Hi everyone, it’s Kara here from Boho Berry and I’m pretty excited today because this is the final video for the Bullet Journal 101 series. And today we’re basically just going to be doing a little Q&A. Throughout the series I asked you all to shoot me your questions: anything that I wasn’t clear on, that you needed some advice on, anything related to the bullet journal at all. I have compiled a list of a bunch of questions, a lot of them were along the same theme. So, instead of answering every single question individually, I’ve kind of grouped everything into a few questions so that this video isn’t two hours long. Before we get into the questions, I wanted to thank you again. I know I’ve said this in every single video in this series so far, but I just wanna thank you so so much for all your support along the way. Creating this series has absolutely been a labor of love for me, I’ve spent so many hours working on it trying to perfect things, trying to make sure that I’m explaining things as concisely as possible, so that those of you new to the bullet journal system can find your way around a little bit easier. And those of you that have been bullet journalling for a while might have found some new tips and tricks within this series as well. So I want to thank you all for your support again, thank you for all the positive feedback. It really warms my heart that all the effort that I have put into this series has been validated. So thank you. Alright, if we’re ready, let’s get to some questions. The first question that I have is “How often do you purchase a new notebook?” This is going to vary for anyone out there. Everybody writes a little bit differently: Some people write larger, some people write smaller, you may have more or less things to track than I do. I personally go through a journal, I use the Leuchtterm 1917 A5 size in a dot grid, And I go through one of those notebooks every four to five months and it really depends on how much I’m tracking, how much I’m in there working and organising and planning each month. I typically average between 30 and 60 pages per month in my bullet journal. So it’s going to be totally up to you. I know some people that can make a notebook last a whole year, I know some people that go through a notebook every single month or two. So that’s going to be very personal depending on how much or how little you’re actually in your bullet journal planning. Also, it’s going to vary depending on what type of notebook you buy. So if you buy one of those thicker notebooks with a lot more pages, or if you go with the little Moleskine cahier (I’m saying that wrong, I know it!) …if you go with one of those thin Moleskine notebooks those are obviously going to last you a little bit less. So it’s really going to vary a lot from person to person. But, since you’re asking me personally, I go through a notebook every four to five months. Okay, this next question is something that I got asked a lot throughout the series and it’s regarding weekly spreads. It says “Do you incorporate weeklies, just dailies, or both?” When I first started out I actually only did my monthly spread and then my daily pages. I didn’t feel the need for a weekly spread because I felt it was kind of redundant: I was writing the same thing on my weekly and my daily pages. And I went along that way for about six months before I tried doing a weekly spread, and the reason I decided to add in a weekly spread is I wanted to have a place where I could see my entire week at a glance, see all of my appointments and events, see what projects I was working on currently, have a place to track things that I need to do daily, like check my email, respond to blog comments, respond to YouTube comments, and things along those lines. So, once I realised that I needed that at-a-glance view for the entire week, I decided to add in a weekly spread. And for me I do the weekly spread in addition to my dailies, I don’t do it in lieu of The reason for that is, my weekly spread is where I keep my appointments, events, and any plans that I have for the week, so my editorial calendar for the week for the blog and YouTube. And then on my daily pages, that’s where I keep track of all of my tasks and to-dos. So I don’t have any to-dos on my weekly spread at all. So my weekly spread is just a week at a glance, so I see what my appointments and events are, what things I have coming up that I need to be working on for the week, what my current projects are, what I’m waiting on, and sometimes I do some meal planning on my weekly spread as well. And then on my dailies, of course I do log my events in my dailies, but I also track all of my tasks and to-dos for each day in my daily pages. So that’s how they differentiate, and that’s why I use both. I know a lot of people have success using just weeklies, if you don’t have a lot of to-dos or tasks on any given day you might be able to squeeze those into your weekly spread. And I do want to say briefly that there are many many ways to do a weekly spread if that’s something that you’re interested in. I highly recommend Kim over at Tiny Ray of Sunshine – She has an amazing post that has a ton of different weekly spread ideas. So definitely definitely check her out, I’ll link her in the description box below for you so you can find that post really easily. The next question I have is about future planning – someone was asking for future planning tips: What are some alternatives to that