When I first joined the studyblr community, I was taken aback with the amount of studyblrs posting photos of their planner and their bullet journal spreads. I’ve only known and been in the fandom side of Tumblr for years, so I found it really cool that there are others who share the same appreciation for keeping things organized and staying productive.

I began to post my own planner spreads and since then, I would receive a lot of messages every day about planners/bullet journals and how to set them up. I decided to create this series to give you an overview of the art of using a planner or a bullet journal (right on time for the new year!) and address if not all, most, of your questions. Hopefully, as we progress through the series, you’ll find that keeping track of your tasks and staying organized isn’t as hard and tiring as it seems!

In this first part of the Plan and Play series, I’ll be covering the basics of planners, bullet journals, and planning in general. So let’s start: a planner and a bullet journal, what’s the difference?

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tips & tricks & i’ve learned in 21 years as a human girl who has adhd

some of these i’ve learned on my own, or from family/friends, or reddit/tumblr/pintrest/facebook. but i’ve compiled a list that has helped me remain focused, organized, and not having my mind go all over the place. some of them are just good to know.

1. don’t put it down, put it away (helps immensely with clutter)

2. use a planner for everything, not just school (i use an actual planner because writing it down actually helps me remember it better, but an app can work too)

3. color code class materials, use a different color for each subject (i’m a nursing student and i’m always running around like crazy, my binders, folders, and notebooks for each class each have their own color. ex: bio=green, chem=blue, psych=pink. that way if i’m in a rush, i never grab the wrong stuff.)

4. rewriting class notes, memos, important dates, & anything else worth remembering helps to engrain it in your mind 

5. meal prepping twice every week helps to save time & money & also helps to keep your meals nice and healthy (it also helps me remember to eat because sometimes i have a hard time doing so since my vyvanse suppresses my appetite. it also helps to eat before i take my meds because then i have a more normal appetite and i’m not cranky. i’m also someone who would rather just not eat because i get stressed if i have to cook something, so having something all set and ready to go for each meal is such a huge stress relief)

6. do some sort of exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 times a week because it gets rid of excess energy, helps you to focus, & look & feel great (i do 45 minutes of cardio every other day on the stair-stepper & i’ve just gotten really into weight lifting. cardio definitely helps me A LOT to not be so cranky or all over the place)

7. pick out and get your outfit for the next day, every single night (i pick out EVERYTHING from the actual clothes, to the underwear, socks, bra, shoes, & accessories. this helps because i also have a weird thing about how clothes fit over undergarments & i also have a weird thing about matching clothes with undergarments, socks, & shoes)

8. pack your backpack and whatever else you need the night before (i put all my class materials, snacks & drinks, chargers, gym clothes, etc in my bag every night before i go to bed so i don’t rush or forget anything in the morning)

9. have a bag full of essentials that you take everywhere (i have a purse that i keep my wallet, keys, a protein bar, a water, my iPad, a back up charger, pen, small notebook, planner, gum, & hand sanitizer that i take with me everywhere. everything has it’s own special pocket & i never lose track of the things i need)

10. make lists of “to’s” (to do, to remember, to buy)

11. go from room to room whenever you leave someplace to make sure you haven’t left anything behind 

12. use post-it notes in visible places as reminders

13. set aside one day per week to do stuff you need to get done (cleaning, schoolwork, chores, grocery shopping, etc)

14. have a “time out” for yourself every other day to relax and recharge (i set aside an hour or two every single day to read or watch a tv show or do something that doesn’t require too much thought or energy. i don’t answer calls or texts, and i try not to browse social media. this helps me relax and not feel overwhelmed throughout the day or the week)

15. set alarms for waking up, tasks, & cooking fro better time management (i use a great app called 30/30 thats a great task manager. it lets you set up a list with a set time for each task. the timer starts and you go about your task, once the time is up, it lets you know you should move onto your next task)

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Taking a small break to plan out the week ahead. When I feel organised I’m less anxious and positive that things will turn out OK :)

Also my birthday is just around the corner! :D

Hi! I just joined the Studyblr community and wanted to introduce myself! My name is Thania, I’m 19 and go to my local college. I’m a business admin major and aspire to transfer to UC Davis or Berkeley. I made this infographic of my outlook/methods to achieving the my best grades possible. :)


