Bullet Journaling For Beginners

Hello, lovelies!

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent trend that has been sweeping the internet. Bullet Journaling has become quite The Thing within the past five years, and really, does anyone know why something becomes a trend? Usually not. But this is one trend that I totally get and fully stand behind. Bullet journaling can improve your life in the following ways:


  1. It keeps you grounded in the here and now
  2. It ensures you stay on top of all your important tasks
  3. It serves as a life tracker so you can look back and see how far you’ve come
  4. You can keep all your favorite memories in there, just like a personal journal
  5. You can track things like your moods, habits, and productivity
  6. It is a form of creative expression
  7. It is fully customizable so you can make it into whatever you want it to be

Are those enough reasons for you? I could keep going…

Stop Being Afraid Of Mistakes

Maybe you are one of those people who have always wanted to start bullet journaling, but the idea is just too daunting. It can be overwhelming to consider starting a bullet journal. One of the biggest things I had to overcome was my fear of imperfection. I thought that if I were to make a bullet journal, I’d want it to look perfect just like the ones online, and if I were to make a mistake I’d ditch the whole idea.

This is something that you need to overcome. Yes, you will make mistakes in your bullet journal, but it’s not like you’re selling it for money, or presenting it to a king somewhere. Your bullet journal is for you, and a few mistakes are nothing to fret about. When one of your lines wobble, or you accidentally write the wrong day of the week into your calendar, embrace it! Bullet journaling has shown me that it’s ok to make mistakes. It’s not the end of the world. You can just turn the page and start again.

I am the type of person who used to not stick to things. I’d start creative projects and drop them before they were finished. Next month will mark one full year of bullet journaling for me, by far the longest creative endeavor I’ve ever done. Why am I referring to it as a creative endeavor? Because to me that is mostly what I consider my bujo. Yes, it keeps me on track for real life and makes sure I show up where I need to be, but more than that, the important part for me is the creative act of drawing out each of the spreads. It is a way for me to vent my creativity in a productive way.

So where do you begin?

First, choose a journal.

This can be one of the hardest steps! There are so many to choose from. I recommend one of the following journals to start out:

  1. Moleskine
  2. Minimalism Art Journal
  3. Leuchtturm
  4. Lemome
  5. MAMBI Happy Planner

Supplies

Next, you need some stationary supplies. This could be as simple as a single pen. These are some of my favorites:

  1. Marvy Le Plume II Watercolor Markers (I bought these because I couldn’t find the infamous Tombows at my local Michael’s store, they work just as well!)
  2. Crayola Supertips (There is a little bleed-through, but for the price, you can’t beat these)
  3. A cool pen like this sweet cactus pen that wrote so well (RIP cactus pen, I will miss your smooth inky lines)
  4. A ruler to make your straight lines. A small ones is best so you can stick it in the front or back pocket of your journal.
  5. Cute stickers are always a plus for any journal. I buy stickers from many different places, but I’m really fond of Redbubble. You can find just about any sticker you want there!
  6. Washi tape! Is any bullet journal really complete without some washi tape? Washi tape and bullet journals go together like bullets and guns.

Spreads

Next, you have to consider which spreads you’d like to use in your bullet journal. Do you want it to be heavy on the scheduling? More to do with keeping track of all the meds you need to take and all the tasks you have to complete? Or maybe you want to focus on tracking your business progress or writing goals. Whatever your need, there’s a spread for that. And if there isn’t, you can always just make one up!

My go to spreads include:

  1. Monthly Calendar
  2. To-Do List
  3. Monthly Goals
  4. Expense Tracker
  5. Wishlist
  6. Mood Tracker
  7. Habit Tracker
  8. Notes
  9. Reflection

Those are my static spreads, the ones that are always there no matter what. The ones I need to function. I’ll often switch it up though by including some different spreads too, including:

  1. Digital Detox Challenges
  2. Word Trackers
  3. Quote Lists
  4. Blog Trackers
  5. Quote Pages (I throw these in sporadically depending on what I feel I need to focus on for the month)
  6. Travel Planners
  7. Gift Guides
  8. Memory Pages (I often add polaroids here)
  9. Brainstorm Pages
  10. Doodle Pages

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Bullet journaling is essentially a creative way for you to manage your life. You can customize your journal however you would like and really make it your own. Try different things and see what works for you and what doesn’t. And remember, your bullet journal doesn’t need to be fancy. It can be as simple as a journal and a pen. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Just make sure you make it yours.

I’m using the moleskine journal in beige. The cute stickers were found at my local target. And yes, I was impatient and didn’t wait long enough for the ink to dry before color coding my calendar so everything smudged. Oh well! That’s part of the journey of bullet journaling. Not everything is perfect, and that’s ok. I even wobbled the line on the border around my cover page for November. Oops! You can usually just cover mistakes with stickers, but I left it there as a badge of my beautifully flawed human nature.


Do you bullet journal? What are some of your favorite supplies or spreads? Leave your comments down below or link me to your bullet journal posts. I’d love to read them!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

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