Organiser and journal combined

My last journal was the one I shared in this post, back in June: My own vitality wheel and wellness journal.
I mentioned in a later post somewhere how I would use an ring bound organiser in future, so it could be flexible with me. I don’t do bullet journaling in a way I once did and so the idea of using an organiser, I could combine everything I wanted in there. That last bullet journal I shared in that above post link was a more simpler version that I liked. But now that has come to an end after it was all filled up, I then used my new ring bound organiser, combined journal. I have been using this a few months now.

Grey marble leather effect organiser

A peak inside.

I still do a year in pixels. I tried to transfer this years from my filled up journal to this ring binder, but failed, as I ripped the page completly trying to get it out. So I did not finish off this years.
For next year, I have found a free printable I like, that I have got ready, colour coding it for different moods – putting stickers on it and writing a quote. I have this in my wellness section.

My year in pixels ready for 2020

The wellness section also contains other small bits of info as reminders I could do for my self-care.
In this section I have included a section labelled experiences, where I have a list of things I would like to do that I have not done before.
I also have a colourful double-page section for plans for this year, which are mostly ticked off now and I have next years drawn up ready.
I have a double-page of some favourite quotes and I have also my personal achievements for the year listed in this section.

The divider cards that came with the organiser, I have used them all. One divider I changed to ‘wellness’ section. I can’t remember now what it was previously. But I did not need it.

The diary section had dividers for each month of the year. I did not use the blank diary sheets that came with it and instead printed my own monthly ones I like to use and that I get on better with.

I have a to do section. So I can list anything here for the day if required and I can tick it off.

And at the back, I have the notes section which just has lined paper. I write anything here, that doesn’t fit anywhere else. I have a few handy notes written here, should I need to refer and my Christmas plans that I am doing for me, I have this here too.

As you can see from the photos, I have personalised it to suit me. I like using this, as it’s very flexible for me. I can take things out, or add to suit, without ruining the whole thing.


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18 thoughts on “Organiser and journal combined

  1. I’m trying to do something similar… starting a bullet journal, but not quite doing it like most bullet journals. Still trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t. Right now, it seems to be making me feel more scattered and disorganized than ever, so I’m not sure if I’ll want to keep going with it LOL. I really think a ring binder might work well for me so I can keep pages better organized.

    1. It has took a few years with me to find what works for me and what I would like it to contain. It didn’t help that I had to adapt and make changes this year, because of being so forgetful.
      I have thought about ring binder version the last 2 years but I persevered with books to be sure I wasn’t going to waste money on an organiser and not use it. But I am finding this best for me, along with keeping it very simple, as not to make jt seem like too much, than like when I girst started out.

      Stick with what works for you. It’s good looking around for ideas, but still remember why you started out, so you don’t go off track.

      1. Excellent advice. I like the idea of bullet journals because I see so much creativity in them. At the same time, that creative approach comes with a cost-factor. I don’t want to spend hours creating a lovely-to-look-at calendar when I could use that time in more productive ways. Right now I’m doing a “practice” bujo, and what I use most is a daily “to-do” list and a place for notes about things I want to do soon, but not necessarily today. I want to keep these daily pages all in one section. At the moment, I seem to be flipping back and forth trying to find places where I’ve made notes. Having an index doesn’t seem to be all that useful, really. I still have to flip back to the index and flip again to find the pages. I know. I’m whining. I’m just struggling right now to keep it simple and useful. 🙂

      2. Enjoy creating the way to suit you.

        Yes, it was the flipping about of the pages finding stuff, even though I indexed too, as part of an issue.
        As I had other things in it too, it felt a bit jumbled. So I know that feeling well.
        The way I journal from when I first started, to now, has changed each year. But I feel the organisation side for me is better now I have it this way.

      3. I think I’m going to try it month-by-month… revising and tweaking each month until I figure out what I really need and what is more bother than it’s worth. I don’t think anyone can ever really know that works until they try it. So, I’m trying it!

      4. That’s the best way to review it I think and yes, you don’t know until you try it, to see what works for you and what doesn’t. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I bought the organiser from WH Smith and tweaked it from there, using what I had already.

  2. I started doing a bullet journal lately and I’m loving it! Your organiser is so colorful and fun 🙂

    1. It certainly needs to feel fun, to enjoy it.

      Thank you. Since I started this one, this one has been the most colourful, which was the aim for me. 🙂

  3. Just like the perfect purse, I’m always looking for the perfect planner/organizer. I’m glad you figured out what works for you!

    1. It’s took a few years and I have debated on this method the past two years. This is certainly the way for me. 🙂

      1. I’m working with a system that fits well -except for when it doesn’t. I wish I could find one complete system that fits my planning style, but it hasn’t happened yet.

  4. Your journal/organiser is so pretty, I love marble prints on stationery. I use a BusyB diary and a bullet journal! This is great having a combination of the two! I love how colourful it is! Thank you for sharing. Xx

    1. You’re welcome and, thank you for visiting and commenting.
      The plan was to make this one more colourful, just so it was cheerful to look at on a dreary day, as well as easier for me to focus on. Xx

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