16+ Sunflower Themed Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

With spring approaching fast, I am getting more and more excited for summer! here is a quick little round-up of sunflower bullet journal page inspiration!

With spring approaching fast, I am getting more and more excited for summer (my favorite season)! To celebrate my excitement, I decided to do a quick little round-up of sunflower bullet journal page inspiration! In this round-up, I have gathered over 15 different types of layouts that incorporate sunflower visuals!

Sunflower Mood Tracker

Sunflowers make for great mood tracker! These flowers have so many petals it is easy to use them for 30 or so days of moods. I love this one, the petals are so pretty!

How To Draw Sunflowers

Ever wondered how to draw a solid sunflower in your bullet journal?? I love these quick doodle tutorials, they are so easy to follow and helpful!

October Cover Page

This cover picture stands out to me for several reasons. First, the mood coloring is so different than the rest of these layouts and is super gorgeous! Second, I love the use of color in the polaroid and black and white around the polaroid!

Blue Mood Tracker

Here is another version of the sunflower mood tracker. I like this one because it incorporates several sunflowers instead of just one! If you prefer to call them daisies, this imagery is super versatile!

Sunflower Habit Tracker Tutorial


Have you ever thought of using a sunflower image as a habit tracker? I sure have not and I love the concept! I wish a key was included so that I could see how it is used!

A Week In May

How absolutely beautiful is the background of this weekly bullet journal spread! I love it when the theme or visual fill the background of a layout like this one does!


Do you use braindumps? When you do a braindump; how do you organized the spread? I love this particular dump and how they used the sunflower as a backdrop for the header and twinkle lights as a border! It looks amazing and very much like a summer bullet journal spread!

Hello August

Kelly Creates

I would love to see how Kelly created this wonderful August cover page! At first glance, I would assume watercolor paint but I believe she used Tombow Dual Brush Pens! I love this!

June Cover Page


I created this June cover page for Jenny and I LOVE the way it turned out. I had not thought to do something like this with two flowers before she had requested it and I can see myself re-using the spread!

Sunflower Weekly Log


How cool is this weekly spread? I love the art style and the use of textured washi tape!

Sunflower Sleep Log

Sunflowers are not only a great centerpiece of a bullet journal page, but they also make a good accent and space filler. This layout does such a great job with these details!

Circle Mood Tracker

How sweet is this circular mood tracker? The shades of yellow make for such a bright and happy feel. additionally, the sunflowers really pull together the yellow shades, theme, and happy vibe!

Flower Petal Mood Tracker

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Sunflower Mood Tracker

Here is just another awesome sunflower mood tracker! This one is completely blank!

Sunflower Mood Tracker

I love these cute little mood tracker flowers! The creation of not only the flowers but also the environment really adds to the concept and visual of the spread!

Kathleen’s Watercolor Title Page

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I love this very minima watercolor bullet journal cover page! No details, just simple watercolor artwork! Do you use watercolor in your bullet journal?

2019 Watercolor Sunflower

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Flowers in general, but particularly sunflowers make for great header or cover page artwork because of the large centers of the flowers. You can fit a lot of lettering and additional details in the large center. This cover page is one example where I put the header and a doodle in the center of the flower!

Black & White Sunflower


I recently created this pen artwork for a custom journal client and she loves it! Her theme was very bold, black, and white for the most part and she requested something including a sunflower. I think that you cannot go wrong with some sketch-style artwork!

What is your favorite theme to use in your bullet journal? Is it sunflowers or other flowers? Let us know in the comments! Love checking out our bullet journal ideas? Get more inspiration HERE.

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Ultimate Gift Ideas List | Bullet Journaling & Planning

Coming up with gift ideas is difficult when you arn't into bullet journaling. Here is a HUGE list of gift ideas for the bullet journaler in your life!

Shopping for everyone during the holidays can be a real hassle! Coming up with gift ideas is often difficult when you are not involved in the same hobbies as the person you are shopping for. Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of gift ideas for a bullet journaler or planner obsessed person!

