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.
If you aren’t sure if habit tracking is right for you you can try it out before you add it to your bullet journal by using this free habit tracker.
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.
- This is the Bullet Journal I use, it has a pocket.
- I recently ordered these pens.
- These stencil plates are fantastic and fit into the pocket of the bullet journal I use.
- Washi Tape Set.
- More Decorative Washi Masking Tape.
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.
The Gratitude Tracker
The Meal Planner
The Pet Tracker
The Habit Tracker
Check out more habit tracker layouts and ideas at 50 Bullet Journal Habit Tracking Ideas.
The Savings Tracker
Check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Save Money and Get Ahead.
The Book Tracker
The Brain Dump
The Cleaning Calendar
Check out my post 11 Cleaning Schedules for Your Bullet Journal.
When Did I Last Tracker
The Running Tracker
Personal development. One of my goals for the year is to run 3 times a week. It wasn't until the second week of the year that I made a plan with a buddy to do C25K together on these days 😊 So far, so good. I have a few other pages exactly like this year-view layout, to track other things such as my Writing Log. #bulletjournal. I like year-views because this way I get to see my progress over the course of the year 👟. I like placing little 'why' statements at the top to remind me of why I'm doing the goal. How do you keep track of personal development? #planwithmechallenge #BulletJournalCollection
Check out my post 11 Health Trackers For Your Bullet Journal.
Weight Loss Tracker
My very first page in my #bulletjournal and I'm well chuffed with how it turned out! And as you can see, I have loaaadddddssss to lose. I try to save weight loss stuff for @kirstybuttons cos I had too many photos of food on here, ha! I love the idea of bullet journaling and I really hope I keep it up! #bujo #weightloss #weightlossjourney
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.
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 check out the planner store here. Also be sure to grab your FREE printable habit tracker below.
- Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook A5
- Huhuhero Fineliner Color Pen Set
- Bullet Journaling Stencils Plates
- Washi Tape Set
- Decorative Washi Masking Tape
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!