If you have been on Pinterest or the blogging community for a while you probably come across the term bullet journal. But what is it?
I´m here to help you figure out what it is. Bullet journal is the perfect solution for all of us that love planning. Is a planner, journal, and notebook all in one place.
But then again, we hear that and it really doesn’t sound right or possible, but it is.
And it’s as simple as you make it, why? Because you design the bullet journal. Yes, you read right, you design your bullet journal and how you want it to look.
And it can go as simple as you want or as elaborated as you need. You can watch the original bullet journal set up by clicking here.
Some people might say that is not really necessary to have one since you have really good memory or you can have everything write down on your phone.
However, for me, having a bullet journal y the best way, not to only be organized, but to keep my anxiety check. I’m one of those people that gets really overwhelmed when having so much stuff to do. I remember the important things to do, but sometimes forget the simplest task, like go buy toothpaste (yes toothpaste, I forget it ok). And when this happens I get really frustrated and don’t want to do anything and ended up procrastinating everything.
So having a bullet journal is the best way to keep all my to-do list, and my projects in one place and having a clear vision of what needs to get done and when.
What do you need for a bullet journal?
- Notebook: All you need is a notebook, preferably an A4/A5 size, either bound or with spiral it totally up to you. I’ve used both and I prefer with a spiral, I really like Daiso notebooks, mostly because you can just open them without a problem and you can fold them and just write in one page. However, in bullet journal world everyone loves Moleskine and leuchtturm
- Pen: a pen or a marker, I personally used a sharpie pen fine tip, because it writes beautifully. But if you already have a pen or markers that you really like, you can use them.
- Ruler: Preferably one that fits inside your journal so you can use it.
How do I Set up my bullet journal?
This is the part where your creativity kicks in. You can make as simple as you want or as decorated as you like.
A bullet journal has different layouts that help you stay organized.
- Key: The basic bullet journal needs a “key” which has all the symbols that you are going to be using. It’s usually on the first page. Tip: you can also make a flip key. That you can flip and look at it when you have doubt of a symbol.
- Future log: After the key page there is usually what is call “future log”. Which is the whole year and you write down what you are going to be doing or special events like birthdays. However, in my personal experiences, it’s not really that necessary to have it. Mostly because events change. For example, let’s say that your friend’s birthday is January 16. However, that day is a weekday and your friends is working on the weekend so you post the birthday celebration for next weekend. It might get confused and tricky.
- Calendar: After future log, it’s the calendar page. And in here is where your creativity comes in. You can just draw a simple calendar, which is what I did for a long time, and just simply write the important events there. Or you can print a calendar and just put it in one of the pages and in the page next to it, write all the important dates.
- Weekly layout: weekly layout is where you simply put all the days and what you need to do, it can be as simple as you want or as elaborate as you need. What I recommend is to start simple and see what works for you and base on that you can start making changes in your layout. Sometimes we see these beautiful photos of layouts on Pinterest or Instagram but when we try to do them they don’t have enough space for something that you want.
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