Pages from my Starbucks x Moleskine 2016 planner: One of my favorite + go-to color schemes. I usually use this color scheme on pages that have long to-do lists or full schedules. It calms me down when I browse through them and makes the workload look tolerable. 😊

Some planner/journal design tips:

  • If your planner/journal doesn’t have a standard layout or style like mine, try to envision how you want the page to turn out before designing it. Decide on a color scheme, the materials you will use, and the placement of photos and other elements. That way, you’ll save time and avoid having a messy and non-cohesive layout.
  • Having difficulty drawing, painting, or making stuff in general? Make use of prints and words found in magazines or catalogs! (old issues will do!)
  • Recommended supplies: Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue Stick, Scotch Magic Tape, and 0.4 mm Pilot G-Tec C4 Rollerball Pen

P.S. I’m working on a Planner/Journal 101 series since it’s almost time to get our 2017 planners! If you have any questions, send them my way through the ask box and I’ll do my best to answer them when I launch the series! 😘


I finally did it guys! I print it all today and it looks so good, I’m really happy about it ☺
I know that it still has a lot to improve but for now I think it’s fine like that, I’m really excited about it, I’ve been wanting to make my own planner for over a year now (and I mean for 2016 lol) but I just couldn’t make it happen for different reasons so now that I have it I’m getting crazy lol
I wanted to share it with you guys because I’ve been looking for ideas from all over your posts so thank you guys 💕
Like I said before I don’t plan to sell this but if you want me to share the file I’ll be happy to do it, just let me know so I can post a link 💋

to new beginnings - may everyone have a happy, successful, and rewarding school year. may all your hard work and efforts pay off. good luck to you all ❤️

How to Stay Organised

It can be difficult to stay organised and on top of things, especially at college/uni, but it is a crucial skill! Why? It reduces stress, helps you get things done (on time) and produce better work. We all know how difficult it is to balance a social life, grades and getting enough sleep, and, while achieving at all three is (sometimes) impossible, being organised brings you a couple of steps closer.

1) USE A FRIKKEN PLANNER! This is *the* most important. I don’t care if it’s a decorated bullet journal or a Google Calendar on your phone or a notepad you got for free somewhere - find one, use one, make it your own. Plan your tasks in advance, take note of your deadlines and follow through with the next step.

2) Start early. I know, procrastination is beautiful and seductive, and you have two weeks until your essay is due, but start early! As soon as you get an assignment or task, start working on it. Even if it’s just reading thoroughly through the task, start as soon as you can. If you have any questions or problems, you will have enough time to get them answered. 

3) File your work weekly. It reduces both physical and mental clutter. I write my class notes on loose leaf paper, then, at the end of the week, I put them all in a big, ringbinder file. It keeps my backpack light and I know exactly where to find my notes when I need to refer back to them.

4) Colour-code if it’s not distracting. Some people find colour-coding too distracting, time-consuming and ineffective. Other people find it impossible to live without. Some people are in between. Figure out where you are on the spectrum and choose a system that works for you.

5) Do a little every day. It’s so much easier to stay organised if you break big tasks down into smaller ones and tackle a small task every day. I personally find this to be the most effective in reducing my stress, since I don’t have this huge “OH MY WORD I NEED TO STUDY” panic hanging over me. Sometimes all I need is two or three hours of studying throughout the day during the week to ensure that I don’t need to spend 12 hours on Sunday afternoon freaking out to finish my physics problem set.

6) Schedule time to relax, screen-free. I am as addicted to and in love with the internet as much as any tumblr user, but I’ve recently found that taking an hour every day to relax, without my laptop, phone or watching TV is really beneficial. Do some yoga, pray, read, daydream, draw…whatever doesn’t feel like work. I’ve come to realise that mindless tumblr scrolling isn’t actually all that relaxing. I still love it, but it’s simply not effective in clearing my mind. Having an hour to refresh my mind completely has been a game-changer, and it helps me feel more mentally organised by reducing mental clutter. 

