33 Daily Habits of Successful People That You Don’t Do

Look, you have your own life and you do your own thing. That’s great.

So maybe you don’t think you need to see what others do because you’re your own person.

Awesome. Awesome.

However, successful people don’t follow that same belief.

In fact, they are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve and the best way to do that is by observing other people.

That isn’t the start of this list so consider that one a freebie.

There is a simple belief that you should follow if you want to maintain your current life.

Just continue to do what you’re already doing.

However, if you want more (time, money, sleep, opportunities, love, whatever) then you probably have to change some things and it can be hard to make changes if you don’t know what to change.

I wasn’t able to create successful businesses until I stopped pretending that the way I imagined was actually working. Instead, I simply observed what other successful entrepreneurs were doing and then I did the same thing.

I didn’t copy their businesses, but I did copy their strategies and it paid off.

Now I’m always on the lookout to see how I can squeeze out a bit more from life.

I don’t try to overdo it, but I know I’m nowhere near reaching my maximum yet.

How do I know that?

Because I see what others are achieving and I know I can achieve similar things. That means I need to continue to observe others to get an idea of what they do.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of things that I’ve seen successful people do so I can have a reminder of the things that I need to constantly work on.

Daily Habits of Successful People

It’s important to note that simply understanding these things doesn’t make you better or help you achieve what you want. It’s always about the actions that you take.

If you can’t take action then reading a list of habits isn’t going to change anything.

You need to learn how to apply these habits in your life so that you do them almost subconsciously.

1. Read Books

If you aren’t sure what a book is then you don’t want to be here.

For some reason, people have forgotten the amount of knowledge that can be found in books.

I try to read 2-3 books a week. If you think that is insane, it’s really not. Nobody is going to quiz you on a book that you read after you read it.

It’s pretty easy to get an idea of the book’s message by skimming it or doing some “speed reading”.

I love to have my Kindle around with me when I can because it provides me with a very specific purpose.

Trying to browse the Internet on a Kindle is a huge pain in the ass. The Kindle is great at one thing and that is reading books so it allows me to focus on a single task.

If I don’t have my Kindle and I find myself with some downtime (waiting on something) I open the Kindle app on my phone and get to reading.

I find that the biggest problem people have with reading books is making time to read books.

If you can do that, you’ll be surprised by how many books you can get through in a year.

If you’re a professional in an industry, I think it’s important to stay abreast on things by reading different people. It’s very easy to get trapped in your bubble and not realize what you’re missing.

2. Keep a Daily Journal

This may come as surprise to you but it’s impossible to remember everything.

It’s even hard to mentally keep track of the progress you’re making with something without writing it down.

Journaling is something that everybody should do no matter what their goals are in life.

Because there are so many different ways to journal, you can find a method that is applicable to what you want to do.

Journaling helps me to stay on track with my goals and I’ve found that whenever I go through a period of not journaling, I completely go off track with things.

It’s like how you make a New Years resolution but totally forget about it until August and by then you feel it’s too late to try it.

3. Exercise

I should probably make this the top thing and I’m sure you can point out a lot of unhealthy people that are successful.

However, it’s been proven over and over and over again that exercise is great for your mind.

It’s also a great way to relieve stress if that’s something that is bogging you down.

Now, I’m not saying you need to hit the gym and go full Ironman on people, but doing 30 minutes of working out daily can do wonders for both your physical and mental state.

4. Implement a Growth Mindset

It’s almost impossible to be successful with a fixed mindset.

One of the qualities of successful people is their ability to want to try new things and not let “failure” prevent them from trying.

Having a growth mindset can be the difference between starting a business and working for your shitty boss for another 3 years.

It’s the difference between going to bed and being happy with what you did today versus waking up and wishing you could finally do the things that you want.

If you want to learn more about Fixed vs Growth Mindset, I can’t recommend Carol Dweck’s book, >Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, enough to you.

