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What to track in your bullet journal

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on January 21, 2018

Recently I have been really annoyed with my Bullet Journal Spreads because I did not have a lot to write in. Most of my weekly spreads were pretty empty. This is why I decided to switch some things up as you might have seen already in my latest plan with me video. I know that a lot of people have the same problem as I have and today I want to show you a couple of ideas I came up with for my Bullet Journal

Monthly Tracking Ideas

Habit Tracker

December Habit Tracker

Every Month I track my journaling and studying habit in my Bullet Journal. If you have been following this blog for a while you probably have seen this type of tracker because I review it on this blog every month.

Blog Tracker

What to track in your Bullet Journal

My blog tracker helps me a lot with collecting blog post ideas and planning ahead. Since I  found a blog tracker that is working for me I finally manage to post regularly and at least twice a week.

Meditation Tracker

A Month Of Meditation

In December I decided I wanted to develop a meditation habit. I called it my month of meditation. To motivate myself I made a special tracker for meditating and it worked really good. If you have a habit you want to develop it is a great idea to create a separate monthly tracker for this habit.

Monthly to-do list

What to track in your Bullet Journal

Something I really like is having a monthly to-do list. You can go back to that list whenever you work on your weekly spreads and put some of your monthly to-dos down for that week. It helps with keeping an overview of all the things you have to get done over a longer period of time.

Other monthly tracking ideas

  • sleep log
  • goals for this month
  • mood tracker

 

Weekly Tracking Ideas

Homework

What to track in your Bullet Journal

If you are still going to school weekly spreads are great for keeping an overview of your homework. Whenever I get homework I write them down on the date they were given and once I have finished them I cross them out. This way I always know what I still have to finish that week.

Exams

What to track in your Bullet Journal

Another great idea for students is to track your upcoming exams in your weekly spread. Every week I have a little exam tracker where I write down the next two weeks and mark the days I have an exam. This way I always know what and when I have to start studying for a certain class.

Daily and weekly to-dos

What to track in your Bullet Journal

In my weekly spreads, I always have a section for things I want to get done or work on that week but I also started to make little to-do lists for each day. This way I stay way more organized and I am less likely to forget to do something.

Other weekly tracking ideas

  • mood tracker
  • sleep log
  • drinking habit
  • “one line a day” (write down one sentence that describes your day every day)

 

What do you like to track in your Bullet Journal?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

2018 bullet journal set up

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on December 24, 2017

2018 Bullet Journal Set Up

It is almost 2018 and that means it is time to set up the new year in my bullet journal. I was really excited to finally sit down and get creative and overall, I think It only took me about two hours.

I decided to keep my 2018 really simple since I am going to add my trackers throughout the months.

It is almost 2018 and that means it is time to set up the new year in my bullet journal. I was really excited to finally sit down and get creative and overall, I think It only took me about two hours.

 

First I added this simple welcome page. Since I am going to graduate and my life is going to change a lot in 2018 I decided to write “There’s a new adventure ahead” on the left because that is what 2018 will be. A new Adventure.

It is almost 2018 and that means it is time to set up the new year in my bullet journal. I was really excited to finally sit down and get creative and overall, I think It only took me about two hours.

After this little welcome page, I added my future log for 2018. Since I loved my 2017 future log I decided to use the same set up again and used the same colors as last year. I also added a little page mark on the left so I can easily flip to my future log when I need to.

Since I do not know my new schedule and most of my exam dates for the new semester I decided to leave the next two pages empty and add those later.

And that is it for my 2018 bullet journal set up. I cannot believe I have been keeping up with bullet journaling for a year now. Do you have a bullet journal or are you planning to start one in the new year?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

New years journaling prompts

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on December 12, 2017

New Years journaling prompts

2017 is slowly coming to an end. In less than three weeks we will say goodbye to the last year and will welcome 2018. It is time to look back on the last twelve month and maybe look forward to what is coming next. Now is the time to set our new years resolutions and most important, it is the perfect time to journal and record this whole process. Here are 6 journaling prompts to get you started with journaling about the last and upcoming year.

 


It doesn’t matter what you do with these prompts. You could try to draw, you could write a long text or just create a simple list. Do whatever makes you happy and don’t compare yourself to others because journaling is about you and nobody else.


In 2017 I…

Create a list of things you did in 2017. Think about the places you have been to, goals you have achieved and things you did. Take the good memories with you and leave the bad memories behind.

 

New years journaling prompts

 

In 2018 I will…

Create a list of things you will do in 2018. Set yourself goals and think about things that will happen for sure. For example, in 2018 I will turn 19 and graduate and I want to move out and go to university. Get yourself excited about what will come next.

 

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In the end of 2015 I made a list of things I want to do in 2016 and I am proud to say that I did almost everything from that list 

 

 

At the beginning of 2017 I…

Think about who you were twelve months ago. What did you dream of? What where you planning to do? What has changed in the last twelve months? Evaluate the good and the bad changes and maybe draw a conclusion for the coming year.

 

In the end of 2018, I want to…

Think about who you want to be in twelve months. Think about your personality, how you want to feel, people you want to have around you… Create a picture of who and where you want to be in December next year.

