Do you struggle with keeping your life organized? Or to find a calendar that has everything you want in it? Or do you just LOVE planners and stationary supplies?!
For me….I was stressed because I couldn’t keep a consistent planner. When I started working a full-time job, I found myself with notes ALL OVER my desk.
It was time for a new system…the bullet journal!
When I discovered bullet journals, I was amazed. I always have been obsessed with notebooks, stationary and school supplies, so it seemed perfect for me!
But could I do it?
I watched Youtube videos and read blogs about bullet journaling and dreamt of having that type of talent.
Then I realized…this journal is for me. Nobody else!
It’s to get my life organized! Why am I so worried about what it looks like or if I could do it?
I had to just try!
What’s a Bullet Journal?
So, what is a bullet journal?!
A bullet journal is a customizable and personal system. It could be whatever you want it to be!
It can be your calendar, to-do lists, family birthday list, diary, exercise tracker and so so much more!
The best part?
You create it. However you want! It’s completely flexible to your needs.
Something I love about bullet journaling is that you fill it in as you go!
Bullet journals were originally created by Ryder Carroll. Here is his youtube video from 2013. It is a quick explanation of the system so many follow to BuJo (bullet journal)!
What Supplies Do I Need?
A common misconception when it comes to bullet journaling : you need expensive notebooks, pens, markers, etc.
This is completely FALSE!
All you need is a notebook and a pen.
With that said, in the BuJo community, there are many supplies that are used.
When I began journaling, I used a regular old notebook and pen.
Once I got the hang of the system, I graduated to a Moleskin dotted notebook and started experimenting with different pens, markers, colored pencils, stickers, and more!
Before I get into the specific supplies, keep in mind that you DO NOT need these to create a BuJo….they just make it that much more fun! 🙂
Traditionally, bullet journals are created with dotted or grid paper books.
The reason most use a dotted or gird book is simply because it makes it easier to draw straight lines in all directions!
A few popular dotted or grid notebooks are The Bullet Journal, Moleskin, Leuchtturm1917, Erin Condren, and Essentials.
Everyone has their own idea of the “perfect pen” when it comes to bullet journaling. It depends on how thick you like your lines, the weight of the pen, the journal you are writing in, etc.!
If you are a BuJo beginner, I’d say : keep it simple!
Some of my preferred pens are Sharpie Pen Stylos, Micron Pens, Pilot G2, Paper Mate Flare Felt Pens, Straedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, and Sakura Gelly Roll Pens.
There are hundreds of other options, but these are all super easy to work with!
Some experts use fountain pens such as Pilot Varsity Fountain Pens, but they take more practice!
There are endless ways to decorate your BuJo! Some common supplies to add color and illustration are markers, colored pencils, washi tape, water colors, stickers, and scrapbook paper.
My personal favorites to decorate with are Crayola Super Tips Markers and Tombow Duel Brush Pens.
What Do I Include In My Journal?
There are a few things that are in almost every bullet journal. These pages keep you organized and ready to journal!
The first thing to include in your BuJo is a key.
This will help you stay consistent with your symbols and color coding throughout your entire BuJo so you are never confused!
Next, you should have an index.
Here, you can write in your topics with page numbers. This way, everything can easily be found.
(This is something I’m really bad at keeping track of…whoops!)
The next page to include is your yearly.
A yearly is a quick glance at all the months in the year!
This is where you can fill in future events, appointments, birthdays, etc. that you do not want to forget.
Next up, is the monthly!
A monthly helps you organize the current month you are on.
It includes a calendar or list of dates where you write in your events, tasks, etc. for that month.
Though you don’t have to, I love to have a theme for each month! I use the same type of illustrations and color palette throughout the entire month.
Finally, the weekly spread!
This organizes, you guessed it, the current week!
This is basically the heart of your BuJo. This is where you can list and cross off your daily to-do lists!
You can have your appointments, notes, and schedules here. You can also make a list of things to buy, track your food or water intake, plan your meals, and anything else important to you!
There are endless ways to set up your weekly spread (check out Pinterest!). You just have to decide what works best for you and your lifestyle! This is definitely a matter of trial and error, or you can set it up different every month!
Now for my favorite part…collections!!!
It would be impossible for me to fully get into the world of collections, but this is where you can keep a running log of things such as birthdays, places to visit, goals, memories, TV shows to watch, books to read, quotes, doodles, favorite songs, packing lists, routines and SO MUCH MORE!
The last piece of the BuJo puzzle I am going to talk about is trackers!
This is where you can track your progress over a given period of time.
Same as collections, there are so many different trackers you can create. Some trackers I love to use are exercise, weight loss, money saving, water intake, mood, habits, and sleep.
Congratulations! You made it through the entire post!
As cliché as it sounds, the bullet journal system has changed my life! I am more organized and stress-free since joining the BuJo community. It also calms my nerves to have a creative outlet when I am feeling anxious.
If you are currently stressed when you look at your desk full of sticky notes, fear no more! This is the most adaptable and flexible system just for you!
Now it’s time to grab your favorite journal and pen and start letting your creativity flow!
I’d love to know what bullet journal posts you’d like me to write next! Comment your ideas or questions below!
Also, comment “done!” if you made it through the whole post!!
6 thoughts on “How to Start a Bullet Journal”
Done and OBSESSED. Been trying to do this but I was so overwhelmed with how to start. Love it!!!
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So happy this could help! Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂
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Love this idea!
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Some of these ideas are super cute! Might be stealing some haha
Thanks for sharing! x
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Brilliant! I totally agree with you: you don’t need expensive things to start a BuJo. Recently, I’ve started my own bullet journal and it’s great fun and helpful ❤
Thanks for this amazing post!