How to start and decorate a diary

Nov 3, 2021 02:27:20 AM by Pradeep H

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Nov 3, 2021 04:22:34 AM by Pavla H

I appreciate the efforts but I do not understand why Uprwork always jumps into revamps without asking among users first which features we find most handy, which functionalities we most depend on, how we use the tools and what we consider troublesome, before such major revamps are made. I cannot appreciate nice graphic redesign if it takes away usability and practicability. Long time issue with UW is you guys take a top down approach that proved so many times disasterous – especially with the UW app, but now also WD and that instead of seeking our opinions actively and making it easy to share them, you just throw something out and then wait for us to give you all this feedback, which means I am now donating you 40 minutes of my time I could have been working, trying to sum up all you should have gathered another way a long time before the changes were drafted. Obviously, this doesn’t make anyone very happy.

I see so many newly introduced issues with the new redesign. The most serious include dropdown menu of billing codes when editing billing codes from WD website and the overview of my working sessions on WD, see details below.

Billing codes: my contract’s nature results in dozens (nearing hundred) codes avaliable in the drop-down menu to choose from. Whenever I need to edit a segment, I need to do more steps than before to be able to do so. And worst of all, I can no longer SEARCH through the codes using cmd/ctrl+F, which is a must for such a long list. Most of the codes are very hard to distinguish, so the safest way is to copy them from the job I am working on and using the search to find the particular code in the drop-down list. Now this is no longer possible: whenever I click on the drop-down menu and then hit cmd+F, the dropdown menu collapses again! So, the only way to edit the code is MANUALLY scroll through those dozens oftentimes very similar, hard to read and mostly unmemorable codes to find the exact match for the one I need. This makes what used to be a few second’s task something that takes precious minutes!

– compact overview of segments I worked in one sitting – I used to have a very clear visual overview of how many breaks there are in my day and how long were my segments I worked at one sitting. Now my billed time is broken into groups based on billing codes and not on the segments worked at one go. Well, this grouping could very well be added to the Reports overview, but in WD it makes no sense.

– editing of individual segments: very complicated!

1) I need to remember that the box is invisible, so I randomly run over the space below windows of tracked time until the box appears.

3) I scroll to the top of the website and click on Edit

4) I click on the dropdown menu

5) I search manually for the code I wish to use

Are you sure this couldn’ be done in fewer steps and with the possibility to just start typing the first letters so that the menu would automatically filter the codes based on what I start typing?

– the little screenshots in WD – well, they are so tiny that they do not serve any purpose like that. It would make much more sense to offer the two views as before: one just list with clear overview of segments based on time, not codes, and another view with large thumbnails that would actually pertain some details so that they were of any use and these could be grouped based on codes as long as we could also have the time-based grouping.

Thanks for considering all the above, most of which is crucial for uninterrupted workflow.

How to start and decorate a diary

One of the things we love most about Bullet Journals is that not only do they help you organize your whole life but with a simple bullet journal doodle you can express your creativity however you like.

Whether you try art journal doodles or prefer easy doodle ideas, there are step-by-step doodle tutorials and inspiration for all levels of talent… even if you think you can’t draw!

Toggle between your doodle interests with our table of content here:

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What are journal doodles?

A doodle is a simple drawing that usually doesn’t take very long to create.

Think about all those little drawings you probably did on your schoolwork back at school. Well, now you have free reign to be as creative as you like.

We love doodles as it is a super-easy way to personalize your bullet journal and you can find doodle journal ideas on any topic imaginable.

Also, there are plenty of doodle prompts online to help anyone create art… yes, even if you aren’t creative.

As an added bonus to your bujo looking fabulous, doodling is a stress reliever! So it helps you relax and even aids concentration, all while making your bullet journal pretty.

How to start and decorate a diary

Ultimate list of bullet journal doodles

Our Favorite Doodle Supplies

For the most basic doodles, a simple doodle pencil is all you need.

