Creating a bullet journal is relatively simple. All you need is a notebook, some art supplies and a little bit of time. There are countless things you can keep within the pages of a bullet journal. The sky is the limit when it comes down to how creative you can be.
Choose The Right Journal
When I first started keeping a bullet journal, I used a one subject notebook that I had bought at the dollar store. At first, I was hyped. The notebook worked out well, but over time I stopped using it. Why? For many reasons–the main one being that the notebook too big and not portable. I would keep it inside the top drawer of the bedside table. It was out of sight and out of mind. What’s the point in creating a journal if you aren’t going to use it? So, before you do anything, make sure you choose the right size journal that will work the best for you. For me, I prefer a smaller journal that I can keep in my purse so that I can access it at any time of the day. I also prefer a leather-bound journal rather than a paper-bound journal. Paper bends easily and is not as durable as leather.
Plan Your Pages
Unless you are going to use a three ring binder or something similar, you are going to be stuck with the order you put your pages in. This means, once it’s on paper, you have to live with it or redo it.
Types of pages you could include are
- Yearly Overview
- Monthly Calendar
- Finance Tracker
- Fitness Tracker
- Weekly Spreads
- Weight Loss Tracker
- Social Media Planner
- Meal Planner
- Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Goals
- Daily Wanderings
- Inspirational Quotes
The list could go on and on. My point—plan your pages and the order you want to put them in before you put pen to paper.
Let Your Creativity Run Wild
Now that you know what pages you want to include and in what order you want them to go, it is time to have some fun. Gather your art supplies. Remember that some pens and markers will bleed, so choose your mediums wisely. I personally prefer fine point sharpie pens and colored pencils. The Sharpie pens don’t bleed and the colored pencils don’t smear. I have also used magazine clippings and deco tape as well. You can buy most items at the dollar store for cheap. However, please keep in mind that you get what you pay for.
Some Pages From My January Bullet Journal
If you find out you don’t use all the pages you put in for the month, then leave them out next month. Personalize your bullet journal to fit your needs. Pinterest is a great place to find more inspiration and page design ideas.