How to Make a Bullet Journal

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I’ve been planning to make my own planner for weeks now. I’ve already started to jot down forms that I personally need and came up with a minimalist design that can be printed out on a half-sized bond paper.

I was looking online for tips, design and any other forms I might need, when lo and behold, I came across Bullet Journaling on Pinterest. It was an awesome day.

Bullet Journal is a planner of some sort where you simply jot down all your tasks. notes or appointments on a day to day basis. If you have accomplished a task, simply tick it. If you haven’t place an arrow indicating that you have migrated the task for the next day. It’s really simple! I fell in love with the fact that I can just write down everything with no fuss and be able to review them everyday because my old ways — piles of to-do scratch papers just won’t do anymore.
To know more about Bullet Journaling visit this site: BulletJournal.com

As you can see below, I’ve already made an outline for my personal planner. I’ve recycled this and picked out the ones I will be needing in my Modified Bullet Journal. I will show you my pages later and how to use them.


The first thing you need to have is, of course, a notebook. It doesn’t matter what kind you prefer but I suggest buy something that has grids instead of just lines. I personally prefer this graphing notebook because it’s cheap and can be used exactly the same way as you might use a Moleskine notebook that’s three times its price. Again, it’s your choice.

The second thing you must have is your favorite pen. I use Pilot G-tech .3 especially delivered from Manila. I like thin pens and since I can’t find one here, I imported it from the Philippines. ♥ It’s perfect with my graphing notebook because I need a thin pen for the small boxes. When you have these two, you are all set. The next ones on the list are optional.

Colored pens – To make your life colorful
Highlighters – To make important tasks stand out
Ruler – If you suck at making straight lines like me.
Ribbon – As a bookmark

I’m happiest when my brain is working to create something. Monotony is the death of me — @Cerrise, Instagram

This is the notebook I found on a supplies store near Satwa Bus Station. It has a hard plastic covering instead of cardboard. I love it!

Spiral Notebook    —  22 AED
Ruler                   —   2 AED
FineLiner 12 Pcs   — 12 AED
Highlighter 3 Pcs  —   5 AED
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Total Spent:             41 AED

If you’ve found cheaper supplies, good for you! Comment below and share where you found them. ☺

The first page would have been the Index. I don’t think I’ll be using that much though. It’s like a table of contents so when you’ve already filled your notebook and wanted to reminisce the year 2015, you’ll know where to find that one entry you made about a recipe you’ve perfected.

The second page on my Bullet Journal is the Legend. It is where you can write the symbols you’ll be using on your notebook.

  • Square – For tasks. Fill it completely for completed tasks and half-way for unfinished tasks. — Captain obvious. When you were not able to accomplish the task for that day, simply place an arrow inside the box, pointing to the right. This means, you have migrated the task to be completed the next day. If the task became irrelevant to your life, simply cancel out its existence with a strike-through
  • Circle – Events that happened or will happen. Like for example, you cooked Lasagna for lunch. Your dog got pregnant. You slept 13 hours — Rock on!
  • Triangle – for appointments you need to schedule, usually paired with an arrow pointing to the left accompanied with the date you have set for it
  • Heart – For quotations, just because.
  • Dot – For side notes I need to remember, comments I have with things and the like.
  • Exclamation Points – For important tasks I need to complete first
  • @ sign – For tasks I need an internet/computer to accomplish

The beauty of Bullet Journal is that you can come up with any format or legend you want. If you can draw little icons for each then do so. If you want something as simple as a dot, you’re free to do it. What matters is that your legend will work for you and it will fit your needs for your Journal.

This is the cheat sheet I made so I don’t have to count boxes every time I start a new month or year. If your notebook has 42 boxes vertically and 27 boxes horizontally then my measurements will work for you!☺

This is when I was outlining my monthly calendar. It’s easy to zone out when doing repetitive tasks so make sure you have markings that your eyes can follow when your subconscious mind starts to wander.

Making my calendar for the month of August.

You will eventually make mistakes and it’s okay. Humans make mistakes and this is what makes us humans. Also, try to focus next time. Ha!☺

I have 5 rows, one for each week and extra spaces below for months that has 6 weeks on them like August 2015.

