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My 2019 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hey guys and welcome to my very first blog post of 2019! Today I’m going to be sharing my 2019 bullet journal set up! I won’t be including my monthly pages as I’m planning a separate post on those. I’m also planning an ultimate guide to bullet journaling for writers, so look out for that one in the foreseeable future!

Without further ado, here is my 2019 set up..


First up is my front cover. I wanted to keep it simple so along with the year I drew some mountain as to represent the climb you go through in life. The quote is one of my favourite writing quotes – and brings together what writing means to me.


Mission statement, blog vision + word of the year.

I’m not 100% happy with my mission statement and blog vision, but it’s something I’m going to continue to work on and edit until I’m happy with it. The reason I’ve written it down in my bullet journal already is because I wanted to see it evolve. I also then have a baseline as to where I started and how I’ve changed over time.

2019 goals.

I’ve spilt my goals into sections – books/reading, blogging and writing. I don’t have any particular personal goals this year – I find those are the ones I tend to fail at and I want this year to be about growth and change. If you’d like to see a more in depth post on my 2019 goals, a link to that post is here.


2018 stats overview + most popular posts.

I chose to include this because I wanted to see how my blog improves from last year, and I also wanted to keep track of the posts people enjoyed in 2018 so I know what content to keep creating.


2019 blog stats.

I know numbers aren’t everything, however I like to keep track of them so I can see how well my blog is performing, and if there’s anything I can do to improve what I’m already doing. It also helps me as it gives me motivation if I’m in a blogging slump. It shows me how well my blog can do and that in turn gives me the oomph to create new content.


Books I’ve read.

I’ve also kept this page simple with title, author and rating. In the past I’ve had a complicated what I’ve read page with date started, date finished, genre etc, and it gets to look so messy on the page. This is why I’ve gone for something more simple this year and left all all the complicated stats to Goodreads.

Savings tracker.

So this year I’m saving for a very exciting (but terrifying) prospect. I’m not going to go into to it yet as it’s very personal but it is something I may share in the future. I’m not sure I’m happy with the layout of the savings tracker but it does what I need it to so it’ll do for now.


2019 reading challenge.

One of my 2019 goals is to complete a reading challenge. I decided on the Popsugar challenge and I’ve written down all the prompts so I can highlight them when I’ve completed each one. I prefer highlighting to checking boxes as I love adding colour to my journal and I feel like this is a super easy way to do so.


Future log.

Lastly, we have my future log. I’m useless at remembering things especially when they are months down the line. I’ve also added a section for book releases. With so many amazing books coming out this year there are bound to be some that I forget about, and now I don’t have to!


Planner supplies used.

TinkerPad Bullet Journal

Docrafts Brush Pens

Highlighters

Washi tape

Do you bullet journal, or do you prefer another form of planning?

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How I Use My Planner As A University Student

Blogtober graphics with leaf and black cat

Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 10. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing my bullet journal set up I use to keep organised with my university studies. Now this is a new set up I’m working with, in previous modules I’ve made the mistake of not creating a study plan and just winging it. That didn’t exactly work and I ended up getting so stressed and overwhelmed resulting in getting behind and not achieving to the best of my ability. I’ve tried to keep this plan simple as I don’t want to overwhelm my brain with too many pages. Without further ado here they are..


Blue bullet journal with pen

So the bullet journal I’m currently using is the Lemome dotted journal. Originally I use the Leuchtturm 1917 notebook but I didn’t like it – I found the paper was too thin and showed the pens through the page too much. I love this Lemome because you can hardly see the pens through on the other side. I also really love the colours – the blue with the pink sprayed pages go really well together. It also had a holder for your favourite pen and two page bookmarks.


So the first page I have here is a module overview. This year I’m doing two modules so I have one on each page. I have a space for the name of the module and for my tutor. In each month box I’ve added in a overview of what I’m going to be studying each month – for example in October I’m going to be covering human variation and diversity for Human Biology, and core concepts in mental health for Science of the Mind. I’ve also put in any tutorials and assignments I have for that month.

Here is a close up of the page.


The second page I have set up is an assignment tracker. Again, I’ve spilt the table up into the two modules. It’s pretty self explanatory – I’ve got the assignment name along with 4 boxes to keep track of where I’m up to – plan, written, submitted and grade. It will also be a really great overview of where I’m up to and what grades I’ve achieved.


