Source: http://www.papersource.com/

Yozocraft: http://www.yozocraft.com/

Hobonichi: http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2016/...

Target: http://www.target.com

Daiso: http://www.daisojapan.com/

Michael's: http://www.michaels.com/

I store my washi tapes in organizers I found here: http://www.officedepot.com/

Music Compliments of Music for Makers: https://musicformakers.com/

Gratitude Page in my Bullet Journal

Entries in my bullet journal gratitude page

Entries in my bullet journal gratitude page

Hi! Here's a quick peek at my latest gratitude page in my bullet journal. The last time I did a gratitude page, I wrote it all in one long list. This time I just added things as I thought of them and wrote in various fonts and sizes. I think this ways looks a lot more interesting. 

Do you have a gratitude page in your bullet journal? What is the layout like?

Happy bullet journaling!

What to put in a Bullet Journal Toolbox

What to put in a bullet journal toolbox?

What to put in a bullet journal toolbox?

What is a bullet journal toolbox? It's a handy place to keep all of your must-have bullet journal essentials including: washi tape, pens, stickers, and more. What's in your bullet journal toolbox?

Hi Everyone! So today I'm going to be showing you my bullet journal toolbox.

The box itself is from Target i'm pretty sure. However, I'm sure you can find one at Bed, Bath & Beyond or the Container Store or someplace like that. Everything that I'm showing you will be linked in the description box below. So let's get started.

The first thing in my toolbox is of course my bullet journal. Now I have a Moleskine and this one has gridded lines on the inside which I just think is really nice for being able to line things up and have straight lines. The next item that I have is are these Milan 12 pack of colored pencils. What I think is really cool about these is that it flips open like this. So that you can work and you just have all your colored pencils lined up nicely. The colors are also really vibrant and they draw really smoothly.

A next must for my bullet journal toolbox are these Staedler fine tip pens and these also have a little stand and they write really nicely. What's nice about them is they don't bleed through a lot. So, I used to use these Paper Mate Flair markers and they bled through a ton and it really looked gross. So I switched over to these and they have great colors and they also have a thin side on the case. These are a must for the bullet journal toolbox. The next pens I have are these Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens. They are so amazing because the colors are really bright and fun and they write so smoothly. It feels really good. They are also glittery which I like the effect of that. However, they don't smell that much but that's okay.

Now these are all of my single pens or pencils. I just have this normal pencil. I like to use pencil sometimes to write out if I'm trying out a new font or something, I'll just write it first. Then I have this eraser that I erase it with after use the pen. This is the pen I use for everything. It's a Uni-Ball Powertank pen. Mine is 0.7 and I love it because it writes really smoothly. It also, you don't have to scribble on the side of your page or anything, it just starts writing. This pen is awesome because it doesn't bleed through. It's Pentel and it has pink ink which I think is a nice change. I have both of these because they write on washi tape. This one is the Bic Mark It pen and I have this one because the point is thicker. And I use this Sharpie Fine Point pen if I want the point to be thinner. So these are all my pens.

Next I have this Bando stickers. These stickers are awesome because they have a sticker for like every occasion. They have some letters, party stickers, these hands which I think are adorable and I haven't used them yet, but I can't wait to. These are my favorite stickers which is why they are in the toolbox. Then I also have these post it notes. I really like these colors because sometimes I don't have enough color on the page so I just add a Post It Note. Sometimes I don't want to write in my bullet journal so I just write on this and stick it in there.

Lastly, I have my washi tapes. So I think this box came from an old sunglasses container/box. So these are all my washi tapes. These are some patterned ones. I have a lot of solid ones, but I just try to have a really nice bright selection. So this is everything in my bullet journal toolbox. Like I said earlier, everything will be linked below.

Moleskine Large Square (Grid) Journal: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moles...

Milan Flexibox Triangular Colored Pencils 12 Pack: https://www.bindersart.com/flexibox-t...

Staedler Fine Tip Colored Pens: http://www.target.com/p/staedtler-10c...

Paper Mate Flair Markers: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products...

Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-...

Ticonderoga #2 Pencils: http://www.target.com/p/ticonderoga-2...

Uni-Ball Power Tank Pen 0.7: https://www.amazon.com/Sanford-Uni-Ba...

Pentel Wow! BK440 Pink Pen: https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Ballpoi...

Bic Mark It Permanent Pen: https://www.amazon.com/BIC-Permanent-...

Sharpie Fine Point Pen: https://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Fine-P...

Ban.do Sticker Book: http://www.bando.com/products/sticker...

Post It Notes Jaipur Collection: https://www.amazon.com/Post-Jaipur-Co...

Washi Tapes: http://www.yozocraft.com/product-list/31

Happy bullet journaling!