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8 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Introduction and What You Will Learn

    • 2. Getting Started (skip if you already have equipment)

    • 3. Moving Forwards

    • 4. The Psychology of Colours

    • 5. Themes

    • 6. Dealing with Mistakes

    • 7. Your Project

    • 8. Some Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Bullet journals are a great way to organise yourself and can also be a creative release, but did you know it can improve your wellbeing? 

Just getting organised can help reduce stress, but bullet journaling can do so much more! 

This course will suggest pages you might like to try to help remember medication or keep track of exercise or how much you sleep, for example. Numerous feel-good quotes and positive thoughts for the day are suggested as well as some colour psychology.

By the end of this course you will be itching to get started bullet journaling and...

  • Have lots of ideas for different page designs to suit your exact wellness need
  • Have a library of positive sayings and quotes to utilise in your journal
  • Have a plethora of themes to try to kick start your own creative juices
  • You will learn how the calming effect of a few minutes of 'me-time' can improve your daily life
  • You will learn how to deal with mistakes so that bullet journaling becomes a positive experience, and not another stress-point
  • You will learn how a little creativity every day can improve your outlook and mental health

You do not need to be a calligraphy expert, nor a drawing master, you just need some pens, paper and a bit of enthusiasm to get started.

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Alison Camacho

Resin Artist and owner of fuzzycomma


Hello, I'm Alison.

I'm a resin artist based in Bristol UK. I own the fuzzycomma art brand and fuzzycomma.com website. I specialise in geode and astronomy resin art although I am often tempted into creating art which attempts to help save the planet. I am passionate about preserving our world for future generations and so I like to reuse resources that would otherwise get thrown away, and I hate waste. In line with this philosophy, I also upcycle furniture - particularly small tables, often using a geode or astronomy theme (sometimes all at once) and, of course, resin! A defining feature of my art, and of my life, is my love of colour.

I am constantly refining my art and learning new techniques which I aim to pass onto my students. I have nearly 20 years experienc... See full profile

