If you’re anything like me you’d have heard the phrase ‘Bullet Journalling’ and thought: “What the heck?”
But fortunately this name does not belong to a gang or anything of that sort. Rather it is what we call the new way of organizing ones life through a journal.
Simply put a Bullet Journal is a diary, journal and to-do list all summarized into one beautiful, little book. If you’re the type of person who has a lot going on, maybe a little bit forgetful at times and needs to remember a lot of things, this is definetely for you. It makes use of bullets, hence the name, to organize the information you put in the book.
Now, how to start a Bullet Journal? My first piece of advice to anyone who would like to: keep it simple. When looking at Instagram and Tumblr artists who decorate their journals elaborately one can feel pretty overwhelmed. Take it from a fellow wannabe, it’s not as hard as it looks.
So without further adue, to start a Bullet Journal one needs a journal of some sort. Hardcore Bujo Junkies enjoy the Leachtturm notebooks but due to their unavailability in our lovely country, I’ve stuck to good, old-fashioned Typo notebooks. Really, it doesn’t matter if your book has lines or not – what does matter is your preference and what suits your needs for this journal best, but I’ll elaborate more on that later.
Next you can do a cover page if you wish, just to keep track of the year each journal is – that is wishful thinking that you’ll actually stick to this habit. And you can do a key, the key will basically help you organize each piece of information that you put in this book. You can use whatever bullets you want to.
After that you can create your Year Log and put in all the important dates and events coming up. As you can see, I’ve made use of the “event” bullet on these pages and also conveniently forgot what year it was on the first few pages. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes guys, they happen.
And thats, how to start a Bullet Journal, easy as that. Lastly, stationery… there is defintely no criteria to the type of stationery you use. Personally, I use my fineliners the most in my bujo but that can differ for you. Also, please please – for the love of all good journalling – please do not use pens amd markers that bleed through the pages. Between you and I, it’s just not aesthetic and it makes me sad.
NOW, to answer FAQ’s that I have received from you guys:
1. What does your journal look like?
All the above photos are mine.
2. What inspired me to start a Bullet Journal?
I don’t consider myself an organized person but I don’t like things to be in a mess. This has helped me to sort through things in a way that suits my lifestyle and needs. Basically I begged Google to give me a solution to my mess of a life and it gave me this. So far, it’s worked for me.
3. Does it take up a lot of time?
I could literally spend hours decorating my journal and making it look gorgeous but for it to be functional I spend maximum an hour creating a spread for a month/week. And again, if you stick to my advice of keeping it simple, it doesn’t take that long. Also as you go you pick up quick, efficient ways of creating spreads, for example you can use stencils, stickers and printables which are all really popular in the bujo community – so no, technically it’s not considered “cheating the system”. Also the journal isn’t going to grow legs and leave you. If you forget about it for a week or two, it won’t be hurt. Just carry on where you left off.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest. Literally Google “Bullet Journalling” – you’ll be blown away.
5. What is a Bullet Journal?
6. What if I can’t draw?
Do what I do – copy;)
7. Can I see your journal?
Stop being nosey.
8. How does it help me?
A Bullet Journal helps you to spread out ideas, tasks, plans, goals and events in a way that suits you. Personally, I feel way more organized and prepared for my months and weeks because I know what is coming up and I can prepare myself accordingly. Also it is a very therapeutic way of winding down. One can write their feelings in it, draw in it or even vent in it. It’s up to you how you want to make use of it.
So I guess that’s all from me folks. I hope this was helpful, if so please feel free to comment, ask me questions or share this. Also you can follow me on Instagram for more Bullet Journal Inspiration: @jordanhenr.ybujo
– happy journalling