standard future log that we talked about in the basics video? Now, with the future log for me, I struggled with that standard future log, and I’ve modified it over the course of the months to better suit me. There’s a lot of different ways of future planning. I actually have a blog post that I’m going to point you to, all about future planning – it’s five different ways to future plan in your bullet journal. Now, the way that I future plan is with a system called the Calendex. The Calendex was created by Eddie Hope, and it’s basically a blend of a calendar and an index, hence ‘Calendex’. I love it because it allows me to write in my appointments and events as I schedule them within my current day, and write any details pertaining to that event or appointment and then I simply index that in my Calendex for future reference. I do have a whole video about the Calendex as well, if you want a more in-depth look at the system I use. But there are quite a few other ways to future plan in your bullet journals: some people will use a post-it note system where they write down whatever their future event or appointment is on a post-it and they keep moving it forward until they get to that day. There’s hybrid systems where you use a combination of digital and analogue, so you would use something like a Google calendar or iCal to maintain all of your events and appointments and then just use your bullet journal for daily tasks and tracking. Alright, next question is: “How do you stick with it when your routine is thrown out of whack?” “How do you get back into planning after a slump?” This one is near and dear to my heart because I have so been there, y’all! I have definitely had some planning slumps and I have definitely had times when I don’t even want to look at my bullet journal, all I wanna do is relax or enjoy whatever else I’m doing, or maybe I’m even too stressed and I need to take a little break. First I just want to say that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break from your planning system, if it’s not serving you in the moment, don’t even worry about it – use it when you need it, don’t worry about it when you don’t. As far as coming back from a slump, I think it’s really… at some point you get to a place where you start missing it, you know like “Oh, man, I really need to get back into my bullet journal” or you start thinking of ideas, things that you can include in there, things that you could track better, and something just kind of clicks – at least for me it does, where I’m like “Okay, I’m going back, and I’m going back in full steam”. I’m not sure if that happens with everyone or if that’s just me. But that’s been my experience and I think the biggest thing is not to beat yourself up over it, don’t keep yourself from going back to your bullet journal just because you have all this blank space. The beauty of the bullet journal is that there is no such thing as blank space, you just turn the page and move on right where you’re from, so there’s no pre-printed pages that are going to be left blank because you took some time off, you just go to the very next page and pick it back up. The next one is something that I had a lot of questions on as well, and that is migration into a new journal. And I’m going to point you to another video of mine which I did at the beginning of the year when I moved from my first bullet journal into my second bullet journal I posted this video – it was my January Plan With Me – In that video I showed you how I was switching everything over from my old notebook to my new notebook. And I think the key there is just take that time to reflect, see what worked for you in your current notebook, think about what you want to transfer over – in my case I would just put post-it notes on the pages that I wanted to keep or continue in my new bullet journal, and I just transferred them over when I started my new notebook. If you don’t feel like going through all that work again to transfer some of your collections over – maybe you have some really elaborate spreads and things like that – you could also use a technique that’s called ‘notebook threading’ and again Kim over at Tiny Ray of Sunshine has a great post on notebook threading, and how you can create a system in your new bullet journal that will allow you to reference your old one when you need it for those specific collections. And as it so happens, I’m actually going to be finishing up my current bullet journal probably at the end of October. I was anticipating that was going to happen around the beginning of the year, but it looks like I’m going to run out of space very soon so I’m going to be transferring into a new bullet journal. So I plan on doing a whole video about bullet journal migration from one notebook to the next. The next question I have is about journalling and how you can incorporate journalling and personal reflection into your notebook or bullet journal. This is a big one for me, I’ve kind of bounced around between doing some journalling every day, doing a little bit at a time within my bullet journal, or actually keeping a separate journal for journalling and personal reflection, and I’ve gone back and forth several times on this. Honestly, I don’t have it figure out. I love the idea of journalling within my bullet journal, I love the idea of keeping everything, everything, in one notebook, which is part of the draw of the system… but then I’m worried that I’m going to go through