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1. Introduction and What You Will Learn: I'm Allison and I own the Fuzzy Comma art brand and this is our fuzzy comma Pip. And this is my daughter Megan. And the reason she's here is because she is the member of the family that's really doing bullet journaling. And I wanted to ask her, how has bullet journaling helped you with your own wellness? So it's helped me by keeping me organized so everything's all in one place. But also it helps me keep track of any medication I'm on, um, which helps me not get worried about whether or not I've taken it. And it's helped me with personally with my mental health because one of the spreads that I used to do, usually, I don't do it as much now, is mood diary. So I do like the months and then how happy I felt on that day. Like I'm really happy, I'm not so happy, am I somewhere in between. And then one of the other ones I did was happiness diaries, so, like a one word-a-day, something that made me happy that day. That sounds nice. Bullet journaling is usually done to help organize yourself. While scrapbooking is making art and allows a creative and artistic release. Why not do a bit of both? There is even a bit of the psychology of color in this course here. You do not need to be able to draw. You do not need to be brilliant calligraphy. You just need to bring a bit of willingness to try something new. This course shows you how to combine some/ all of these ideas and create a journal unique and special to you that will hopefully feed into your sense of achievement, promote some positivity, and help organize you. All while encouraging creativity. It's includes loads of fully realized example pages and hundreds of new ideas and positive sayings for you to choose from. 2. Getting Started (skip if you already have equipment): Getting started. Here are some examples of the sorts of equipment that you will need in order to create your bullet journal. Journals come in all different sizes and shapes. Loose leaf and bound, rigid or free-form structure. So, go for it, Meg, show them your bullet journals; what's good and bad about them. This was actually my first ever bullet journal. It's got a contents page. A who it belongs to page. It's got a nice pocket in the back. And two ribbons, "bookmarks", that's the word I was looking for. And all the pages are numbered. Some people don't like that because then if you stick two pages together or you take a page out, your numbers are all messed up. It's good because it's easy, it's accessible, it's relatively cheap. The problem I have with it is that the pages are very thin and I stick a lot of stuff in. And I tend to use a lot of colors. And so and it goes right through. Yeah, you can probably see some of the shadow of the previous page. Here. you can see the darkness from the previous page showing through yeah. And so like it's good. It's just not great for colors. Okay, so what would you recommend in terms of page thickness? So page thickness depends on the weight of the paper. It's measured in GSM, which is grams per square meter. And so "Leuchturms" are about 90. The next one I went for was this one which is an "Archer and Olive" one. Which came all the way from America and the pages are significantly thicker. This is a 160 GSM. So almost twice as heavy. Yeah. And so this is black ink pens and you can only just see it come through. Some of that was really heavy-duty ink, wasn't it?. Yeah. So that's much better from that point of view. Yeah. So 160 GSM. 160 GSM, sometimes 120 or 100 will do almost the same thing. But a 160 GSM is basically card. So these new ones that you've got that you haven't used yet. What, what's this one? What's special about that one? This is a "Scribbles that Matter" one. Part of the difference is that it doesn't have a cover. This is just a block of paper. So it's made to have like a filofax-type cover put onto it. Like a leather slip-on thing. Yeah. But it's got loads of stuff at the beginning. So key and an index. I don't know if you can pick this up on the camera? Just a bit. But it is properly white pages, isn't? Yeah. With gray dots? Yeah. Grey dots Yeah. So half centimeter is the standard. You would be hard pressed to find nonstandard. But now it comes with drawings and stuff in it. And then a mindfulness page and a pen test page so you can test whether or not things will bleed or 'ghost', which is the term. But again, these pages are very thick. That's one page. Okay. So that's that one. And what about this one? It's got a really nice cover and the pages are cream in comparison. Yeah. So this is a "Dingbats". The hippopotamus version. So the pages are really cream compared to the "Scribbles that Matter". And it's just bigger than A5. So this is actual A5. Yeah. And you can see it's like a centimeter or half a centimeter bigger all the way around. Yeah. The pages are cream. But it doesn't have... It doesn't have page numbers, it doesn't have an index. And the pages are thinner. I've even done a pen test in this one actually. And so these are all the different types of pens that I've tried in it. This is actually a paint pen and the one on top is a Sharpie. So a permanent marker Yeah, you can see it goes through. You can see the ghosting again. And then it's got a pocket. It's got only one bookmark, but this one has a pen loop. Okay, so now this one is different again It's bigger. Yeah, this is a B5. So instead of A5, it's a B5 and it's soft