Content Overview

  1. Notebooks & Journals
  2. Brush Pens
  3. Other Pens
  4. Lettering Book & Guides
  5. Washi Tape
  6. Stickers
  7. Paints
  8. Stamps & Ink
  9. Stationery
  10. Desktop Decor & Organization
  11. Other Odds & Ends

Notebooks & Journals

The most basic thing you can get someone is a notebook or journal for their bullet journal experience. There are a ton of amazing journals, but chances are, your loved one is interested in one of the following journals!

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Midori MD Notebook

Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal

Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Book Hardcover Journal

Dingbats Wildlife Hardcover Notebook

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

Dotted Bullet Notebook – Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover

Rhodia Goalbook

Brush Pens

Brush pens are a specific type of pen that your loved one is sure to want! These pens are great gift ideas because they make it easy to do amazing lettering in your journal and come in so many amazing shapes, sizes, qualities, and colors! Here are a couple super popular brush pen sets!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers

Other Pens

Maybe your loved one is looking for something other than brush pens? Here are some gift ideas for other types of pens like art pens, markers, high lighters, fine liners, etc. Check some of these well-loved pens out!

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set

Metallic Markers Pens

Sakura Gelly Roll White

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Sakura Pentouch Paint Marker, Medium

Pentouch Paint Marker, 1.0mm

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Pen Set

Lettering Books & Guides

Sometimes we are gifting for someone who is interested in something but hasn’t quite gotten around to learning how to start yet. Well, these lettering book gift ideas are perfect for someone who wants to improve their handwriting and brush lettering but doesn’t know how!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand-Lettering for Everyone

Hand Lettering 101

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a fun way to spice up your bullet journal and it is perfect as a gift idea! The fun shapes, colors, patterns and designs that washi tape comes in is sure to excite your loved one!

Savena Washi Tape Set

Decorative Washi Tape DIY Rainbow

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

Washi Tapes Month Week Daytime Todo

Crafty Animal Washi Tape

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

Sunshine Washi Tape

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So many people love to add stickers to their journals and notebooks. This as well as the immense variety of stickers to pick from, makes these sets perfect gift ideas for bullet journalers!

Holiday Seasonal Planner Sticker Sheets

Cute Nature VSCO Girl Stickers

Various Special Shaped Stickers-Flower Series

Clear Cursive Planner Sticker Bundle

Ultimate Productivity Planner Stickers Set

The Happy Planner, Clear Dates Stamps


Just like washi tape and stickers, paint is a great addition to any artistic bullet journaler’s toolbox! Giving paint is a great gift idea if your loved one is an artistic person!

DecoArt0 Media Fluid Acrylic Paint


FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint


ARTEZA Watercolor Paint


Watercolor Paint Set


Stamps & Ink

I love using stamps and ink in my bullet journal. It’s a quick and easy way to add art! As such, stamps and ink make a great gift idea for a planner!

Clear Stamps, Holiday Planner Icons

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Hero Arts, Weather Icons

Wooden Box Number Alphabet Letter Rubber Stamp

Ubegood Stamp Pad

Tsukineko Versacraft Ink Pads

Avery Carter’s Foam Stamp Pad, Black

Craft Ink Pad Stamps 20 Colors


People who love bullet journaling and planning often love stationery as a whole! Here are some stationery items such as cards, notepads, sticky notes, and more!

Hunger Gradient Color Sticky Note

Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

 Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

Marble Stationery Paper

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold

Gold Premium Cute Paper Clips

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape

American Greetings Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes

Recycled Cardstock Notecards with Natural Tree Design

Desk Top Decor & Organization

Being a bullet journaler can get hectic and chaotic. Trying to find places to store everything can feel impossible! Here are some gift ideas to help your loved one organize their bullet journaling tools!

Rose Gold Desk Organizer Set

Simmer Stone Desktop Letter Sorter

Desktop Organizer – Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

Desk Accessory Organization Kit

Reliancer File Organizer Triangle

Other Odds & Ends

Not every bullet journaling or planning gift idea falls neatly into one of the previous categories. However, that does not mean that it isn’t an amazing idea for a gift! Here is everything I recommend for a bullet journaler that doesn’t fit neatly into a category.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Glitter Shake Jars

Quickie Glue Pen

No matter what kind of bullet journal or planner you are shopping for, this list is bound to help you shop for them! Which of these was your favorite gift idea? Did you go ahead and buy any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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September Bullet Journal Feature | Caroline of @carolines.journal

This month’s bullet journal feature is @carolines.journal. Caroline's work is absolutely gorgeous and super unique and creative. Check her out!

