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Bullet Journal Tutorial: Tips to Help You Organize Your To-Do Lists

Learn how to organize your bullet journal to-do lists by adding illustrations and other artistic touches, with Little Hannah

Great time management is one of today’s biggest challenges. Journalist and designer Little Hannah uses stylish, art-filled bullet journals to organize her tasks. She says it’s the secret to good planning.

In this video, Hannah gives you her tips to help you create a simple and lovely to-do list.

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Tips to help you create your bullet journal to-do list

1. Plan every day

Little Hannah recommends creating tomorrow’s to-do list every evening. This will help you work out how much you have and schedule the right amount of space/time for each job in your bullet journal.

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Create tomorrow’s to-do list every evening.

2. Choose your illustrations and images

Select a good range of colors to make your work visually coherent. Remember that bigger photos or drawings need to “preside” over everything, as this will create harmony.

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Bigger photos or drawings need to “preside” over everything.

Generally speaking, the dominant image should occupy the top left hand corner. Once you have stuck in your image or drawn your own design, use a diagonal structure to space out the areas reserved for text.

3. Use stamps and souvenirs

Allow your imagination to flow as you decorate your pages. Use specific images that suit the task or memories of a particular day. Rubber stamps are great too.

Our expert recommends pressing the ink pad onto the stamp, rather than the other way around, to make sure only the raised parts are covered in ink.

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Rubber stamps are great.

You can also create frames around your photos and illustrations with ballpoint pens. Everything helps achieve a more harmonious, lovelier finish.

4. Fit everything around the days of the week, according to the time required for each task

You know what you need to achieve each day because you did the planning in step 1. So now all you have to do is arrange the text around your images.

You can add motivational phrases, thoughts or anything that inspires you, plus any dates or appointments.

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Arrange the text around your images.

If you need extra space for a particular day, for example if an unexpected piece of work comes up, you can create a kind of triptych by sticking an extra piece of paper to the edge of the page and folding it back inside your journal to keep all the information about a particular task under the right day.

Love these tips? Learn everything you need to know about creating and organizing creative to-do lists in Little Hannah’s online course: Creative Bullet Journal: Planning and Creativity.

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- Introduction to Illustrated Bullet Journaling, a course by Annie Wier
- Illustration Techniques to Unlock your Creativity, a course by Adolfo Serra
- Introduction to Hand-Lettering: Composing Colorful Letters, a course by Stephane Lopes
- Create a Travel Sketchbook Without Leaving Your House with Powerpaola

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