cover. All of the rest of them so far, apart from this one, have been hard covers. Its "Zen Art". So it's a Japanese woodblock style prints and it's got the edges of the pages are printed as well. Yeah. Which is rather pretty and it has index and page numbers. But the pages in this are just as thin as the "Leuchturm" or the "Dingbats". But it is bigger. Each page has more dots on it and more surface area. So this is B5. This is A5. Yeah. So significantly bigger. Okay. And then this one, this one isn't B5 or A5. This one's square. Yeah, that one's completely square. This is from "Scribble and Dot", which is a UK brand. "Scribbles that Matter" is also a UK brand. And it's got two bookmarks. (The "Zen Art" had two bookmarks as well). And it's got very thick pages. It has a couple of introduction pages, and it's got a key and an index. And page numbers, and page numbers and very white pages. Very white pages. So that's compared to the "Dingbats". Yeah. Much, much, much whiter. This one in real life, (not in the camera) turns up very yellow. Whereas this is like blue-white. And the dots, you can't really even see them. That very, very small and very light. Different types of pens, gel pens if you like them. Felt pens, also colored pencils, "Sakura Pigma Micron" pens look like this. And they come in all different sizes. There's a brush pen. There's a plastic nib pen. Which just looks slightly different from the rest. I sometimes use the "Uni PIN fine liners". They do almost exactly the same job. They look almost exactly the same. But these are just slightly cheaper. And the numbers on the ends (I don't know if you can see those) Yeah. Do they determine how thick they are? Yeah. So 0.5 is half a millimeter? Yeah. Okay. Yeah. And the bigger the number, the bigger the pen end. And so those are just general for drawing and getting the layout of the page down. But you don't have to use black. You can use loads of different colors. So I 've got a "Uni Pin" that's in brown as opposed to the black. Because if sometimes you just want to use a different color. You can also get brush pens, which usually come with a fine liner tip at the other end. So brush pen end, and then, a fine liner tip on the other end on these ones. And you can get them anywhere. I got these ones off Amazon. Okay. And let's have a look at some of your washi tapes. If you get your washi tapes out, put them on the table. What all of them? Just a selection, a selection of these. That's it. That's the sort of yellow with leaves, So I've got the yellow flowers and I've also got pink flowers, and I've also got, a peach one as well, which has peaches and pink flowers on it. These are ones that are on a washi tape reel like a sticker. And then the petal and put them together to make flowers, This has an orange one on it, which is just the same, just using this one. Instead. I've got this pot which is patterns. So black with a white grid and then white with a black grid, just to match them. There's a stripy diagonal one, or actual checkers or just stripes in general. And then this one's quite interesting. It's a dotted line with a pair of scissors and cut-here line. You can get those in packs. You can buy them individually, that kind of thing. And this is a washi tape holder and you put them on put them on there and pull them out and cut them on the ridge-bit like a normal Sellotape dispenser. Yeah. Two different sizes of rulers. So get a small one for fiddly stuff. Get a metal one just in case you want to use a scalpel blade to cut something and make it so that the end is zero. There isn't a plastic bit that goes beyond the 0 mark. Yeah, because that makes it difficult to get it straight on it this way. You just put the end where you want it to go and measure from there. And you can get one with inches on the other side. Doesn't really matter because you're using that one. So you get a little one for the fiddly bits. And a longer one for non fiddly bits. So this one, I use this way mostly. You can use it to make Dutch-doors, where you get rid of half a page very quickly or you'd use a scalpel on it. And get yourself a good pair of scissors. Maybe even a set like this one where you've got fiddly, non-fiddly. And if you wanted a scalpel, safety box cutters with a lock on them, Get yourself a nice soft pencil, something with a B at the beginning. So a B1, B2, B3, I wouldn't go pass B four or five because then they end up getting very soft and you just smudge everything. But this way you can sketch out whatever you want to do. And then once you've drawn over it, you can rub it out really easily underneath, and it doesn't leave dents, and it doesn't leave dents, and it doesn't leave really dark marks because it's soft. You can get templates. So this has different size circles on it and a ruler along one edge. And different types of rounded edges. Oh, I see they're all different. So if you want to cut round this type of edge to give your maybe a Dutch door page, a different edge to the rest of it. So it's not just a square or it's not completely round, then you can do that. You can also make rounded corners on boxes that you've drawn in with these. And this, because obviously you need a different size, different size circles. This is a protractor and a circle maker. And it comes with, so you can center them all in the same place and you just put your pen through one of those little holes and you can draw concentric circles. Yeah. Or if none of the sizes get big