How To Start A Bullet Journal
Using a bullet journal has made such a huge difference in my life. Now, I find myself being more productive, more organized, and overall, more put together. I first started a bullet journal in January of 2015. I was so excited to try out a new planning system, but I quickly realized a few problems. Because I was trying to do everything perfectly, I wasn’t using the bullet journal as efficiently as I could have been. Also, I had too much information overlapping which just wasted time and lessened my productivity. If you’re considering starting a bullet journal, I highly suggest you read my post about what I wish I knew before starting a bullet journal. You will be able to avoid a lot of the mistakes I made when I was starting out. Anyway, here is how to start a bullet journal.
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Obviously, you need supplies. Now, this is completely up to you how you want to go about this (which is the great thing about the bullet journal). Personally, I like all things stationary and planner organization, so I have a good amount of supplies. If you’re someone who likes to keep things very simple, you can totally do that.
The basic, essential supplies are a pen (or whatever you prefer to write with) and a notebook. I recommend the Moleskine Classic Notebook. I’ve found dotted notebooks to work best, but if you want to know more about that then check out this post. I go a little more in depth about that. Any notebook will work, though. As for writing utensils, I really like the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens. That’s if you want some color, however. If you want something more simple, I’ve been using the Tomboy Fudenosuke Pens. It comes with two black pens, one smaller and one larger, very simple and very inexpensive. And that’s it. That’s all you need to start a bullet journal. Now if you want to get more decorative, you can. But that’s really all you need to start a bullet journal.
There’s so many videos and blog posts about bullet journaling so I’m sure you’ve seen it or heard of it. If not, check out the bullet journal site for more information on the basics.
When it comes to bullet journaling, the most important thing to remember is, it’s all about you. You can customize it to whatever works best for you. A lot of people, when they hear bullet journal, just think of the traditional list form. But, bullet journals can be so much more than that! You can put a lot of creativity into it. I love looking on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for my bullet journal. I like to add little doodles and a little color to mine.
As for how to set up your bullet journal, I can’t give you much information on that. It’s completely up to you on how you’ll set it up and what you want in it. Here are some page ideas that I use in mine:
- Key (especially useful if you color code like me)
- Yearly, Monthly, or Weekly Goals
- Bucket List
- Music to Check Out
- Books to Read
- Morning or Evening Routine
- Blog Post Ideas
- Expense Tracker
- Habit Tracker
As for the actual planner setup, I have been trying out so many different ways and I still haven’t found the one that works best for me. If you want inspiration on this, check out my bullet journal Pinterest board.
So let me know what you think. Did you get any ideas from this? Are you going to start a bullet journal if you haven’t already? Be sure to let me know. Also, I am going to be starting a bullet journal series where I show you my bullet journal and what has worked, either weekly or monthly, and what hasn’t. Let me know if you want to see that. Anyway, I’ll talk to you in my next post! xx