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Stop comparing your Bullet journal!

3 Leuchtturm notebooks

In the many Bullet journal Facebook groups I am a part of, I hear people complain about comparing their bujo to the highly creative and ornemented ones you see on Instagram. They say that they can’t draw, that their handwriting is awful, but they still want to take part in the hobby. I hear you. Today, I’d like to give you permission to do what works for you. You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses! Keep it simple I wrote about my recent journaling slump lately. Since I’ve fallen into a rut, to keep up with the habit, I’ve decided to simplify my spreads. What I see around are intricate, highly decorated spreads, lots of drawings, washi, stamps, and more! If you have fun creating these intricate spreads, do not hold off! But if you feel like this is too complicated, too much work, or just not your style, you can do very simple spreads, in black and white or with a simple splash of color, and leave the decorating aside. Lately, my designs have been really straightforward. […]

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8 ideas to put your notebooks to good use

If you are a regular here at Productive Happiness, chances are that you are a stationery afficionado. Do you have a tendency to collect blank notebooks, just because you find them pretty? I certainly do. At any given time, I might have a dozen notebooks laying around, most of them still empty. In today’s blog post, I wanted to share a few ideas to put your blank notebooks to good use! Diary This is the most classic way of using your lined notebooks. During my Miracle Morning, I use a fancy notebook by paperblanks that holds my fountain pen ink beautifully. I write about the previous day and about anything that’s weighing on my mind. I write for only a few minutes but it helps me process any difficulties I might encounter and find perspective in the midst of chaos. Gratitude log Keeping a gratitude log is becoming very popular nowadays. Positive psychology has popularized the idea that we tend to experience more of what we focus on. By writing a few things each day that you are grateful for, […]

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Simplifying : the journaling slump

journaling slump

In the past few months, I’ve been feeling stuck in a rut in my Bullet Journal. I used to spend a lot of time creating beautiful spreads and decorating with washi, stamps, colorful markers. But for the past few months, my heart just wasn’t in it. This journaling slump lead me to simplify my practice, and I quite like the result. Return to the basics As I have been slowly drown in my journaling slump, I let aside some of the spreads that used to take me lots of time to create each week, namely my weekly spreads. I went back to the basics ; a monthly spread to keep birthdates and important events, a monthly habit and mood tracker, and my blog statistics pages. No fluff, no collections that you create and never touch again, just the core essentials. And of course, my dailies. Bare naked During that journaling slump, I stripped bare my spreads. My dailies still have a pretty lettered header and weather icon, but nothing else. No bits of washi, pretty stickers or stamps. Just my […]

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10 Bullet Journal Instagram accounts to follow

My favorite place to look for inspiration for my Bullet journal is on Instagram. I love to browse the layouts, spreads and colorful pictures in my feed for hours on end. I thought it might be fun to share with you the top 10 Bullet journal Instagram accounts to follow according to yours truly! Let’s jump in! Brian Qian Youtuber and Instagrammer Brian Qian, also known by StudywithInspo, is one of my favorite Bullet journalists to follow. I love his doodles and soft designs, especially his floral drawings!   OurJourneyinjournals Mae-Mae Han’s fee is super fun, very colorful, and features pretty brush lettering. If you’re into this kind of journaling, check her out! j.creas I love Janika’s feed, especially for the interesting collection ideas she shares! She’s journaling in french like me and her spreads are fun and pretty.   Leuchtturm 1917 Our friends over at Leuchtturm 1917 have a great Instagram account! Their feed features bullet journalists from all over and inspire us sharing other ways to use our planners.   Gardensanctuaryjournaling Elisabeth’s account not only features Bullet journals, […]

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How to start a Bullet Journal

Maybe you’ve been lurking around on the blog before, or browsing Pinterest and Instagram, and have seen the beautiful notebooks everybody seems to be lugging around that they call a Bullet Journal. You’re intrigued and would like to start one, but you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the information floating around, a bit intimidated by the beautiful things people are coming up with, and you don’t know where to start. Here’s what this guide is for : helping you get rid of the overwhelm, and teaching you in concrete steps how to start a Bullet Journal. Let’s jump in! Start at the source If you haven’t already, the first place to start if you want your own Bullet Journal is directly at the source. The creator of the Bullet Journal system is called Ryder Carroll and he created a website describing the method in details. The first thing you should do is check out the Official Bullet Journal video. I’ll be waiting for you while you do that! Start with just a few basics All you need to start a Bullet […]