enough, you can, You can do bigger ones and this has dimensions on it as well. Yeah. That's very cool. I like that. I always found compasses very fiddly. Yes. And and it puts a hole and your page. Yes. I was about to say these won't put holes in your pages. This is just a general template that actually came with this book. And it's just general bullet journal stuff that you might want to use. So like a little to-do list. If you want to draw a little to-do list next to your to-do list. And you've got one and then you've got loads of social media. Social media. So Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter and stuff. Yeah. And this is a banner. So you just draw around in the hole and you get a banner that you can write in & a speech bubble and a shopping trolley and a weekend and then the whole alphabet. And it's just so that you don't have to worry about getting it right. You can just draw around using the template, makes life easy. Glue stick. Just to stick stuff down. Maybe if you made a mistake, you need to cut out a piece of paper and stick it on top of something that you've already done that was wrong or you can cut out wrapping paper pictures and stick them on. Yeah, it doesn't have to be stickers. There's no it doesn't have to be stickers and assayed Free. Makes sure that it gets. Not toxic for you and it also doesn't discover the page. Double-sided tape is my best friend. So if if you've got something really tiny with non-straight edges, I would use glue. If you've got something with straight edges that a little bit bigger, I would use double-sided sticky tape. So, so if you mess up a whole page and you just don't want to look at it anymore. And you don't want to stick something down over the top of it. You can stick two pages together. And I would use double-sided sticky tape fat. But if there was a little mistake, maybe triangular and desk could do the job. It's just really finicky and you have to kinda it precisely. Just use just use regular old glue. Sometimes regular glue and double-sided stick tape won't do the job. So you can use PVA glue, but that's sometimes makes your pages go crinkly. See you need to be careful with that. Yeah, you've got to use it really sparingly. And sometimes just to make sure that stickers stay and last forever because sometimes you're using that page a lot and the stickers just peel up. You can spread it on top of washi tape and stickers. So all of these have a very thin layer of PVA, clear PVA glue over the top. You can actually see that it's made the page slightly crinkly. Yeah. So you can't see the reflection, but you can see where you can see the yeah. The edge. You can see that it's gone slightly crinkly. Yeah. So if you're going to put PVA glue over the top of a sticker or a washi tape or wherever. It's probably best covered the whole page in it. First of all, page one go wrinkly. And second of all, to make sure that the page was uniform because at certain angles the light will hit it just right and it's shiny and then the rest isn't shiny. Stickers. I'm a little bit of a sticker. Seemed. So. These you can buy stickers from anywhere. So these are shiny stickers. It looks like I haven't used any of them. I have used some of these. I just bought this. So foxes and deer and so the these are used for themed pages they need yeah. So this was for a and can be used still for a like an autumn scene type page or with the, with the with the little bit that families can do. Spring, you do it's bringing that. Again, you can't tell because of the camera, but these are shiny. So I don't use these as much. So you can get like normal, like children who tie shiny stickers, weird like silver and On them. Or you can get purpose-built for bullet journaling type stickers which are on washy closer, which is Japanese really thin paper, which makes it translucent. And so you can see my hands through the paper. And this makes them mapped. And it means that whatever the color you stick them on top of, that will become part of the sticker as well. There's Is a sticker, a bush Kozol's Decker, placed on top of paper and then stuck in and cut out wherever it gets opaque to make it opaque so it doesn't blend into the peaches washi tape underneath. Yeah. Whereas this one here, you can't really see it. This one, the little macaroons. They, you can see the dots through them. And these are which cozy stick is as well. And you can see they blend in so much easier to the paper done if they were, if they had our own white background. And you can see the dots through the stickers. So if you wanted to draw on top of these because they're mat, you can draw on top of the stickers and they can blend in to anything that you do. And I just so much easier to use. White a lot of the time. Welcome. Add leaves like this by themselves. So these ones are ready queue down there like sweets and cakes and stuff. And so that they've got plastic on the back and you just peel them off the plastic and stick them in and that they come as little leaves by themselves. Okay. So is there anything else that we need to talk about? Have we covered everything? Well, obviously can't cover everything because it's going to be unique to you. So some people for bullet journaling just need a pen and a ruler. And some people like me has lots and lots of different colors. I truly believe me, that takes up less space and resonance, but I will give you that you have a shed. Go. Well, thank you very much, Robert. 