BuJo Collections: Reading

I love record keeping, tracking, measuring, and recording data. That’s probably why I became a scientist. And it’s also a big part of why I switched from using a Hobonochi planner to a bullet journal system. I love being able to record and track aspects of my life, hobbies, and work which was hard to do in a more traditional planner. Being able to add collections in my BuJo makes my soul happy ūüôā

The latest collection I’ve been working on is based around reading. I go through stages where I read a ton. I’ll devour books faster than I can find them. Then I may not read for six months! Right now I’m craving the written word and I have an ever growing list of books that I want to dive into.

I have a simple list of the books I’ve put into my mental queue, but the ones I’m most excited about, and currently reading, are in this spread…

To keep all of each series together, I boxed it off with the series title and author at the top. Then each novel gets a progress bar. The two vertical dots represent 25, 50, and 75% of the pages. When I get the book, I put the page numbers there so that I know when I hit a certain page that I’ve gone halfway through. And of course, for tracking I’m coloring in each progress bar as I go. ¬†The dot on the left of some of the progress bars represents that I physically have the book, and there is space on the right to write down the date it was finished.

I went through the first 3 Game of Thrones novels really fast! I loved them! But the fourth one… I’m having a hard time getting into it. Rather than force myself to read it, I’m taking breaks and working on other books in the meantime. Since it’s such a big novel, and each chapter is a character’s name rather than a number, I recreated a page by @craftyenginerd to serve as a chapter tracker.

Every time I make it through a chapter I add the colored detail to the flag. Not only does it help with my motivation to finish, but I love looking at it in my journal.

What different types of long-term collections do you have?

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Bullet journal: May review and June plan with me!

First off, let me just say… Better late than never, right? It’s mid-June and I just now published my May bullet journal review and June planning video!

Having a newborn makes it difficult to get filming, editing, blogging, etc finished. But it is so worth it! There were many times where I chose to hold her and stare at her sleeping face rather than work on this video. And I would make the same decision every day ūüôā

I almost didn’t post it because it’s so late. But then I got to thinking… The video is super late. But that’s ok. At least I got it done. I wish some things in the video were better. But that’s ok too. And really, isn’t that the true basis of bullet journaling as a whole? To make mistakes, accept those mistakes and move on with your life, get things done, and improve next time?

With that in mind, here is my May review and June set-up!

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
Highlighters: Pilot Frixion erasable highlighters

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Pilot Frixion Highlighters Review

Hello there! I’m sure you all know I have slight stationery addiction. And I’m not ashamed to admit it! My pen collection is a bit on the rediculously large side, I have numerous sets of markers, but highlighters? I usually don’t buy highlighters unless they are seriously special.

To me, highlighters tend to be garish. A little too bright and in your face. But that’s the whole point of them, right? You want the text you are highlighting to stand out. To be highlighted! But in my personal journals, craft journals, and bullet journal… That’s just not my style. I like color, but not too much. I like crisp clear and bright color, but not fluorescent.

Every now and then, I will venture down the highlighter path and see where it leads. A few months ago, I purchased the ever popular Zebra Mildliners because the colors are beautiful! They are understated and gorgeously muted. But… They bleed straight through the pages of my Leuchtturm bullet journal. And this is a sin that I cannot forgive.

I figured that I was just out of luck on the highlighter front. But then I was tempted again. I saw a ‘soft’ color set of the Pilot Frixion erasable highlighters on Amazon and couldn’t resist. My thought was that since they are erasable, maybe I could use them every now and then and erase it when it gets overwhelming or bleeds through.

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Well, was I in for a pleasant surprise. These highlighters do not bleed through at all! For them to be able to erase, they don’t soak into the paper, the ink dries and sits on the top so it can get rubbed off. And the colors aren’t too bright (except for the yellow) in the ‘soft’ version.

I’m slowly working on incorporating them into my daily spreads. I started by using them to fill in my sleep tracker rather than use the angled lines from a pen. So far, I really like it! Next is probably going to be highlighting my top 1-2 tasks for the day.

