How To Start A Bullet Journal

As a person that consistently has trouble sticking with things they start, it's surprising that I'm still using my bullet journal every day after almost 2 years. It's a cliche but nonetheless a true one, the bullet journal has changed my life.

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How I got started

I've always  being in love with everything related to stationary. When I was going to school it used to be my favorite part. However, I've never been very organised until discovering bullet journaling. I believe I found out about it somewhere on YouTube where I watched a plan with me video.  This wasn't my first attempt at keeping a journal / planner. a couple of years prior, I bought an Erin Condren journal.

Her planners are absolutely gorgeous and have sort of a cult following. I did stick with it for a while but because I'm constantly need of novelty, the bullet journal came in. It gives me the necessary freedom to change the layout of my weekly planner whenever I feel like it. I believe this is one of the reasons why I'm still using mine.

What is a Bullet Journal

A bullet journal is an analog way of sorting out your messy brain. It's definitely not a diary. It's made for organizing your past, present, and planning your future. It's completely customizable and it can suit pretty much anyone's needs. You can make it as complicated or simple as you want. you can be minimal or you can create art within your journal. Which are type of person you are, you can find your journaling style. 

What do I need to start a bullet journal

As a stationery lover this is one of my favorite topics. Luckily for you, if you are not so interested in having 20 different types of pens, you can start a bullet journal with a piece of paper and any kind of pen you have laying around.  If you are like me, keeping a bullet journal will bring you plenty of joy.

Choosing the right materials can make this ritual even more fun. One of the most common notebooks for bullet-journaling is the Leuchtturm Hardcover Notebook which I use as well. It has proven to be the highest quality for our Bullet Journal needs. 

Index Page

The index page is the backbone of your journal. The index is chronological so keep adding on to it as you go. It will help you organize everything in your bullet journal. It's definitely very handy when you're looking back into one of your old journals. I always make sure to dedicate an entire page for the index, usually right at the start of the journal. It's one of the first things you do.

Habit Tracking

The Habit tracker page is a must have in my bullet journal.  It is completely customizable and you can track as many habits as you want. You can track anything from water intake to exercising and Reading. Trackers can be very useful when you are trying to put a new routine into place. For example, starting to floss every day is a challenge for a lot of people. If you put flossing in your habit tracker karma you are far more likely to stick with it and actually develop this habit.

Monthly Spread

At the beginning of each month it's time to create a new monthly spread. this monthly spread may include a calendar, period habit trackers, collections,  and goals for this month. the monthly spread is usually themed according to the month in which we are in. it gives you a glance at your whole month and you can see all of your important tasks and dates. This way you will never forget to do something which is important to you.

Weekly Spread

The weekly spread is much more focused than the monthly one. The weekly spread usually involves to-do lists that are split by days of the week and sometimes times of the day. You can also decorate this page in any way you want. I often leave space for notes and space for writing down what's happening the next week.

Can you start a bullet journal, if you are not good at art stuff?

I often  get asked this question. The answer is very simple and I think you already know it. You can definitely start a bullet journal, even if you don't know how to draw. You can be as minimalist as you want. If you look at the source, the bullet journal website, you will notice that most of the spreads they show are extremely minimal, but still very beautiful. The truth is that the bullet journal is supposed to be an organisation tool and that the artsy side came long after.