3. Moving Forwards: Moving forward, all the normal bullet journal entries are possible vehicles for you to release your creativity on. I am not going to explain how to do lettering. Know how to set out your pages or right indexes and contents pages. There are plenty of places to find out these things, and there isn't just one way to do it. You will need to find your own style. Normal bullet journals include yearly, monthly, and weekly spreads. But there are loads of other possibilities that might help HE more things like grades or moods or medication trackers, a books I've read page or a to-do list. Why not try and About Me page or a diet stroke nutrition stroke exercise tracker, who says you have to have a normal journal. Make you Jerne work for you by including only the things important to you. You are, in effect, creating your own artwork in book form. One of the downloadable resources attached to this course. It's a list of suggestions for different topics for bullet journal spreads. Here are just a few might be relevant for you. A gratitude log. You could keep a track of things that you are thankful for. You might want to include a mood tracker or a medication tracker. A level ten life trunk. You score yourself out of 10 on aspects of your life like health and fitness, family, environment, marriage, Korea, giving or charity. This can usefully be done every six months or so. And you can see how each aspect has changed a pixel year. Use the bullet journal squares to make an easy to use tracker for the whole year. Color-coding the different squares using a key will allow you to see at a glance how life is going and notice any trends that might be creeping up on you. Uh, memories page. Record events you want to remember. Not just the big events like anniversaries, holidays and music festivals, but the little ones like the light of a good sunset or recording the wag of your dog when he greets you. Goals and rewards page. Set yourself some achievable targets perhaps, and detail the reward you will give yourself when you achieve them. This is a great way to motivate yourself. Why not create a recipe? Bank? Planners bar day, write a bucket list, a page or films toward shore shows to see your books to read. And finally, this helps lots of people to feel better about their lives. A budget tracker for those who feel better weather know whether pennies role going. You might like an uncluttered bare bones approach to your bullet journal. Or you might prefer doodles on every square inch of the page. You might want it to be black and white or use every color under the sun. Perhaps each page could have a different color palette, or you could choose to use pustules or metallics throughout. The key is to experiment, starting a practice journal so there is no pressure to get things right. Your bullet journal is for you, not for Pinterest or Instagram or even your real life friends. A large number of the spreads that you see in this course or from a real bullet journal blown into my daughter. And so the really personal details have been covered up. What it shows though is what a real bullet journal looks like rather than one that's been created for Pinterest or Instagram. What that means is that there will be mistakes and I will be covering mistakes and how to deal with them in a later video. Putting time and effort into your bullet journal is helpful on multiple levels. The mere act of bullet journaling can be really meaningful, especially if you're going through a rough time when you lie and emotions feel so out of control or chaotic, there is something immensely therapeutic about organizing it into a systematic structure like a bullet journal. You lay things out in an aesthetically pleasing why and already lie feels more manageable. Like you can really tackle it and make it through. It feels luxurious. It's like saying, I'm worth it on, worth this notebook. And it takes to turn it into something really beautiful. 4. The Psychology of Colours: They're all primary psychologically affecting colors. Red, yellow, green, and blue. All I loved colors and the brighter the better in my opinion. Or even like adding glitter and metallics to impart a bit of blame and light into my work. Consequently, my bullet journal spreads also tend to be brightly colored and really quite busy. However, there is much to say about colors and well-being and the psychological effects of colors have been extensively studied and broad agreement on their effects has been reached. Read, this has the longest wavelength and it is a powerful, strong, and very basic color. It has the property of appearing nearer than it is, and therefore it grabs people's attention first, it may activate the fight or flight instinct. Pure red is often considered the simplest color and it has no subtlety. It is stimulating and lively and friendly. Often associated with love. At the same time. It can be perceived as demanding and aggressive. Red painted spaces have energy, warm. They stimulate, they perceive to be masculine, and they have an exciting effect on people. Read is also associated with defiance, aggression and has a visual impact. Yellow. Yellow is thought of as joyful, outgoing, open, and friendly. Psychologically, yellow is the strongest color. It is about emotions, self-esteem, and creativity. Pesto yellow is seen as childlike, playful. Canary yellow is delicate and further soft, um, but yellows are perceived as mellow and warm. Yellow is associated with words