This month, I am doing NaNoWriMo*, and I have almost 8000 words so yes, I am behind. I didn’t have my outline all the way done, and the characters aren’t solid in my head, but I’m fixing it. Writing words isn’t that hard when I know where I’m going.

By this time next year, my book will be done, first in a series. I’m not certain whether it will become a duology, a trilogy or more. My quarterly goals starting in January will include editing the first draft from NaNoWriMo outlining the other stories. The world I’m creating is one I can see exploring more with other characters.

I have a lot of time on my hands even though I’m in school and have a few other things going on, but I need to manage that time. And to manage that time, I need to write it all down so I can see what my life is looking like and where my time is going. I need to prioritize what is important and what is extra (like Netflix for hours).

So how will I accomplish this? Bullet journals and planners.


  • Get a (good) bullet journal (or three if you have no impulse control)
    • I bought one from Walmart, but it was stupid cheap. It’s not even been two weeks and pages are falling out. Do NOT buy your journal from Walmart if you want it to last. Lesson learned.
    • So after that disaster I bought two from Office Depot and found two Eccolo journals on sale for $4.25 each from their regular price of $8. And also a really huge one that was $20 from my local indie bookstore. The brand for that one is Marimekko, and it has this sturdy fabric cover.
    • I have three bullet journals total: this one huge one with blank pages for mainly blogging, a smaller one strictly for book/story ideas, and another for daily life.
  • Get a normal planner
    • Because sometimes you need that extra structure in your life and I don’t want to have to write out a calendar in my journals. It’s a gorgeous blue 2017 planner I found at Marshall’s for $10 and also Eccolo brand. And it has stickers.
    • It has a lot of pretty design to it and quotes and a monthly and weekly set up. Also a place prefacing the month for goals, birthdays, anniversaries and to-dos.
  •  These are the ones the professionals use
    • This is a grid line journal you could use but it’s only 96 pages. It might be better for drawings and sketches
    • This is one that is sort of already set up with a key, weekly overview, and things like that. I want one that is totally naked though, but this one is cool.
    • I changed my mind. I don’t want a naked one, I want this one. This one is the official bullet journal all the bloggers are using–or a couple of the ones I stalk.
    • But this one has a pocket. I have a weird compulsive thing to buy
    • Also these pens. Pens I can put in the pocket of that last journal!

Does anyone else get excited about new things and just want all of it at once?

Kristen Martin posted a vlog on her Youtube channel–I’m not sure which one because I’ve obsessively watched a lot of them–in which she displayed her #girlboss time management skills, and she is super busy. Way busier than me, and yet she has written two books while having a full-time job. She is the author of the Alpha Drive series, a young adult science fiction dystopian. She has a lot of good information on her website and vlogs so be sure to check her out.

So I’ll probably buy all those journals at some point, but then maybe not. I like to pick them up and look through them. Maybe I’ll find them at a brick-and-mortar store. Do any of you bullet journal or journal at all? Do you use other ways to manage your time? What supplies and methods do you use? Tell me in the comments below.


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