Starting a Bullet Journal on a Budget

A bullet journal is a way to artistically plan and organize. No matter what your artistic ability is, bullet journals can be conquered easily. So, here are my top tips for starting your own!

A bullet journal (or Bujo) is a way to artistically plan and organize. They are 100% customizable, and you can never really make a mistake. No matter what your artistic ability is, bullet journals can be conquered easily. I have been bullet journaling for quite a while and I absolutely love it. So, here are my top tips for starting your own!

Planning doesn’t always come naturally and it can be challenging to find a method that works for you. I guarantee that bullet journaling is incredibly helpful. Let’s get to it!

1. Invest in a Bullet Journal

Obviously, this is the place to start. You can’t start a bullet journal without the notebook! For a bullet journal, you need a dot grid notebook. These aren’t pricey at all, and can be found easily on Amazon! You can pick your color and even decorate with stickers! (you can find stickers from my Etsy shop right here) Below are a few links to my favorite bullet journals. It might help you to choose a bullet journal kit, as it saves a bit of money.

Artfan Bullet Journal

Poluma Bullet Journal

Scrivwell Bullet Journal

2. Plan your Monthly Theme

Your bullet journal can either match completely, or match month by month. You can buy bullet journal brush pens here. I recommend these dual tip pens because you have the option between a brush, (which looks lovely) or fine tip pens, which are good for detail. You can also use washable markers, but you run the risk of ink bleeding through the page, even if the paper is thick.

3. Create an Aesthetic Key

A bullet journal key explains the meaning of each color and symbol that you will use when journaling. For example, a star might mean that you have an appointment, whereas a dash might mean that something was cancelled. It’s entirely up to you to decide what each symbol means

Bonus 1:

As I’ve mentioned previously, you can personalize the outside of your bullet journal with stickers and decals. You can find the stickers that I’ve listed on the Etsy shop here.

Bonus 2:

Consider purchasing planner stickers or stencils. This can help make your bullet journal more aesthetic, and it can have some organization benefits as well. You can find a like to some of my favorites here.

You’re all set! Now you can plan and organize. For similar tips, you can check out my post on “How to Organize as a Student”. Happy Journaling!

Keep Smiling,

How to Not Procrastinate

It’s so easy to put or boring or difficult tasks. That said, unenjoyable jobs are often important. Thus, we need to stop procrastinating and get the job done. Here some of my favorite tips to help you do just that!

Writing papers, doing math homework or mopping the floor is certainly not the most entertaining way to pass time. It is so easy to find something else to do instead of given assignments or housework. This being said, what we don’t want to do is usually incredibly important. Thus, we need to overcome our writers block or dislike for a certain subject or chore. I’ve come up with some of my favorite tips to help you do just that!

Sometimes, the week may seem to drag on and on. When it does, it can be hard to find the time or energy to complete your task list of work. We may have to miss out on an event in order to finish everything.

Does this sound fun? Didn’t think so.


Sure, you can put it off until the last minute, but then more work begins to pile on top. You become stuck in a loop of tasks that never seem to end. This is procrastination at its finest. Many people struggle with procrastination. Sometimes we can scrape by, but at other times it can be a real problem. That’s why I’ve created a list of suggestions on how to stop procrastinating, so you can break the cycle and get things done.

1.) Listen to Music

According to a few scientific studies, listening to music increases positivity, which in turn increases productivity. The correct music creates a mindful mood that causes us to destress and relax while doing homework. For assignments, I highly recommend listening to laid back music or classical tunes. While doing chores or work where focus isn’t necessary, upbeat music works well.

2.) Break it Up

Trying to write a research paper, finish a science project, reorganize a closet and meet friends for coffee all in a set amount of time simply isn’t realistic. You won’t have to cancel plans, though in order to complete your priorities first. Instead, don’t be afraid to take a break. Maybe try to write the first paragraph of your paper, add a few touches to your science assignment, etc. That way you are able to enjoy your free time but be productive.

3.) Eliminate Distractions

This suggestion might seem obvious, but it is an important one. Often times, we get distracted when a phone goes off or if the TV is on. If you are listening to music on a phone, I highly recommend turning off all notifications, and making sure that you have a quiet place to work. You wouldn’t want to study for a final exam in the kitchen while your family or roommate is making dinner! Being distracted easily is not always a sign of procrastination, it is a road block for productivity because we often get lost in other activities rather than the task at hand.

As you may have been able to tell, it is not always easy to stop procrastinating, but finishing tasks certainly pay off in the long run. I wish you the best of luck! If you have any more suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the contact box below. I’d love to hear them! Also, sign up for my mailing list so that you never miss a post from Busy and Beaming. See you next time!