This month’s bullet journal feature is @carolines.journal. Caroline’s work is absolutely gorgeous and super unique and creative. The bullet journaling community is a great place, and I love being able to share other bullet journalers, their journey, and some tips they have for bullet journal beginners. So, without further ado, here is @carolines.journal!

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Meet Caroline of @carolines.journal

Have you ever been part of the bullet journal community? If you are reading this post, you probably are. This community is the best one I have ever experienced. Bullet journalists have inspired and empowered me in so many ways! My name is Caroline, I am 17 years old and I live in the black forest in Germany. After high school, I would like to be a designer. For me, school can get very stressful. The bullet journal helps me to bring more fun and distraction in my, often monotonous school day.

Caroline’s Bullet Journal Journey

I came across the concept of bullet journaling through a friend of mine. She showed me her planner and I instantly loved it. I must say the concept just blew my mind. How had a managed to live with the pre-printed planner before? I could just design my personal journal, that was perfectly adjusted to my needs! Within the next month, I had already found a nice notebook (from lemome) and sorted out some pens to start. Like every start, I didn´t look flawless. To be honest I don´t like my first pages at all. But with time and practice, I got better and now, two years later, I even started my new Instagram page, which is very exciting! 

On Instagram, I often see a certain structure in the way people design their journals. There is a new theme every month. I personally never applied to such “rules”, because my creative mind gets bored way too quickly with one single theme and color palette. Every page is created by a new idea and totally different. This way I get to experiment a lot with different colors and styles. 

Since I have the bullet journal always by my side, I feel like there is more space in my mind. It might sound a little weird, but now that I can note everything that I need to know, I don´t have to remember any due dates and my head can focus on other important things. Moreover, I am more structured and less stressed. Bullet journaling challenges my creativity. It also forces me to overcome my laziness and draw more to improve my art skills.

Caroline’s Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners:

I have started bullet journaling 2 years ago, so I am just at the beginning of my bullet journal journey. Nevertheless, there is some advice that I can give you.

Be proud of your work! 

Even if the result might not always look the way you wanted them to be, you probably put lots of effort into your spreads. So, don´t let that tare you down. Mistakes happen and you will get better with every single page. Don´t worry if not every line is straight. Cherish your accomplishments!

Make your own rules.

Just because everyone else uses a certain type of pen doesn´t mean that you should do it too. The best part of bullet journaling is that you can create your own masterpiece. If you don´t like the monthly setup, just leave it! Think as free as you can it will allow you to make your bullet journal special and unique! I, for example, didn´t like the dark dots from the Lemome journal and so I bought one just with blank pages. Crazy right? Don´t follow everyone else’s and make your own.

Have a plan

This is more a practical issue, but I really wish I had thought about it before starting to randomly fill the pages. It is incredibly helpful to roughly know what you want to do. Make a mind map and brainstorm all your ideas, then think of a rough order and structure. I have my grades and my schedules on the first few pages. On the last pages, I decided to put a calendar and this system works perfectly fine for me. To plan even just a little bit beforehand will make your journal more organized.

A Note From Caroline

Thank you so much for reading. I will be very pleased to answer any further questions on my Instagram page (@carolines.journal). Lastly, I would like to thank Elizabeth very much for featuring my account!

Thank you so much for sharing, Caroline! If you like Caroline’s planner or want to check her out, head on over to her Instagram Here! Thanks so much, Caroline for taking part in my bullet journal features and sharing your journey and tips with us!

If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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Back to School Bullet Journal Layouts for Students


It’s back to school season and that means planning out a new semester full of new challenges and assignments for each student. Personally, as a graduate student, I find my bullet journal to be essential during this process. Each semester (if I remember) I create a semester overview layout. Additionally, when I was taking on-campus courses, I would create a visual weekly schedule; however, I am strictly online now and this is no longer necessary for me. Lastly, I keep a detailed account of all due dates in my weekly spreads. While this article is not going to talk about school layouts that are integrated; I wanted to show you some potentially useful back to school bullet journal spreads!