I hope these are helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to message me or send me an ask! You can also find my studyinstagram @ munirastudies. Happy studying!

xx Munira

Hi everyone! As most might know, I got a midori traveler’s notebook for my birthday! I got it on the 10th October 2015 and its been a week or two. I’ve actually been using both a journal and a planner since June this year and I decided to use the midori because I didn’t like the fact that I am bringing two big books along with me wherever I go.

Today! I’m going to give everyone some tips on how keep a journal and a planner and maybe also why you should do it. Note that this tips are in random order so feel free to read everything if you want.

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1. A journal and a planner can actually fix and organize your life so you can use it. This is because:

-A journal can help you to remember what you did or learn throughout the day

-A planner can remind you the task you need to do for the day, week or month

2. Both the planner and journal are almost the same thing but it suits to someone’s needs or motive.

3. Journals can help you understand and appreciate more about life and even the smallest things about it

4. A planner helps you remember what you did on a special day, like example, I recorded down on my first planner that I collect a very important card of mine on the 1st September. This is actually a fun thing and it makes special dates more special.

5. Journal-ing and planning uses a book or any devices, either ways, it can help you to be more creative, but it all comes from within yourself. Your journal can be messy can be neat but it all depends on you because when you have a journal or a planner, you need to do things your way to make it perfect to you.

6. Reflecting back on n.o 5, a journal and a planner is YOURS! Not others, so you can do anything you want with it

7. Back to n.o 6, because the journal or/and planner is YOURS! It is your choice whether you want a certain person to see it. You can also keep it ALL to yourself and be selfish because this is yours, your life and some small secrets in it.

8. Don’t be dumb like me and put your planner or journal on the table in class or somewhere in the public and walk away. I didn’t lose mine nor did anyone take a look at it [Other than my close friends]. It might be troublesome if you lost it so try to be responsible about it if you want to take it out in public

9; Do NOT write your deepest and darkest secret inside of your journal or planner, it is seriously not recommended because if anyone takes your book, well… you are kind of screwed…

10. Your journal and planner is not going to end up like what you might want it to be, but don’t be afraid of making mistakes in it. Since the journal or planner is yours, it doesn’t have to be perfect because you are not going to show it to anyone else [unless you want to], and you don’t actually have to be some kind of “Great Art Piece”. This is because sometimes when you draw something like a cute or ugly monster inside your book, the next time you see it, you might smile at the memories of drawing something so weird

11. Your planner can have stickers, stamps or nice things inside. As long as it motivate you to journal or write more, it is fine

12. If there is anything that might scare you or disturb you and it is IN your journal, take it out or do something about it. Don’t let it scare or disturb you enough to stop using it.

13. Your planner or journal can have sticky notes inside just in case you want to write down something but you do not confirm it is needed inside or if you have not enough space for it. You can just take your pen and jot it down in your sticky notes before putting it on the page

14. Choose the planner or journal you want to use CAREFULLY. It is all about how comfortable and happy or excited you are with it. If it is not motivating enough or perfect enough, you will get sick of it and throw it one side

15. If you are a person who gets bored of something VERY EASILY [LIKE ME] then you have to be very careful. Once a week or month, you would like to customize the book, paint it or add some charms or so. It all depends on you but you have to try to make it as interesting as you can

16. I know some journals and planners where you can refill it with pages or notebook so anyone can ask me for the names or brand or it

17. You can use tumblr, instagram, we-heart-it or any other website to get motivation or to look through others journals

18. Do not force yourself to write in your journal or planner EVERYDAY, this might make you hate the journal or planner and almost everything about it.

19. Back to tip n.o 18, you can use n.o 17 to find motivation to write in your notebook everyday. You can leave it aside for 1-2 days but try to get back into it or you will totally forget about it

20. Lastly! n.o 20!!! Choose a good and maybe your favorite pen for the planner or journal. This will really motivate you to write more! You can change them once in a while but do not spend to much money on it.

Journal-ing and planning might be not be a thing for you but it will really help you in your life so you can try to use it. All the tips that I gave you just now are just TIPS, there is no wrong or right way of journal-ing or planning. This is all up to you, you can write upside down or round and around and it is still your journal. As long as you love the book and the things you do, that is what matters the most.

how to balance your hobbies and studying

so ya’ll probably know that i’m a bookaholic and fangirl. So dedicating my time to things I love doing and studying has been quite a challenge for me. But for this past year i’ve managed to develop a few ways for me to balance my time and thought it’d be nice to share them with you guys! (even though I still procrastinate let’s be real).  