like cheerful, jovial, joyful, and sunny, and sometimes with exciting and stimulating and almost never associated with despondent, dejected, melancholy or unhappy. Yellow as a color, lets the sunshine in. Green. Green is considered an emotionally calming color. It gives a sense of refreshment, harmony, and equilibrium. It symbolizes natural and universal love, environmental awareness and pace. Some people claim that people find cool shades of blue and green and neutral earth tones to be relaxing because these colors reminds them of nature. Because green has the power to help people to adjust to new environments. Skillful designers use lots of plants and other forms of green and things like hotel lobbies and offices and restaurants. Although it is the color of balance, it may have negative effects too, such as being too bland, boring, and demoralizing if it's incorrectly used. Blue. Blue is meant to encourage intellectual activity, reason, AND logical thought. It is the color of the intellect. The same evidence about raising blood pressure with red. Blue is deemed to lower the blood pressure. Certainly it is a soothing, calming color, encouraging reflection. Nature uses it in the sky and the sea. Strong blues stimulate clear thought and lighter, softer blues calm the mind and aid with concentration. The need to balance complexity and unity is a major problem faced by most designers. When you're designing your bullet journal, you need to combine these. Unity and variety are the opposite of each other. And the mark of a good color arrangement is knowing where to stop between these extremes. Red is set to grab our attention first. It also reflects entertainment and excitement. Warm colors such as red and yellow. I meant to increase arousal more than cool colors such as green and blue. It has been claimed that moderate arousal could increase memory retention. So use red and yellow for parts of your bullet journal that you need to remember. Maybe like appointments. Colors have an effect on whether people feel warm, cool, calm, invited, relaxed, or uninvited. In the pink prison experiment, when inmates were placed in cells that were painted a bright pink color, they became less aggressive. So perhaps you should try. Bright pink is fulfilling aggressive and you don't want to be. It has been found that color increases the recognition of natural scenes. So if you draw flowers, plants, and animals, use colors to make it easier to recognize your art. But there is no need to be naturalistic if you don't want to try some abstract or perhaps, or simply use colors to enhance your journal titles, dates, or page borders, for example. Shades of gray now considered to be psychologically warm and inviting. Gray is the only color that has no direct psychological properties. It is, however, considered to be quite suppressive. And black shows coldness and efficiency. Brown is similar to black, putting a comma y and y to very light colors in plot, a warm and friendly atmosphere which is inviting to people. So consider the colors that you use in your journal. And I wouldn't stick to just one. I suggest that you use colors to help you understand your feelings and emotions and how they change with time. 5. Themes: Theme. One of the pages that my daughter has pertain to bullet journal is a Themes page full of ideas for different themes for different months. She likes to do one theme per month. You might like to include inspirational quotes in your bullet journal or reflect your interests. So those of your family and you'll do tools or in your pages. Allow yourself to think outside the box. Washi tape and other embellishments or motifs. Stamps and stickers, for example, might be really helpful to you and would suggest themes that you might like to incorporate in your journal. Following on from the previous chapter on color, I suggest that you use lots of color, both to illustrate your work, but also to express how you're feeling. Aim for expression, and don't be afraid to do your own thing. Let your creativity flow. Here are some examples of some things that my daughter has tried. He might like to adopt one of these or modify it for your own use. You might like to stick to just one theme or style per spread to make it cohesive and pleasing to look at. But the whole week or month does not have to be the same. Or it can be. It's totally your choice. Try jotting down notes in your practice journal so that your real journal avoid sold pitfalls you come across. Here are some examples where we've done just that with notes explaining how our ideas have developed and what changes we want to make before doing the real journal. Themes don't have to be worthy or related to mental health. You can choose to do. And I shouldn't say just because you happen to like whales. Here is an example of a crime scene themed month. The well-being value is in the creativity that has gone into this. Notice the little details like the names of characters on the file folder. It is here where art and ideas mesh that you get the creativity and you get out of your normal thinking patterns and break free into new and interesting ideas and pathways. There is no limit to the possibilities. Although they're not really theme ideas. I have a few ideas that I would describe as outside the bowl that you might want to incorporate into your bullet journal. Envelope pockets. Lots of bullet journals have an envelope pocket at the back, but you could stick envelope pockets in throughout your journal. It might mean that it doesn't shop properly. Whether or not the upsets you. Dependence on your personal preference. You can use half pages or dutch doors. You can use fold out pages or maybe pop-up pages. Although creating these is beyond the scope of this course, you might like to insert pages from other books. You could consider using color overlays, especially if you're dyslexic and find that, for example, reading through a blue see-through sheet makes it easier to read. You might want to use lift up flaps or attach ribbons to journal, mark the pages that you use often. All of these things are effectively personalizations to your village, but they can make your life easier with planning and consequently help with your feeling of well-being. 