Keep Smiling,

Create the Perfect Study Space in 3 Steps

Having a space other than a bedroom to work on projects is an absolute must. I’m here to help you create the perfect work space in less than an hour so you can get back to your day.

Having a space other than a bedroom to work on assignments and projects during the school year is an absolute must. While a simple desk with do the trick, creating a personalized space allows you to focus on the task at hand. Having a personalized space is also better for organizing rather than a cookie – cutter style office. This at – home project doesn’t have to take hours on end, either! I’m here to help you create the perfect work space in less than an hour so you can get back to your day.

Before we get into this project, you will need to find a space in your home or apartment that is quiet and not near your bedroom. Science shows that working in a bedroom can affect your sleep because your brain has no separation between work and relaxation. My study space is in the basement of house, which is effective. You can convert a closet into a study room, or you can set up at a coffee table if you live alone.

1.) Shop on Amazon

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t like online shopping? For your first step in creating the perfect study space, you need to pick out the following items in colors or patterns that match your personality.

  • Planner – find my Etsy planners here
  • Organization Caddy
  • Calendar
  • Pencil case
  • Electronic Device
  • Computer mouse (optional)
  • Multi – functional desk pad
  • Desk
  • Highlighters, markers and/or sharpies
  • Jar or Plant holder (to hold writing utensils)
  • Basket or large bowl

You can get these supplies from stores and websites other than Amazon, but I recommend Amazon because they supply quick shipping and a variety of brands and colors. You can get my Etsy planner printables at an affordable price here. You can also get your hands on some motivational bible verses here.

2. Clean up

Before you receive you supplies, clean up is an absolute necessity. Throw away any clutter that is unnecessary and re-organize anything that may be out of order or takes away from the aesthetic of your space. This step is important because non-essential clutter will be distracting in the long run. This step may take the most amount of time, but it will pay off the most.

3. Set – Up

When your order arrives, you can begin the setup of your space. Personally, I think that this is the best part. To begin, lay out your desk pad. Organize your caddy, and hang it up if you are able. This will reserve extra desk space for you. Hang your calendar on a wall, and place your planner or planning binder in the basket. Put your writing utensils in your jar or/basket/pot. Situate your electronic device and mouse on your desk pad. Put any miscellaneous school/work supplies in a pencil case or small box. Put this in an easily accessible cabinet, cubby or drawer.

Congratulations on completing your study space! No you can get the job done. Next week, make sure to look out for a post on how to stop procrastinating. You can also sign up for the Busy and Beaming Community to receive exclusive tips and materials and freebies, and so that you never miss a post. Enjoy your new office! 🙂

Keep Smiling,

How to Organize in High School

High school can be a stressful time for those who aren’t prepared. Luckily, it’s super easy to learn the ropes when you know what to do. Here are my top tips for how to get your life together in school!

High school can be a stressful time for those who aren’t prepared. Luckily, it’s super easy to get a handle on what to expect in high school so you can become a pro at having everything together (academically and socially). These suggestions aren’t only for high school students, and they can be utilized in college as well. Here are my top tips for how to get your life together in school!

1. Organize, Organize, Organize

Organization is KEY in high school. You have to have a system in place on how you are going to keep track of assignments and projects that are due, and what you are able to take home or recycle. You can have a laptop computer, or you can go old school and have everything on pencil and paper. Personally, I prefer the laptop method, but the pencil and paper method is convenient when you know how to use it. When using the pencil and paper method, I recommend having several 1” or 2” notebooks. You can use one for each class, and have a folder of items that are due, and a folder of graded assignments. When using the laptop method, I recommend using OneNote to keep track of everything. You can create different folders, and move worksheets around so that they can stay where you need them to be. I only recommend this method if your school allows it, though. Organizing your locker can also help exponentially. You can read my post here on How to Organize your Locker.

2. Take Productive Notes

Productive note taking is hard to learn off the cuff, and is something that involves experimentation. My favorite note taking strategy is using different colored pens to write different points, and having a key so that when I go back and study, my notes are captivating but also has different things that I know I either need to study more, or clarify. If I write my notes in a pencil, I will highlight my notes when I am studying. I would like to point out that you SHOULD NOT be writing paragraphs while taking notes. Only write a few important bullet points and try to make them as concise as possible, so you can catch everything said in the lecture in your head. ONLY write the most important parts.

3. Ask for Help

Don’t hesitate to ask your teachers for help or clarification on anything. They will help you, and it will make all the difference. Whenever I didn’t understand something that was explained, I asked my teachers. They would always re-explain something and so that I would understand it, rather than making a general explanation for everyone.

