The first time I’ve watched the YouTube video “How to Bullet Journal”, I didn’t imagine that my beloved notebooks could really became such a special tool. So, I would like to thank Ryder Carroll for creating and, above all, for sharing this amazing system.

About Me

My name is Serena, I’m an italian graphic designer with a huge passion for drawing. Since I was a child, I’ve always spent my free time with notebooks, inks and pencils.
Although my job allows me to create customized digital layouts, the Bullet Journal, with its analog system, is the most useful planner that I’ve ever tried as it helps me to manage work tasks and reach personal goals.

My Bullet Journal Setup

Keys

The first page of my Bullet Journal is dedicated to Keys. The bullets that I mostly use are “To do tasks” with a dot, “Completed tasks” with a check mark and a little cross for “Cancelled tasks”. I also use signifiers, such as an exclamation point for “Important tasks” and hand lens for “Research”.

Sery Little Notes Bullet Journal Show & Tell: Key

Future log

I use the future log to plan all the events that I have to remember and all the things that I have to do in the future. It also works as a calendar.

Sery Little Notes Bullet Journal Show & Tell: Future Log

Monthly log

My monthly log is a huge instrument to write down all short-term tasks. There’s also a little habit tracker there, which is very useful to check how many times I perform some important task. This spreadsheet allows me to have a quick view of what’s happening on that month.

Sery Little Notes Bullet Journal Show & Tell: Monthly Log

Daily Logs: the power of drawings

I’ve always added some doodle or drawing on my daily logs, but when I started my Bullet Journal I used to draw without knowing their real power. After several months, flipping through my bullet journal, I noticed that the daily logs with no drawings did give me all the information about what I did, but those days with drawings were totally impressed in my mind. For this reason, last month I decided to combine my daily logs with real comic pages, in order to track what I do, what happens and how I feel everyday.

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Work Schedule

One of the best things of the Bullet Journal is that I can use it to plan my work tasks too. I create different schedules for every task that I have to do and write some info there, such as things that I have to buy, how long it takes to complete the job and the delivery date. Being a person who tends to procrastinate, I find this tool very useful, as it reminds me that if I want to be on time with deliveries, I have to plan a functional distribution of work.

Sery Little Notes Bullet Journal Show & Tell: Work Schedule Collection

Favourite Gear

Notebook: Leuchtturm1917 (Medium A5 Dotted)
Writing pen: Pentel gel pen 0.7
Drawing pens: Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.05 (characters lineart and background) – Faber Castell Pitt artist pen set (layout structure) and Tombow Dual Brush pen (shadows and midtones).

About Serena

Hi! I’m Serena, a bullet journalist, graphic designer and illustrator. I live in Italy and since I was a child I’ve always spent my free time with pencils, inks and digital art. When I see a blank space on a paper I can’t help being tempted to draw a sketch on it. I love everything about stationery and art supplies and although my main job consists in digital creations, I prefer the touch of a pen and the sound of the paper.
  • Ritz_Chan3

    Such a beautiful bullet journal you have there! I really loved your ideas for your own BuJo, it’s become my inspiration now!

    • Sery Little Notes

      Thank you!!

  • Jae

    Ahh, one of the most creative people I’ve seen on Instagram! I think I’ve pinned the Keys page on Pinterest for inspiration!

    • Sery Little Notes

      Thank you!

  • mir4ge

    wow, your journal is amazing. I wish I could draw wonderfull pages like yours. Congrats!

    • Sery Little Notes

      Thank you! You should make practice 🙂

  • Fantastic and gorgeous. Serena, do you post photos to Instagram or elsewhere? I’d love to follow your feed to continue to be inspired.

    • Ooh, I just reread and found your Instagram handle: serylittlenotes.

      • Sery Little Notes

        yes, it is, thank you 🙂

  • Wilmer Zuna

    Wow, I’m really impressed at how you use your bullet journal. There’s so much creativity it makes me want to do the same thing!

  • Love your creativity! So fun to see your daily memories in comic form, Serena 🙂

  • Angie Huang

    Ahh i love it! Is your art style influenced by Ai Yazawa by any chance? Your ladies are super reminiscent of her Nana series!!

  • Juliet

    So pretty!

  • Michael Kjeldsen ツ

    A work in progress: http://codepen.io/mchl/pen/woEQgZ <== Serenas icons used in a #bujo-styled html list.

    Well, mostly… still needs a lot of work and adjustments, as well as icons for "Important" and "Event" 🙂

  • Wow! What amazing sketches! This is a cool idea to keep up with your every day life and keep it fun. This would be great for doodling some small “Sunday comics” pages. There’s just something about unplugging, getting off to yourself, and reflecting with simple pen and paper that no digital device can replace. Thanks for sharing.