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Bullet Journalling is one of the best things I have discovered in life. A Bullet Journal is a completely customizable journal which means it can constantly change to your lifestyle and needs. You can have any spread you like and it’s a perfect creative outlet if you need a little more creativity in your life or it can be completely minimalistic for those who prefer simplicity.
I started bullet journalling about a year ago and I will be honest I was very bad at keeping it up for a while but that was because I was using spreads that didn’t really work for me, which gave me very little desire to continue on with it. Now that I have found spreads and a way of bullet journalling that I love and works well for me I have been very consistent with it for the past few months!
What you’ll need
First off to start a bullet journal, you will need a notebook. This can be any notebook you like. Majority of people opt to use a dotted journal just because this makes it easier to draw spreads with straight lines and equal distances as well as still having guides to write against without overpowering the page. However, you can still use a plain journal or a lined journal, whatever you think will work best for you.
I personally use this Muji A5 Dotted Journal, I like this journal because it is super affordable and perfect for my needs. If you are planning on using any watercolour or heavier textas then you may want to invest in a higher-quality notebook with thicker pages as the Muji notebook will bleed through a little bit. Another dotted option and the most popular for bullet journals is the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover. Otherwise, you can use any notebook you feel works!
Pens, Pencils, Textas
You will need something to write in your bullet journal with. There are lots of different options out there: pens, textas, brush tips, watercolour, washi tape, stickers, fineliners and so much more. Although to start your first bullet journal all you really need is a black pen. I love to use the Artline 0.5mm Fineliner as my main pen and then I have a super random collection of brush pens and textas I have picked up along the way.
So as you can see you really don’t need to spend a lot of money to start a bullet journal, you might even have the things you need already at home.
When starting your first bullet journal it can be a little bit overwhelming to just have a blank page in front of you and make a spread. So the best place to begin is to research some spreads and ideas you can use for inspiration.
Pinterest is definitely the first place I will go to for spread ideas. Searching terms like “bullet journal spreads” or “bullet journal ideas” and save them to a board to refer back to when you need a little inspo.
There are plenty of YouTubers who upload their spreads and the best part about watching these bullet journal videos is that you can see exactly how things are drawn if you are struggling with drawing something. I upload bullet journal videos to my youtube channel, you can find the playlist here or my fav bullet journaller is Amanda Rach Lee, she uploads amazing content!
There are also heaps of awesome spreads on Instagram. Check out any bullet journal hashtags or there are even dedicated bullet journal accounts to give you all the inspo you need!
Start A Bullet Journal
There are a few pages which really help make the bullet journal process a whole lot easier and efficient.
Setting up an index in one of the first pages of your bullet journal will make it easier to find certain spreads or months you are after without having to flip through your whole book. Some examples can be found here.
A key will be placed at the start of your journal so you can refer back to it when using the correlating symbols to makes things such as, events, todos, completed task or cancelled task and whatever else you will need.
There are an endless amount of collections you can draw in your bullet journal. From bucket lists, movies to watch, books to read, wish lists, gift ideas, trackers, I could go on for just about ever. I love collections because it’s a place where you can be super creative and just have some fun. They can be very useful and help you out in your daily life. Here’s a bunch of inspo for your collections!
I love to start my months with a cover page, of course, this is completely optional however I really enjoy the creativity it brings and I love coming up with new designs for each month. For January 2018 I decided to go with a summer meadow theme.
My monthly spreads always include a calendar. You can choose to go with a standard bullet journal calendar with the numbers going vertically down the page or a classic calendar layout. I like to use the classic calendar layout because that is more visually appealing to my eye and I feel as though I can see the date more clearly and what events I have going on for the month. Also, because of the way I layout my calendar I am able to fit my habit tracker on there as well. I also like to include a social media tracker and an area for goals for the month.
For my weekly spreads, I like to make sure they are quite simple and the layout is very clear and easy to read. I like to go with the below layout for most of my weeks because I find it works best for me. I leave a decent amount of space to write in each day and then have a big space to write my to-do list for the week, then on the far right side, I will include a calendar for the current and next month along with a section for weekly events.
IF YOU HAVE STARTED A BULLET JOURNAL PLEASE SEND ME YOUR SPREADS, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!