How to Start a Bullet Journal – Plus Examples to Get You Started

How To Start A Bullet Journal With Examples Featured

How to Start a Bullet Journal – Plus Examples to Get You Started


How To Start and Use a Bullet Journal - Bullet Journal Ideas and Bullet Journal Spreads
The Complete Guide To Bullet Journaling - Bullet Journal Ideas and Bullet Journal Spreads

Bullet Journaling is a fantastic and fluid way to keep your life organized. It’s a planner, journal, to do list, and so much more. With all it’s abilities it can be a bit confusing. That’s why I created this handy beginners guide to how to start a bullet journal.

What can I use a Bullet Journal for?

Bullet Journals are great to use for everything from a planner to a bucket list. Furthermore, you can customize your journal for what you need. It takes effort to set up but allows for easy recording of only the things that are important to you.

A bullet journal keeps everything in one place and allows for massive amounts of customization. The appeal of starting a life tracker like this though often leads us wondering where to start.

You can create a savings guide, habit tracker, upcoming movie list, budget, planner, meal planning, to do list, health trackers and anything else you want to record or stay accountable too.

What do I need to set one up?

A notebook, a ruler, and a pen. That’s all that is necessary. You can get fancy bookmarks, you can use colored pens, some papers allow for watercolor. You can make it as fancy, pretty, or plain as you would like.

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These are the products that I use for my own bullet journal journey. Make sure to visit my post 17 Bullet Journal Resources to Make Your Bullet Journal Instagram Worthy.

How To Start A Bullet Journal

You can set up your bullet journal any way you like. However, I would caution that you create an outline first. Planning out your bullet journal keeps it clean.

The first two pages should be left for your key and your index. This will help you to keep track of where in the bullet journal everything is and what shapes stand for what.

Number every page in your notebook so you can easily record the information in the index.

Check out my post 16 Minimalist Bullet Journal Spreads.

Setting up your Bullet Journal

After you set up the key and the index, you want to add your additional trackers that are not the planner portion of your bullet journal. The planner portion of your journal should not be completed far in advance as you may need additional space.

Before you do anything more though, decide what types of lists and trackers you want in your bullet journal.

Take a look below at some inspiration to get you started.

Check out 14 Bullet Journal Spreads That Are Perfect.

The Gratitude Tracker

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The Meal Planner

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The Pet Tracker

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The Habit Tracker

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Check out more habit tracker layouts and ideas at 50 Bullet Journal Habit Tracking Ideas.

The Savings Tracker

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Check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Save Money and Get Ahead.

The Book Tracker

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The Brain Dump

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The Cleaning Calendar

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Check out my post 11 Cleaning Schedules for Your Bullet Journal.

When Did I Last Tracker

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The Running Tracker

Check out my post 11 Health Trackers For Your Bullet Journal.

Weight Loss Tracker

Daily Layouts:

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Last week's spread in my bujo is teaching me that my water intake is shit. 😝

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Check out my post 19 Beautiful Weekly Spreads for Bullet Journals.

I included positive phrases in my daily spreads to help keep a positive attitude daily. Find out more on how we strive to be positive daily.

Monthly Spreads

Check out my post 15 Monthly Bullet Journal Spreads.

I personally use mine to keep me on track with a lot of things. It helped a lot when I was trying to find more Work/Life Balance as a full time working mom. As I transitioned from a working mom into a work at home mom though I got away from using mine for about a month. Now I’m using it more and it’s really helping to keep my work flow in check so I’m not sitting at my computer all day.

Make sure you stop by my post 17 Bullet Journal Resources to Make Your Bullet Journal Beautiful. There are FREE worksheets and tutorials for illustration. There are even a few awesome online classes to make your bullet journal Instagram worthy.

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You now know how to set up a bullet journal and you have lots of inspiration to pull from to create your own. Follow me on Pinterest and pin this for reference when you create your own. Happy Journaling!

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