Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bullet Journal Hack: Numbering Tasks

bullet journal hack: numbering tasks

Hey! Today, I'm going to be sharing a small bullet journal hack with you guys. I think this is something that has helped me a lot with my own productivity, so I believe that this will also be helpful for you.

Anyway, this bullet journal hack is numbering your tasks in your daily spreads. This is especially useful when you're lacking motivation to be productive, like when it's the end of the school year as it is for me. What I first do is brainstorm all of the tasks I need to do for that particular day and then write them in my daily spread. I try to be realistic in that I only write down the things that I know I can actually get done. I think this helps me not feel like absolute crap if I don't meet impossible expectations, and it's easier to get focused if you don't have a mountain of work ahead of you.

After I write down all of my tasks for the day, I think about the order I want to do each task. For me, I personally find it best to do the easiest (but still important) tasks first, longer and more difficult important tasks next, and then tasks that aren't as important at the end since I might end up not having enough time for them. However, the order really is up to you and what personally works for you.

photo of bullet journal daily spread with numbered tasks

Once you've figured out the order for your tasks, then you number them! I write the numbers in the "signifier" space (the leftmost column next to bullets that's reserved for symbols that indicate important notes and things like that), like you can see in the picture above. This makes it easy to see all of my tasks and the corresponding order I'm going to do them in all at a glance.

This is quite a simple bujo hack, but I find it to be super effective, especially when I'm feeling unmotivated or overwhelmed if I have a lot of (boring) things to do. Still, I hope that this post helps you in your future bullet journal/planning endeavors!

What small things help your bujo system? Let me know in a comment down below!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

PSA: How to Pronounce "Fudenosuke"

psa how to pronounce fudenosuke

This is the first "real" PSA post (other than the introduction), and today, I'll be talking about how to pronounce "fudenosuke", as in the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens. The word itself is Japanese, and it roughly means "Mr. Brush" in English.

According to slightly Anglicized Japanese pronunciation rules, it should be pronounced "foo-day-no-SOO-kay". Here is each syllable broken down:
  1. "Foo" as "food"
  2. "Day" as in "daylight"
  3. "No" as in the word that's the opposite of "yes"
  4. "SOO" as in "Susan" or "suit" (this is the stressed syllable)
  5. "Kay" as in "okay"
However, I found this YouTube video from Tombow USA. In the video, it's pronounced kind of like "foo-dough-NO-ski". Unfortunately, I completely disagree with this pronunciation. Since the word itself is Japanese, and Tombow is based out of Japan, "fudenosuke" should adhere to the original Japanese pronunciation as closely as possible.

Thus, I have to say that "foo-day-no-SOO-kay" is the proper way to pronounce this word.

What other words in the stationery community do you want to know how to pronounce? Let me know in a comment!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 Bullet Journal Setup

may 2017 bullet journal setup

Now that it's the beginning of a new month, it's time for a new monthly setup in my bullet journal! Anyway, I decided to do a video this month instead of a normal blog post since it will probably convey more detailed information (I hope), and I think it will save time on my end since I have so many school things and performances going on right now. I also think that this video is a lot better made than my last ones, so I hope you guys enjoy the video's production quality as well as the content itself.

I embedded the video down below, but you can also click on this link to go directly to it.

What was your bullet journal's setup like this month? Let me know in a comment down below!

Bujo setup for last month: April 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Common Myths and Misconceptions about the Bullet Journal

common myths and misconceptions about the bullet journal

Lately, more and more people are hearing about the bullet journal. However, there are a lot of common myths and misconceptions about it. Sometimes, these things can be enough to scare people away from trying the system out, or they just make life a lot harder than it needs to be. If you've only recently learned about the bullet journal (bujo for short) or if you just started one, then here are some things that I've learned in my experience of having a bujo that I think may be helpful to you. Even if you are a veteran to bullet journaling, then you still might discover something new in this post.

Anyway, let's get to debunking some common myths and misconceptions about the bullet journal!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PSA: Introduction

I've decided to start a new series on my blog called "PSA". Basically, there are some things in the stationery, calligraphy, or planner/bullet journaling community that bother me in terms of vocabulary, terminology, or just general ideas. Generally, it's newbies that happen to be ignorant just because they haven't had much experience with all of the different lexicon. However, I'm a big stickler when it comes to things like this, so it really bothers me every time I see someone use the wrong word if I know that it's wrong.

So, I resolved to make this series in the hopes that it will help someone out there. These posts will generally be short and sweet, but some will be longer. Most of them will be terms that are often confused (like stationery vs. stationary or embossing vs. debossing) and how to pronounce some words (like "Leuchtturm" and "fudenosuke").

I hope that these posts will be helpful to at least one person out there!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bullet Journal Flip Through (1 Year's Progress)

Hey, guys! Today's post is a little different because it's not really a post at all; it's a video! I started bullet journaling a year ago in April 2016, so I wanted to show you guys the journey of my journals (hahaha). I decided to do it in the form of a video because it's easier for you to watch something on YouTube rather than look at several hundred photos in a blog post (and it's easier for me to make a video than to photograph and edit those several hundred photos). I also split it into 2 videos just for convenience.

The videos are embedded below, but you can also click on the following links:
Bullet journal flip through part 1
Bullet journal flip through part 2

I hope you enjoy these flip throughs! Leave me a comment if you want to see any more videos!