November 13, 2017

How to motivate yourself using bullet journal stickers + free positive words sticker printable

Why I started a bullet journal (a.k.a BuJo)

A while back I ditched the regular planner and started a bullet journal. Why?

1. Because a bullet journal gives me freedom.

 I can write whatever I want, in whatever format I'm comfortable in. This is the number one upside of a bullet journal. It's true, no one can restrict you.

2. There's no pressure to fill in the dates, and no disappointment if I miss writing on the dates.

I used to be a fan of those coffee shop planners (e.g. Starbucks Planner, The Giving Journal). It was convenient in the past because I'd often visit coffee shops to study, so I was hitting two birds with one stone. However, most of the expensive planners I got, I wasn't able to fill out properly because whenever I fail to fill up the pages with my daily logs, I get discouraged and procrastinate picking up the journal again.

3. I get to maximize every page because of number 1. 

Yes 'coz in a bullet journal you can do whatever you want with it. I even started with just a notebook and no format at all! I just wrote whatever I wanted for that day, and some important dates I needed to remember.

Wait, but what's a bullet journal again?

Well basically, a bullet journal is a personal tool that you can use to organize your thoughts. Anything goes for a bullet journal as long as it helps you get organized, somehow. It can be your planner/diary/sketchbook/scratch paper/habit tracker/thoughts tracker/idea notebook/etc., all, in one.

Amazing? Yes!

How to start your bullet jorunal

How do you start one? Well, all you need is a notebook and a pen. If you want to level up your bullet journal game, you can also use other materials. I've shared my planner/bullet journal essentials in my previous post (5 Planner Essentials for Stationery Junkies).

Then you start doing your thing. You can look up sample bullet journal spreads all over the internet.

Here's an example of my weekly spread:

Pinterest and Instagram, has a rich resource of sample bullet journal spreads. There are also Facebook groups you can join like: Bullet Journal for Beginners, where you can see what others do with their bullet journals.

Now that I'm sure we're already on the same page, it's time to to talk about how you can motivate yourself using bullet journal stickers!

Free Printable: Positive words bullet journal stickers

How to motivate yourself using bullet journal stickers!

First off, how do we even motivate ourselves?

I came across this article on Time -  How to to motivate yourself: 3 steps backed by science. I find it informative, easy to understand and helpful. I recommend that you read it, but please be a dear and finish reading this post first? I will share with you the 3 steps outlined in that article and suggest ways on how you can do that on your bullet journal, using stickers!

So, basically you have to

1. Set a positive mood

You've already seen my bullet journal layout. For the notes area, you can place an encouraging sticker, for example this one that says "Start your day with a smile!". It will remind you to start your day with a smile!

You can also place motivational stickers before you fill up a brainstorming/ planning sheet. Like this one for example:

2. Reward yourself

In case it isn't that obvious yet, I love stickers!!! I buy and hoard (but don't worry I'm already starting to curb my appetite for stickers), but most of the time they are left untouched. Why? Because I feel like actually sticking the sticker somewhere else will put it to waste. Most of my stickers don't fulfil their lives' purpose because I don't use them.

Recently though I started this practice of rewarding myself with the opportunity to stick 1 sticker on a date once I've achieved my top 1 task for that day. You can create a system that will suit you. If you think that getting out of bed is already an achievement then, give yourself the credit! Stick some of your stickers on your bullet journal!

Celebrate small wins, reward yourself! It's like giving yourself a pat on your back!

3. Peer Pressure

I know that this post is supposed to involve stickers, but this last item can't be done without involving another person. Unless you give your stickers names and talk to them as if they're your "friends", but we all know that's weird.

For this I suggest that you look for a trusted friend, preferably, one who owns a bullet journal him/herself, and squeeze in some bullet journal show and tell during your catch up dates. I used to do this with my best friend but we're geographically separated right now, and we're not social media/cellphone clingy so we don't really communicate that often.

When we'll meet again this Christmas though, I'll be sure to show her my bullet journal updates!

Where can you get bullet journal stickers that motivate?

I got mine from Miniso and they're priced 2 for 99 php that's around a dollar each sheet. Not bad for these transparent cuties!

But if you want to start right now and you don't have time to go and buy stickers, I have a treat for you! Subscribe to my mailing list and I will send you a positive words printable after you confirm your subscription! If there are any problems with regards to the download, kindly send me a message via email at

How to motivate yourself using bullet journal stickers


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  1. ❤❤ see you this Christmas friend! nice idea! i haven't been on my bullet journal for a while T_T this is exactly the thing I needed for motivation. stickers!! will buy sa paponei's hihihi :D

    1. See you! Us and our paponit dreams :) miss you! ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Great post. I have been thinking about making a bullet journal for a while, maybe today is the day!

  3. Ibfind I'm naturally inclined to bullet journal even as I've been trying to make more traditional ones work in vain. This post has given me motivation to just go for it with bullet journaling. And I cant wait to read your post on stationary!

    1. Go! It's nice to meet other people who also do bullet journaling! ❤️ Stay tuned for my stationery posts! ❤️

  4. I never thought about the disappointment factor of missing a date, but its so real!

  5. This is what I should have had since I got started blogging or in my life as a whole, I get easily bored and distracted so this is exactly what I need.

  6. Always wanted to do Bujo, but I'm afraid I won't be able to follow through (just using my journal alone is already a struggle lol).

    Anyway, amazing tips!!! This actually kind of convinced me to make one for myself. Hehe!


    1. It's okay, take your time <3

      But BuJo solved the problem of not being able to follow through my Journal. 'Coz it's everything in one :)

  7. Cute! Love the idea of using stickers. I think bullet journaling may be my best bet! Thanks so much.

  8. I love this! I think I am going to start a bullet journal for 2018 because I have tired planners and, like you, they restrict me and I get frustrated with them. I even tried to design my own planner to test it out for a week. Halfway using it I got frustrated because I didn't fill everything out and forgot some things. LOL. I love the idea of stickers for motivation. I refer to my planner often and I know that it would be beneficial to have a motivational stick or two in there.

    1. Go! <3

      I do my spreads weekly so if I forget to make a spread, 'coz of laziness and too busy to plan (which probably is not a good excuse) no paper is wasted. :)

  9. I love to have a bullet journal, but I don't have the time to make it as beautiful and I would like to. So for now I have a personalised planner and a journal separated.

    1. It's okay. Function > aesthetics. Okay? Don't stress :)

  10. I love seeing how people use bullet journals. I like a regular planner too, so I might have to try using both (for different things) next year! We'll see. I DO love some fun stickers though.


  11. I used to use planners. Later I started feeling that I need to wrote down everything to remember which made me stop using planners. I give it as a test to myself to remember things which is working out most of the times these days . Sometimes I still forget :(

    Nice read!

  12. I've started to see a lot of people sharing about their bullet journals but this is the first one where I've felt inspired to get one. Love the stickers


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