6. Dealing with Mistakes: Dealing with mistakes. There are a million little ways that you can mess up in your bullet journal. They can be extremely annoying and frustrating when they happen too. And they might undo all of the good that keeping your bullet journal does for your well-being if you're not careful. Here are some mistakes that made all the time. Marching the wrong day or date. Screwing up a calendar, forgetting to add something, forgetting to omit something, miss, spellings something, creating a spread and then never looking at it again. Forgetting to fill out a tracker or a log, ruining your page by guessing it went or being inconsistent with the theme. So learning how to deal with a mistake is a very important part of bullet journaling. You don't want your mistakes to upset your mojo and defeat the object to keeping a journal. So every time I make a mistake and in my bullet journal, you have to heave a great song and resists the urge to punish yourself. Stare at the page for a few seconds, contemplate with rho naught, you should start over. But actually what you really ought to do is to draw a cross through your mistake and write the correct date or spelling, and so on next to it. And move on. Because in the end it's not a big deal. The overall page might be slightly blemished in one or two places, but that's not so bad. He said, bullet journal mistakes can be seen as a blessing. It might be quite hard to think of how mistakes can be anything other than a failure of moment. But they all really a blessing. You can learn so much about the way your brain works by looking at the screw ups. Using this knowledge, you can adapt and make your planning system better and work better for you. So for example, if you fail to use a spreads, you've put time into drawing out to spread. And it feels rubbish. If you realize that you forgot to actually use it. It's easy to think on things by yourself for forgetting, but reframe it into an insight into your planning method. Clearly something isn't working. So instead of trying the same thing over and over, try something new, the different spread, something you will remember to use. So for example, I tried drawing out a monthly goals list next to my calendars until very recently. I never looked at those goals until the end of the month. And then it was demoralizing to realize that I hadn't looked at them. Instead of putting myself through that frustration again and again month after month, by simply don't do a goals list anymore. Another example was a failure to follow through on Instagram challenges. I dropped the prompts each month and every month I had a page that I never used. I stopped adding the prompts to my bullet journal and I've been perfectly fine about it. I realized that I was trying to do too much and I needed to cut it down a bit. But at some point from my add on a few extras. But I'm happy with my wife. I am now miss spelling and mislabeling things, putting the wrong dates and so on. These little arrows on to huge deal. But they are annoying when you first realize the mistake. They happen to everyone at some point and there's no fully getting rid of them forever. But they are good indicators of how well you were paying attention to your hands as you wrote them. Perhaps the mistake happened when you were stressed and worrying about the future or dwelling about something in the past. Either way, these hiccups could point out a desperate need for a halt bomb for some meditation, perhaps. Try using stickers to cover up a mistake or just cross it out and move on. Missing or per page can happen in various ways. You might learn never to use liquid glue because the pages go quickly. Or as you can see here, I've got ink that's gone through from one page to another. Yes, I do have a pen test page. No, I didn't use it. There are various things you can do in order to preserve the quality of your art journal. You could stick two pages together. My daughter does this fairly frequently, but I didn't want to do that. I'd like my pages ought to be the same thickness. So what I've done here is I've coated it with gold leaf and turn the whole page into a design reminiscent of coral, but with a golden Xin. I actually quite like the effect. Failure to fill out a log or a tracker. One of the most frustrating bullet journal mistakes. Sometimes it's easy to go for days without filling out a habit tracker or gratitude lock, for example. These can teach a few things. You might need some kind of reminder. A simple fix is to add, fill habit tracker and fill gratitude blog to your lists of habits. It's not a perfect fix, but it can be quite helpful as a reminder. The second lesson to learn about this is about