WARNING: I did notice that sometimes they smear the ink from my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica black pen. I’m not sure why this is because it isn’t consistent. I need to do more research on that…

Maybe I’m not out of luck on the highlighter front. Now hopefully they will expand their ‘soft’ color range. I would love to see a grey!!

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black
Highlighters: Pilot Frixion erasable highlighters

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Hello Again!

Well hello there, it’s been a while! ¬†I haven’t been blogging or updating the website lately because I had my baby girl! ¬†Baby Ohayo Bento was born on May 5th, 2016 at 2:42PM. ¬†She weighed 6lbs 14.9oz and measured 20.5″ long. ¬†And she’s absolutely perfect!

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What an adventure her birth was! ¬†I managed to deliver naturally without any epidural or medical intervention, which I’m still really proud of. ¬†But I have to admit, there were a few times when I thought ‘uh-oh, I’m in serious trouble, I don’t think I can do this’. ¬†But once it’s started, you’re committed so it’s time to grin, bear it, and scream a little.

If you follow me on¬†Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day. ¬†I get tons of questions about each picture! ¬†How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.? ¬†I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can. ¬†But, it’s a lot easier to add it and archive it here on the blog.

So without further ado…

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#PlanWithMeChallenge¬†5.2: First Page. I so rarely look at or use this page, but it’s the first page in my¬†#BuJo. It’s surprising for me to see how much my style has evolved in these few short months. What a fun adventure this has been!

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#planwithmechallenge¬†5.3: Daily. My daily spreads aren’t very big or super detailed, they tend to just have the basics: my wellness tracker, the date, and tasks and appointments. I’m thinking about setting up a weekly system since I tend to allow tasks to be open until I have to switch pages and migrate them. But, so far, I haven’t found one that I really like, so the dailies are here to stay for now!¬†#bujo

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#planwithmechallenge¬†5.12: Fresh Start. What a perfectly appropriate challenge prompt for me to finally get back to my bullet journal. Baby Ohayobento is 1 week old today! And we are starting to figure out our routine together. Both of us are getting a fresh start! I was super surprised to step on the scale a couple of days ago and see that I am surpassing my pre-pregnancy weight!!!! I started this journey overweight so it is a welcome sight to step on the scale and see the smallest numbers in over a year! Here’s to fresh starts in life, family, and health!

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I’m trying hard to get back into the planning groove but it’s tough. A good number of these tasks have been done either by my mom or my husband, but at least they are getting done. Im not going to migrate anything until I have to switch pages.

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#planwithmechallenge¬†5.16: overwhelm. Taking care of a newborn means not getting chores and tasks done, lol! I find that if I don’t write a task down as soon as I think of it, I forget. So I find that the tasks get piled up in my dailies and constantly migrated which feels really overwhelming when I look at all of the things to do (of course there’s all the regular daily stuff too). I tried using my brain dump page more, but it didn’t help because I didn’t look at it. To help with the overwhelming feeling I’m going to start flagging my daily top 3, and anything beyond that is a bonus.

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

Last Week in Bujo: April 25 – May 1, 2016

If you follow me on¬†Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day. ¬†I get tons of questions about each picture! ¬†How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.? ¬†I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can. ¬†But, it’s a lot easier to add it and archive it here on the blog.

So without further ado…

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I can’t believe April is almost over! This month has both flown by and crawled so slow all at the same time. Only 4 more days until my due date and I am so excited to see what the month of May has in store for our family!

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I set up my first weekly spread for my baby BuJo. I want to track things like diaper changes, eating times, sleeping habits, etc. but also have space to record notes, milestones, and journaling. For the tracking, I’m going to use the hourly bar created by¬†@boho.berry¬†to shade in sleeping times. Then for everything else, I’ll put the symbol on the lines above and below the bar (diaper changes below, eating and baths above). I’ll also have an arrow for milestones which I will journal about in the space below. The boxes on the right are for total sleep hours and average sleep length. I don’t really know how much of this will be fun, useful, or easy to record but I thought it was a good place to start!