a notebook a month, which could very easily happen! So for the most part I keep my journalling separate from my bullet journal but then I find that I’m not journalling as much as I would like to because it’s in a separate notebook and it’s not front and centre for me. So I think it’s all really personal preference. I am probably going to be back to doing some journalling within my bullet journal here in the near future but really it’s completely completely up to you. My next question is: “How do you store old notebooks?” I kinda have notebooks everywhere Trying to get into a system – this shelf behind me is where I keep a lot of my notebooks. They’re not there right now because I had them out, taking pictures and things like that for the Bullet Journal 101 series, but normally I would just put my old notebooks on that shelf. However, I’m going to run out of room on that shelf very very soon. But I’m toying around with the idea of scanning and archiving my old bullet journals. So I would scan them into an app like Evernote, or something like that, online where I can easily access them on the computer and then actually storing the notebooks away, I am not sure if that’s what I’m going to do. My other option is to have my husband build me a really big shelf. That’s probably going to happen – get ready, Mark, it’s happening! I’m cracking myself up! The next question is one that I really love and it’s “How do you handle project planning in your bullet journal?” For me, I do a lot of project planning – I always have a lot of projects going on. I count a project based on the GTD – Getting Things Done – system by David Allen, I count a project as anything that requires more than one step to complete. So I always have a lot of projects going on, and for the most part those little projects that take 1, 2, 3 steps I don’t plan them out. But I do a lot of project planning when it comes to my blog posts, my videos, and planning out new items for my shop, and things like that. My main thing with project planning is that each project is so unique and different I almost always do it a different way. So what I like to do is just create a collection, in other words I’ll turn to the next page in my bullet journal, and I’ll start writing. I’ll write about what steps I need to take what materials I may need, anything that’s involved in the project I’ll try to kinda outline that within my bullet journal, and then I will index that in the front index of my bullet journal so I can find it later. So one good example of that is this series: this series was a major project of mine for the last month and a half, and I have a lot of Bullet Journal 101 outlines and notes and show notes, and things like that within my bullet journal. So with each new video, with each new blog post, I had a little mini outline within my bullet journal and then I indexed that in the front of my bullet journal. So I think the key with project planning is really just having a way to keep all of your different projects organised and I think that’s something that the bullet journal system is perfect for, because you can really just write your notes or planning anywhere within your bullet journal and index them in the front to keep them all organised, so you’re always able to flip to whatever you need really easily. The next question is kind of bullet journal related, but not really, but I thought I’d answer it anyway because it’s something that I get questions on a lot, and that is “Can you please explain more about your challenges that you host? How do you participate and what are some others that you recommend?” Now, challenges are something that I like to do in my bullet journal, I like to write out my lists of the challenges, but most of these are Instagram challenges, and the idea behind an Instagram challenge is you have a prompt for every day of the month, and when you get to that prompt you take a photo related to whatever the prompt is, and then you post that to Instagram using the hashtag of the challenge and that way you can join in the community, it gets added to the feed. So that is the quick fly-by description of what the challenge is, and the ones that I host are Plan With Me Challenge and Rock Your Handwriting. I host these challenges with a few other ladies: Kim over at Tiny Ray of Sunshine, Jessica at Pretty Prints and Paper, and Dee at Decade Thirty, and I love these girls to pieces, I love having them as co-hosts on these challenges. It’s so great to be a part of a community which is what these challenges truly are. So I don’t want to take a whole lot of time going in depth into explaining each of the challenges, that I host or participate in. I will point you over to Jessica – Pretty Prints and Paper – her YouTube channel, she actually just posted two videos explaining the Plan With Me challenge and the Rock Your Handwriting challenge in more detail if you’re curious about how to participate. So I will link those in the show notes below for sure. Okay, the next one is: “Do you keep an external calendar in addition to your bullet journal?” And the answer is “yes, absolutely!” I would go absolutely insane trying to manage my schedule, my husband’s schedule, my daughter’s schedule when she’s here, without our digital calendar, so we have one main digital calendar – it’s actually on Google calendar – where I input all of our events and appointments and that is shared between me and my husband and my daughter. So we always