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Organizing your day in a bullet journal is easy and often relaxing. Today I’ll tell you why I do it and how.
I don’t know what happened last month y’all but it feels like all the odds were stacked against me. Nothing was going right and I was struggling hard with discouragement but what kept me from letting it get to me was my daily planning routine which I’m going to share with y’all today. I shared it with my business group and it lit a fire under those women so I’m hoping it does the same for you today.
There is something calming that comes from planning my day with a pen in my bullet journal. I have a bazillion Pilot® FriXion® pens that I alternate between when I plan. From day to day, I choose whichever Pilot® FriXion® pen ink color, tip and barrel style inspires me. For this tutorial I’m using the Pilot® FriXion® Erasable Color Sticks, 5ct – Multicolor (black) and the FriXion Colors Marker Pens 12pk Assorted (blue). I’ll use the black for text and blue to draw my daily page grid and banners. I didn’t already have the markers I hand, but I knew with school starting soon Pilot® Pen would have some at Target.
I use FriXion® almost exclusively in my bujo because it’s the only planner tool that gives me the ability to write, erase and rewrite until my ideas are just right. FriXion® products have comfortable grips and a smooth writing tips that make journaling enjoyable.
- Pilot® FriXion® Erasable Color Sticks
- Pilot® FriXion Colors Marker Pen
- Washi Tape (optional)
- Planner Stickers (optional)
1 — Step ONE
I like to use a nice hard surface and have all of my supplies nearby before starting. A sturdy surface, your ruler and quality pens help create pretty planner pages. To draw out your planner grid I recommend the Pilot® FriXion® Erasable Color Sticks. They have a fine ballpoint and gel ink that will make drawing your grid lines smooth and continuous.
2 — Step TWO
Draw out your daily planning page grid using the Pilot® FriXion® Erasable Color Sticks in black. Just duplicate the layout below. The gird is a series of five horizontal and vertical lines that create quadrants for managing the day. More space is on the left side of the grid to make sure there’s space to write out important tasks for the day.
3 — Step THREE
Erase about an inch from the center of your horizontal lines you just drew. This is where using the Pilot® FriXion® Erasable Color Sticks comes in handy. These pens allow me to write smoothly and erase cleanly. It erases so clean you can’t tell there was even an ink there in the first place. Part of the bullet journalling appeal is neat, clean pages. The space we erased is where you’ll create your quadrant headings.
4 — Step FOUR
For my daily page I use banner headers. You could just write the heading in pretty hand lettering, draw ovals or rectangles around the headings to make them stand out. Draw in your banners and label them. On my “daily page” I plan my day around three core areas. I also like to track my water intake and meals which I do on the right side of my page.
5 — Step FIVE
Once my headings are written in, I add check boxes to my task areas and hearts where I write lists. Take a look at my completed page below. This is pretty much the way I draw my “daily page” each morning. It takes about 5-minutes to draw and 10 to 15 minutes to fill in.
I keep it nearby throughout the day to remind me of how I prioritized my time and to keep me on track.
The best place to find Pilot® FriXion®pens and markers is at Target. They have the biggest selection and of course a million other cute things to buy while you’re there. I literally had to put blinders on because of the cuteness overload on every aisle. You can print this FriXion® coupon and take $1 off Frixion 2-pack or larger at the register.