It completely changed how I approach anything new in my life.

5. Surround Yourself With Positive People

There is about a 1% chance that I would be successful in creating a business without my wife.

She has always been the one encouraging me to keep trying and helping to keep the faith in myself when I sometimes wanted to give up.

Whatever you do in life, you’ll have enough people on the outside trying to shit on you and put you down. You can’t stop that.

However, you can surround yourself with people that will continuously pick you up when you need it.

Sometimes you might have to be that person for yourself, but everything becomes easier when you surround yourself with people that support and encourage you.

6. Listen

Everybody is quick to be an expert or prove that they’re right.

There really is no value in it.

However, there is a ton of value in listening.

Like reading a book, you can pick up so much insight just by listening to others.

Problem-solving becomes so much easier when you listen.

Building relationships become so much easier when you listen.

Hm, it seems like almost everything in life is easier when you take the time to listen.

7. Have a Why

In my course, Hero Branding, one of the first things that I talk about is coming up with a Why.

Having a Why is important because it helps to keep you emotionally engaged on a task.

You know how people always has how do you find motivation or how do you stay motivated?

Well, a lot of successful people will tell you that motivation doesn’t matter. You just go out and do it.

But I’ve found that having a Why is a great way to keep motivated because it emotionally keeps me engaged.

So how does a Why work?

Well, it’s not the easiest thing to come up with.

Let’s try to use an example.

Let’s say you want to lose weight.

Most people that want to lose weight start with a What.

What do they want to do?

  • Look great
  • Fit in that dress
  • Be happy looking at themselves in the mirror

Now, these are good reasons to want to lose weight but these are all things that you can put on pause. When you see that cake you can go on and eat it all because you can continue with that What tomorrow or next week.

Let’s try this again with a Why.

Why do they want to lose weight?

  • Because they believe that their health is holding them back from achieving their full potential
  • Because they believe that happiness can be found in spending 40 more years with their family

I could keep going with this but these are good examples.

Now, when this person sees the cake and they think of their Why, which is more important to them? How can you be emotionally attached to a Why and do the opposite action?

If you really believe that your health is holding you back from achieving your full potential then you know full well eating that cake is going to stall that out. In fact, it can show that you value the cake more than you value what you say you believe in.

If you’re at a wedding, eat cake. Don’t be that person.

The point is, when you’re trying to stick with something, you need a North Star to guide you. You just need to remind yourself of your Why and you’ll see how powerful it is.

If you want to learn more about the Why, then I suggest heading to the source. Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, is, to me, the most important business book that you can read. But it’s not just for business, it applies to everything in life.

It’s that good and that important.

8. Try to Stay Organized

Out of all of the things on this list, this is the hardest thing for me.

I just don’t have that gene that makes me want to keep things organized.

It’s not like I want things to be messy. I hate mess.

But I can work around it if I need to.

My wife is the complete opposite. She’s able to think of things 10 years in the future simply because she stays organized. Because she’s organized she doesn’t have to think about the present.

The present is already taken care of.

If she needs to work on a task she doesn’t have to hesitate because she knows where everything is.

Thankfully, almost everything I do is digital so I don’t have to look very far for things.

However, there are days where I’ll wake up and sit down and simply have no idea what I’m supposed to do because things are all over the place.

And if my office is a mess? I’m screwed.

I’ll try and focus on work stuff, but there is this part of my brain always focused on the mess around me.

When you’re organized, it allows your brain to work on the things that you want it to work on.

9. Notice the Details

One of the reasons why it’s important to come up with a Why is because it will allow you to focus on the details as you move forward. The Why is the North Star.

When you have that, you no longer stop and ask what you’re doing. You know what you’re doing and you know Why you’re doing.

Now you get to focus on the details.

Focusing on the details will allow you to find what things you need to optimize. It will allow you to get the most out of yourself.

Isn’t that what we all want?

10. Find Balance

Old Habits Die Hard: How to Break Bad Habits

You suck.