We know that you love to make your bullet journal look amazing though so thought we would share some of the drawing supplies we love.

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

To make finding the best doodle for you easier, we have created this ultimate list of doodles for journals.

Keep reading to find our all-time favorite journal doodle ideas, from animals to Holidays, flowers to magical creatures, this list has something for every bujo fan.

Easy doodles for your bullet journal

Flora Doodles

Some of the easiest but amazing notebook doodles are flower doodles and floral drawings. Here are our favorite botanical doodles from how to draw a rose to tropical leaf doodles.

$100,000 in home equity + $16,940 in Robinhood individual stocks + $177,510 in brokerage accounts + $29,508 in my Roth IRA + $11,300 in my savings account + $3,000 in my HSA + $8,740 invested in employee stock options. My Roth 401(k) has about $23,000 in it last I checked. I contribute between 10-14%.)
Debt: $315,000 left of my mortgage
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,850
Pronouns: She/her

Monthly Expenses
Mortgage: $1,700, but my partner, S., pays me $1,000 in rent every month and I put an extra $150 aside as well. The extra $150 from both of our payments goes towards any home repairs, beyond which I will solely cover.

Recurring Donations: $10 to NAACP, $20 to National Network of Abortion Funds, $50 to other causes
Compost: $12.50 for my half
Wax Subscription: $35
Apple Cloud: $3
Apple TV+: $5
Nuuly: $88 (I’ve paused every month except a few since the pandemic started.)
Morbid Patreon: $4
ClassPass Lite: $9 (I really need to cancel this but I have credits I want to use up first.)
Health Insurance: $0, on my company’s plan
HSA: max it out and my employer matches $1,000 (my therapy is paid for from this)
Internet: $42 for my half
Gift Savings: $100
Travel Savings: $185
Weddings Fund: $100 (I started this a couple of years ago reading Money Diaries about how expensive it gets when your friends all start getting married. There’s about $3,000 in it now, and I’m excited to not stress about travel and gift costs for the first few years of folks getting married.)
Book Of The Month: $168 annually
Obé Fitness: $200 annually but I just canceled my subscription.

How to start and decorate a diary

Have you tried a bullet journal monthly spread yet? A monthly spread is an easy and beautiful way to see your whole month in one simple glance.

You can also have lots of fun with a monthly spread.

Maybe you want to theme your whole month to fit around a Holiday like Christmas or Halloween.

Another great idea is to get into the seasonal spirit with beautifully themed spreads for Summer or Spring.

Trying to decide how you want to layout your whole month can be a daunting task though.

What do you include in a bujo monthly spread? And how is best to set it out in your planner or diary?

I have collected up some of my favorite monthly bullet journal ideas to give you some inspo.

These ideas are great for those just starting on their bullet journal journey or pro’s alike. If you are looking for general spreads to try or special layouts for Holidays and seasons, there will be something that gets your creativity going.

Don’t forget to take a look at my bullet journal weekly spread ideas too if you want a more in-depth calendar page for each week in the month.

How to start and decorate a diary

Tip: If you are new to bujo and all these words I am mentioning don’t make much sense to you yet, here are a few articles you should check out!

These pages are all part of the bullet journal system:

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What is a Monthly Spread?

The Monthly Log or Monthly Spread is an overview of the entire month ahead. It is similar to the future log but here you can be more detailed about the short-term tasks coming up for the month.

You usually set it up using 2 pages. Here you write down here specific events and tasks as well as plans for making your goals happen and your focus for the month.

Just like anything in your bullet journal you can make it your own and add or remove things as they work or don’t work for you.

Below is a huge list of ideas to help you set up your monthly logs.

Bullet Journal Monthly Spread

Looking for inspiration to decorate the pages of your bullet journal months? You are in the right place!

Below I have over 30 month bullet journal pages to inspire you!

January Bullet Journal Month Ideas

How to start and decorate a diary

To help ease into the year after the crazy Holiday season, I made a super simple January monthly spread. You can find out more about this January Bujo setup here.