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Different Bullet Journal weekly spreads : what works best

Different Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads, what works best

0I’ve kept a Bullet Journal for the past 4 years now, and over time, I’ve tried different approaches, and different spreads to find what works best for me. That’s what I like the most about the Bullet Journal system, you can tweak it at will and make it your own. If something doesn’t work this week, try something different next week! One of the spreads that went through the most iterations in my own system is the Bullet Journal weekly spread. I’ve tried many versions, and I thought I’d share with you what I tried, and what worked best for me. Let’s jump in! Weekly spread 1.0 First, I’d like to mention that my first Bullet Journal did not have any weekly spread. At first, I was just doing dailies, splitting a spread into 8 equal parts, one for each day of the week, and one for next week’s tasks. What I did not like about this first attempt was that I did not have enough space for my dailies since each day is never the same and that I […]

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How to live a Level 10 Life

How to live a level 10 life

If I gave you a choice today, would you rather be living an amazing, awesome life you love? Or would you stick with what you’ve got? According to Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning, if given a choice, we would all want to be living a Level 10 life, fully satisfied in every area of our lives. “If we’re measuring our levels of success/satisfaction in any area of our lives, we all want to be living our best lives at a ‘Level 10’ in each area. Creating your ‘Level 10 Life’ begins with creating an honest assessment of where you are.” Luckily, there’s a few ways to achieve your own level 10 lives. And it starts with a simple assessment. The Level 10 life assessment This assessment has also been called the Wheel of life assessment in many circles. It consists of writing down on a piece of paper 5 to 10 areas of your life that are particularly important to you and rating your level of satisfaction in every area on a scale of 1 to 10. Life […]

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Bullet Journal Gift Guide for BuJo Addicts

Bullet journal gift guide

Ah! December. That time of year when we have to rack our brains to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. If you have a Bullet journalist on your list, I’ve got you covered this year. I’ve asked the Bullet Journal community what they have on their wishlist and gathered this handy little Bullet Journal gift guide! The perfect notebook I have always been partial to the Leuchtturm1917 notebook, and for good reasons. First, they have a built-in index and numbered pages, which is a charm for Bullet journaling. Second, they have 2 ribbons that allow me to find my most used spreads super easily. And the blank cover allows me to personalize each notebook with handmade vinyl stickers. Here’s a few of my latest notebooks : Lately, I’ve seen more and more Bujo addicts leaning towards the Scribbles That Matter notebook. I have not yet tried them, but if you prefer cute covers, this might be the right choice for you : The Helix The Helix Angle and Circle Maker is a funky little device called a protractor, […]

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Bullet Journal Flip Through – Volume 4

Bullet journal flip through

Lately, I have closed my third Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, my fourth Bullet Journal ever. I had started implemented the bullets part of the Bullet Journal method at work for a few years before deciding to bite the bullet and buy a notebook. 2 years later, I like to look back at my past journals and reflect on my life. Today’s post is a flip-through of my favorite spreads in my Bullet Journal Volume 4. Enjoy! Bullet Journal Key My key has changed a bit since my last journal. I’ve created a smaller circle to represent events, such as birthdays. I’ve started incorporating color coding, as you can see at the bottom. I’ve added this bit way later, towards the end of the notebook, that’s why it looks out of place here. In my new journal, my color code has been created from the start. Index Classic Bullet Journal index. I’ve started incorporating color to help me find frequently used spreads more easily. I used more than the included index, so I need to remember to allow at least one more […]

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Bullet Journal for Beginners : Ryder Caroll and Other Bullet Journal Experts Give Their Best Tips!

Bullet journal for beginners

In 2013, I stumbled across an article on Lifehacker about a brand new productivity method called the Bullet Journal. As a productivity geek and journal lover, I knew that this new system was going to work for me big time. The creator of the system, designer Ryder Caroll, had setup a video and website to show the basics of his system, and I was all over it. But at the time, that’s all I had to get started. There was no Bullet Journal community, the method was still new and no one was talking about it, really. There were no Facebook groups, no Instagram accounts on the topic, I felt like it was just me and my notebook, and, quite frankly, I was a little lost. Fast forward to 2017, the Bullet Journal community is a fast growing entity, with dozens of very active Facebook groups, thousands of Instagramers taking pictures of their notebooks, and Bullet Journal experts poppin’ up here and there. As there’s more and more awareness of the Bullet Journal method, I see new people asking all […]

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