 

Things that changed in 2017

Create a list of things that changed during the last year. Did you change? Did any circumstances change? Your friends?

 

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Here is another spread of 2015 where I wrote a list of things that changed that year (right side)

 

Write a letter to your future self.

I think it is a great idea to write a letter to your future self at the end of each year because one day you can read through them and see how you have changed. You could also write a letter to 2017 or 2018 telling who you are now or who you want to become which goes along with the previous prompts

 

If you try out any of these prompts I would love to hear about how you liked them.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Working on my journaling habit

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on October 22, 2017

Working on my journaling habit

I haven’t been writing in my diary journal as much as I want to lately. So far in October, I only wrote about five entries while I wrote almost every second day in the last couple of months.

I think the main reason why I did not journal as much as I used to was the lack of time and the lack of ideas I had. I don’t know I just rather spent time with some important people in my life than sit down to write and I also kind of got tired of writing about the same things over and over.

Today, I decided to change this. I wrote down a list of things I can journal about and I set myself a list of things I want to change to achieve my goal of writing more often.

Things to write about:

  • my day
  • my thoughts
  • my weird dreams
  • people in my life
  • what is happening in the world at the moment
  • things I am dealing with
  • writing prompts
  • ideas I had during the day
  • Random lists

Things to change:

  • set aside more time to journal
  • take your journal with you wherever you go
  • don’t worry about how much you write at once
  • don’t worry about how the pages look
  • journal at least every third or second day
  • journal throughout the day. You don’t have to write a whole entry at once
  • REMEMBER YOU ARE JOURNALING FOR YOURSELF
  • keep it simple

But why am I telling you this? I want you to be part of my journaling journey and it also is some extra motivation to work on my journaling habit if I shared it with you guys.

Do you journal? How often do you journal? Do you have any tips?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

6 reasons to journal

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on August 31, 2017

I am a huge journaling addict. At the moment I have three different journals and I journal every day in at least one of them. There are so many reasons why I love journaling and why I think everybody should try it sometime.

I am a huge journaling addict. At the moment I have three different journals and I journal every day in at least one of them. There are so many reasons why I love journaling and why I think everybody should try it sometime.

  1. There are so many types of journals, whether they help you stay organized like a bullet journal, are a place for your creative outlet like an art journal, a place for your travel memories like a creative journal or just there to listen to your thoughts like a diary. There is a journal for everyone and every situation.
  2. There is no time limit. You can journal whenever and how often you want. You don’t have to do it on a daily or weekly basis you can do it whenever you feel like it.
  3. Your journal is always there to listen to you and nothing makes me feel better as writing down my thoughts and dealing with whatever is going on on paper.
  4. Your journal your rules. You can do whatever you want with your journal. You can drown or burn it, you could even eat it if you want to. You can make it look as pretty as possible or as ugly as possible. You decide if you want to share it or not and you decide what to put in it.
  5. There is no right or wrong. No matter what you do if helps you feel better and relaxed it is the right thing to do and even if it doesn’t help it is the right thing to at least try it out.
  6. Journaling helps you realize things you would never realize otherwise. While journaling I have learned so many things about myself and other people in my life I would never have realized without journaling.

Do you keep any kind of a journal? If yes what is your favorite thing about journaling?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Journaling Essentials

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on May 1, 2017

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Today I want to share my five favourite journaling supplies that are either cheap or even for free.

1. A bag

I keep this little bag to put in my journal whenever I take it with me

Since I take my journals with me almost everywhere I go I got this little bag to put them in. I decorated it myself and I love how it turned out to look. The best think about this is that you don’t need to buy an expensive bag. Instead, you can use an old Shirt and sew it together. If you guys want to know how please tell me and I will make a tutorial on it.

2. A set of fine liner

 

When I started bullet journaling I bought the cheapest fine liner set I could find. You don’t need anything fancy. I love switching between different sizes. It makes your page look a little bit more “professional”.

3. Washi Tape

 

There is nothing better than Washi Tape. I have a huge collection. There are many different sizes, colours, patterns and ways to use it. I think I will never get satisfied. I will always need more.

4. Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are a great thing to use for your bullet journal. Whether you use it to write little to do lists or draw some doodles on.  They always look great. You don’t even need anything fancy, although fancy sticky notes are great too.

5. Magazines

 

Something I do to save some money is to go through old magazines and cut out illustrations as well as patterns. This way I don’t have to buy any expensive stickers.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Where to find inspiration

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on April 18, 2017

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Lately, I have been talking a lot about journaling. You might have noticed that I am obsessed with it but sometimes I’m just out of ideas. I hate that feeling when I really feel like creating something but don’t have any ideas. You might know that feeling too. This is why today’s post is about inspiration to journal and where to find it.

1. Listen to your inner-self

Journaling

I get a lot of ideas just from listening to my thoughts. Now, how do you listen to your own thoughts? Well, I usually go for a walk, listen to music or just lay down in my bed and start to think about the things going on in my life. How do I feel? Are there any images coming up in my mind? If you truly listen to yourself I am sure you will find something.

