Bullet Journaling is an organizational method that has really taken off recently. It’s been called “the analog system for the digital age” which is appealing to me since I severed ties with my smartphone a year ago.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept, check out this video below for an overview from the creator.
I had a planning system that was somewhat working for my day-to-day needs, but it wasn’t capturing my long-term plans, tasks and ideas.
So, in February, I finally decided to “bite the bullet” and start my first Bullet Journal.
Since it’s been about a month, I thought I would share a few things I wish I had known before I got started:
1. You can start any time.
With a Bullet Journal, you don’t need to wait until the start of a new month or a new year like you might with other planners. You won’t be carrying around a bunch of wasted blank pages if you decide to start halfway through the year. Hooray for efficiency!
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2. You don’t have to have special tools or fancy supplies.
While I ultimately went with a Leuchtturm 1917, you can create your Bullet Journal in any kind of notebook. I’ve seen others using everything from basic composition notebooks to three-ring binders and discbound systems. Use what you have, especially if you are just starting out and not completely sold on the idea yet.
Side Note: Ghosting is a thing. Depending on the quality and thickness of your paper, you may need to do some experimenting before you find the right kind of pen. I was surprised by how much the ink showed through to the other side of the page when I wrote with my trusty, bold Pilot G2 pen. I switched to a Sharpie Fine Point Pen which leaves me with a more acceptable level of ghosting.
3. You don’t have to be an artist.
Take a quick peek at Bullet Journals on Pinterest and you’ll be amazed by all of the beautiful spreads out there. It can be more than just a little intimidating! If you are artistic, enjoy doodling or hand lettering, then a Bullet Journal is a great way to incorporate your hobby into your planning. But it’s absolutely not a requirement! Your Bullet Journal can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Add color or keep it minimalist. It’s totally up to you!
4. The possibilities are endless.
Once my Bullet Journal juices were flowing, I was amazed by all of the different areas I could apply its method. I almost immediately ordered a second Leuchtturm 1917 to use as a prayer journal and for Bible study/sermon notes. I’m also planning to utilize a third, larger journal for our homeschool planning and record keeping next year. Whether you want to organize your personal life, work, home business, school, whatever – this system has got you covered.
5. How much I would love it.
Truly, if I had known how much this system was going to rock my world, I wouldn’t have waited so long to get started! After trying (quite unsuccessfully) to keep every thought or idea stored in my brain, it was so freeing to finally have it all captured in one place! I feel so much more productive and motivated to get things done. I’ve crossed off tasks that have been on my to-do list for months (still working to get that procrastination under control).