How I Use a Bullet Journal as a Stay-At-Home Mom + Giveaway (CLOSED)

How I Use a Bullet Journal as a Stay-At-Home Mom + Giveaway (CLOSED)

Bullet Journals for a Stay-at-Home Mom

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Productivity was, for me, one of the hardest things to grasp as a stay-at-home mom. When I transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom, there were days when I would feel lost thinking of what to do next. I know that the tasks that we have at home are never-ending and constantly repeating. But there are just days when I question myself and ask if I was really accomplishing something.

Are you like that, too? Or is it just me?

Well, essentially, as moms there is really no question if we are productive or not. Because, we really are. Right, mommas? But this becomes all the more difficult because I work from home.Β The border lines between work and home are muddled simply because both share the same space – my house. All I can really do is adjust and find ways to make this setup work.

This is where structures and routines come in handy. As I’ve mentioned in my other blog post, it is important to schedule everything (and also make room for adjustments).

And this is where planning, specifically in a bullet journal, came in very handy and efficient for me.

I actually started using the system two years ago. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a system developed by Ryder Carroll to organize tasks, appointments, notes, etc. You can read more about it at It really worked for me but after a year, I reverted back to using a Belle De Jour Planner because I wanted to try glam planning (think stickers, washi tapes and all that jazz). But I wasn’t able to keep up.

So this year, I’m going back to a bullet journal again.

Why I Opted for a Bullet Journal vs. a Regular Planner

A bullet journal is highly customizable.

Not every person is the same. And not every person has the same way of organizing things. And I think this is the main reason why I opted to use a bullet journal versus a regular planner.

A bullet journal helps me customize my planner according to what I really need. From relevant trackers, planning layouts, lists, etc., a bullet journal makes it easy for me to design my planner and make it more intentional.

You can use any notebook.

What’s great about a bullet journal system is that you can start using it in any notebook that you prefer. The only thing that you need to consider when purchasing a notebook for bullet journaling is durability since you will be constantly using it and bringing it wherever you go.

No more wasted pages.

A few years ago, I used to be obsessed with collecting Starbucks stickers just to get my free planner. I was always excited to get my hands on their planners but I never really got through the whole year using it. What a waste.

This is what I like about a bullet journal because you don’t need to worry about wasted pages. Each page of your planner has a specific purpose. And that purpose serves only you. Plus, gone are those marketing pages that you don’t really need.

How I Use My Bullet Journal

There are three main ways on how I use my bullet journal:

  • Planning and Calendar
  • Tracking and Making Lists
  • Brainstorming and Note-taking.

You can watch this video to see my setup:

Other Ways You Can Use a Bullet Journal

There are a ton of other ways on how you can customize a bullet journal for you. It’s a really great way to stay on top of things most especially if you are a mom – staying at home or working. Here are some other ways you can use it for:

  • Meal planning
  • Finance monitoring and budgeting
  • Health monitoring – exercise tracker, water intake tracker, weight tracker
  • Food diary
  • Project planner and tracker
  • Cleaning scheduler and tracker
  • Making lists – books to read, activities to try with your husband or family, wish lists, etc.
  • Brain dump


Yes, you read it right. I will be hosting a giveaway! Yay!

For this giveaway, I will pick two (2) winners who will win one of these Oat Mnl A5 Notebooks. I personally bought these last December during their Christmas Sale and I want to share them with you.

bullet journal

The mechanics for this giveaway are in the description box of my YouTube video. You can click here to check it out.

Let me know in the comments section below if you’re using a bullet journal and share also why you like using it.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Sauumye

    I have recently started journaling and this is so helpful. i will surely keep these points in mind. Thank you for sharing this !!!

  2. Blair Villanueva

    You are very organized! I admire your technique, and I am the opposite πŸ™‚
    Sharing your post to my organized friends too.

  3. Khushboo Motihar

    I use bullet journals for my work all the time. I think it is a great way to stay organized and complete all your tasks πŸ™‚

  4. Liz Bayardelle

    I love bullet journaling because, as you said, there’s so much more flexible than regular journals. It is really time-consuming and addicting though, so proceed with caution.

    1. mayarcenal

      hahah! Yes, I agree with you on the addicting aspect of it. Bullet journals can be as minimalist or as art-filled as you want it to be πŸ™‚

  5. Joanne

    Sounds like a great way to keep organised, will have to check something like this out

  6. John Sallie

    Looks like an awesome tool. I’ll make sure to pass this along to my very busy daughter. Plus, its crafty and she loves crafts.

  7. Brian

    This is my first time hearing about a bullet journal. Looks like a great idea!

  8. Elizabeth O

    I do use bullet journal and it is always helpful for me. Btw your giveaway looks so beautiful.

  9. Katherine Gamble

    First and foremost, giveaways are awesome in so many ways. Secondly, thanks for writing this post. I think organization is the most important thing for executing both long and short term goals. I use my phone for organizing my life but I think it’s time for me to go back to the basics and get me one of these bullet journals.

  10. vidya

    i do enjoy journaling but have not really used a bullet journal so far.. you tempt me to look towards checking these out

  11. melissa major

    Bullet journals are so helpful, aren’t they? I use one myself for my blog and also for the gym. Its a great reminder of what to do in the days ahead.

  12. sabrina barbante

    I love the way these bullet journals look like! Practical but so lively. I only use an agenda, since everything related to finance and taxes are updated on my electronic devices.

  13. Surekha Busa

    Wow, that was so organized. I think I could use something like that. I usually use ordinary planner but this looks great.

  14. Jess

    This would be perfect for me as I have alot on my plate and would need to organize and gather my thoughts. I am going to check out the giveaway which you are awesome for!

  15. I usually do not use these for my tasks or schedules, I usually use my phone. However it is inspiring to see how do you use it everyday.

  16. Karla

    Besides blogging, I also do bullet journals! It’s more personalized and easy to maintain.

  17. Michael

    Haha! So organized. I bet you are doing well then. Keeping a list most likely keeps you updated so I think you’ll do greater things in the future. God bless.

  18. tweenselmom

    Love the format of your blog, it’s so neat. Your bullet journals must be pretty too.

    1. mayarcenal

      Thank you <3

  19. I use a blank journal – no printed dates and no lines so I can easily customized it. Just like the bullet journal, I agree, no wasted pages!

  20. Michi

    I stopped buying a planner few years ago. Like you I prefer using a bullet journal so I can customize it according to my needs. Mas tipid din siya kasi any notebook will do. πŸ™‚

  21. I like how you designed the pages of your bullet journal. How I wish I had the patience to do that, lol. πŸ™‚

    1. mayarcenal

      Thank you! It’s actually easy to do. It’s hard sa umpisa kasi you have to figure out a layout but once naumpisahan mo na, you can get a hang of it πŸ™‚

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