know what is going on with each other, we always know what we’re all doing. And I basically treat that external Google calendar as my back-up so if there’s something I ever miss in my bullet journal or I forget to log an appointment when I schedule it I always double-check myself with my Google calendar, and I know it sounds redundant but I like having that backup, it’s kinda like a fail safe in case I have a brain fart and don’t log something in my bullet journal, so I love having that for that reason and so that everyone’s on the same page. Alright, the next question I have is a big one and it says “Do you leave blank space or do you go page by page?” And I think what we’re talking about here is when you plan out the month do you leave a bunch of blank space for collections and things like that, or do you just go page by page. And for me, I go page by page, that’s part of the bullet journal system, in fact is that you write everything in succession page to page, you don’t leave any blank space. The only time that I leave blank space is when I’m getting ready to set up a new month and I do that a lot earlier than most because I like to film it and get it on to YouTube before the new month starts so that people can plan with me. So I do tend to leave a lot of space at the end of each month so that I can finish out my month and then set up the following month on film for you all and so that it’s out before the new month arrives. But in general, if I was not filming YouTube videos for you all the time, I would never leave any blank space whatsoever, I would just create things as they come up: daily pages as they come up, weeklies as they come up, monthlies as they come up. There’s no need to leave any blank space because you have that index in the front of your bullet journal where you can organise everything, there’s no need to leave blank space to keep things organised. Unless you really really want to. But part of the draw of the bullet journal is that you don’t have to organise things as you go that’s what the index is for. Alright, the next one is definitely bullet journal related, but not related to this series but I wanted to answer it anyway because I love this question, and it says “Are you worried about switching to a Filofax, are you worried that you won’t like it?” For those of you that don’t know, that haven’t watched my Filofax setup video, I’m going to be switching into a Filofax ringbinder to use as my bullet journal for my very next bullet journal and as it turns out, I’m going to be doing that very very soon, probably for the month of November. My short answer to this question is “Yes, I’m terrified!” I’m really excited, there are very good reasons why I want to make the switch, but I’m also very very nervous, but everything with a bullet journal is a giant experiment. I know that if I don’t like it for some reason I’m just gonna switch back to my bound notebook that I know works well for me. So yes, I’m scared that I’m not going to like it, yes, I’m scared that I’m gonna disappoint people if I go back to my regular notebook BUT, I’m really looking forward to giving it a try anyway. First of all I love my Filofax, it’s beautiful, and I’m really looking forward to being able to move things around, organise myself a little bit better, have all of my collections in one place, all of my planning in one place so those benefits to me are enticing enough to get me out of my comfort zone, and I’m gonna take the plunge into the Filofax, and you know what, if I don’t like it I’ll just go straight back into my bound journal, no biggie. My last question on bullet journal related things, and then we’re going to move into a few supply questions before we finish. This next question was about handwritten notes and where they should be placed. Should you take notes directly into your bullet journal, should you have a separate notebook for notes, is it really an appropriate place to keep your notes? And my answer to that is “Absolutely keep notes in your bullet journal”. The great thing about it, again, is the index, so wherever you write notes – say you’re at a conference, you’re on a phonecall, you are talking to a friend and you need to write something down just jot that note down in your bullet journal on the very next page or the very next available line and index that in the front if it’s big enough that you need to reference it later. Sometimes what I like to do when I’m at a conference or on a webinar or anything like that where I know I’m gonna be taking furiously fast notes and I’m not going to be happy with how they look sometimes I will do that on a separate notepad, like this Rhodia dotpad right here I’ll use that to just scribble down my notes and then I’ll organise them into my bullet journal later. So I will still have the notes in my bullet journal, they’ll just be a little more organised than that crazy, scatterbrain note-taking that I was doing during the event. So I hope that makes sense. There’s always different options and it’s totally up to you how you want to do it. Okay, so these last few questions are supply questions, so Idid have a few of these so I wanted to answer them My first one is “With the Tombow dual brush pens having dual tips, why do you use the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners?” I actually have a very good reason for that, and that is that the Tombow dual brush pens although they do have the finer marker tip on one side, it’s not