Class Countdown by @jashiicorrin

This first layout we are looking at has a lot going for it! I do not fully understand the class countdown since I am not aware of the program, but I assume it is marking courses or maybe even weeks in a semester as complete or not. This is such a great way to keep track. Additionally, there is a topic-specific countdown. Then to the right is a term planner. I love how detailed and colorful this back to school spread is!

Essay Planner by @stephiejournals

This spread is far more specific than the previous one. This layout is one that helps plan out an essay or a research paper. This helps organize thoughts as well as structure. I highly recommend some kind of planning page when it comes to paper writing!

Semester Time-Tables

These timetables are good ways to visually organize time. Each is similar but looks different. The left features Monday through Friday pie charts to color a schedule into. Whereas, the right page is a simple table broken down by day and each half-hour to color a schedule into. I highly recommend something similar to these this school season.

Weekly Schedule by College Info Geek

Here is another version of a weekly school schedule. Time management is essential during school and creating one of these tapes can be detrimental.

Readings List & Tracker

Ever thought of a reading tracker? Me either! What a great idea! This layout lists the books needed for your courses as well as reading assignments by date or week and book. This is a good way to stay up on your readings.

Semester at a Glance by @planningwithkay

This is not only a back to school weekly schedule but a semester at a glance. I personally use the at-a-glance style because it shows a brief overview of major assignments by month. It is a great way to look ahead if you don’t create your monthly setups in advance.

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Semester Overview

This overview is my own. I break the pages down by month then list due dates for major assignments. This reminds me to make one for this upcoming semester!

Course Notes by @sprouhtstudies

Ever think about keeping your notes in your bullet journal? hand written notes are a great way to help you remember information. Additionally, making your notes pretty and fun can make them that much more enjoyable. Give it a shot!

Semester Overview by @bluenittany

Here is another overview example! I love the clean and minimal design of this one. Also, how gorgeous is her handwriting?

Assignment Calendar

An assignment calendar is another great way to visualize your assignments. This can help with time management and future planning! You can even shrink this down if you need less space.

Do you love these student layouts? Check out more here!

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May Bullet Journal Feature | Rachael of Planning with Maggie Rae

May Bullet Journal Feature | Rachael of Planning with Maggie Rae

This month’s bullet journal feature is Rachael of Planning with Maggie Rae. Rachael does some seriously cool work. Additionally, she is super kind and great to talk to. The bullet journaling community is a great place, and I love being able to share other bullet journalers, their journey, and some tips they have for bullet journal beginners. So, without further ado, here is Rachael of Planning with Maggie Rae!

May Bullet Journal Feature | Rachael of Planning with Maggie Rae

Meet Rachael of Planning with Maggie Rae

Hey all! It’s Rachael from planningwithmaggierae.com, and I’m so excited to be featured by Elizabeth here on Jihi Elephant. I blog about bullet journaling and easy to implement time management strategies. The goal for me is to help people make the most of their time so that they can spend more of it doing the things they truly enjoy.

I’m new on Instagram but would love it if you would follow me, @maggie.rae_!

Fun Facts:

  • The last four digits of my phone number spell RACH. Thanks, mom 😊
  • I have a twin sister and both our eldest children have the same birthday, the day before ours (not creepy at all…)
  • My handwriting is abominable

Rachael’s Bullet Journal Journey

The Beginning

I was coasting. I was never late or forgot about appointments, and I never missed deadlines. But I didn’t plan, and I was scared of setting goals. So I did the minimum. I was lucky, though, my minimum was still a straight-A student with a part-time job that earned almost twice as much as my peers. I was doing fine but I wasn’t thriving.

After graduating university with an honours degree and having two beautiful daughters, I was still in the same spot. It hit me. If I kept doing what I was doing, I would stay right where I was. And that was a jarring realization.

Making A Change

I wanted to be somewhere different, so for the first time, I set a goal. Learn more about the method I used HERE.

So, I started planning my days in a way that would lead my life in the direction I had always seen myself going. I started with an agenda and swapped it out for a variety of different styles, but I could never find one that was just right for me.

Regardless, I needed places to put notes, tasks, goals, and accomplishments. I needed more space. But I couldn’t find anything that fit what I was looking for.