You can buy or print out tabs for you pages but I personally don’t like it when tabs eventually fold and curl at the sides so I came up with a permanent page bookmark. I cut these colored cardboard papers from a magazine I had been keeping for months. Now I know why I can’t throw it away.  You can see them in action on the next photos.

Year at a glance page for birthdays, special events you need to remember for the whole year. You can put it on two pages, 6 months for each. I crammed it on one page since it’s almost the end of the year and there’s nothing there for the first six months anymore.

The first thing I will see every month is the Monthly Calendar. I only added this feature on my Modified Bullet Journal because I need to see my monthly work schedule and off days. I also need to see my schedule lessons and tasks ( the colored text on top) as corresponding boxes on a certain date so I would now what’s scheduled on that day and how many tasks I’ve already missed.

After the Monthly Calendar is the Future Log. This is where I write down recurring tasks or tasks that I don’t need to finish on a certain date or month. Just a task I need to do in general.  Also, as a principle, Bullet Journals cannot be made in advance. You make it on a day to day basis to review your accomplishments, so, I placed here on the Future Log my appointments that I need to schedule on the upcoming months that I have not made yet. I also placed here things I need to review or make before I start a new month.

After the Future Log is the daily task page. I’ve added reminders on the top of each day as a short summary of the things I am monitoring. Example is the blue boxes that I fill out every 250 ml of fluids. Yep, I’m that kind of person. Because I rarely drink water I need a visual reminder. There’s also a box there for menstruation monitoring, sleep, meals, exercise and money spent that day.

Another think I can’t make myself to throw away. This ribbon was from 2013 and now I know why I’ve been keeping it. ☺

You can see on the other page that I didn’t use it as a task page. That’s another beauty of Bullet Journal. It’s basically a notebook that you build everyday so if you need to jot down something in relation to your tasks at hand, just turn the page and your notes will be there.

These are the other pages I made. They are written at the back of the notebook and will expand from back to front as necessary.

Password Page – I have a memory of a goldfish, that’s why.

Research Page – I like researching for new things I want to learn. I am in eternal pursuit of knowledge.

Savings Page –  On the X-axis are the months which I started from June 2015 – November 2016). On the Y-axis is the list of things I need to save on.

X – Null months. No need to save.
Double Line – Deadline for saving.
Shaded Boxes – Months where I had successfully saved.

Expenses Page – Where I will put my big expenses and why I purchased them. I made this to show myself if these expenses are really important and how I can cut them if necessary.

My 21 Days Page.  It takes 21 days for habit to form so I made this to track new habits I want to inculcate in my life. ☺ I’m so excited to try it out and the same time afraid that I might have a permanent visual representation of my failures. Hah!

So there!
That’s my Modified Bullet Journal. It’s been 3 days and I’m still ecstatic about it! I open it every morning when I get home from work and every night to prepare for my next day. I’ve never been so organized in my life. It helps me balance my time and days and help me track not only my schedule but my health and my holistic well being.

I hope you also have fun making your Bullet Journal (and sticking to it!)
Comment below if you have questions or suggestions to out fellow starting Bullet Journalists. Happy planning! ☺

-Cerrise

August 11, 2015

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3:45 PM

Everyday I am trying to be a better version of myself. Settling in a routine or work and home eliminated most of the things I need to do because I usually just end up tired and hungry after work. Most of the things I want to do just spring up sporadically in a month and during my off days. I know, my period must be coming because I am again up and about wanting to do a bunch of things, planning this and that so I am trying to hold on to some of it before the hormones pass on.

Physically — I personally see changes and that makes me giddy and lazy at the same time, because my evil self keeps telling my good self that I CAN make a change in my body any time I want so I can postpone it for things like chips, sweets, lying on bed all day… So I am trying the hardest battle of all time, to stay fit and choose food wisely. I want to win but right now, the battle is still going on.

Mentally — I am losing my English and spelling abilities and my Nursing knowledge is fading away so I will work on these also by incorporating them in my monthly planner (something I am trying to accomplish today). I am trying to learn to read, write and speak Arabic also so I have lots of work to do as I am back to kindergarten level. I have YouTube subscriptions to Arabic teachers which I try to watch when i have free time, but ever since I was introduced to Clash of Clans game application, my time seemed to warp. I am also trying to understand proper Tagalog writing which might surprise you since I’m Filipino, but yeah, I have also a lot to learn because I don’t use Filipino in proper context when I write. Wow, these Languages.