1. Pomodoro technique 

I’m sure most of you have heard about this. But basically, all you need to do is set a timer for 25-30 minutes and completely focus on a task during that time. Try avoiding distractions such as checking your notifications and such. Once the timer sets off take a 5-10 minute break and continue again. Usually, I'll do this continuously for at least two times. After that, I just spend my time doing the things I love for maybe half an hour or so then get back to work if I have an important quiz or assignment. 

2. If you don’t feel like doing it,don’t do it

We all know school can be tough and exhausting sometimes. And there will always be days when you just want to go home and relax. Most of the time, you feel so exhausted that you don’t have the heart to do anything. At all. So if you don’t feel like reading the book you’re currently reading or playing undertale don’t do it. There is no need to force yourself and i’m saying this because I have done this a lot before and I just found myself getting frustrated easily for some reason. As for studying try to cool down a bit and slightly putt off your schedule. Or if you’re not feeling it get lots of rest and wake up early the next day to start working (especially if you have a test the next day)

3.Use a planner or a bullet journal 

Many people consider this as the ultimate time management tool ever. It’s just something to manage your time easier with. But if you decide to use a bullet journal it may take a lot of time compared to a planner but hey, your choice. 

soo yeah that’s all I could give you. Sorry if it was too short I just thought that if it was super long you guys would get bored easily. Hope this was helpful!
How to get the most out of your planner
  1. In your monthly overview, write down when important assignments are due, when there’s an exam, birthdays, meetings, events, and when bills are due. 
  2. In your weekly overview, write everything that’s due that week on the Monday slot. This way, you can get a feel of the amount of reading that needs to be done, the amount of time you need to spend on homework, or the amount of time you need to study for a course. Break the assignments down in accordance to importance and when they’re due and spread them out throughout the week. 
  3. For your monthly overview you can either use different colored pens for different courses so you can have a glimpse of what course needs the most attention that day or you can just use a black ink pen and then use a color coding system to cross anything that’s completed (Ex: green for bills, yellow for assignments, pink for meetings, blue for personal, purple for events, etc.)
  4. If you like the different colored pens for different courses, you can use that same method for your weekly overview or you can use the black ink technique and just use a yellow highlighter (since that corresponds to assignments) and highlight then assignment when finished.
  5. Box or circle assignments that need the most attention that day. That way you know it’s a priority. 
  6. Print a quote that motivates you and tape it to your planner. You can read it whenever you look at your planner and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.

I hope this all makes sense and it can help some of ya’ll out :)

Since most of us start school very school, I decided to make a list of all my back to school essentials.

❀School supplies

  • Pencil case: For this year I got a very cute one at Staples.
  • Pens: triplus fineliner, paper mate inkjoy gel pen.
  • Pencils: I prefer mechanical pencil my favs are the paper mate Clearpoint they write very well.
  • Eraser
  • Binder: I don’t really use binder, I prefer using expanding file.I can keep all my paper for all of my class in one thing.I use the Five Star 6 pocket expanding file.
  • Folder:I prefer the one made of plastic.
  • Stapler
  • notebook
  • Planner: The brand have really cute one .
  • Highlighter: If you like to color code everything.
  • Ruled paper
  • Grid paper: I like to use grid paper to rewrite my notes and make them pretty.
  • Backpack or purse
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Post-it


  • Lanes (computer): It’s like a bullet journal for your computer.
  • Quizlet (mobile device and computer): This is very helpful for when you try to study on the go.
  • Momentum (computer) : A clock and a to-do list in the same time with a pretty background every day.
  • SelfControl (computer): Keep studying without being distracted.
  • Spotify (mobile device and computer): This music app have a lot of study playlist.
  • Microsoft OneNote (computer and mobile device) :This is avery good way to take notes and organize them.You can create different notebook, folders and to-do list.

❀That’s it for my essentials let me know if you want to see a back to school playlist!!!!:)

They’re here! My first planning printables are ready for sharing after 24 hours of messing with them and I can’t wait to hear what you think!!

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