1. Hi Kayse! I am so glad I found this page…I researched so much and thought that your system would work best in my lifestyle. I’m on Day 3 with the bullet journal and Simplified Planner, and loving it! I just have a quick question…do you Daily Log in the bullet journal at all? I have been daily logging but then I find that I just rewrite a lot of stuff from the daily log into the To Do list in the Simplified Planner, and then sometimes a third time into the “My Day” section. When I just write in the My Day section and leave the To Do blank, (because it’s in the Daily Log) it just seems so empty and a waste of space! Just want to see what your system is! Sorry for the novel, thanks in advance!

  2. Setting up my system now! By the way, was looking at your schedule and not thinking it was weird at all. And then took a closer look and realized it’s not weird to see Pretend City or Santa Ana Zoo on your schedule because I know those things…haha because I live in OC too. 🙂 🙂 🙂 How old are your kids? See you around sometime! 🙂

  3. I love the system you are using! How far in advance do you set up the monthly and weekly views in your bullet journal? Do you do the whole year or a few months at a time?

  4. This. Is. Amazing. I always feel like something is missing when it comes to my planner and organizing. This is it!!! I am going to create these ASAP. Thank you for all of these awesome ideas. If you create a planner I’ll be ready to purchase one!!!
    Happy Organizing ?

  5. What a great post! Love your ideas – I’ll be co-opting a couple for myself! Right now I’m using my own version of the daily planner pages SP uses, just in a binder format so I can add pages as I need them. Plus I have tons of note pages in the back for keeping track of projects, quotes, etc. It’s the perfect mix for me 🙂

  6. What size is your journal? They mention medium and other sizes. Looking to buy one.

    1. I think it’s about 5.5×8 – like a half sheet of paper!

  7. This is awesome! My simplified planner came in the mail today. Now I need to get a bullet journal! I can’t wait for the new year to start to implement this new system. I’m starting school this spring and definitely need to keep things organized!

  8. Jessica Brewster says:

    This is a great idea! I’ve looked at both styles and found them lacking, but I think both together would be perfect for me. Especially being able to do one whenever ahead of time as needed and the other daily!

    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful! I’m actually working on designing my own planner – it’s a unique design, combining the two strategies a bit. Stay tuned – I think you’ll like it! 🙂

  9. This is a great post as I have also been flipping back and forth between a planner and a bullet journal. Duh…use both! 🙂 I have a quick question for you. If you have recurring events such as soccer practice and Martial Arts Class, do you put those in your monthly event list in your bullet journal? Do you add them in your Simplified calendar color-coded for the person involved?

  10. Thank you for the great ideas. I have been torn between my planner and a bullet journal and as a result have neither stated. You planner/bullet journal looks perfect for me! I love the idea for using the washi tape and like you I have a bundle of it.

  11. Courtney Gunn says:

    I use this exact same system! It works great for me! I will say that I come up with some very random, yet unique trackers for my BuJo. 🙂

    1. Oooh I want to hear more! Tell me about your trackers!!

  12. I absolutely love this post! I started a bullet journal, but I already have a simplified daily planner that I’m obsessed with, but I too am a list person!!! I’ve been looking at all these blog posts about tips and how to create a bullet journal, but your blog post is by the far the best one I’ve found that is right up my ally. I especially love how you did your monthly meal plan page & use your bullet journal as a reference when setting up your month in your SP!!!


  13. I think your handwriting should be made into a font that I could use on my computer. 🙂

  14. Gosh you are organised! this is amazing! and beautiful…..a work of art even. 🙂

  15. Which size bullet journal are you using? Thanks!

  16. Julie Crouthamel says:

    I see that you have FireFly Lane on your reading list, which is one of my all time favorites! I just wanted you to know that there is a sequel to it called Fly Away. The Kate&Tulley story wouldn’t be complete without it 🙂

  17. I’m not doing an all out bullet journal (I do not have good handwriting or the ability to make cute drawings), but I do have a ‘list’ journal or sorts. Some of the your practices you shared today are great, such as wrapping the washi around the top of the page! I’m using that right away!

    1. Yes! The beauty of it is that it can be WHATEVER you want it to be! A list journal is perfect!!

  18. Oh my word!!! I was strictly using my bullet journal for several months – but I missed things that were in my Day Designer. So I switched back to my planner. But, now I have been missing my Bullet Journal. That is SUCH a good idea to go ahead and just use both!! I am going to start doing that!! Thank you so much for taking the time to create this post!

  19. Melissa Lynch says:

    Thank you! This post is just what I wanted to see; I’ve been thinking about using both, but was hoping to see how it worked for someone else first. It looks like just the thing!

    1. I’m seriously loving it. I no longer feel scattered – which is the whole point, right?!

  20. I love seeing your system! Thanks for all of the photos! I am anxious to get organized after the summer months. I do have one question for you since I am unfamiliar with the bullet journaling system. Do you have a key for your boxes in your journal? Thanks for your website! I have learned so much from you & think you are fabulous! I love your honesty!!!

    1. I do have a key! I just use a really simple one. Checkboxes (tasks to complete), checks (completed tasks), and arrows (if I have to migrate a task to the next list). I find this really helpful because I can look at an old list and see what happened to each item!

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