Trying The Bullet Journal

In my enthusiastic search to get my life together, I came across bullet journaling. It hit me like a ton of bricks! Of course, why wouldn’t I just make my own planner?

Uh, because I grew up believing I wasn’t creative or artistically gifted.

But the bullet journal was a productivity tool, and that was what I needed. I decided to commit and try it out. It was a decision that had a massive impact on my results at the end of every day. I was able to get a new job, which led me to open my own business and then adapting it into two more! I could stay on top of my meetings, my daily goals, my family responsibilities, and I even found that I had way more time than I ever realized I had.

My bullet journal made me more efficient and effective. And it let me dabble in some doodling. At first, I was super self-conscious. But, as I did it, I allowed myself to get creative in my journal, thus, allowing myself to think I was more capable when it came to my planning. I set bigger goals and got more confident.

What Bullet Journaling Has Done For Me

Because of my planning journey, I ended up with a business that brought in almost $400,000 in revenue in the first year. I was able to stop working in that business and start working from home and got more time with my kids. I started my blog and was able to make it profitable in less than six months. My bullet journal has been instrumental in this, and using it for goals and planning has been key!

I have a Learn to Plan Challenge on my blog you can sign up to for free if you’re ready to start making significant changes in your life too!

Rachael’s Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners:

Keep it simple, at least at first. It’s easy to get carried away with all the fun ideas and trackers that are out there. But by keeping it simple, you’ll allow yourself to get familiar with the system, what’s important and figure out what works for you.

If you’re using it for productivity, reflect often. Was your last spread easy to use? Was there a section of your monthly set up that ended up empty? Is there something missing? Adjust your approach as you go until you create the perfect system for you.

Have fun. Your bullet journal is for you and no one else, so make it exactly what you want it to be! I love how flexible the system is and how you’re able to make every single spread custom. You want to add crazy colours and designs, go for it! If you want to keep it classy in just black and white, do that. The possibilities are endless in both decorating and spread options.

If you like Rachael’s planner or want to check her out, head on over to her Instagram Here! Thanks so much, Rachael for taking part in my bullet journal features and sharing your journey and tips with us!

If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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September Bullet Journal Feature | Masha of @mashaplans

It’s time for another bullet journal feature!! This month we are focusing our feature on one beautiful bullet journaler, Masha of @mashaplans. Masha will be sharing her bullet journal journey as well as some tips for beginners! Keep on reading!

September Bullet Journal Feature | Masha of @mashaplans
September Bullet Journal Feature | Masha of @mashaplans

Meet Masha of @mashaplans

Hello there, my name is Masha! First of all, I’d like to thank Elizabeth for giving me a chance to share my Bullet Journal story and how it helped me to transform my life.

Who am I? Just an ordinary girl. In 2011 I moved to Beijing, China and ever since then I’ve been working here and trying to figure out what it is I really want to do with my life.

Masha’s Bullet Journal Journey

I’ve always been a pretty disorganized person. I always have a million ideas and want to do so many things, but I could never get to do them since my planning, and organizational skills were complete null.

At one point in my life, I understood there had to be a change, I just need to get it together and start transforming my life into the way I wanted it to be. And that’s where Bullet Journal came in.

Making the Change

In December 2017 I started playing with the idea of Bullet Journal with a small tryout notebook. By January 2018 I knew that was it, that was the tool I needed to start changing my life.

Within a few months, I knew what I wanted and how to get there, I had each day planned and every second of my time used for moving towards my goal (ok maybe not every second, but you know what I mean). It’s September now, and I’m happier than I have ever been! I know where my life is going and I know exactly what I need to do every day to make my dreams come true.

More Than A Planner

But for me, Bullet Journal isn’t only about being productive. It’s my artistic escape. Well, I say “artistic,” but actually I never had any major artistic skills and the only thing I could ever draw was a smiley face. What I mean is that Bullet Journal inspired me to work and improve on my drawing skills, design, color pairings, and all those other artistic things.

I never believed I could do it, but with BuJo I decided to give it a serious try, and now I see how it paid off. I’m immensely happy to see I can now actually doodle things and do lettering. Now instead of a chocolate on a sad day, I take a pencil and doodle. So Bullet Journal not only makes me productive and happy, but it also became kind of a therapy.

