If you are an avid user of Pinterest then you may have come across the term “Bullet Journaling”. The promise of keeping you more organized and the draw of millions of users encouraged me to take a look into what it’s all about. What I discovered shocked me and I jumped on board right away. Bullet journaling is simply a method of organizing and prioritizing what you need to get done and what’s coming up in the future. People have turned bullet journaling into an artistic outlet as they decorate their detailed monthly and weekly page spreads and layout their books to read page. I would lie if I pretended not to be a little jealous of the artistic talent of some bullet journalers, but it has convinced me to finally learn a few different styles of hand lettering.
Reasons I Bullet Journal
#1 Everything Is All in One Place
Besides organizing what I’m going to do on a given day, having a journal allows me to add any spread or page I want. Some of mine include pages to highlight milestones of Anika and Teagan for the year, blogging goals, upcoming events that I can transfer to monthly page spreads later on, books to read, my word of the year, and miles to run. I love the idea of scrapbooking, creating lists and keeping my life organized, but it’s hard to manage multiple books, so bullet journaling has helped me bring it all into one place.
#2 I Have A Place to Put My Plans
Whether I’m planning Teagan’s first birthday or my housecleaning schedule for the week, I can put all my crazy thoughts in one place! This is huge for me because I would previously write my thoughts on papers I would love, text myself ideas, or create endless Pinterest boards, but they were ineffective because they were still scattered thoughts.
#3 I Can Change My Spreads
I have journaled on and off through the years, but it has always felt so permanent. If I write something then I can’t change it. I know this is just a mental change, but the way the bullet journal is organized gives me the freedom to add new page spreads as needed. I can try out new daily habits one month or decided not to include them in the next month.
#4 Color Coding Makes Life Easier
Many bullet journalers follow a symbol guide to prioritize tasks and events, but I prefer to use a color code. Work tasks are written in blue, homing tasks (errands, appointments, housework and all other things that keep the home going) are written in light green, kid-related tasks and events are written in pink, and meal plans are written in red. I love color coding because I can see what is the highest priority for the day and only focus on one color of tasks at one time.
Getting Started On Your Bullet Journal
Many people started bullet journaling in January, but you can start any month of the year! I recommend watching these videos to learn how bullet journaling was started and see some awesome ideas on what to include in your bullet journal.
Dive in! It can feel overwhelming at first, but the best way to learn is to simply start making your first page layout! You can change it as you go and you will quickly learn what works for you.
You will need a few supplies to get started, but it does not have to be an expensive hobby. Sure, you can spend $200 like one lady did who posted in one of the bullet journaling groups I joined, but you can get started like I did for under $40. Here is what I purchased and highly recommend:
I love this notebook because it is small, stays closed, includes a pocket on the back and the pages are gridded. Many people recommend using a rule to ensure straight lines, but the dots make it really easy for me to draw straight lines.
I purchased a set of 10 pens and absolutely love how they write! You can choose individual pens or sets of 10, 24 or 36. There are also other great pens on the market, but be sure to purchase something higher quality than a simple PaperMate if you want an element of artistry to your journal.
Some people go nuts over adding washi tape and stickers to their journals, but a little goes a long ways. I’m not a huge fan of washi tape, but I have included some fun stickers to add color and inspiration.
Happy journaling! I would love to see your favorite spreads and learn about what you discover. Comment below and follow me on Instagram to see some of my page spreads.