It’s okay though because we all suck.

The things we suck at are bad habits.

It doesn’t mean we are bad people, it just means we do things that we aren’t proud of and we can’t stop doing them because they are habits.

That’s why we suck.

But, it’s possible to suck less.


By breaking the habit.

I’m sure you’ve tried. No matter what your bad habit is, there are always some crazy solutions to counter it.

I once read about how someone used to dip their fingers in filthy ashtrays to stop them from biting their nails. Obviously, that is going to work but that’s a tad extreme.

You don’t have to be extreme to break a habit, you just have to understand why you do that habit and then replace it with something else.

Habits Don’t Die

When I said “habits don’t die” what I mean is that you will always have habits in your life. It’s how humans are able to think about other things.

Habits become instinctual and routine which allows us to use our brains on other things.

It’s impossible to be a habit-less person so that isn’t what you are trying to achieve.

What you’re trying to achieve is replacing one habit with another.

Hopefully, a more positive one that you really like and benefits you.

But before you can do that you need to understand your Trigger.

Trigger, what?

Habit Triggers

As much as you like to think that habits are random they really aren’t. Habits are always triggered by something.

For example, maybe you bite your nails when you feel anxious.

Maybe you roll your eyes when someone says “me”.

Or you eat cookies when you’re bored.

There is always something that triggers the bad habit and it’s up to you to figure out what that trigger is.

For me, the best way to do that is keeping an Hour Journal.

This is simply a journal that you write in once an hour to track what you’ve done. This might be too meticulous for you so you could just simply whip out your phone and take notes whenever you catch yourself doing a bad habit.

Some questions you should answer are:

  • What was I doing before the habit?
  • How was I feeling before the habit?

Doing this for a couple of days and answering these two questions will allow you to discover what is triggering the bad habit.

This is important because when you know the trigger, you can keep an eye out for it.

I used to have a bad habit of doing a lot of shots when I went out. I used to think it was just because I was the fun guy to hang out with but the reality of it was, I would do the shots when I felt like I wasn’t getting enough attention.

This sounds ridiculous when I write it out but it’s true. If I’m in a group and I’m not getting enough attention, I’ll get everyone shots.

Once I noticed this and became aware, my mentality changed.

I replaced one habit with another and that’s the 2nd step of this process.

The Replacements

If you’re doing a habit because of a feeling you have, chances are you will never completely eliminate that feeling from your life so you need a habit to act as a coping mechanism.

In my case, instead of going to get shots (I still do shots from time to time, but that’s to celebrate) I would compliment whoever was talking.

This helped me feel like the group dynamic wasn’t about drawing attention to me, but enjoying the company of others and to do that I threw praise upon someone else.

The praise had to be justified. It couldn’t be fake.

I wanted to replace the bad habit with a good one, not another bad one.

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset: Which Are You?

Thinking back it’s weird to understand that one of the things that held many of my classmates or co-workers back from getting more out of their pursuits was their mindset.

It wasn’t their talent. It wasn’t their intelligence.

It was simply a mindset.

This seems silly because at almost every level of our lives people have rewarded those that are smart and have natural ability.

You’re so smart. I can’t believe you picked up this subject so quickly.

This makes you think that if you can’t pick up the random subject quickly then you must not be smart enough for it. If you aren’t smart enough for it then why bother?

It’s no secret why so many people when they reach adulthood don’t pursue many other things in life.

Sure, they may dabble, but how many adults become experts at something that they actually started in adulthood?

In contrast, how many kids from ages 1 – 6 spend however long it takes them to finally get something right?

There just seems to be nothing holding them back.

The difference is having a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset.

What is the definition of mindset?

First, I think it’s important to start with the definition of mindset. Here it is straight from the dictionary:

the established set of attitudes held by someone

Nothing to do with intelligence or talent. It only deals with an attitude that someone holds.

Where did this stuff come from?

Mindset is nothing new. However, the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset originated from Carol Dweck and her holy shit you need to read this book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

In her book, Dweck postures that how we view and inhabit our personality is one of our most basic beliefs.

A fixed mindset leads you to believe that your character, intelligence, and creative ability are static (fixed). This means that they can’t be changed in any meaningful way and success is determined by your levels of these 3 things.

The way you must maintain this mindset is by always achieving success and completely avoiding failure (maybe you can see the problem here).

In contrast, a growth mindset thrives on challenges. A growth mindset sees failure not as evidence of a lack of intelligence, but as an opportunity to grow and expand upon existing abilities.

As you can imagine, depending on which mindset you grew up with can determine a lot of the choices and actions you’ve made as an adult.

growth mindset vs fixed mindset chart

Here are the consequences that Dweck uncovered:

Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character — well, then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them. It simply wouldn’t do to look or feel deficient in these most basic characteristics.


I’ve seen so many people with this one consuming goal of proving themselves — in the classroom, in their careers, and in their relationships. Every situation calls for a confirmation of their intelligence, personality, or character. Every situation is evaluated: Will I succeed or fail? Will I look smart or dumb? Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I feel like a winner or a loser?…

There’s another mindset in which these traits are not simply a hand you’re dealt and have to live with, always trying to convince yourself and others that you have a royal flush when you’re secretly worried it’s a pair of tens. In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and experience.

Do people with this mindset believe that anyone can be anything, that anyone with proper motivation or education can become Einstein or Beethoven? No, but they believe that a person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.

The growth mindset creates a passion for learning. Nothing is unattainable and everything is an adventure.

Before a kid even learns about intelligence or is called smart, they get to explore anything and everything.

They need to understand how something works because they are curious.

There are no limitations created by external expectations. To them, every experience is a chance to expand on their abilities.

People with the growth mindset are not discouraged by failure because they don’t actually see themselves as failing, they see themselves as learning.

Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.

In contrast, people with a fixed mindset are concerned that if they take a risk it will lead to them showing their inadequacies. Therefore they believe they really shouldn’t be too risky with things.

I see this all of the time in the Dare to Conquer Community. People get excited about starting a business but then become paralyzed because they believe that until they master all of the knowledge, they shouldn’t take any action.

Of course, you don’t know if you’ve mastered any knowledge until you take action but taking action means that you might show your inadequacies.

It’s often why people with a fixed mindset only succeed once their backs are against the wall and they have no other choice.

The ones that start off with a growth mindset continuously ask questions because they see the journey as a learning experience. Yes, they want to see success but they understand their odds increase when they open their minds to soak in the knowledge.

They understand that there probably isn’t a direct route from Point A to Point B. It means there will be ups and downs. It means there will be a lot of bumps but those are just part of the process.

In fact, they can be fun!

What happens when people with a fixed mindset encounter failure?

Well, Dweck explains it well:

If success had meant they were intelligent, then less-than-success meant they were deficient.

Nobody wants to feel deficient.

Nobody wants to feel like they just don’t have it. It’s why people with a fixed mindset always play it safe.

They believe they like challenges, but in reality, they only like the challenges that they know they can succeed with.

If you start an online business and after the first couple of months you find that you are getting no traffic and no money then it can start to wear on you.

Each day is simply another day that isn’t fun. Your confidence in achieving success gets worse and worse.

In contrast, someone with a growth mentality will keep plugging away. Not because they are stupid or blind to what is happening, but because they know that each day is an opportunity to push their limits.

Others have found success so why shouldn’t they be able to?

Mindset Produces Change, Both Good and Bad

In one study, Dweck gave students some IQ questions. When the students completed the test, researchers asked them to write letters to their peers along with reporting their scores.

40% of the ability-praised (fixed mindset) kids lied about their scores. They inflated them so they would look better.


The fixed mindset proved to be pretty toxic when these students were praised before encountering something difficult.

In the fixed mindset, imperfections are shameful — especially if you’re talented — so they lied them away. What’s so alarming is that we took ordinary children and made them into liars, simply by telling them they were smart.

Fixed mindset people believe in establishing their superiority over others. They want to be somebody that is worthy, whatever that means.

Growth mindset people believe that success can come when you work your hardest to be the best.

How to Develop a Growth Mindset

Okay, all of this sounds great. You see the benefits in having a growth mindset over a fixed mindset.

But how do you develop a growth mindset for yourself?

1. Accept you have weaknesses and that you can correct them

This year, like every year, I decided that I wanted to make some changes in my life. I didn’t want to be an underachiever anymore so I looked at the areas that I could improve.

I found that I have a bad habit of not sticking to my habits. So I read a number of books trying to uncover how you make habits stick because I’ve seen plenty of other people stick to their habits.

I knew this weakness could be turned into a strength. Every time​ I “failed” at sticking to a habit, instead of giving up on it, I wrote down why I think I failed and then I went at it again.

Now, it is much easier for me to stick to habits because I understand that failing at them is no longer a sign of weakness.

2. View challenges as opportunities

Some people consider me cocky because rarely do I turn down a challenge. Maybe I am a bit cocky but I’m also curious.

I’m always curious to see how I handle a challenge. If I fail at the challenge I want to know why I failed and then I want to try the challenge again.

If I succeed at the challenge then I get to tell the person I’m the greatest because that is what cocky people do.

I’m just joking, I only do that to my wife.

I’m joking again.

3. Remember that the brain is not fixed, it can evolve

Your brain can constantly form new connections if you allow it to. Just because you grew up with a fixed mindset does not mean you are stuck with it forever.

There is always room for your brain to grow but that can only happen if you change your mindset and actively take actions that back up that mindset.

Speaking of action…

4. Mindset is both worldview and action

It’s great if you’ve decided to have a growth mindset but it will quickly disappear if you don’t take the actions that people with a growth mindset take.

What will you do the next time you fail? Will you throw your hands up in disgust or will you try again?

Will you look at the puzzle and try to figure it out or will you throw the pieces off of the table?

5. Learning over validation

I like motivation especially the kind where you form some type of nemesis. However, this can also work against you.

What I mean is that many people like to say they are trying to do something to prove someone wrong.

My husband doesn’t believe I can create a successful business so I am going to prove him wrong.

The problem with this mentality is that it is based around the idea that you want your spouse’s approval so when you’re working on this business you’ll shy away from risks.

Any sign of failure means that you won’t get the approval that you seek so you won’t even bother trying something new.

Instead, you’ll buy every single course and book that is available in the hopes that ONE of them finally provides you with the silver bullet that you seek.

6. The process is more important than the result

Results are great when they are what you want, but what happens when they aren’t?

Bad results can make you quit because you prioritize results over the process.

However, when you focus on the process then the result is less important. If the result isn’t what you wanted that’s okay because you can go back and analyze the process.

When people don’t get the results that they want with their online business they do two things:

  1. Ask what they did wrong
  2. Believe that they did everything right

Those two things seem like they contradict and they do, but they don’t see it like that.

I did everything that this person did so why am I seeing different results?

If you focused on the process instead of the results you would probably understand what went wrong.

When you focus on the process you have epiphanies. These new and unexpected lessons appear as lightbulbs above your head.

Going through an online course the first time you might only be focused​ on the result so you miss a lot of things.

When you go through the course two or three times you pick up new things because now you’re more focused on the process.

7. Have a Why

Your Why is going to guide you. It gives you purpose.

There is a difference between…

I want to help people achieve success and live a happy life


I want to make money

If you follow the second then you’re only focused on the results. If you follow the first then you’re curious about the process that will help others achieve success.

And funny enough when you do that you end up making money.

