HOW TO START A BULLET JOURNAL

A bullet journal. Everyone has heard about one, many have one and some question: ‘how do I start a bullet journal?’ With instagram, youtube and pinterest giving us serious ‘will I ever be able to draw a jellyfish like that?’ doubts, I am here giving yuo a definitive guide on: How To Start A Bullet Journal. Let me let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to be BohoBerry or AmandaRachLee to have a beautiful bullet journal catered just for you, by you. So without further a do, let me share with you how to start a bullet journal to meet your needs!
 

WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL?

A bullet journal is your very own, adapted by you, personal organiser/ anything else you want it to be. It can be as messy or as tidy as you’d like, as long as it works for you.

It is essentially a to-do list system which aims to help you get and stay organised. You can add trackers, weeklies or dailies (no matter all will be explained soon) to help you stay on top of every aspect of your life.


ESSENTIALS

My last post explained all the essentials you will need to start a bullet journal but if you dont want to click away from that post, don’t worry, I’ve listed a few things, as guides below. You do not need to buy all of these things, they are just the things I like to use and have proven effective in my bullet journal.
 
Notebook:
  •  Leuchturm 1917 (link)
  • Scribbles that Matter (link)
  • Moleskin (link)  (both dotted.) I prefer dotted as it makes drawing out spreads a lot easier and cleaner.
Pens:
  •  Staedtler Triplus Fine Liners (link)
  • Papermate Inkjoy (link)
  • Staedtler Ballpoint Rainbow Pens (link.) You can use any pens you want but I love how these write.
Creative Supplies:
So now that you have all you need, let’s get down to the nitty gritty on how to start your bullet journal! 

Some of these photos are from my first ever bullet journal and I really do not have the heart to replace them! If you want to see my bullet journal, three years later, with much better spread quality (i promise) click here. 


 

INDEX

If you have chosen a Leuchtturm 1917, your notebook already comes with an index, where you track all of your spreads. This makes it so much easier to find things when you start filling up your BuJo. If you have a Moleskin, you’d have to write your own index but it is pretty simple. This isnt something everyone needs. Personally, as I have progressed along with my bullet journal, I found I was using the index less and less.

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KEY

I actually forgot to put a key in when I first started my bullet journal, which is funny because the whole BuJo system is dependent on this key. Although, as I went along I kind of made my own key, to what suits me and my tasks but I am definitely going to be trying the bullet journal key in my future bullet journal because it makes my tasks look so much clearer.
 

YEAR AT A GLANCE

Although it is so tedious writing down 1-30/31 twelve times, this spread really helps with future planning and the planning of your monthly dashboards because you just need to flip to the front of your bujo to see when the next month starts and end. Some people even use the year at a glance to track birthdays, like I’ve done, holidays and other personal monthly occurrences.

FUTURE LOG

You can also use a future log for future planning. I like doing this two/ three months in advance at a time. It’s so nice having a future log because you can see the dates when you are/ are not available. This helps so much when you have a deadline coming up because as soon as you flip to that page you’re like: ‘okay, wow, i need to get this sorted ASAP.’

GOALS

So the bullet journal wasn’t really made for goals but more motivation. However, it has been heavily adapted since then and it’s your journal, you can include what you want, such as trackers and goals. Having a goals page is such a great tool, to help you work towards them. Seeing them constantly will remind you that each day should be a step towards achieving them.
 
 
 

TRACKERS

Speaking of tracking things, trackers are a key page/ section in nearly every Bullet Journaller’s BuJo. You can dedicate a whole page to a tracker. This can be weight loss, savings, tv show episodes, anything you want including, your monthly habit trackers. If you don’t have a lot to track, you can do what I did and add it to the bottom of your monthly spread.
 

COLLECTIONS:

Collections are simply groups of one thing on a page. For example, you can have books to read, movies to watch and tv shows you’ve watched. These are just fun pages that help you track things. For example, here you can see how I track how many times I go to the gym a week. 

MONTHLY SPREAD

A monthly spread is essentially your monthly dashboard. I still haven’t found a monthly spread which suits me and that’s okay because every month brings different changes. I already hate this monthly spread but it’s good for what I need. My monthly spread includes my goals for the month, to do’s, my work schedule and a mini calendar. Your’s can include all of that and quotes, sticky notes, whatever you want!

 
 

WEEKLY / DAILY SPREADS

I am constantly changing my weekly spreads and you will too until you find one that suits you. Don’t be afraid to mess up! I love adding my work and blogging schedule to my weekly spreads because its so much easier seeing them there then it is to constantly be flipping back to my monthly dashboard.
 

EVERYTHING ELSE

Forgot something? Just add it in between pages! Your bullet journal is not supposed to be perfect. In fact, its supposed to be the opposite, as long as it keeps you organised. Don’t be afraid to mess things up, that’s what the washi tape is for πŸ˜‰    

So, that’s How To Start a Bullet Journal. You don’t have to follow this, you do what you want to do. If you make a mistake on the way, don’t worry about it, just cover it up (with drawings, washitape, post its. etc) and move on. Also, don’t expect to get everything right right away- I’m still getting to grips with what suits me but I and you will get there.


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10 Comments

  1. G
    August 13, 2018 / 12:30 am

    Thanks so much for your ideas. This is my first time doing this. I hope this will help me be more organized.

    • georgianicolaou
      Author
      August 23, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      if you have any photos, please show me!

  2. Anleyia
    December 25, 2018 / 2:00 am

    omg, im definitly going to be doing this!!

  3. Georgann
    December 29, 2018 / 6:17 am

    I purchased my first bullet journal today, and I SO appreciate your simple explanation of bullet journaling terms! Your forgiving attitude has given me the confidence I need to begin. A blessed new year to you!

    • georgianicolaou
      Author
      December 31, 2018 / 12:00 am

      Thank you so much, Georgann. Good luck with your bullet journal and happy new year. Ps. Please send me photos once it’s set up.

  4. faye
    January 4, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    awesome. ive always just bought planners that already have dates, trackers and all.. but since i have a bullet journal in hand i thought to give it a try. ?

  5. Mandy
    February 5, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    I’m not sure if the idea of someone tracking “television shows watched” is hilarious or pathetic. It’s a toss up.

    • georgianicolaou
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 8:54 pm

      well, the whole point of a bullet journal is to track what you want to track. You don’t need to track it if you don’t want to, thats the whole point πŸ™‚

  6. Hermione
    February 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Thank you for that…….it’s quite a help!☺️

  7. Tammy Towns
    February 12, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    Thank you for explaining and the photos. I stumbled across bullet journals and needed a new hobby. I’ve always been one to make lists and keep an agenda. This works perfect and looks like so much fun.

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