How to start a Bullet Journal: 3 Easy Steps!

What is a Bullet Journal, you ask? A Journal that you have to write yo- It can be, literally, whatever you want it to be.

A Bullet Journal is an empty notebook which is used to organize events, to-do lists, ongoing lists like books you want to read this year, and daily, weekly, or monthly habits you’d like to track. Here’s some pictures to get you excited before you start your very own!

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I find it so much easier, always have done and probably always will, to write EVERYTHING down. When I say everything, I. MEAN. EVERYTHING. It helps me achieve so much more in life, as well as the feeling of accomplishment when checking off a goal!

That’s why I fell in love with Bullet Journals as soon as I came across them on Pinterest.

You can have your normal daily routine, with added details! You can record so many different, useful things in the same place. Including Habit trackers, 5 year plans, Meal plans/prep, weather forecasts for planning events, period trackers and so, so, so much more! The MOST important thing about a Bullet journal is; Time efficiency. No long sentences, no diary entries, no paragraphs, just symbols and short checklists. Perfect for anyone, especially people with busy schedules.

NOTE: There is no correct way to do a Bullet Journal. It is completely down to your wants and needs. 

A bullet journal is good for people who:

– Always use mini to-do lists

– Like to hand write on paper

– Like to set goals for themselves and track them

– Like stationery

– Want to be more organised

But! Even if you aren’t one of these people, I guarantee you’ll still love Bullet Journaling.

Step 1: Get your Equipment.

Picking the journal that’s right for you is essential. Think about what pens you’re going to be using, for example, if you want to use Berol you’re better off using thinner paper, however, if you want to use felt tip, make sure you get thick paper so it doesn’t leak through. There are so many different notebooks out there you’ll be sure to find the perfect one. If you’re just starting off, you can grab one for around £2.99 at your local WHSmiths. However, if you’re looking to spend a little more, there are specific journals for Bullet Journaling. These Journals usually always have thicker paper (which you can use Berol on too, just ensure the paper is white or light coloured) and they also usually have an index page with index numbers to label your pages.

The size of your Bullet Journal is down to preference. If you like to keep things pocket-sized and handy, select a smaller one. If you like to write on desk or on a bigger platform, use a bigger journal.

Pick your pens. I prefer colourful pens as it makes it all more fun. I use sharpies, or Berol felt tips. Make sure to get pens with different thickness for colouring and writing!

Step 2: Decide what you want in your Bullet Journal

What do you want to use your Bullet Journal for? There’s so many different ideas. Of course, the main layout includes a daily calendar/planner. Which always comes in handy! But other than that, the design and little sections are completely down to you!

You can include things such as:

  • Class Schedule
  • Spotify playlists
  • Money tracker
  • Meal plan
  • Shopping lists
  • Favourite quotes

And if you want to find more, just google! So many people have shared their ides about Bullet Journaling which is why it’s so easy to get started.

Step 3: Keep up with your bullet Journal

Write in it daily if you can, if not, check it daily. Always remind yourself of what you have to do, by the end of the month you will have a beautiful, hand decorated journal accustomed to you! You can use symbols to indicate things on your calendar so you can quickly glance over and view your goals for the day.

Thank you so much for reading my blog post about Bullet Journaling, if you want to see my pinterest board follow me here! Have a lovely day, remember to follow for more! Demelia xo