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#PlanWithMeChallenge¬†4.28: Oops! My first try at writing the header for my Countdown to Baby page has a big oops! I totally messed up the ‘W’ on the left page. Can you see it?? Oh well, once it’s done, it’s done so I just went to the next page and started again. I’ll probably end up covering it with some decorative paper and washi tape, but for now it’ll just have to be there ūüėÜ

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Planning my May planner dashboard. Really only minor tweaks this month like switching the order of the pages and eliminating a couple of things. I made an April BuJo walk through video if you want to see it, there’s a clickable link in my profile!

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

April BuJo Review Video!

Come and hang out with me as I go through my bullet journal for April!  I find that a monthly overview really helps me to plan for the next month and reflect on how effective my planning and journaling has been.

April was a good month, but I can’t wait to see the adventures that May has in store!!

The supplies I used in the video above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!

 

Last Week in Bujo: April 18-24, 2016

If you follow me on¬†Instagram, you know that I try and post photos of my bullet journal, or BuJo, almost every day. ¬†I get tons of questions about each picture! ¬†How do I do this or that, what is such and such for, what pens do you use, etc.? ¬†I love answering all of these questions, and I try to do so on Instagram as much as I can. ¬†But, it’s a lot easier to add it and archive it here on the blog.

So without further ado…

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Just another finished spread of dailies. I still get a lot of satisfaction seeing the pages of my bullet journal fill up!

After this post, I got a lot of questions about wellness tracking, what are the dots on the right, what am I tracking there, etc. ¬†For more information¬†please see this post on using a radar chart for tracking wellness. ¬†There is also an accompanying¬†video on wellness tracking found here. ¬†I’ve changed the format from a graph to these simpler dots, but the concept is the same.

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My sleep and contraction tracker is filling up pretty nicely. Of course the closer I get to my due date, the more contractions I have and the stronger they get! About a week ago they started waking me up in the middle of the night ūüė© hopefully that’s a good sign that baby is almost here! I’m ready!

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I’ve got pretty much nothing but baby on the brain lately! I apologize if you are getting tired of these¬†#babybujoposts ūüėÜūüėĀ but it’s almost time! In fact, there are less than 10 days left until my due date! I really wanted to do a different kind of visual countdown so I created this flower page. The first section has 10 flowers, then 9, then… All the way down to one big flower. As the days go by, I’ll add color to mark them off. What big things are you counting down to or looking forward to?

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#PlanWithMeChallenge¬†4.21: Using Color. I’m finally getting back to another challenge prompt! It’s been a couple of weeks ūüėĀ I love using color… But sparingly. If my pages get too cluttered with different colors it gets a bit overwhelming for me so I try to keep it simple. I also run through my colors in a rainbow order and stick to one color per day. That way, everything for that day (my wellness tracker, completed appointments, habit tracker, etc.) are all matching. It makes it easier for me to keep track of what day I’m looking at.

This is where I record my daily wellness tracking scores for the month. ¬†For more information¬†please see this post on using a radar chart for tracking wellness. ¬†There is also an accompanying¬†video on wellness tracking found here. ¬†I’ve changed the format from a graph to these simpler dots, but the concept is the same.

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The bottoms of these two pages had really big mistakes. I was trying to draw something and completely smeared the whole thing! It was awful! I left them there, started over on a new page, and debated about how to handle the big ugly mess. I figured, why deal with an ugly page that causes me stress when I can cover it up with a calm and beautiful collage that I love to look at? How do you guys cover up or deal with big mistakes?

The supplies I used in the photos above are the following:*
My Bujo: Leuchtturm1917 in Lemon Yellow Dot Grid
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.3mm for color
Pens: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica in 0.4mm black

Happy Journaling!

*These are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items through the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I will only link to items that I have purchased, used, and would be willing to purchase again.  Thank you for your support!