Bullet Journal Community

And of course, my Bullet Journal story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the community. I met so many amazing people who also use Bullet Journal, I made so many friends and got inspired to try more, to experiment! My Bullet Journal family is my happiness and support in all things, not just Bullet Journal.

This is my Bullet Journal story. I’m so thankful for this system, and I’m happy that every day I still discover new and great ways to use my journal. So I’m sure if you give it a try you’ll find it can help you too with whatever you need.

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Masha’s tips for bullet journal beginners:

I could give you a million pieces of advice and tips based on my experience, but I think the one and most important would be – just start. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t artistic, if you’ve never used a planner, if you aren’t used to write down your tasks. Disregard all those worries! Just give it a try. This is your journal, and you make the rules here. Start and transform it into whatever you want it to be. Believe me, if you stay with it you’ll get amazing results!

Thanks for staying with me and I hope my story will inspire you to try it out yourself!

Thank you Masha, for sharing your story and advice! I love the way different people bring bullet journaling into their life in such unique and wonderful ways!

If you like Masha’s planner or what to check her out, head on over to her Instagram here!

If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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Red September Bullet Journal | I Made A Big Mistake

For my September bullet journal spread I, like normal, minimal. However, I made some accidental changes that I have ended up loving! Keep reading to learn more about the mistake that turned into the most efficient bullet journal spread I’ve had yet! This post may contain affiliate links.

September Bullet Journal Theme | Red

This month is a crazy month for me, so naturally, I kept my September layouts fairly minimal. Despite keeping my spread minimal, I made some major changes for me. But before we get to those changes let’s talk theme. The theme for this month is red. I did not go with any other theme or thread, just red from the same TombowDual Brush Pen.

I used the red in the title page and the days of the week as well as new category tags. In addition to the red ink, I also added different washi tape to each weekly page. This washi tape either was red or had red in it.

Check out other Red Bullet Journal layout ideas HERE.

September Bullet Journal Layouts | Major Changes

So, as I mentioned above, there were some significant changes to my usual spread this month. Let’s start from the beginning. The title page changes each month, so this is not all too exciting. This month I went with minimal lines above and below “September.” September is written in a calligraphy cursive, all lowercase letters.

Once I finished the title page, I moved onto my weekly layouts. Notice anything out of the ordinary? That’s right, I forgot my monthly layout! I was so focused on getting some appointments and due dates written down in my weekly spread that I completely passed over my monthly page! Once I realized this mistake, I threw a mini calendar on the title page so that I could see the month as a whole somewhere.

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Other Changes I Made

In addition to my accidental changes, I made some changes to my weekly layout. Instead of my signature minimal cursive, I used an all-caps printed font. Like last month, I kept the days of the week in a calligraphy style cursive. Where I would usually do washi tape on the right side only right next to the Sunday column. This time I chose to do washi tape on the left and right sides up to the edge of the pages. Each week has different washi tape. The first week features a lama tape, week two has elephants with balloons, week three’s tape says “all good things are wild & free,” and the final week is red arrows. The final change I made was adding section titles. These are sections I have always used, just never labeled. Since I moved the washi tape, I had extra space to add these labels.

All in all, I am very happy with the changes, both accidental and purposeful, that I made to my spread! I had been struggling with my monthly calendar because I felt like I never really used it. Having left it off on accident forces me to find something else, which actually works better! I also like the placement of the washi tape a lot.

Want to keep up with my bullet journal daily? Follow my Instagram!!

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Keep Productive All Day With These 7 Tips

Being productive throughout the day can be such hard work when you got to organize your day and plan your day thoroughly (which takes time). But really, it isn’t! Sometimes, even if you don’t feel productive in those days, try to experiment with what works best and what doesn’t and keep it a daily habit in your life.

Tips to Stay Productive All Day

Don’t be afraid when you missed a day or two. I know it took me some time to get used to the habit and when I failed to do so, I start again and continue on these habits. Seriously, I’m only just a student! Sometimes, work can build up, and I have to have late-nighters writing up two essays equalling up to 2500 words and a project that I need to complete within the next week. But the reason you’re here is that you want to find out ways to be more productive throughout the day and end the night feeling accomplished.

