Bullet journaling can be really useful and sometimes really stress or demanding.
If you read my past blog on “What is a bullet journal” (If you haven’t click here and read it, don’t worry I’ll wait) you have found out that I’ve been using this organization method for a while.
To be more precise for almost 2 years in a row. Before I would have started and then forgot about it. But after having way too many things to do and need it a way of keep being organized, I started the method and haven’t stopped since then.
Bullet journaling is the complete and easiest way of being organized. And, inspiring. As I told before, if you have been in blogging or Pinterest for a while now, you probably have come across some amazing people that do bullet journal.
And probably want to try something that they have done before, and with that comes this list of stuff that I learned during my first year of bullet journaling.
Defined the purpose of your bullet journal
Something that has been really helpful for me is having 2 bullet journals. One that is completely personal, where I keep all the important dates, like friends or relative birthday or when I’m going on a vacation.
And another one for my work, I have a full-time office job, where I also need to be organized. And because of it I decided to have a separate bullet journal where I keep everything work-related.
Having the purpose of your bullet journal defined will keep your focus the whole time you are using your bullet journal.
If you are doing bullet journal for the first time, then you probably want to try everything. From monthly pages to weekly spread, tracking. All that fun stuff, but at the very beginning can be too much. Especially if the spread or layout needs to be updated often.
Start with the basic. And work from there. See what works for you.
One of the things that characterize bullet journal is the decoration that goes into it. From only using different color pen or markers to ink pens and different drawings depending on the season or holiday.
And even though that is great. If you are not so good at drawing or lettering it can get frustrating. At least in the very beginning. You want to make your bullet journal as beautiful as the ones you see on Instagram or Pinterest but making it look like that it can be difficult.
If you are starting, try different color pens to add life to the pages or markers. Or if you like black and paper theme, you can get different pen tip point.
And if you want to try drawing, use a pencil, so you can make mistakes and not worry about it. And I you like how it looks you can trace it with your pen or marker.
Trying everything… everything!
Usually, when starting a bullet journal, you will want to try everything that you find. Like trackers or list…
And you end up with a tracker for everything and a page for everything, and even though they are really helpful, sometimes it can be too much.
Especially when you are just starting out, and trying to get every information out there. You want to try some particular layout that works for someone. But later on, kind of forget about it.
Start with the basic layout and work from there, you can try a different a weekly layout, every week. And the same goes for your monthly layouts.
Let the bullet journal work for you.
What I mean is, if the purpose of your bullet journal is to be more organized. Try to have all the information there.
And not only that set a specific time in your week and day to organize. Especially when starting sometimes you forget to “update” or write in your bullet journal. So, set a time, it can be 5 minutes a day and work on it.
So, when you need information you only have to reach your bullet journal for you.
These are my recommendations that I learned during my first year of bullet journal. I hope you found it helpful. If you have more tips on bullet journal leave it in the comments.
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