How would you go about making a bullet diary/journal??
So you wanna make a bullet journal?
The best part about bullet journals is that they’re completely customizable and thus unique to every individual! Here’s a general guide on how to go about doing just that.
If you were looking for a short answer I’m sorry
1. The Bare Minimum
First and foremost, you’re gonna need a pen and a notebook. Some popular notebook choices here in the studyblr community include the Leuchtterm1917, the Moleskine, and the Muji notebook. I personally use the Leuchtterm for my bullet journal but one of my favourite places to get cheap and cute notebooks is the dollar store! When looking for a notebook you may also want to consider the ruling of the notebooks such as plain, dotted, and ruled. For pens, anything that works for you, works. You may want to consider something that flows well but doesn’t bleed through the paper. Honestly, that’s all you really need to start!
The most fun part imo! Here, you can incorporate all the optional supplies you might want for your bujo such as washi tape, stickers, sticky notes, photographs, printed pictures, magazine cut outs, and more! You can also use a variety of mediums in it as well such as ink, marker, paint, pencil crayon, etc. When I started my bullet journal, I only decorated it by drawing in it and adding watercolour accents. I didn’t start including washi tape and printed photos until recently. But of course, you don’t even have to decorate yours if you don’t want to!
3. Set Up
So you’ve got everything you need to start, what now? Well, it’s up to you! Ask yourself what it is you want to get out of your bullet journal. There are a lot of things you can do with yours but what’s important is find out what works for you. If you feel you might not use an index or reference a key a lot, you don’t need to to have one! Personally, when I got mine, I went right into it and started my first weekly spread. Some common things people include in their’s are:
- an index
- keep track of your pages!
- a key or legend
- explain what symbols you use!
- a year overview or future log
- an effective way to plan out things way in advance!
- monthly spreads
- outline the events occuring in that month! often seen in the form of a calendar.
- weekly spreads
- keep track of daily tasks and events!
- habit trackers
- record various habits such as water intake, hours of sleep, meals, work outs, etc.
- pretty self explanatory. list books to read, songs you like, movies to watch, etc.
- anything else that you might want!
What’s important is that your bullet journal works for you. Don’t feel as though you need something in yours just because you see someone else with it. As long as it’s something relevant and helpful to you, great!
Advice, Tips & Tricks
- Let go! Make mistakes! Learn! Grow! Don’t let blank pages in pretty notebooks restrict you, let it set your imagination free
- Try new things! Experimenting in your bujo can be so much fun and you might be surprised with what you create.
- You don’t have to make a spread every week or every day. Sometimes bullet journalling can be exhausting. That’s okay. Take care of yourself, friend.
- Plan things out in pencil first if formatting is something important to you.
- I know I’ve said this how many times already but because it really is important I’m saying it again! Do what works for you!! And what you actually want to do.
Want to know more?
Here’s a few resources that might be helpful!
- How to Bullet Journal [video]
- Bullet Journal 101 [video]
- The official bullet journal website
- Thorough Guide to the Bullet Journal System
- Top 5 BuJo Ideas in 2016
You may also want to check out some of my favourite bujos for inspiration: