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Gender in Spanish language

In English, it is quite simple: the concept of gender in terms of nouns does not exist. A noun does not have a masculine or feminine designation. On the other hand, in Spanish, nouns do have genders, which often determines the spelling of other words in the sentence, such as articles, and adjectives.

Let’s take for example the definite article in relation with the gender of nouns in Spanish. In English, we use the word “the” as a definite article and its main role is to indicate a specific person or thing. In Spanish, however, there are 4 definite articles which translate into the word “the”.

We have the following:

            Singular     Plural

Masculine    el            los

Feminine     la           las

 Below are some examples in order for you to get an idea of the definite article and when we use it.

  1. El perro está durmiendo. ( = The dog is sleeping.)
  2. Los chicos juegan en el parque. (= The boys play in the park.)
  3. No he visto la nueva película. (= I have not seen the new movie.)
  4. He perdido las llaves de mi casa. (= I have lost the keys to my house.)

So, here comes another question. When do we use the definite article in the Spanish language? Below are some of the most frequent cases.

  1. With nouns that have either a general or an abstract sense:

Example: No me acuerdo mucho de mi infancia. (= I do not remember much about my childhood.)

  1. With nouns in a specific sense:

Example: La madre de Juan no le deja salir. (= Juan’s mother does not let him go out.)

  1. With names of languages

Example: No me gusta el francés. (= I do not like French.)

Exception: when the name of a language is situated after the verb hablar or after the prepositions de and en.

Examples: Ella no habla chino. (= She does not speak Chinese.)

    Me ha hablado de su nuevo profesor de inglés. (= Se has spoken to me about her new English teacher.)

   Ana le ha escrito una carta en alemán a su amiga. (= Ana has written a letter in German to her friend.)

  1. With last names

Example: Los Alonso no han venido a la reunión. (= The Alonsos have not come to the reunion.)

  1. With days of the week

Example: El lunes no va a ir al gimnasio. (= On Monday she is not going to go to the gym.)

  1. With dates

Example: Su aniversario es el cinco de julio. (= Their anniversary is the 5th of July.)

  1. With the hour of the day and other time expressions

Examples: Son las cinco y media. (= It is five thirty.)

No le deja salir por la noche. (= He is not allowed to go out at night.)

This is more or less what you have to know about the gender in Spanish in relation with the definite article. For other grammar issues, do not hesitate to look around this site. You might be amazed about what you will find.

If you want to practice your Spanish conversation or take Spanish classes online, do not hesitate to write me. I may be able to help you because I also teach Spanish to foreign speakers.

What is Marketing Automation?

Any kind of marketing is a lot of work, especially digital marketing. It requires a constant upkeep of high quality content to push products and services, chasing leads and sending e-mails to keep people on the hook. Thankfully, marketing automation provides a way to reduce the workload by cutting out small and repetitive tasks, without compromising quality.

Generally, marketing automation only requires: a central marketing database, with somewhere to store data such as information on your audience; an engagement marketing engine to manage and automate processes such as e-mail; and an analytics engine to measure the impact of marketing techniques on your business.

How it Works

Marketing automation encourages interaction from existing clients and helps to nurture any leads you have.

For example, if you send an e-mail about a product or service to a targeted list of leads, you can use marketing automation to note who clicks the link or downloads the product. Then, these people can receive a thank you e-mail to build a personal relationship with clients. Next, you can send out another e-mail to these people with promotional offers, more information or to push more products.

This technique is so effective because you can still write the e-mails in an amicable and personalised way in order to make you seem trustworthy. This in turn leads to better engagement and a better rapport with clients, encouraging them to continue working with you or buying from you in the future. Of course having you e-mails written by a copywriter may enhance their performance.

What it is Not

Since marketing automation is often used for e-mails, it can be confused with e-mail marketing. However, this technique can also be applied to phone campaigns, direct mail, and it also includes analytics elements to help you improve.

Additionally, marketing automation should not be used to send spam. The end goal of this strategy is to nurture leads and encourage clients to work with or buy from you. Spam will achieve the opposite effect by pushing clients away and is therefore not a useful application of marketing automation.

How to Use Marketing Automation Effectively

In order to achieve the most out of marketing automation, you should be using it along with other digital marketing strategies. This tactic will not work at all unless you have a strong foundation for your business. Other marketing strategies, such as search engine optimization, social media marketing, and many more, should be central to your promotional tactics, with marketing automation used as a bonus.

It is also important to create personalised, highly-targeted content. Since you are wanting to target customers and follow leads, the promotional material you create should really connect with the audience. Creating a relationship with customers is important if you are aiming for success. Ensure that you stay in contact with previous clients to continue building the relationship.

Finally, make sure you have some way of tracking analytics to check your performance. If something doesn’t work, change it as quickly as possible. This is the best way to get the most out of any digital marketing, because it will ensure that clients are getting the best out our your services.

Tools to take your translation skills to the next level

Translating texts from a language to another might come natural to some people. Most of them are raised bilingual, and it is basically effortless. However, most translators learn a language either at University or by going to some courses. No matter where you have learned a language from, you can always improve.

Sometimes, no matter how good of a translator you are, it might seem like you could have an even greater translation of the text. There is always a possibility to improve. In addition, you might just want to use some tools to either help you improve or to save you some time. For this reason, I have come up with some tools that have helped me when I had to work as English to Spanish translator.

  1. Translation Memory Software

This type of tool is probably one of the most known. What does this type of software do? Well, it basically splits the text that needs to be translated into some parts that are known as segments. The person translating the text keeps on translating, and at the same time, this software saves your text in a database that contains segments of text that have already been translated. If the program identifies a new segment of text that looks like a segment that has previously been translated, it suggests a translation that can be reused. It is possible that some of the programs do not use a database, but preloaded documents that are used as reference.

Here are some examples of translation memory programs: Trados, Similis, Meta Texis.

  1. Language search engine software

This type of search engines have a similar mechanism to traditional search engines, except for the fact that they do not search for the results on the Internet. They use a big database of translation memory to retrieve results. The main goal of these programs is to find in this database, some segments of texts that have been translated before, and which happen to match this new text that is going to be translated. One example of such program is: Linguee.

  1. Terminology management software

Another type of tool that can come in handy for translator is terminology management software. What does this type of tool do? Well, it basically lets the translation automatically look up terms from a new document in a database. A few of these programs even let the translator the possibility to add in the database some pairs of words that are synonyms. In addition, the translator has the possibility to see if the terms are translated correctly (according to the synonyms provided in the context), and then make the necessary adjustments. An example of this type of software is Termex.

  1. Alignment software

These types of programs give the translator the possibility to create a translation memory by using the same text. This means that the program analyzes the text in order to see whether there are some segments that repeat themselves. In addition, you can save the results and import them in a translation memory software, so that you can use it again in the future. An example of such software is: You Align.

  1. Other useful tools
  2. Proofreading software

Sometimes, you rush into translating a text. You write the translation fast, and, of course, some errors might slip. You might not even notice them. Maybe it is just a matter of a comma, or a matter of a simple accent that can change the whole meaning of a sentence. You can take cambio (= I change) and cambió(= he changed). By using a proofreading software, you can make sure that some errors that you might have not noticed are avoided.

  1. Grammar checking software

Proofreading sometimes mostly focuses on the spelling of the words, and not as much on the grammar. If you are a perfectionist, like I am, you could try to use these two types of programs together. After all, the quality of your work is what defines you. If you are a freelancer, like I am, the work that you do is your portfolio, and you want to keep your clients, by providing the best possible results. You should try using Gramarly, and I have even written a review about it, that you can read on my blog.

  1. A good dictionary

There are many online dictionaries available. I personally, prefer some that put the words into context. Such an example is Leo. After I look for a word to see the translation, what I would also normally do is to look it up on that language’s official dictionary. For example, for Spanish it is RAE (Real Academia Española), and for English OED (Oxford English Dictionary). Of course, you can use whatever suits you better. You can even rely on a physical dictionary, but it might take you more time.

As you can see, nowadays there are many different options for translators to use in order to take their skills to the new level, or even save them some time. Of course, there are many more useful tools that translators and freelancers alike can use, some of which are reviewed in this blog.

What I would advise you to do, is to at least try the tools that I have mentioned in this article. If for example, a program has a free trial, give it a go. It might even end up being the tool that you have always needed and did not even know that it would help you. After all, most of the greatest discoveries were made by accident. These tools might just be your happy accident.

So, I guess that now you have a few more aces down your sleeve. If you already use one of these tools or have tried them before, write me a comment in the comments section, and maybe we can compare opinions about it. Until then, I wish you “happy translations” and may you finish them fast and correctly. If not, use a proofreader.

E-Mailing Basics You Shouldn’t Forget

When it comes to online marketing, an often-overlooked tool is e-mail. A lot of brands focus too much on social media and neglect the power of e-mail marketing. That’s why this article is here to explain how useful e-mail can actually be, and how to harness its power.

What E-mail Can Do for Your Traffic

There are a number of ways that e-mail can work wonders and boost your traffic. For starters, e-mail can encourage engagement from existing clients or even bag yourself a few newbies. For instance, if you write a great article on your site, you can e-mail existing readers and subscribers about the new post and increase your traffic.

Using a good ‘call to action’ in your emails can increase engagement on the post, such as asking for users to leave a comment or linking them to other social media channels. Promoting other social media is an excellent way to drive engagement; think about how much user engagement would increase if your e-mail subscribers also followed your accounts on Twitter, Facebook and others.

Similarly, you can drive regular content consumption by asking readers to subscribe to email lists that will send them periodical newsletters or discounts when they are available. These are called content hooks and are a good way to increase user engagement. Speaking of which, discounts and offers sent out by email is an excellent way to drive engagement.

Lastly, e-mail is a great way to create content that works. Writing long e-mail newsletters is handy when you can turn them into posts on your site. Simply add a few links here and there and change parts of the content to make it a brilliant stand-alone blog post. This even could help to your search engine rankings because it provides fresh content to the site.

Now that we know how it helps, what can you do to craft perfect e-mails by taking lessons from email copywriting?

Create an Intriguing Subject Line

Nobody will click on an email with a boring subject line, so it’s absolutely vital to nail this. This is a great opportunity to use words that will appeal to your target audience. Research has shown that people are likely to ignore or delete e-mails with words like ‘buy’ or ‘deal’ in the subject line, so be sure to avoid this, and instead use your SEO skills to find the optimum keywords that will encourage readers.

Keep on with the Keywords

In addition to including keywords in the subject line, make sure to sprinkle a few throughout the body text. If the recipient files the e-mail in a ‘read later’ file, keywords will help the user find the message when they search. It also makes it easier to sell products or services when using relevant vocabulary.

Make it Personal

Selling becomes easier when you develop a relationship with clients and customers. This can be difficult when you don’t actually know the person, but anybody in business knows that you can create a synthetic relationship through language. For example, make sure you address the recipient by name, and use more personal language like using first person or writing “hi” instead of “good day.”

Avoid Spam

According to statistics, 81% of email traffic is spam, meaning email recipients are used to receiving unwanted messages. This means that, not only should you avoid sending spam, but you should also avoid sounding like spam. Consider what makes you click on e-mails you don’t usually read, and start applying those techniques to your own work.

Final Thoughts

In short, SEO and e-mail marketing can go hand in hand. It’s easy to apply SEO lessons to writing electronic messages. Remember these tips and tricks when you’re next sending out e-mails to customers, and you’ll be sure to boost your user engagement.

Will in Spanish: how to do future tenses in Spanish

Do you want to know how to use will in Spanish? Whether you are making plans for the weekend, for a party, for visiting a museum, or simply planning your vacation for next year, you have to use the future. Even something as simple as the icebreaker: Do you think that it is going to rain tomorrow? (¿crees qué lloverá mañana?), implies using the future. This is why, it is really important to know how to use the different ways of expressing the future. Let´s start.

Ir a + Infinitive

For probably any speaker, the easiest way to express the future in Spanish is by using the construction: ir a+ infinitive. Let´s take a look below in order to see how we use it.

Ir a (going to) in present is conjugated as follows:

  • Yo voy a
  • Tú vas a
  • Él- Ella- Usted va a
  • Nosotros vamos a
  • Vosotros vais a
  • Ellos- Ellas- Ustedes van a

Now, let´s make some sentences for each person:

Examples:

  • Yo voy a ir a la playa la este fin de semana. (I am going to go to the beach this weekend)
  • Tú vas a salir con tus amigos después de acabar el trabajo. (You are going to go out with your friends after you finish work)
  • Él va a aprender a nadar este verano. (He is going to learn how to swim this summer)
  • Nosotros vamos a comprarnos algo para comer esta noche. (We are going to buy something to eat for tonight)
  • Vosotros vais a visitar el nuevo museo de bellas artes. (You are going to visit the museum of fine arts)
  • Ellas van a comer un plato típico peruano. (They are going to eat a typical Peruvian dish.)

Notice that I am writing the subject so you see it, but it is not needed.

It is important to note that the expression ir a+ infinitive is usually used to express near future, for periods that have not yet ended like this week, today, in a couple of hours.

Voy a ir a la piscina esta semana.

The present with future meaning

Sometimes, you do not have to learn something new in order to express the future. It might be even easier than you think. The present can be used to express the future when the subject thinks that the future action will happen for sure. Let´s take a look at some examples.

Examples: La cita es el lunes. (The date is on Monday)

  • Miguel vuelve mañana del viaje. (Tomorrow, Miguel comes back from his trip.)

The future tense

Finally, it is time to learn the future tense. It is the most complicated option out of the three ways to express the future. However, all three verb types (-AR.-ER, -IR) use the same conjugations.

The future is formed from Verb (infinitive case) + the following:

-ás

-emos

-éis

-án

Let´s take three verbs and conjugate them:

Cantar

Yo cantaré

Tú cantarás

Él cantará

Nosotros cantaremos

Vosotros cantaréis

Ellos cantarán

Comer

Yo comeré

Tú comerás

Él comerá

Nosotros comeremos

Vosotros comeréis

Ellos comerán

Ir

Yo iré

Tú irás

Él irá

Nosotros iremos

Vosotros iréis

Ellos irán

Now that you know these three ways of expressing the future, it is time to start making plans. Do keep in mind that the future tense also has some exceptions, but that is a future lesson to be discussed. Wanna practice your Spanish?

Qué, cuál and other variations

Spanish might not be the hardest language in the world, yet it has many confusing words. Well, to be honest, the words themselves are not that confusing, but they can often be used incorrectly. Why? Take for example, “qué” and “cuál”, the words that I will talk about in this post. When translated into English, both words mean “what”. So, how can we avoid these confusions? Read on and you will definitely find out how to use qué in Spanish.

Before we talk about what each word means and how it can be used, it is important to mention that both “qué” and “cuál” can be found in two forms. The first form is with a graphic accent and they are used as interrogative words in questions. When they are written with no accent (“que”, “cual”), the two are used as linking words (relative pronouns).

Let’s start out with an easy tip. Even though this might not always work, you can start out by asking yourself whether you want to say “what” or “which”. Usually, the word “qué” is closer in meaning to the word “what”, while “cuál” can be translated as “which”.

When asking questions, if you want to ask for an explanation, like for example “what is that?”, you will use the word “qué”. If however, you want to ask for a certain object/ person from a group, you use the word “cuál”. For example, if you want to ask about someone’s favorite book: “¿Cuál es tu libro preferido?”.

One main difference between the two words is the fact that cuál usually suggests a choice, selecting something from a group. For example, you can say “¿Cuál te gusta ?” if you want to say “which one do you like?”, meanwhile asking “¿Qué te gusta?” means “What do you like?” and it is used for more general aspects.

A final difference between “qué” and “cuál” is the fact that “qué” is used before nouns, meanwhile the word “cuál” is used before the verb ser (to be). For example: you can say: “¿Qué color te gusta más?” ( What color do you like the most?) or you can say: “¿ Cuál es tu color preferido?” (What is your favorite color).

Even though trying not to mix up these two words might not be easy in at first, in time, they will come more naturally. I would also suggest learning the main differences between ser, estar, and haber, other commonly confused words.

 

Sticking to the Point When Writing

When writing any article, no matter the topic, length or audience, it is important to stick to the point. For obvious reasons, going off on a tangent and writing down irrelevant information is not good at all.

Firstly, it is highly possible for the reader to lose interest. Readers will often get annoyed by information they deem unnecessary getting in the way of their reading. Furthermore, rambling during an article can make it much longer than it needs to be, another quality which is likely to deter readers. Many people have a fairly short attention span, and because of this, your article should always be fairly succinct.

Secondly, as a freelancer it is important to comply with the client’s request. Therefore, delivering a high-quality article that meets the criteria they asked for is essential. Going off task and fluffing out the piece with boring information is likely to earn you a lower rating in the freelance world. Reputation matters!

How to Avoid Writing Off Task

Before you ever start writing an article, a bare minimum that you should have is an idea of what you want to put into it. Ideally, you should have a plan. This plan will help you to stay on task by reminding you what the important bits are and where to include them. Think of it as a map: the plan helps you to navigate your way through the piece and link all the pieces together without distraction.

People prefer to plan in different ways, and it’s important that you find a way that works best for you and your mental processes. If you have no idea where to start, below is a brief outline to follow:

  1. Introduction: this should be a very brief summary of the content of the article. Do not go into detail here, just write about the topic.
  2. Main body: this relies a lot on the type of article you want to write. Generally, it should be split up into separate paragraphs. In the plan, include the subheadings you may want to use and describe in brief what you will discuss in that paragraph. For other types of articles, you may just want to write small reminders about what to include, such as links to other websites and things you need to remember.
  3. Conclusion: some articles come to a conclusion naturally, but if you are including one then again, make it brief and just summarise everything you have written.

As you can see, the main body is the most vital part of the plan and will take up the majority of planning. The plan does not need to be detailed, but it should encompass the general points. Using bullet points in the plan is a good idea.

Checking Your Work

Of course, even the best of us get distracted at times. If you have a specific word count to stick to, it can be easier to avoid going off task – if you exceed the word limit, you are forced to cut certain bits out.

However, even without a word count, you should always read back over your work and be harsh with yourself. Is all the information relevant? If not, cut it out.

With these tips in mind, it should be fairly easy to stay on task. And if you’re ever in doubt, ask a friend to read over your work and give you some feedback. Happy writing!

Back to Blogging Basics

There is a plethora of articles out there now to do with blogging and writing articles. They all give various writing tips and tricks on how to expand your career as a blogger or freelancer. The multitude of topics covered in these articles ranges from writing with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) writing to useful formatting tips. A problem, then, is that people often focus so much on the extras that they forget about the simple things.

Start from the Bottom

Writing can be like baking a cake – there are layers to it. Without the most fundamental ingredients, it isn’t a cake at all! And so sometimes, we just need a little reminder to add in the flour, sugar, butter and eggs before we start with all the garnishes.

In this way, drafting is an extremely useful technique. Writing a terrible first draft that just crams all the necessary information in can help us to build upon the base layer. Start by drafting out a structure and a first piece to use as the first layer of your cake. The second layer is the second draft, with a few more ingredients added (such as better vocabulary, adverbs, new sentence structures, etc.). Only then can you add a sprinkle of flare to the piece, icing it with all the extras.

The Fundamentals

Despite being able to split up the ‘layers’ of an article like this, there’s still a lot to consider just regarding the base. There is first of all the structure: how will the article be set out? How many paragraphs are necessary? Are there subheadings? This is the first thing to think about. Then, what is the topic? If there are any particular keywords that should be used, try and work all of them into the first draft somewhere. Of course, they can be moved around in later versions, and any that seem more difficult to include might appear in later drafts. In general, though, it is important to have the topic in mind throughout the whole process and try to include keywords the whole time.

The Audience

Some people will be thinking about the audience from the get go, and that’s great! However, for some people it is better to bang out a first draft and get all of their thoughts together before adapting it to be audience-specific. Because of this, it is included in layer two.

After the first draft, try to read through and alter everything to suit the audience. This involves thinking about how sentences are structured, vocabulary and readability. In addition, this stage involves some degree of editing. The second draft should always be an improved version of the first.

Garnishes

Once you are more-or-less happy with your text, then you can start to think about the ‘decorations.’ This might be adding a little bit of flare to the piece, to make it more ‘you.’ Or, it might be formatting it (if that’s part of your job) to make it look amazing on the site. Whatever this means to you, always leave the fancy parts until the very end, so that you can focus on producing a high-quality article.

Writing Style: How to Write a Blog

When it comes to writing a blog post, there are several things that make the writing style differ from, say, a newspaper article or a content marketing post. Of course, there are sometimes overlaps since businesses now often use blogs in order to connect more with their audience. That said, there are certain conventions that blog-style writing should follow, even if yours is a blog for business purposes.

Read on to find out how you should be writing if you want to nail blog posts every time.

Website style

The reason this is the top of the list is that blogs are website-based: the first thing people see when they click the link is the layout of the website. Additionally, people often skim-read when reading things on a screen.

Good formatting uses a constrained column width to make it easier to read, as well as a reasonable text size and font.

Formatting

In addition to the website, each blog post should also be formatted. Use headers and sub headers to separate out the information – large blocks of texts can be too intimidating! Furthermore, you can experiment by using lists and bullet points to further separate out bits of information. Your users will thank you for this, and that leads to an improved user experience.

Use images

Again, the website-based format of a blog means that using images is a great way to catch user attention. The images should be relevant to your content and ideally, they should suit your house style. Images are an easy way to add that little bit more to the text. But here there is one problem: property rights. Even the sites that offer images under creative commons licenses don’t give you the scurity that the image is really under that license, because they just get them from the internet, and sometimes in their research they are misslead by others.

Keep it simple

Short sentences and short paragraphs are the key to blog writing. This relates back to the fact that people on the internet tend to have shorter attention spans. Short sentences are easier to read and understand. That said, too many short sentences consecutively, without punctuation and clauses, can seem very stilted and not flow naturally, so be aware of that.

Converse with the audience

Blogs are very informal pieces of writing. You should be connecting with the audience, making them feel that there’s some common ground between you. This means using personal pronouns (I, you, we) and writing as if you almost know one another. Being too formal is likely to put readers off, especially because they look for a sense of trustworthiness in the brands they’re loyal to.

Invite feedback

One of the great things about blogs is that you can actually open the conversation to your readers. Finish off your posts with calls to action such as “tell me what you think in the comments box!” or ask them their opinion on the topic you have been writing about. Not only is this a brilliant opportunity to drive engagement, but it also provides a sneaky opening to gain some feedback about what you have just said. What better way is there to get to know your audience?

Something to note is that spammers often target the open comments on blogging websites. If you do have commenting enabled, then make sure you check the comments and remove ones that give your brand a negative image. Most blogging software allows you to delete such comments.

Final thoughts

Writing a blog is not so hard once you get the hang of it. As with anything, practice makes perfect, so stick at it and make sure you update regularly to keep your followers on the hook. Above all, follow the above tips to adapt your style to one that resembles a blog, and before you know it your business will be booming.

Staying Organised as a Freelancer

A skill that all freelancers need to master is organization. This is a highly-valued skill across many fields, but in this one it is absolutely essential. When you work for yourself, everything really is down to you. And if you are lucky to enough to have even minor success in the freelance world, you will know that balancing multiple projects at once can be tricky. So how can you do it?

Online Calendars

A calendar is an excellent way to stay organised. Of course, you can buy a cheap planner in stores, but there is a significant problem with these. Plans change all the time, and sometimes you need to be flexible. Deadlines sometimes require a little juggling, and therefore a paper planner can become a little messy with all the crossings out. The solution to this is to use an online or digital planner. Not only is it neater and more flexible, but it saves paper and ink, too!

One of the best planners to use is probably the

A skill that all freelancers need to master is organization. This is a highly-valued skill across many fields, but in this one it is absolutely essential. When you work for yourself, everything really is down to you. And if you are lucky to enough to have even minor success in the freelance world, you will know that balancing multiple projects at once can be tricky. So how can you do it?

Online Calendars

A calendar is an excellent way to stay organised. Of course, you can buy a cheap planner in stores, but there is a significant problem with these. Plans change all the time, and sometimes you need to be flexible. Deadlines sometimes require a little juggling, and therefore a paper planner can become a little messy with all the crossings out. The solution to this is to use an online or digital planner. Not only is it neater and more flexible, but it saves paper and ink, too!

One of the best planners to use is probably the Apple calendar app. If you have an iPhone or a Mac/Macbook, then the calendar app is excellent for organising, inputting deadlines and color-coding different projects. All other smartphones have calendar apps, too, which can come in handy for organising on the go. Furthermore, there are plenty of apps online with many different options, so you can find one that best suits your needs.

Bullet Journaling

If you prefer to write things by hand, you can explore your creative side by creating a bullet journal. These have become incredibly popular on Pinterest and among the blogger community, and it’s easy to see why.

A bullet journal is essentially an adaptable planner that you design yourself. All it takes is a notebook and a few colorful pens to get started. For a full explanation, check out the Bullet Journal website, and then look for new ideas on Pinterest and other social medias. A Bujo is an easy way to organise your life because it’s all down to you, meaning you can change up the layout to suit you best. Try including a month-at-a-glance page that includes all your deadlines, or feature a habit tracker to keep you motivated with your writing.

Simple Lists & Post-it Notes

Organising is about finding a method that works best for you; there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. For some people, simplicity is the best way to go. If you consider yourself to be minimalistic and simple, then try just using a list method. Write yourself a to-do list and keep adding to it. A big plus side to this is that it is very satisfying to cross things off the list – it’s a sure-fire way to boost your mood and keep yourself motivated.

Another idea to try is using post-it notes – perhaps color-code them in terms of priority and deadlines. Again, this idea is very simple but can be very effective: pinning post-it notes up on a pinboard is an easy way to see exactly what you have to do at just a glance.

What’s your favorite way to organise?