7 Essential Bullet Journaling Tips For Beginners

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Today we’re talking about more things on Bullet Journaling for beginners, specifically about some tips to help you get started.

Bullet Journaling combines organization with creativity; its simple yet effective approach is great for anyone who wants a system that will let them customize their layout as well as track data over time.

In this blog post, I’m going to share 7 essential Bullet Journaling tips for beginners that are sure to take your productivity game up a notch! Whether you’re new to the practice or just want some fresh ideas – these tips will help get you started on creating an awesome Bullet Journal system of your own.

Before we dive into the tips, be sure to scroll until the end for some more resources for beginners.

Plus, there is also a FREE course for Bullet Journal beginners that will walk you through each step of the process and make sure you’ll have everything you need.

Bullet Journaling Tips For Beginners

Starting a journaling habit can be an intimidating task, especially if you’re new to the practice! You might have heard about the countless benefits that come with taking time for yourself to reflect and organize thoughts but don’t know where to start.

With the right tips, you can begin your journey on a successful note. Here are some essential bullet journaling tips for beginners.

Go Basic

Keep it simple when you’re just starting out. All you really need is a notebook and a pen. You don’t need to invest in lots of fancy supplies until you know bullet journaling is something you’ll stick with.

I know how exciting it is to start a new thing and how enticing are all the stationery stores with the cutest items on sale.

Don’t get railroaded!

I absolutely did when I started my journal, and trust me; you don’t want to do that and waste a lot of money and get tons of guilt, stuck with supplies you’ll never use, and overwhelmed by all the possibilities it gives you.

Understand the System

Before you start your own bullet journal, take some time to understand the basic system developed by Ryder Carroll. This includes an index, future log, monthly log, daily log, and collections.

Each of these components serves a specific purpose which makes it important to understand the system before you begin customizing your journal.

It’s easy to get sidetracked by all the possibilities the system provides you, especially when you see all the social media accounts posting all the different types of pages.

But before you dive into the limitless opportunities the Bullet Journal method has to offer, you have to have a strong base, so you really choose what works for you and don’t just copy somebody else’s system that might end up not working for you.

2021-2022 Bullet Journal Setup, future log | Masha Plans

Don’t Strive for Perfection

Many people get caught up in making their Bullet Journal look perfect, like the ones they see on Instagram or Pinterest.

It’s important to remember that you don’t need to strive for perfection in your Bullet Journal; you always have tons of different ways to make it as unique and creative as you’d like.

Don’t worry too much about making mistakes or not creating the perfect design; these imperfections can actually add more fun and interest to your journaling pages.

Instead, focus on actually using your journal and let the creative beauty come naturally. Try experimenting with different colors, fonts, and illustrations to make each page look interesting and personal if you feel like it.

Washi Tape Ideas For Your Bullet Journal, quote page decoration | Masha Plans

Make It Yours

The beauty of a bullet journal is that it can be customized to suit your needs. Don’t feel like you have to follow the original system exactly. If a certain aspect of the system doesn’t work for you, feel free to change it.

You can make your Bullet Journal as simple or as elaborate as you want. Get creative, play around with different layouts, and find the best way to make your Bullet Journal work for you!

Journaling is a personal journey, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about finding what works best for you and weaving that into your unique system.

Be Consistent

Try to spend a little bit of time each day in your bullet journal. Even just 5 minutes a day can help you stay organized and make Bullet Journaling a habit.

Consistency is key when it comes to Bullet Journaling, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a day. Just keep at it, and you’ll find that the more consistent you are, the easier it will become!

If you find yourself struggling to be consistent, create a simple weekly plan where you set aside a certain amount of time each day for your Bullet Journal. This will help keep you accountable and ensure that your journaling habit sticks!


Don’t be afraid to try new things in your Bullet Journal. It’s a place for you to experiment and find what works best for you.

That might include trying different layouts, trackers or even adding doodles and decorations.

Don’t overdo it, though! I know it might seem like you need new pages all at once, but it will easily turn journaling into a chore, and you’ll quickly find yourself not using it.

Try to use one-two new page every month and see how it goes, which ones are working and you’d want to keep and which ones don’t.

Review Regularly

Take some time at the end of each month to review your Bullet Journal. Migrate any tasks that you didn’t complete, and take note of any tasks that you consistently avoid.

This will help you become more organized and inspired to tackle your goals.

Additionally, it’s also a great opportunity to refine and further organize your system so that your Bullet Journal can continue to serve as an effective tool for productivity.

With your life-changing, your Bullet Journal changes with you, so it keeps on helping, and with reviews, you can always make sure your journal evolves with you.

Free Bullet Journal Course

Are you just starting a Bullet Journal and feeling overwhelmed? I’ve got you covered.

This is exactly why I’ve created this free course for beginners, to guide you through each step of creating a Bullet Journal you’ll love using.

Simply sign up in the form below, and you’ll get all the deeds to get started right away.

More Resources

There are so many more resources for beginners on Masha Plans! But here are a few you should check these posts below:

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