quite as fine as I would like for writing sometimes, so I use the Staedtlers for writing and for doing little hashmarks, anything that’s a lot thinner, that the Tombows aren’t capable of. So that’s why I use both of them. Obviously, if you are fine using just the Tombows with the dual tip and those work for you, there’s no need for extra supplies. Absolutely do what works for you, but that’s my reasoning for using both. The next one is “How long do the Faber-Castell Pitt pens last?” And the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens are the ones that I use for my daily writing. So anything in black typically in my bullet journal is going to be that Faber-Castell Pitt artists pen. And those typically last me about a month, they don’t last me very long because I write a lot! I doodle a lot, I use them a lot, and being a felt tip pen they also tend to get a little flattened out with use. That doesn’t bother me a whole lot, I know it bothers some people but typically I run out of ink in them before that really happens, before it becomes an issue for me. So because I write so much they last me about a month, and again that’s typically anywhere from 30 to 40 pages per month in my bullet journal, and that’s not counting everywhere else that I use those pens like when I’m doodling and things like that. So I use them heavily and they last me about a month. The next one I have is “Why don’t you bullet journal in pencil first? That way everything is just how you want it before you ink it in.” And my simple answer to that is “I don’t have that kind of time!” I like to just dive in with my pens and if I mess up I’m not too worried about it. Most of the time I’ll just leave my mistakes or laugh at them with a little ‘ugh!’ written next to it. But yeah, I don’t really have the time to do it with pencil first and then go over it with pen later unless I’m doing an elaborate doodle or sketch that I wanna make sure looks perfect or good then I’ll go with pencil first. Another thing with going in with pen is that if I do mess up terribly I use white out: I just use the roll-on white-out tape to go over any mistakes and honestly for the most part you can’t even tell that it’s there. So I don’t worry about doing pencil first unless it’s something really really intricate that I want to be able to scan in for my sticker designs and stuff like that, if I want it to look really really good then I’ll use pencil first, but for the most part just pen. Pen all the way! And this is the last question of the day, y’all. It’s about paper. I really liked hearing a question about paper because I don’t get this very often. She asks about different paper weights and how they affect ghosting or bleed-through within your bullet journal. So I use the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, they have really good quality paper and I like that for the most part I can use fountain pens, I can use my Tombow markers my Staedtler fineliners for colour, and I don’t have any bleed-through on the other side. I do have quite a bit of ghosting. And the difference between ghosting and bleed-through for those of you that don’t know: ghosting is when you flip your page over and you can kind of see a faint outline of your writing on the other side, but you don’t see any ink coming through to the other side of the page. Bleed-through is when the ink actually comes through to the other side of the page and it’s just as vibrant on one side as it was on the other. So there’s a difference there. Ghosting happens in almost all notebooks. There are a few that don’t ghost, and I’m actually going to be doing a video soon; I’ve been ordering up a bunch of different dot grid notebooks and I’m going to do a mega comparison of them all for you to watch and show you how they all fare with different pens and fountain pens and things along those lines. That being said, ghosting does not really bother me. I find that once I write on the other side of the page you really can’t tell the difference anyway. So ghosting doesn’t bother me at all I know it does bother some people, but both ghosting and bleed-through are usually a direct result of what kind of paper you are using, and it’s not necessarily the pen’s fault, it’s usually the kind of paper. So if you’re looking for something that holds up to almost everything, I suggest the Leuchtturm you can try the Moleskine as well, although I’ve heard a lot of people having serious bleed-through issues in the Moleskines lately. One notebook that does notoriously well with pens and fountain pens is a Rhodia Webnotebook They typically have a thicker, slicker paper, and you almost get no ghosting at all. There’s a lot of different options for notebooks and paper weights, so I can’t wait to share those with you all very very soon. Alright y’all, so that is all I have for you as far as our Bullet Journal 101 Q&A goes. I wanna thank you again for all your support along the way. I want to thank you for all of your questions, answering them today was really fun for me. It felt like I was kind of getting some closure on this series and tying up loose ends, so I want to thank each and every one of you that put a question out there I appreciate it so so much. As always, if you have any more questions, comments, concerns, anything you wanna chat about, drop it in the comments section below – I will be absolutely honoured to chat with you all down there. And I look forward to seeing you all on Friday. Bye!