2. Look at other peoples work

Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr… are packed with pictures of other people’s journals. You just have to know how to find them. Here are some Hashtags that can be helpful and accounts I really like:

#journal #journaling #bulletjournal #creativejournal #artjournal #journaladdict #journallove #journalinspiration

@NoorUnnahar@sincerely_lib@art.intheclouds@megjournals

3. Listen to music and look up quotes/poems/pictures

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Listen to songs you love. Songs with lyrics that touch you are a great source of inspiration. Try to find out why you like them. Why do they touch you? Do they relate to anything in your life? You can use them as an inspiration for your own poem or just write down the lyrics.

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Same for quotes and poems. I find them really inspiring whether I just write them down or I add my own thoughts about them on the page.

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I wrote the poem on the right based on the picture

Pictures are a great way to find inspiration too. You can glue them in, trace them, use them as inspiration for a poem… The possibilities are endless.

4. Ask yourself questions

I believe that asking yourself questions is the best way to find inspiration as for me journaling is about dealing with the mess in my head. I already mentioned some questions you can ask yourself but here are some more.

  1. What am I feeling right now?
  2. Why do I feel like this?
  3. Is there anything I worry about?
  4. Is there anyone on my mind?
  5. How do I feel about certain other people? Do I like or dislike them?
  6. What is happening in my life?
  7. What do I want to do in the future?
  8. Is there anything scaring me at the moment?
  9. Is there anything I would like to change?
  10. What do I like or dislike at the moment?

Where do you find your inspiration to journal?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Bullet journal set up 2017

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on January 21, 2017

New year new journal. Here is how I set up my bullet journal for 2017

On Wednesday I finally got a bullet journal. I bought it on a creativity stroll and I am absolutely in love with it.

The notebook

M new bullet journal is the PAPERWAYS PATTERNISM NOTE 03. Isn't it cute?The inside of the PATTERNISM NOTE 03 by PAPERWAYS

The notebook itself is a drawing notebook by PAPERWAYS. It is called the PATTERNISM NOTE 03 and made of 25% post-consumer recycled paper. It was 12,90€ and the money was definitely worth it. Guess where I found the notebook? I found it in the bookstore I have fallen in love with, which makes it even better. The notebook consists of graphic patterned pages which I think look cute.

My new journaling supplies

My new bullet journaling supplies

Along with the notebook, I bought three new pencils I fell in love with at the store and some cute alphabet stamps. The pencils are by a brand called ICONic. I haven’t heard of them before but I loved the colour. The pencils each have a fine tip and a little marker and were 2,90€ each. I got three colours. Cloudy blue, mustard yellow and pale vermilion. I really want to go back and get some more because I love them so much. The alphabet stamps are by Paper Poetry and were 12,90€. I already used them quite a lot and plan to use them in my creative journal too.

The key

On the first page of my bullet journal I decided to put the key

I started setting up my bullet journal with a key. I decided to go with few symbols because I was afraid it would get too confusing. I did leave some free space so I could go back and add some new ones as I go along. I also left the left side blank because I want to add a quote to it. I just haven’t decided which one yet.

Monthly spread

My bullet journal monthly spread for January

Monthly bullet journal spread for FebruaryI’ve decided to divide my bullet journal into months. I have a monthly overview for each month followed by the weekly spreads of that month. I only have January and February yet because I wanted to leave myself the freedom to change my monthly spreads over the year and find out what works best for me.

Weekly spread

bullet journal weekly spread

bullet journal weekly spread

My weekly spreads are rather clean and structured but who knows maybe they will change over the next couple of months. I definitely want to get more stickers to decorate them. I do love to change up the way they look every week and I am still experimenting with it. It is also a great way to use my Tombow dual brush pens even more. I’ve  got a quite big collection now.

Some more supplies I love to use

I love using my collection of Tombow dual brush pens in my bullet journal

Besides the Tombow dual brush pens, the ICONic pencils and the stamp set I usually use the STAEDTLER pigment liner. I have a set of six different sizes and they always come in handy. For the outline, I usually use the 0.5, for the things I write in the boxes I use the 0.3 and for little doodles the o.1 or o.05 pigment liner. Last but not least washi tape. I am obsessed with washi tape and have a big collection. Of course I can’t resist using it in my bullet journal.


This is it for my bullet journal. I am excited to keep using it for this year and to see how it will turn out. Do you have any tips on bullet journaling?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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New Journal

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on February 6, 2016

Today I started to write in my new Journal because my old one has no pages left to write on. I don’t know why but I am really sad about it. It feels strange. For six month I carried around this book. I wrote in it whenever I felt like it and I looked through it when I was sad. Although I love how my  new journal cover turned out I am feeling like I lost something important. My old journal became such a part of me. I never thought I would get attached to it that much. When you skip through the pages you can see how I got better and better. It is like a hidden diary. Every quote, every poem and all the lyrics represent what I was thinking and how I felt while writing it. I told my journal all the things I needed to get out of my head but was too afraid to tell somebody else about it. I think I am in a weird relationship with it that I will develop with my new journal over time too. I know it sounds crazy but I don’t know how to describe it otherwise.

I hope you had a great day today or if you read this in the morning will have a great day. Lots of love.

Just a blank space