13 Awesome Bullet Journal Tips to Help Make the Perfect Journal

Before I dive into these fabulous bullet journal tips, I need to address something about bullet journals that really hurts this community.

Because there are so many beautiful examples of bullet journals out there (not a bad thing), it can be pretty intimidating for new people to jump into the arena (not a good thing).

However, if you take a look at the original purpose of the bullet journal and example created by Ryder Carroll, you will see that there is nothing complicated about the bullet journal. In fact, the original idea of the bullet journal is to be minimal.

So minimal that anybody can get one started.

Then at some point, things started to take on a life of their own and bullet journals became as much art pieces as tools for productivity.

It’s important to remember that your bullet journal doesn’t need to be an art gallery. First and foremost your bullet journal should you help you in your life.

If you want to add a bit of flair after that then go for it.

Bullet Journal Tips that Will Make Journaling a Lot Easier

In the spirit of bullet journals, I’m going to share some tips on how to create an awesome bullet journal. But I’m not just going to use words.

I’m going to use great looking images because a bullet journal is as much of a visual medium as anything else.

1. Bullet Journal Basics

Bullet Journal Tips, Tricks and Basics

Tiny Ray of Sunshine comes through big time with this fabulous infographic that breaks down all of the common things that people put into a bullet journal.

Seriously, if this could be made into a poster it would be extremely valuable. When starting off with a bullet journal don’t be surprised if you find yourself going back to reference things over and over again.

2. Bullet Journal Basics Part II

Understanding bullet journal basics in an easy to use infographic.

Unfortunately, I had this image saved on my computer and have no idea where I got it from but because it’s so useful I wanted to share it.

Similar to the image above, if I could make this into a full-blown poster (I’m spotting a trend here) then I definitely would.

You might notice that neither of the infographics mention doing crazy cool illustrations in your bullet journal.

I just want you to keep in mind that you don’t have to create art pieces in order to create something that is effective for you.

3. But What Exactly Is a Bullet Journal?

What is a bullet journal?

This image from Buzzfeed pretty much sums things up.

A bullet journal is never just one thing although it can be just one thing if you want it to be. What makes bullet journals so special is how they bring together lots of different tools into a single, cohesive format.

It’s kind of like that best friend that is there when you need them for whatever reason.

Until you have to get another bullet journal.

4. The Wonderful World of Lists

Using lists with your bullet journal.

If you have a bullet journal you’re eventually going to use lists. Once you use one list you might end up creating 57 (rounded up) more lists because you want to keep track of all of the things!

And there is nothing wrong with that.

Because you have so much information being thrown your way daily it’s not reasonable to think you can keep track of everything in your head.

Make lists for those times you know you’ll need to go back and check on things.

5. Create Your Own Bullet Journal Key

Creating a unique key for your bullet journal.

While there is the default Bullet Journal suggested key you’re more than welcome to create any key that you want or expand upon the default one.

This image does a great job of showing you how you can tweak the key to work for you.

Again, this is the beauty of the bullet journal. It offers you a good framework for getting something done but the framework is flexible.

6. No Lack of Spread Inspiration

Spreads are where things can get a bit crazy in the bullet journal world because there are 1000s of different spreads you can do and that doesn’t even include the spreads that you come up with on your own.

A spread is usually defined as some type of format that you use for whatever that spreads across both the left and right pages of your bullet journal.

My best advice is to follow different bullet journalers on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube to see what types of spreads they create to help you come up with ideas of your own.

And don’t hesitate to copy spreads. These aren’t treasures meant to be kept to yourself.

7. Sleep Trackers

Tracking your health with your bullet journal.

A sleep tracker is exactly that, it helps you track your sleep.

This is something I never thought of before until I came across bullet journals but it’s pretty fascinating to see your sleeping patterns to better understand what is happening with you and your daily moods.

In the image above you can see that they added a water tracker as well which is another great thing to track since it’s about your health.

