I love to plan everything and in advance. But I always had problems keeping all my plans organized, which ultimately nullified all my organizational efforts. Needless to say, the discovery of the Bullet Journal system was a life-changing experience for me.
I won’t go into details, mainly because I can go on an on and on praising how amazing the system is for ages. But I’ll say this – if you are looking for a way to get organized, become more productive and maybe also develop your creativity – Bullet Journal is THE answer.
So, what is a Bullet Journal? Why is this system so popular and where do you start from? You’ll learn all this from the post below!
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What Is A Bullet Journal?
Bullet Journal – is a system of planning, which includes lists, daily planning, schedules and basically any elements you need. Ryder Carroll created a perfect planning system around a technique called rapid logging. It allows recording information in a fast and structured way using short sentences, bullets, topics and page numbers.
The Bullet Journal system (BuJo) helps you to track your past, organize your present and successfully plan your future. Due to the multiple advantages the system offers, it will be perfect for you!
How Does the Bullet Journal System Work
The system is based on the rapid logging technique. This means all information is divided into tasks, events, and notes, and logged in bullet point forms with short objective sentences.
Bullet Journal system is also linear, which means you fill it out as you go. The main pages you will need to have in your journal are – key (bullet signifiers to log your tasks), index (to make all information easily accessible), future log (yearly calendar with all birthdays, events and important dates you know about in advance), monthly log (you monthly events, goals, tasks), weekly and daily log.
You can check the official Bullet Journal setup video below for a quick guide.
Bullet Journal Supplies
The beauty of the system is that you can use any notebook and a pen (And of course don’t forget about a ruler, pencil, and eraser). Popular notebooks for Bullet Journal are A5 dot grid ones. Among the brands – Leuchtturm 1917, Dingbats, Rhodia, Scribbles That Matter, Nuuna and many others.
Check out my post on How To Choose A Perfect Notebook For Your Bullet Journal if you want to be more thorough about your first bujo and learn what to pay attention to when choosing one.
But you really don’t need to get a well-known brand, it all depends on you. Same goes for pens, markers, and all other stationery. Some popular stationery supplies brands are Sakura, Muji, Stabilo, Tombow, Crayola, Zebra, and others. I advise you to start from the simplest items and once you get some experience and know what’s what you want, you can switch to more expensive and better-suited items.
If you feel like you want to start investing into some pens right now, feel free to check my list of Must-Have Bullet Journal supplies.
Bullet Journal Tips For Beginners
- Start from basics. Instagram and Pinterest display millions of beautiful spreads you can have in your journal. And you can, but it’s always better to start from basics. That way you won’t be intimidated and have some time to figure out our own style and needs.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Even bujo masters with years of experience make mistakes – we are all human. My number one personal mistake is skipping letters in my headers, I hurry too much to finish the word and the result ends up being misspelled. But these mistakes are what make your journal personal, what makes it alive. Learn to embrace your mistakes and love your journal disregarding. To have fewer mistakes I always advise to start from a sketch in pencil. I also compiled a list of 11 Creative Ways To Deal With Mistakes in your Bullet Journal, so don’t worry about those.
- Use printables. There is an incredible amount of free printable materials on the internet now and they are amazing. Printables help you to start with your journal faster, to spend less time setting it up and more time actually completing your tasks. Start from signing up to my Free Resources Vault to give a try to some BuJo printables.
- Begin! This is the most important part. Don’t be intimidated by it, don’t try to make it all perfect and plan it all in advance – that way you might never start. Start your journal now, and during the course of using it, you’ll be able to work out all the details. The Bullet Journal system is created with that in mind.
Have you already started a Bullet Journal? What are some of your questions and worries about it? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.
I also took time and asked 8 amazing Bullet Journal artists to give their best advice for Bullet Journal beginners, so don’t miss it out!
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Are you a Bullet Journal beginner? Check my Ultimate Guide To Bullet Journal For Beginners!