Emotionally — I can, aside from Spritual state, this is also my strong suit. I am emotionally stable because I have successfully trained myself to see the good in everybody and the positive spin to everything. Though being moody hinders my ability sometimes, I have a partner to re-calibrate me so I’m grateful for that :)

Spiritually — I’ve always had this connection with God and I am trying to remember to talk to him even when I have nothing to ask for and I make it a point to thank him for all the little things around me. One of my goals is to try to teach these things also to the people I love, which is harder than I thought because I have no idea how to make them see the way I see things (Writing that on my to-learn list now). It’s also a little harder to influence the adults because they have their own beliefs and traditions and these are hard-set on them already. I will still try of course as I am an instrument of God and He’s given me this gift of connection and wisdom for me to affect others with His help.

Socially — This is my weakest state because I hate humans. Ha! Kidding aside, I am working with my Social Skills as I try to talk to people now and make conversations. I am happy to report that I am improving. What I need to work on is the way I talk to people close to me because I am very straight forward and sometimes, when they don’t understand that everything I say comes out of love and they get offended. I also don’t like to mingle with them (even if they’re my friends) if I don’t like their topic at that moment (talking about other people) so I distant. I can’t help it if I don’t like shallow talks and repetitive problems that they don’t want to fix themselves. But aside from that, I am working inside my cocoon to be a fully winged social butterfly! (Not gonna happen)

I want to be a well rounded person, and yes I think about all these aspects of my life. I don’t know if everybody is like this or I am overthinking it, but for me it’s healthy, because who’s going to improve you other than you?

I also thought that I am not a planner, turns out I am. Now, I am planning details of my life to the dot (I am not really good at following them though.☺) to the point that I am working on to make a planner for myself because I have lots of scratch papers in my bag. I also learned that I’m not really into stylus and screen and still a pen and paper girl as I get more stuff out of my brain with these instruments than typing or tapping. SO my Samsung Note 4 plan is now under observation.

My budget plan is scratched out since new things emerged and some old plans were eliminated, I am now sure that all plans no matter how stable and perfect will have its holes and will eventually crumble, and that’s okay because we can plan new things and start new pages. Whoa almost got carried away there…

I am also thinking about my future (duh), when to get married, how many kids, where to live and how the hell to start these things with my meager salary. So I am making my game plan. I will probably tell you (probably not) when I am done thinking about it.

Also, It was my day off yesterday until tomorrow morning, so I tried to bake a Pizza and Buffalo Chicken! I will tell you all about it when I finished my to-do list today. I am halfway there so, I’ll see you soon.

Air kiss.

Believe

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This is a very personal blog post for me because I’ll be talking about a relationship I have that not everyone might understand or would be interested in knowing.
I’m talking about my relationship with our Father. He usually goes by the name of God or Allah.

From here on forward, I’ll be calling him as our Father because that’s what he is.

I’ve read once that our Father is that omnipotent that it is disrespectful to talk to him the way we talk to a friend. I disagree. 

I talk to him like that, like I’m just talking to a father figure that I’m very close with. He even tries to answer sometimes (send her to a psychiatrist, quick!) But it’s true. 

If there’s something bothering me, he’d be the first to know, and He’d send me enlightenment and realizations I know I can’t come up with on my own. It’s crazy talk, I know, but that’s how it works. I have so much faith in him that though I have my weak moments, I still know in my heart that He knows better than me, He has his own clock and He’ll provide. And I am telling you, He has never failed me once and I never doubt in his wisdom. I might forget He’s high and almighty sometimes, and question his plans but then He’d tell me “Child, when have I ever failed you?” And I’d just smile and realize that all these anxieties are stupid. 

I’ve never felt this close to him and I’m happy that I’ve discovered this kind of connection with our Father.

It started when I was a young teen and went through this big heartbreak. A minuscule thing when I look back now, but at that time, as I feel everything so very deeply, it was a big deal for me. I felt like a walking black hole. Anyway, that’s when I knew our Father. He sat with me when I was crying for hours that  I can’t even open my eyes. He listens to my complaints, mostly containing only the words ang sakit “It’s painful” over and over again, like a child who scraped her knee and when I had pleaded for it to stop, he picked me up. If you’ll ask me when was the exact moment I had met our Father, that would be it. The day he picked me up.