1. Wake up early

The recommended time to wake up is 5 – 7 am. If you want to wake up early, then you got to sleep early (that’s how it works, folks). I’ve tried waking up at 5 AM before, and the end result came to me finishing off more work than I usually did waking up at 8-10am.  Oh yeah, I also got more time to myself later in the afternoon, and I felt much more accomplished. And can we talk about watching the sunrise? It’s so uplifting to see the sun waking up with you. Oh, nature. And when you use an alarm, make sure you don’t snooze or hit that snooze button!

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2. Use a Planner with a To-Do List

Having a planner is a great way to keep you on the right track when it comes to planning out your day. You can either use a physical, digital or even just a piece of paper for writing down your to-do list. There are plenty of free digital planners that are available in the app stores that can be installed on your phone and computer.  I personally like to use physical planners because I don’t have to worry about losing my data if my phone or computer crashes (this actually happened back then when I forgot to back up my data. Oops).

3. Eat a Good Breakfast

Start the day off by making breakfast with food that is high in protein like eggs, beans, dairy products and meat and add in vegetables and fruits (of course). You got plenty of time to do this because you’ve wakened up early. Protein helps repair cells, builds tissues in our system and is important for our bones, muscles, cartilage, blood, and skin. With Protein, you’re also inputting energy into your system so you can focus on what you’re doing.

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4. Meditate after you wake up

Ever since I started meditating at 6 AM each morning, the way I handle my day better improved. It helps to reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia that I use to have. Start meditating in the morning after waking up because you’re well rested and ready to start the day. Everyone is still asleep giving you a reason to have peace & quiet with no distractions.

5. Exercise

Exercising releases adrenaline, keeps you fit and makes you more motivated and more likely to be productive. Say, go for a run, jog or stroll in the morning or later during the day. I take a stroll later in the day because depending on the weather, mornings are always freezing! You don’t have to go to the GYM all the time (unless you want to). You can exercise at home using free apps or looking up on Pinterest.

6. Make Your Bed

We can agree than organizing, or spring cleaning is like the best way to feel motivated, confident and happy. Being organized can also increase your productivity. You will start the day off more accomplished since you just did your first task; making the bed! Decluttering helps you reduce anxiety. It involves physical activity, so you’re keeping fit. Decluttering is also mindfulness because it doesn’t take a lot of thinking and creates confidence and self-efficacy.

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7. Set a Goal

Lastly, set at least 3-5-day goals or make a weekly goal that you want to achieve that day. The purpose of setting a goal is to make yourself feel accomplished, motivated, satisfied, focused and confident. Confident that you could achieve anything as well as point you in the right direction toward being more productive. Isn’t that what life’s purpose is?

I always set a weekly goal and write down things that I have accomplished every Sunday. Sundays are like my only days off, but depending on you, you can either do this at night or whatever time fits you best.

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Meet the Author

Bio: This post was written by Ellen of ZyraKuma. Ellen is a blogger and owner of her lifestyle site ZyraKuma. She writes posts about lifestyle, self-care and blogging tips. She is currently a student in Australia who is pursuing a career in Illustration or Graphic Design. Ellen loves to draw, play video games, read and help people. She also has a pet duck. You can view more from ZyraKuma on Instagram, Pinterest and, Twitter

The Perfect Beginner’s Bullet Journal Notebook Review

It has been coming to my attention recently that a good portion of my viewership is bullet journal beginners and I get a lot of questions regarding my notebook recommendations. While I will always recommend a Leuchtturm 1917 or a Rhodia Goalbook, for the first 3 or 4 years of my bullet journaling journey I used an Essentials Gridline A5 Notebook. Here I will be reviewing the Essentials A5 Notebooks for bullet journal beginners! This post may include affiliate links.

While I used the gridline, Essentials A5 notebooks (made by Peter Pauper Press Inc.) also have dot matrix, blank, and lined page types! I will only be discussing the gridline and dot matrix.