When you’re wondering why you feel like shit, just look at your tracker to see if you notice any negative patterns that you can fix up.

8. The Different Parts of a Bullet Journal

Keeping track of different things in your bullet journal.

Again, a bullet journal is never just one thing. It’s really like its own world where you get to create new lands. You aren’t restricted to just creating specific sections of a bullet journal.

Stick to the basics, copy others, or use your imagination and create new and fascinating things.

It’s completely up to you.

9. Bullet Journals Should Be Functional

A simple bullet journal layout.

This is really the most important point.

If all you want to do is sketch then buy a sketchbook. A bullet journal is meant to offer some type of organization and structure to your life to make it easier.

If your bullet journal stops being functional then it is no longer a bullet journal. It has no become something you don’t want to bother with.

If you find yourself in this situation then just go back to the very basics. Skip the illustrations. Skip the hand lettering.

Just use a bullet journal as something simple and then you can slowly branch out again.

10. Keep Track of Your Savings Goals

How to keep track of your savings goals with a bullet journal.

I’m pretty bad with money and that’s why I created a blog on personal finance to try and help me make sense of it all. A bullet journal has been a great way for me to visualize the savings that I have as I try to reach different goals.

Sure there are apps that do the exact same thing but there is something to be said about being able to color in different parts of your goal. It makes you feel like you’re part of the process.

It makes it real if that makes any sense.

It does to me.

11. Your Bullet Journal Weekly Layout Should Fit Your Needs

Weekly spread bullet journal inspiration.

This point has already been made ad nauseum in this post but you really need to customize your bullet journal to your needs over time. At the beginning, just follow the basics and as you keep track of your life you’ll begin to see what things you need to improve upon and then you can figure out how to use your bullet journal to help.

A lot of weekly layouts you see are just cool and different ways to track the week but maybe you need weekdays on one page and the weekends on another.

Your bullet journal really is one giant experiment and you can’t be afraid to try different things to understand what works best for you.

12. Symbol Inspiration Is Where It’s At

Using date symbols for your bullet journal.

Beautiful symbols in your bullet journal can help you remember things, easily spot things, or just be used as awesome creative outlets.

Are they necessary? Nope.

Do they help? In the right context, yes.

13. Header Banners Gives Your Creativity a Chance to Shine

Banner header examples for your bullet journal.

Header banners are similar to symbols. They aren’t necessary but they can be helpful in quickly recognizing different sections of your bullet journal.

The Perfect Bujo Is the One That Works

With so many inspirational bullet journalers out there it’s easy to think that the perfect bullet journal has pieces of art that can hang in a museum but that isn’t the case.

The perfect bullet journal is that one that suits your needs.

If it helps you accomplish what you want and keep track of what is needed then you’ve already happened upon the perfect bullet journal. Nothing more is needed.

11 Wonderful & Free Hand Lettering Tutorials to Help You Master Lettering

It’s hard to come across a beautiful bullet journal page without seeing some type of fancy hand lettering. Have you ever wondered what magic is being used to create these beautiful letters?

I wondered the same thing but thanks to the power of the Internet I wasn’t left wondering for very long.

In fact, I came to understand hand lettering and calligraphy within a matter of minutes.

This doesn’t mean that I mastered each. I’m far from a master and probably still need 100 years of practice but I can tell you that I’m better today than I was yesterday.

Hand Lettering Tutorials to Help You Become a Pro

Now, I must say that you can watch these videos all day long but if you don’t practice then you won’t get better. I hate practicing.

I’m at the stage in my life that I feel like if I can’t master something right away then it’s not for me. That’s not a good mentality to have so what I do now is try to set aside a specific time of day each day to practice.

If you want to get better at anything this is what you need to do. You can’t practice when you have the urge or randomly. You have to force yourself to do it which is tough considering life is always like “hell nah, you ain’t doing that now!”

Bump you life, I’m practicing my calligraphy. Sit your ass down and shut up.

