Are you curious about how to start a bullet journal? If you love all things organization + getting creative, a bullet journal is a great way to tap into both of those things.
One of my favorite projects I’ve tackled this summer is creating a bullet journal. For those of you who aren’t sure what a bullet journal is, it’s basically a notebook you tailor to your specific needs. The possibilities are literally endless. You can make a planner, a diary or journal, a book dedicated to lists, a food log, an exercise log, anything. There are hundreds of different layouts, lists, and diagrams you can choose from to tailor to your life.
However, you don’t have to start out with those intricate and detailed layouts you see all over Pinterest. A simple one is just fine. When you feel confident in your bullet journal abilities, then you can move on to the detailed outlines.
Today, I’ll show you how to create a simple bullet journal layout, and all the supplies you need to begin your journey.
How to Start a Bullet Journal: A Simple Beginner’s Guide
To start your bullet journal, you need a few things:
A notebook. Any notebook will do. Lines, no lines, squares, you get to decide.
A black pen. This is for the outline itself. However, you can start with pencil if you would like to and just trace over it with pen.
Before diving into the outline, the first thing you want to do in your bullet journal is open to the first spread of blank pages. These two pages will serve as your index. As you add pages to your journal, you will put the name of the page and the number in your index.
Nothing is consecutive, and you don’t have to save or skip sections. As you add a page, add it to your Index so you can easily find the pages you’re looking for. Go ahead and number the two pages of your Index 1 and 2, and add those to your index.
3) The Key
To make your notes more organized, come up with a set of symbols that you can put next to each task or note. Here’s the one I use:
This is so you don’t forget what tasks you’ve started and which ones you haven’t, as well as which tasks are the most important and need to be done ASAP.
For me, the best way to organize my daily tasks is to do a page per day, and have different sections for each category of tasks. Here’s one of my bullet journal entries:
Tasks and to do’s aren’t the only thing you can use a bullet journal for. Feel free to put in lists, too! For example, you can put in a list of books you want to read, movies you want to see, a page of favorite quotes, anything. Don’t forget to number the pages and put them in your index!