Deciding to start a Bullet Journal has been a life saver for me and I need to share my 11 tips for starting one quickly. Why the Bullet Journal? I am a list maker but I tend to make lists anywhere I can and that means that I lose them or forget about them and never look at them again. Suffice it to say that’s not helpful! I also tend to spend too much time over-planning. Often, I get a good idea and run with it only to realize that I cannot stick to it because it because too complicated and isn’t flexible enough to grow with me.
Luckily, I came across The Bullet Journal while looking for an alternative to all those cute planner spreads that seem to take over Instagram. I like washi tape and scrapbooking, but putting so much time into a planner seems counterproductive. If I had that kind of time, then I would be a pro at organizing and planning. The Bullet Journal was exactly what I needed.
The system, created by Ryder Carroll, is designed to help take all those lists and put them in one place. Check out the video below:
Simple right? Exactly! That is until you start looking around at all of the different Bullet Journal layouts on the web! People have taken this very simple concept and turned it into what could become a stressful hell. Don’t get me wrong Kara, of Boho Berry, creates some layouts that will make you feel inadequate. Her handwriting and her artwork are beautiful! But, most normal people can’t do that. I am creative, but my ADD-laden brain does not allow me to spend all that time setting something up before I lose interest or steam. For me, any system that I use should be straight forward and easy! So if you are like me, you’ll benefit from this list.
11 Tips To Start A Bullet Journal Journey Without Stress
- Watch the Bullet Journal Video (see above) and visit the website to learn the basics. You must understand the system before you start a bullet journal or before you tweak it for your own needs.
- Buy the Official Bullet Journal Notebook. It has a designated table of content, a future log, number pages, three bookmarks, and a pocket. As a bonus, the instructions are in the back just in case you need to review. Yes, you can use any notebook, but this is already set up so you won’t have to do extra work.
- Do Not watch too many YouTube Videos of alternative layouts for setting up your Bullet Journal. They are overwhelming and can discourage you and prevent you from starting.
- Limits your pen colors. Use one pen for everything and maybe a highlighter if you need to.
- Utilize the signifiers to help your info stand out as needed.
- Keep It Simple, Stupid. Just use what you need as you need it. Once you get into the hang of things you can start adding elements or removing them. You can even start to alter as needed.
- Always list your spreads in your index to avoid losing your content.
- Carve out time each night and each morning to review your Bullet Journal and to set it up for the next day.
- Carry it around with you at all times. Look at it. Fondle it and make it a part of your every minute!
- Make it your own! Don’t worry what everyone else is using or how they are using it. The Bullet Journal is exactly what YOU need; just mold it into the tool that benefits you most.
- Dive right in! Don’t wait until the first of the month. Just start a bullet journal.