Anyways, let’s dive into these tutorials.

How To: Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips!

@AmandaRachLee is solid.

No really. If you had to follow just one person she is a solid person to put all of your attention behind and this tutorial on calligraphy is no different.

Don’t get frustrated that you can’t do exactly what she does on the first day. She wasn’t at that skill level on her first day either.

Take the time to practice.

It’s good for you.

The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering: Basic Strokes

You can’t do the advanced stuff until you’ve mastered the basics. This is a great tutorial that goes over brush lettering which is really popular in the Bullet Journal world.

It’s a bit harder to do for left-handers but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a shot.

Beginner Brush Lettering Mistakes | Calligraphy Tips

You might be wondering why I’m including multiple brush lettering tutorials in this post and the reason why is it’s important to get different perspectives on things.

Sure you can rely on just one teacher but I find that things really begin to click when I’m able to put everything together from different angles.

So this won’t be the final brush lettering tutorial on this list.

Enjoy them all.


I’m all about quality lists. They help to point out some obvious things while also putting a spotlight on the not so obvious.

Once you hand lettering game has upped a level or two then you can scope out this video and take it even further.

It’s awesome to see tips from other experts because it gives you insight into how they think about things. One of the best ways to learn is by standing over the shoulders of the great ones but you usually can’t do that because it’s creepy.

Instead, you just have to hope they make a YouTube video sharing their tips and tricks for things.

Intro to Hand Lettering with Crayola Markers

It’s very easy to think that whenever you start a new hobby that you need the best of the best when it comes to tools and equipment and that isn’t true at all.

In fact, I would say whenever you are starting off with anything you should go budget-friendly so you get a feel for things. That’s why I love this tutorial so much.

Crayola markers can be had on the cheap and if you can do pretty hand lettering with them, then you should be able to do pretty hand lettering with anything!

How to add BOUNCE to your hand lettering layouts

I’m not going to lie, I was going to add this video before I even watched it just because she put “bounce” in the title.

Can you imagine if everything in life had a little more “bounce” to it? That would be awesome!

Adding some bounce to your lettering is no exception either.

Forget putting some pep in your step, put some bounce in that ounce.

Yes, I just made that up.

40+ Hand Lettering Ideas

Hand-lettering isn’t just about calligraphy. It’s about coming up with whatever fonts that you want and this video does a great job of presenting over 40 different styles that you can mimic.

And if you don’t think that bullet journaling is about copying then you are sorely mistaken.

You’ve heard that crazy phrase “great artists steal” and there is a good reason for that. You steal and then you add your flair to it. You don’t see in your room trying to figure out a brand new font.

You’ll go insane.

Don’t do that.

10 Hand Lettering Enhancements Anyone Can Do

Once you know a bit about hand lettering you might want to add a bit more flair to things. That’s cool but don’t sweat these things until you’ve got the basics nailed down.

Everybody wants to go from A to M but you gotta go through B first.

Now make some fancy letters detailing your journey!

Simple Hand Lettering: Step by Step

Sometimes you just need a step-by-step build to walk you through things and this tutorial does a great job of that.

Hand Lettering 101: Perfecting Tricky Letters

I love this video because it doesn’t focus on all of the letters. Just the ones that can cause people problems. It’s one I often find myself referencing as I try to get this lettering thing down.

Hand Lettering Tutorial for Beginners

Finally, we round off this post with a full-fledged tutorial for beginners. Why not start with this one?

Let’s just say I like to mix things up and play with fire a bit. Sometimes you need to live your life on the edge.

The Internet Is Great for Learning

These aren’t the end all be all video tutorials for learning hand lettering. They are just some good ones that I’ve come across. There are dozens more out there so feel free to search YouTube for others.

We are living in a great time where many creative people are willing to share their knowledge with us so that we can better our own skills.

Now that you are mastering hand lettering, why not apply it to your bullet journal with these bullet journal tips.