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16 Tips To Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever Using Just A Pencil And A Notebook

This year, start a Bullet Journal and prepare to be amazed by the changes that you'll see.

Bullet Journaling is all about writing down your to-do's and personal notes in concise sentences and bullet points (using special special symbols to keep track of your progress).

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In the journal, each section is separated into: daily, monthly, and long-term to-do lists. There can also be other sections in your journal to help you organize your thoughts and remember things that you need. The goal is to become organized and also to write down anything that pops into your head throughout the day.

Although there are no rules for how to use it, you can read about its origin here (and also learn some useful tips).

Main tips to start planning your 2017:

1. Begin by getting a new notebook and something to write with.

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You don't need to spend a ton of money. Just take a simple notebook with blank pages (with or without lines) and have a pencil and/or pen (maybe even of different colors) at hand to decorate its pages to your heart's content.

2. Know that this type of organizer can also work as a personal diary.

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Write down your daily to-do lists, your short- and long-term goals, motivational phrases, schedules for habit-cultivating, and even your achievements (it's always good to give yourself a pat on the back from time to time!).

3. The idea is to do everything by hand.

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This is an ideal activity for people who enjoy making to-do lists, those who love putting their ideas down on paper, and all those who have a soft spot for pretty-looking stationary.

4. Use the space on the page however you think is best.

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Again, there are no rules to organizing your journal. It's just recommended that you do it with some degree of order, so that it keeps you, y'know, organized.

You can also check out the hashtag #BulletJournal on Instagram for more inspiration.

5. Be extremely organized with each line that you write.

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Each sentence should be short and should follow an order. It doesn't have to look like a work of art, though. Your organizer can be as simple and minimalist as you like.

6. Take a few minutes a day to organize your thoughts and to-do lists in a relaxing environment.

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Savor the moment with a cup of coffee or tea in a relaxing spot. This should be a time to free yourself and release stress, not add more of it.

Some people choose to do this before they go to bed, while others prefer to make it the first activity of their day. It's up to you!

7. Be consistent and devoted (but don't overthink each and every little idea that you write down).

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If filling out your journal becomes a daily ritual for you this year, each time you open it you will feel more motivation to fulfill your goals.

8. Not everything has to be about work and serious tasks.

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You can also use it to keep track of the TV shows you're watching and the ones you want to watch, as well.

9. You can also write a list of books you would like to read this year.

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The point is to write lists of anything and everything that you want to accomplish in the short- or long-term, so that you feel more accountable for your goals (and also so that they feel more attainable!).

10. It's fun to save postcards and any other mementos in your Bullet Journal also.

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It's both motivating and a nice way to preserve happy memories.

11. Little drawings can also be a good way of decorating and writing about your activities.

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A picture's worth a thousand words.

12. Always keep your journal at hand, especially when you're working.

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That's why it's a good idea for the notebook to be medium-sized (it should fit into your bag). Keeping it close to you at all times is a way of not losing focus on the things that you need to accomplish.

13. Besides the daily notes, you can also make a calendar for each month.

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This calendar can include quotes, birthdays, and any task that you don't want to forget and would prefer to keep visible.

14. Paste some pictures in your journal so that every time you open it, you'll be reminded of happy memories.

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If you don't have a Polaroid camera yet, add it to your to-buy list (which is yet another thing you can include in your bullet journal).

15. Take a few minutes to appreciate the work you've done.

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It's rewarding to see all the progress you've made.

16. And one final tip: look at each new day of the year as a page just waiting to be filled by you... literally.

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We're not talking metaphors or clichés. If you fill each page with your goals, you'll be paving the way to accomplish them and thereby filling your life with a series of incredible achievements.

This post was translated from Spanish.

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