4. Socialize

Having a group of friends to talk to can actually help your grades and your mental health. You can study with your friends, and you can have fun with them outside of school and inside of school. In high school and college, the friends you make might also be the friends that you keep in touch with for the rest of your life, so don’t let this opportunity to socialize and meet that best friend, because now is the prime time to get to know them.

5. Do your Work Ahead of Time

If you have a school assignment that you know is coming up, or a big project due several weeks from now, get. it. done. I can’t stress how much of a difference this makes. Later in the year, you won’t feel like you’re in over your head and drowning in an ocean of homework and tests that you aren’t prepared for. The more you stay on top of your priorities, the more free time you will have to form that bond with your friends, and your grades will likely be better.

That’s all! Hopefully now you have the tools you need to go out and rock high school (or college)! I’m excited for you! As always, I love to hear your feedback, thoughts and input, so please drop me a comment! Let me know how these methods work for you! Don’t forget to check out my post on How to Organize your Locker. Also, be sure to join the Busy and Beaming Community so you never miss a post (and maybe receive a few freebies 🙂 )See you next week!

Keep Smiling,

Organization Hacks

Let’s be honest. It’s super hard to keep your room/home clean 100% of the time, right? This post was created to give you my top tips on organization so your room (or house) can be as tidy as possible.

Let’s be honest. It’s super hard to keep your room/home clean 100% of the time, right? Believe me, I know. Pretty much everything that comes into my room stays there FOREVER, and random trinkets show up on my shelves unexpectedly. Recently, I’ve been struggling to keep everything in my space stay clean. Can you relate? I created this post to give you my top tips on organization so your room (or house) can be as tidy as possible.

My room is almost always a complete train wreck. Whenever I do homework in my room, papers and textbooks are strewn across the floor along with clothes that I need to put away. Let me tell you, I’m a total clean freak, and I hate when it looks like that! Since you’re here, I’m assuming you do as well. I mean, you can’t work when it looks like a tornado went through! So, without further ado, here are my top tips for organizing your room.

Closets:

1. Shoe racks & bins

Adding a shoe rack to set shoes on saves sooooo much closet space. I don’t have a shoe, rack (I wish I did), but I do have shoe bins. They aren’t as pretty or put together because I’ve had to stack shoes, but it is good for organization. I have my shoes separated by type. For example, I have sandals in one bin, athletic shoes in another, a dress shoe bin, and a miscellaneous bin. I have them set aside to one side of my closet floor so that I have room for my hamper, which brings me to my next tip.

2. Closet hamper

Adding a small hamper to your closet can reduce clutter in the open space of your room. They’re super cheap, too. I got mine from Target for about $15, and you can buy them on Amazon as well. My hamper is a small cubic hamper, and is woven in grey and white plastic. At first, I didn’t think that it would fit as many clothes as it did, but the storage with Target hampers is incredible. I’m not sponsored by target, I promise ;). If you purchase a pretty one, it can dull down a lot of color, or make your closet brighter. And like I said before, it’s a great way to declutter your outer room space.

Room Space:

Bed Storage:

If you don’t have a trundle under your bed, the empty space can be a wonderful asset to organizing your room. Around your house, you can find matching baskets or even use shoe boxes to keep your belongings in. I keep books, shoes and blankets in the baskets under my bed. If you don’t have baskets or pretty boxes inside your house, you can find some at Target for under $15.

*TIP* Find baskets that match your room theme and fill up space under your bed. This will make your room look cozier.

Hooks:

Hooks are AMAZING when it comes to making your room look great. They don’t have to be boring, either. I have two gorgeous hooks in my room; one is for my backpack and the other is for my jewelry rack. I absolutely love them. They aren’t your standard plastic hooks, either. They are fairly heavy duty and are made of wrought iron. You can get them in different shapes, too. Mine are music notes. If you hide a hook behind your door for a wallet, purse or bathrobe, it is easily concealable. You can have it out in the open as well. These are easily found on Amazon and in Target for an incredibly affordable price.

LED Photo Strand:

This is one of my all time faves. Not only does it declutter space in my room, but it is super gorgeous as well. In fact, they are so pretty that you can find them in my post on “Items to Add to Your Room to Make it More Relaxing.” You don’t have to worry about taking up space with picture frames and you can hang so many pictures on one strand. These also look amazing when they are layered. I recommend a warm colored light in a strand as opposed to a cool light because a warm light adds a cute glow to your room – especially at night. These are found pretty much everywhere (Target, Amazon, Michaels, etc) for under $15.