We love how simple this January bujo spread is. Washi Tape is a simple but effective way to make your spreads look amazing, even if you don’t think of yourself as very artsy.

It’s so easy to make a bullet journal monthly calendar look themed with stickers.

Love the idea of adding a monthly tracker in your bullet journal.

Be sure to add all those things you want to make new habits. If you are stuck for ideas we have this great post on Habit Trackers.

This winter-themed bullet journal spread is so simple but includes such a comprehensive overview for the whole month.

The visit of the Wise Men; journeys, political intrigue and not a stable in sight!

The Story in the Bible

How to start and decorate a diary

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, look, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.”

And when King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Messiah would be born. And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written through the prophet, ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are in no way least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come forth a ruler who will shepherd my people, Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child, and when you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and worship him.”

And they, having heard the king, went their way; and look, the star which they saw in the east went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered gifts to him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Being warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.

The History behind the Three Kings/Wise Men/Magi in the Christmas Story

After Jesus was born, Wise Men came to look for Him, probably from an area which is now in either Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or an area in what’s now southern Turkey, northern Syria. Although they are often called the ‘Three Kings’, the Bible does not say how many there were, or that they were kings. One theory is that they might have been Kings of the Yemen, as during this time the Kings of Yemen were Jews. Three is only a guess because they brought with them three gifts: but however many there were of them, they probably would have had many more servants with them.

They were certainly men of great learning. The word Magi comes from the greek word ‘magos’ (where the english word ‘magic’ comes from). Magos itself comes from the old Persian word ‘Magupati’. This was the title given to priests in a sect of the ancient Persian religions such as Zoroastrianism. Today we’d called them astrologers. Back then astronomy and astrology were part of the same overall studies (and ‘science’) and went hand in hand with each other. The magi would have followed the patterns of the stars religiously. They would have also probably been very rich and held high esteem in their own society and by people who weren’t from their country or religion.

They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it foretold the birth of a special king in Israel. No one really knows what the new star in the sky was, and there are many theories including comets, supernovas, a conjunctions of planets or something supernatural! Find out more about the star in the Star of Bethlehem page in the Christmas Customs section. The Magi would have known about the prophecies of a special Jewish Savior (also known as the Messiah) from when the Jews had been held captive in ancient Babylon several hundred years before.

Legends are told about them and they have been given names. This is how they are often described:

  • Gaspar (or Caspar), who has brown hair and a brown beard (or no beard!) and wears a green cloak and a gold crown with green jewels on it. He is the King of Sheba. Gaspar represents the Frankincense brought to Jesus.
  • Melchior, who has long white hair and a white beard and wears a gold cloak. He is the King of Arabia. Melchior represents the Gold brought to Jesus.
  • Balthazar, who has black skin and a black beard (or no beard!) and wears a purple cloak. He is the King of Tarsus/Macedonia and Egypt. Balthazar represents the gift of Myrrh that was brought to Jesus.

Herod asked the Wise Men to find Jesus and tell him where he was, not so he could go and worship him as he said, but so he could kill him! He thought that Jesus sounded like a new King that could come and take his power away.

When the Wise Men found Jesus and Mary, they would have been living in a normal house, probably in Bethlehem or Jerusalem, because by this time Jesus would have been aged between one and two. Then they gave their gifts to him. The gifts seem quite strange to give to a baby, but Christians believe that they had the following meanings:

  • Gold: is associated with Kings and Christians believe that Jesus is the King of Kings.
  • Frankincense: is sometimes used in worship in Churches and showed that people would worship Jesus.
  • Myrrh: is a perfume that is put on dead bodies to make them smell nice; Christian believe that it showed that Jesus would suffer and die.

The gifts are also all things that come from east of Israel in Arabia.

When the wise men were about to go to tell Herod where Jesus was, they were warned in a dream not to, so Herod could not carry out his horrible plan.

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How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

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How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

How to start and decorate a diary

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