you asked for it!

EDIT: follow up post here.

I just wanted to thank everyone who voted in my mini-poll. These are the results with an overwhelming vote for ‘bullet journal – personal organisation’.

1. Bullet journal – personal organisation
2. Bullet journal – work organisation
3. General life organisation of a 30-something
4. Writing arsenal – writing implements
5. Other: scheduling, time management, logbook, study tips, bullet journal blog planning

To save repeating myself with the same content, I’ve linked back to the top posts in the Decade Thirty Planning Series below:

Bullet journalling… six months on

Bullet Journal System

Chronodex + Bullet Journal

These posts are bascially my personal organisation using the bullet journal. There will be a new post in the next few weeks regarding a change in my personal organisation systems, and a shift to using the bullet journal for work. I’m still trying to decide on the best option in showing my work bullet journal without compromising client confidentiality.

Bullet journal – personal organisation

Ive managed and maintained a fairly minimal planning arsenal in the last 6 months:

Writing implements

  • Uni Shalaku 07 mechanical pencil
  • Highlighter (one colour – usually pink – but whatever’s lying around)
  • Lamy Safari fountain pen in black ink (NEW – previously used a Uni Jetstream 101 1.0 nib in black)
  • Papermate Inkjoy 300RT clicky top in blue ink

Bullet journal
Now in a traveller’s document wallet (TDW) containing a craft paper insert, and two grid inserts (Moleskine cahiers trimmed to size)


My Lamy pen sits in the TDW pen holder, with the highlighter and mechanical pencil tucked in the TDW wherever it can fit. The Papermate Inkjoy floats around in my bag, for those times when someone asks to borrow a pen, and never returns it (pet peeve!). I still rely on my iPhone in conjunction with paper-based planning.

There are several reasons I don’t carry as much, the main one being that my bag gets too heavy. I use my planner for just pure plannning. I’m not one to embellish with washi tape, stickers, stamps, etc., although I consider myself a creative person. I like to compartmentalise aspects of my planning life. Planning is organised, easy to access and read; whereas, my creative/journalling side is where I can be spontaneous, messy and experimental. I don’t like those two worlds to overlap. I live a busy and frantic life, I don’t need it to pour over onto my free time. That aside, simple organising means more streamline management for my life.

This was mentioned in my new acquisition post.

The craft notebook was made by me using paper I purchased from Daiso. I wish I bought more because it’s pretty good for craft paper and my local Daiso has stopped stocking them! Anyhoo, the craft notebook is inserted into the inside left cover of the TDW. This is a new habit I’m trying to develop, which I like to call the “daily one-liner”. It’s basically one line to summarise my day, whether it’s a mood, an event, one simple thing I enjoyed, etc., and I use different typography styles and simple graphics to eventually fill entire pages of it. (See a sample of this in the ‘new acquisitions’ post). There’s usually a process of sitting still for one minute to clear my head, and then going ahead with a “daily one-liner”. I’m the first to admit that this isn’t an original idea, and was probably inspired by those 5-year journals that have been in circulation for several years now. But this process for me is a form of quick meditation and journalling in one.

The two grid notebooks are inserted in the right side cover, overlapping each other.


These are my main organisation notebooks, and like I mentioned before, I’ll be sharing the changes in the next few weeks.But for now, I hope this post provides some help in your organisational pursuits to those who are new, wanting to change/improve their current systems, procrastinating on tasks, and/or just wanting to be nosy ;)

More to follow… I promise!




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2 thoughts on “you asked for it!

  1. that is a nice, i am so looking forward to more posts from you, trying bullet journaling for work

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