I was lying on my bed and crying, my sister, probably scarred for life because of that whole stint I had way back (haha), was using the computer and was used to my sudden breakdown moments that time because sometimes I could’ve just been combing my hair then suddenly I’ll roll up into a ball on our bed and cry. So I was crying and I was really tired of crying and I was talking to our Father and I plead “Lord, ayoko na po. Kunin nyo na po lahat ng sakit, lahat ng memories, I offer you my suffering. Ayoko na po nito Lord” (Lord, I’ve had enough. Please take all these pain away, take all of the memories, I offer you my suffering. I don’t want this anymore Lord) And on that same instant, it was all gone. As in gone in just a blink. There was nothing there. I felt like I was slapped into shock that I stopped crying, I sat up and I told my sister “Tapos na, wala na” (It’s done. It’s finished) still in shock. And that’s when I knew him. That in faith and in prayer, nothing is impossible. “Nothing is impossible” is such a generalized cliche that it had already lost it’s meaning. But it is true. It doesn’t matter if there’s a storm, the sun would shine. It doesn’t matter if there’s no time, things will adjust. It doesn’t matter if you are literally minutes away from death, if the Father doesn’t permit it, it won’t happen. Nothing can be untouchable and sometimes, people call those miracles. And they’re not wrong, but for me, though thankful, I’m not surprised anymore because I know there’s nothing our Father can’t alter. 

The years went by and our bond became stronger and stronger. I’ve already went through a lot of challenges — family, friends, work and school and He has never failed me and I will never stop proclaiming his greatness.

Of course you need to work your ass off also, not just ask for a bread and expect it to magically appear on your plate. They always say that “Prayers can move mountains” and I will forever believe that’s true. Just ask our Father and talk to him and believe that you will receive it and you will. Make your faith so strong that if you pray for a rain, you know in your heart one of these days the rain will come.
Have faith so strong that there’s no more room for doubt as both can never occupy one heart at the same time. You have to choose.  

I prayed to our Father that he may make me His servant. An instrument to spread His love, that when people know me, they will know Him. I prayed that He give me enough tools to enlighten others as He enlightened me, to help alleviate other people’s pain by reuniting them with our Father. 

I believe that people like me who’s proclaiming their strong faith every chance they get are the ones who already went through immense suffering that they had met our Father. And I have also proven that those children who are far away from Him would eventually have a challenge so hard that they would seek Him and also meet him. And they’d never wander away again.

If you’ve read me before, you’d know I was never a fan of the Holy Book, but I will close this story of mine with one of my favorite Bible passage:

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Half Yours

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imageThe hardest part of being far away is that you see him everywhere.
He’s sitting alone by the bus stop you happen to be at.
He’s walking at the opposite side of the road on your way home.
He’s the pair of legs in front of you on the escalator.
He’s the voice you heard behind you talking on the phone saying “Lapit na ako, see you soon”.

And you want to sit with him so bad and accompany him while waiting for the bus.
You want to walk with him and share your umbrella, maybe punch him a little for walking under the sun like that.
You want to step up beside him, hold his hand and listen about his day.
You want to be the one on the other end of the line answering with “Sige, ingat ka ha? I’ll wait”.

But it’s never him.

Your conscious mind know it isn’t him but only his shoes, his arms, his skin, his built or his height. But still, you choose to pretend so you could see him for a while.
Like a good feeling from a dream you’re fighting to hold on to, though in your mind you already know it isn’t true.

And your heart breaks every time he’s there but he isn’t. You die a little when you see pieces of him scattered around you everyday. And you just look at the floor and walk past by him. You’d walk past by him and the girl he’s holding hands with. You’d walk past by these matching couple shoes walking ahead of you. You’d look away and leave him to sit on his own. All the while you keep on thinking that it should have been you. It should have been him. And you just bite your tongue because you need to prevent your eyes from sweating, because there’s never a sound while a heart is breaking.

But you’ll carry on. Because the pain is temporary and you know that true love can wait. It can sacrifice. It can trust and it can be trusted. It can rejoice with the challenge and grow stronger with the absence. It can go beyond big fights and petty fights. It can give space and time. It does not run on just a series of nows but also in the vision of tomorrows. And to see you everywhere is the hardest but also the sweetest part, because it tells me that I have a live beating heart here inside my chest, that is half yours.

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