Essentials Notebooks Specs (A5 Gridline & Dot Matrix)

  • 100-gsm acid-free/archival paper preserves your work
  • Inside back cover, pocket holds notes, business cards, etc
  • Elastic band attached to back cover keeps journal closed
  • Ribbon bookmark keeps your place
  • Durable hardcover binding
  • Classic A5 size (5-3/4 inches by 8-1/4 inches)
  • 192 dot-grid pages
  • Available on Amazon: Dot Matrix & Grid)
The Perfect Beginner’s Bullet Journal Notebook Review

First Impressions

I started using this notebook so long ago that I do not even remember my first impression, though I have always been impressed with the notebook. I just happened to be lucky, and the essentials notebooks were the first I happened across when I went out to actually search for a bullet journal. My first journal was different, but I had not bought that notebook for bullet journaling originally.

I would love to hear what your first impressions of the essentials notebook are! Submit them in the comments below, and I might add them to this post!

The Perfect Beginner’s Bullet Journal Notebook Review

Pros & Cons of the Essentials Notebooks

Like any other notebook or product, there are pros and cons. This section will focus on my personal pros and cons for the Essentials notebook after years of use.


  • Hardcover is durable
  • Elastic band keeps the notebook from getting damaged and bent
  • Pocket in the back is a great place to store loose notes
  • Thick, smooth pages make ink look vibrant and write smooth
  • White pages (this could be a con if you prefer off-white)
  • Great price for the quality (generally around $9-$12; equivalent notebooks can run as high as $30)


  • Only one color choice – black
  • Pages are not numbered (this can be a pain if you like to have an index)
  • Only one ribbon, some people prefer two (you can easily add a second ribbon DIY style)

Final Impression

Do I recommend this notebook? YES, 100% yes. I particularly recommend this notebook for beginners because it’s a great quality notebook to learn in without being worried about ruining an expensive notebook. I used this notebook for the first 4ish years of bullet journaling, it’s perfect. The most significant and really only issues I have with the Essentials notebooks is the lack of page numbers and color options. However, if you are into a plain black journal, don’t mind adding your own page numbers (or don’t use them) then there should be no issue! I create all my gifted notebooks using the essentials notebooks, and everyone always raves about them.

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How to Create Effective Goals | Includes Free Worksheet

With every new year comes new goals and hopes to achieve these goals. Unfortunately, many of us create goals that never get completed. Why is this? One reason you might not achieve your goals is that the way you wrote it is too vague, not realistic, or has no deadline. This post is all about how to write effective goals that you can achieve. This post may contain affiliate links.

Learn how to write Long-Term Goals HERE or Learn more about SMART Goals HERE.

How to Create Effective Goals

Define Your Goal

The first thing you need to do when writing effective goals is to define the goal. What do you want to achieve? This is the easy part—getting your idea written down. However, there is more to a goal than just writing it down. Your goals need to be specific, measurable, time-sensitive, achievable, and realistic.

Make Your Goals Specific

An effective goal is a specific goal. If you do not clearly define your goal using measurable terms, you will be less inclined to complete it. Your goal needs to be so specific that it might involve smaller more specific goals to achieve the overarching goal. Read more specifically about these smaller step ladder goals here.

Make it Measurable

An effective goal needs to be measurable. This means that you need to define how you will measure your goal. Are you measuring your goal by smaller tasks or deadlines within your large goal, are you measure with time or an amount? No matter how you choose to measure your goal, measure it.

How to Create Effective Goals

Set A Realistic Deadline

If your goal does not have a due date, you will feel no pressure to complete it. How can a goal be effective if you are not motivated to complete it by a specific time? Make sure this deadline is realistic and that you have used the specifics and measurements define above to create your deadline. Having a realistic deadline can make a goal that might otherwise not be effective.

How to Create an Effective Goal

Is Your Goal Achievable and Realistic?

How likely is it that you can reach your goal by the dates you have set for yourself? To determine achievability, you must be honest with yourself. It’s common that our expectations are unrealistic, thus, making them unachievable. We get excited and don’t think about how our goal will fit into daily life. It’s often the issue that we set a date that is too soon so that we feel overwhelmed. It’s also common that we set dates that are too far away and we put off achieving our goal, leaving it to the last minute.

Effective goals written in this format are commonly known as SMART goals. They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive. Follow this format, and you are sure to have an effective goal!

Now that you know how to write an effective goal, sit down with a pen and paper, and create your goal!