It began as the analog system for the digital age…

Your Bullet Journal can be whatever you want and need it to be.

“It’s a diary.

It’s a journal.

It’s a scrapbook.

It’s a notebook.”

It started as a simple way to keep track of your life, but has since evolved into hybrid notebook, full of possibilities.

People track appointments, habits, goals and memories. It can be the most life changing thing you ever do.

 

Why not a diary?

Diaries are fixed and don’t allow for flexibility. There may be days where you have 10 different appointments, and others where you have none. Your to do list might span several days, or a week, or even a month.

There’s rarely space to plan your goals, keep your memories and track your habits.

Standard diaries you buy don’t allow for personalisation – but a Bullet Journal can do everything, all in one place.

Spending time on your Bullet Journal can also be therapeutic. Organise your life and become the best version of yourself.

What you need

All you need to get started is a notebook and a pen. As you grow your journal, you will evolve and learn which notebook best suits your needs.

Start with choosing a paper layout. Most Bullet Journals are dot-grid or square-grid, but if you like to draw, a plain page might be a good choice.

Dot- and square-grids give you the advantage of easily laying out boxes and drawing lines.

A ring-binder is another option if you want a mixture of page types and like to move pages around. Dividers can be of great use if you have a lot of different things going on in your life.

Pens are a personal choice, but if ghosting and bleeding ink annoys you (when the ink shows through the page, or doesn’t remain sharp) then you want to match the right type of pen to the right paper thickness.

A ruler is also highly recommended.

“There is no universal right or wrong, only right or wrong for you.”

Key Elements

The best thing about a Bullet Journal is making it work perfectly for you. So pick and choose which layouts to follow and they can change from day-to-day, week-to-week or however your heart desires.

Start:

If you have a fixed notebook, you will want to create an index. Take the first page of your journal and title it with “index”. When you make a new page or spread (two open pages facing each other), number the pages in a corner, and write that page and its number down in the index.

If there are pages you frequently want to flick to, you can mark them with stickers or washi tape.

READ MORE: 

Six easy ways to mark pages in your Bullet Journal

There is no correct order to your Bullet Journal. The next blank page is where you create your next layout. The index helps to find them.

Note: The Leuchtturm 1917 journal numbers the pages for you and is the official “Bullet Journal” brand – a popular choice amongst Bullet Journalists. You can buy one here.

Next, you will want to create your key. Your key is how you identify different elements in your spreads. For example, an appointment might be signified with a simple dot, a task might be a tick-box and a note or memory might be a star symbol.

Write down your key on the inner cover of your Bullet Journal, or on the page after your index. Alternatively, create a flip out chart using washi tape so it’s easy to reference wherever you are in your journal.

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Appointments:

For planning your days, think of the diaries you normally gravitate towards. Do you like to see a day at a time? Or a whole month? You can mix and match as you choose, too, and reference back and forth. Click on the layout for inspiration.

Habits and goals:

To get a better understanding of yourself, there’s nothing better than tracking your habits, good and bad. You can put your habits on your daily or weekly layouts, or make a whole page just for them.

Inspiring yourself to start exercising or running a blog can be as simple as being motivated to fill in your tracker on your Bullet Journal. Once you see progress, you become inspired to carry on.

  • Time Ladders
  • Water tracker
  • Exercise trackers
  • 30 day tracker
  • Mood tracker
  • Chore tracker

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Easy art:

Bullet Journals can be minimalist or full of colour. They grow as you grow and reflect your mood in a moment of time. Click below to see some easy ways to personalise your Bullet Journal, even if you aren’t the most artistic person.

  • Banners
  • Flags
  • Calligraphy and text
  • Lines