Have you ever wanted to start a bullet journal, but not sure how? Or maybe you aren’t even sure what a Bullet Journal is. Well, today’s post will show you how to Bullet Journal for Beginners and give you ideas to get your pages set up before you start.
What is Bullet Journaling?
Bullet journaling is an analog system used for organizing, planning and doodling your thoughts. It is a to-do list, notebook, agenda, sketchbook and diary all in one. The purpose of keeping and carrying a bullet journal is to help you get and stay organized and productive.
If you love your Filofax for planning or love and live by list making, then you should try out this method of journaling. And the best part is you are 100% in control of how you set up your pages!
Supplies for Bullet Journaling
There really aren’t many supplies you need to get started bullet journaling. All you need is a good notebook (we suggest small, with no lines, and easy enough to carry around daily) and your favorite writing utensils. If you’re feeling fancy, multi-colored pens, washi tape and stickers make for fun flair!
Our Favorite Bullet Journals:
Our Favorite Pens + Pencils:
Setting Up a Bullet Journal for Beginners
Some people are intimidated by bullet journaling because of fear of the blank page. The thought of having to set up each page in their bullet journal is overwhelming. Below, we show you page by page how to set up your Bullet Journal for beginners. Giving you tips and tricks a long the way, to make getting started fun and easy!
- On your first page you want to create a cover page. This could be the month, your name, a cool design, or simple ‘Bullet Journal’.
- Next, you’re going to set up your Key and Index pages. These are two pages you will reference time and time again, so take your time to set it up to function how you like best.
- Go ahead and number the corners of your pages.
- Create a monthly spread/calendar page. To see your entire month, important dates, events and notes all in one place.
- Now, decide on what other pages to set up/what you want to be keeping track of this month. (You can even create a page for that- we did!)
- Think about the design of your pages and consider why you are getting started bullet journaling in the first place. Originally, bullet journaling was created as a tool to help you maintain a functioning task list. Now, it is often used for creative expression for creative who like list. If you’re leaning into functionality (only) I suggest keeping your designs simple. Either way, have fun getting stuff done!
Other Tips for Bullet Journaling for Beginners:
- Don’t use sharpie (like we did on the cover page) or any marker/pen that will bleed through your pages.
- Use a ruler, trace business cards or use a stencil to create boxes and straight lines.
- Always sketch out your pages in pencil first
- Use bullet journaling as a tool to have fun! It’s a great way to help you get organized, but it can also be used as a fun exercise to relieve stress!