grace. The only Dear of your bullet journal is not to beat yourself up for making a mistake. You should accept it as a bump in the road. You have to learn to tell yourself that it's okay to get things wrong or not forget, remember to put things in and give yourself permission to not be perfect. You mustn't hold yourself to a perfect standards. Do you really need that habit tracker? If it's a stress point, perhaps you shouldn't haven't. Comparing your journal to other people's is perhaps a big mistake. There is a saying that says, comparison is the thief of joy. And one thing that everybody does is compare themselves to others. My bullet journal isn't nearly that protein. Her setup is so much better than mine. I can never make my headers look so cool. This is a horrible habit and it can lead to low self-worth, negative self-talk and a mounting fair of starting anything. After all, what's the point of starting your bullet journal if it won't look as good as the one that you saw on Instagram or even this course. Why even try if you're going to fail miserably? It's easy to feel frustrated. But there are a ton of other bullet journalists who has better and worse journals than mine. Take a step back. Why did you start your bullet journal in the first place? Was it to look pretty or was it to get your life organized? While there any bits of it you actually really like that you could work on and develop and give yourself a sense of achievement. Sacrificing usability for style, or vice versa, is something that just about every bullet journalists has done. At some point. They spend a lot of time making the spread really beautiful. But it just stinks for planning. Or you make it so great that you're afraid to mess it up and you don't really use it. You don't have time to make it beautiful. Say you don't use it because it doesn't inspire you in any way. Please. Dress up your bullet journal if you want to. Hit helps tremendously with staying engaged and interested planning. But please don't feel like you must preserve your beautiful journal and use that as an excuse not to plan. Of course, the same works in reverse. Him shouldn't let efficiency get in the way of your style. If you enjoy having a lovely decorated journal with lots of unique features, then go to town. Just because it's a planning tool doesn't mean it has to be boring. If you have time to doodle and hand letter in your bullet journal and you enjoy it. Go for it. Find the balance that works for you. And you can have your cake and eat it to. One of the biggest things that can hold people back in that growth is a refusal to change. Some people tend to use the same pens and the same layout, the same everything. And it can get so boring it leads to stagnation. My advice is simply change things here and there, and it doesn't need to be drastic nor all at once. But over time you should be able to look at your bullet journal and see an evolution. For my daughter, there is a gradual transition from her starting style to hostile today. And you and see that on her Instagram posts. She goes through phases of obsessing with different things. Brush pens or fonts, layouts or styles, themes, colors. These things help her with her planning and hone a more efficient model. She's improved her handwriting skills and she's learned new things. And she's learned new things about herself along the way to the best way to make the bullet journal work for you in the best way possible is to experiment, try new methods and new tools, even if you aren't wild about them, give them a go. Vertical days might be the thing for you if you've done horizontal days all along. And perhaps the fact that the layer has changed my inspire you and surprise you and make your whole system work better. But of course, you won't know until you try. 7. Your Project: Your project is really simple. Take a leak and use a bullet journal every day. Practice and theme development of really important. Create some pages dedicated to things you enjoy. You can use some of the suggestions in the resources attached to this course. Or you can do whatever you like. Whatever helps you. Think about some of the specialists well-being pages presented in the moving forwards figure in Chapter 3. And see if you could incorporate some of those is to help with your own planning and well-being. If you like, share your pages with the coarse grid. But there's no need to do this if you really don't want to. Or you could like I have in this course, just block out any personal details that you've included on your pages. I hope you really enjoy using your bullet journal to help you feel better about life and yourself. 8. Some Final Thoughts: I hope you've enjoyed this little Italians into bullet journals and how they might help with your well-being. The truth is that bullet journals are an incredibly versatile and flexible tool that you can use to help plan, but also to help express your aunt, your creativity. And use that to find insights into your, yourself and your feelings about life, the universe, and everything. There is so much to bullet journaling, I haven't even touched on here. You could learn how to bind your own religion. You could create covers for your bullet journal. You could appropriate journal was the start of your novel. Just remember that there isn't one way to use bullet journal. It's up to you. Experiment a little and find out how it can help you best. And look forward to seeing you in my next course. Bye.