The last page I have set up is a weekly planner. I’ve got the 7 days of a week and spilt that into 2 for each subject. I then took a look at what I needed to study for the week and then decided what I want to get done each day. I’m hopeful this will help me keep on track and also stop me from getting too overwhelmed.


That’s it for my university bullet journal set up. I think I’ll do a review in a couple of months to see how well this set up has worked for me and/or if I’ve changed it up in any way.

How do you stay organised, whether it’s for your study or in your everyday life?

7 Tips For Writing When You Have a Chronic Illness

I’m a writer, I love to write. I’m always tapping out or scribbling down something. It saved me from a lot when I was a child. When I was scared or alone or hurt, I’d grab my pens and pad and start writing a story. I’d disappear into this make believe land I’d created inside my head. I’d write about things that were so far from reality, that I wouldn’t have to think about real life anymore. The ultimate dream is to write a book and have it published. I dream of walking into my favourite bookstore and seeing my book on the shelves amongst all the books I love to read.

Improving as a writer means discipline. It means finding the motivation from somewhere inside to write. It means writing when you have zero motivation or inspiration. It’s hard to keep that up no matter what but when you feel like your brain is on fire it can feel impossible.

Becoming a good writer takes time and practice, and the only way to improve and learn is by putting pen to paper. I’ve been taking some time lately to find ways to help me battle the brain fog so I’ve compiled some of the tips I’ve found helpful when writing with a chronic illness.


1. Pace Yourself.

Don’t force yourself to do a ridiculous amount of writing everyday. If one day all you can manage is a line then that’s ok – well done you for writing something! Don’t be tempted to burn yourself out if you don’t feel well enough – you might find that forcing yourself to finish that one piece could mean you aren’t able to do anything else for the rest of the week. If you find yourself losing concentration consider taking a break. Grab a drink, go outside and breathe for a while.

2. Write Everyday.

Like I said above – if you can only manage a line, then write a line. The most important thing to remember is to get something down everyday. Keep your brain active, keep challenging the brain fog so you don’t get bogged down. You can even set a reminder on your phone or stick a post-it note on the fridge so you don’t forget.

3. Celebrate Your Achievements.

I think it’s important for any writer, whether you have a chronic illness or not, to celebrate any and every achievement (no matter how small). It’s helpful in maintaining motivation and reminding yourself that you can do this.

4. Stay Organised.

This is important for any writer. Whether you use a bullet journal, a planner or a digital app. One of the biggest things I’ve found when I don’t use my bullet journal is that I become overwhelmed with all my projects and I end up not getting anything done.

5. Always Carry a Notebook.

Whether you use a traditional notebook or a digital app, it’s important to have a place where you can write down your ideas. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve lost great ideas because I’ve not written them down right away.

6. Don’t compare yourself to other writers.

I’m guilty of this myself. Sometimes it’s hard to not get frustrated when you see other writers powering through their novels when you’re struggling to gather the concentration to write anything. But at the end of the day – it isn’t how slow you go, it’s about the end product. I still haven’t found peace with the fact it takes me longer to get stuff done because of my illness (not just in the writing world, but with other things in life too). I’m trying to get better at not comparing myself to others. It’s a work in progress but comparing can be so detrimental in your writing journey.

7. Try Audiobooks.

One of the most important things a writer can do is read. But sometimes when you suffer from symptoms that can prevent you from reading a traditional book or a eBook, you don’t get a lot of reading done. Audiobooks can help because you don’t have to hold a physical book and read the words – all you have to do is listen. Audible can be slightly expensive if you don’t have a lot of money – but here is a free app available on the Apple App Store. It’s hasn’t got the biggest selection of books as it’s free but there are still some great finds on there. Charity shops also sometimes have cheap audiobooks, and your local library should have a decent selection to choose from.

8. Above all else, believe in yourself.

Having a chronic illness (whether it’s a physical or mental illness) is tough going but it doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams and goals in life. It may take a little longer to get there, but you can still achieve everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Keep going – you’re doing great.


These are my top tips for writing when you have a chronic illness. I hope there are things in here that can help you on your writing journey.

Do you have any tips for writing with a chronic illness? Let me know in the comments – any help will be much appreciated.