Bullet Journaling Is the New Craze
You may have seen the term “bullet journal” floating around online recently, but what exactly is a bullet journal? What is it used for? What does it do? This article will highlight the uses for a bullet journal and why they’re great for people who wish to be more organised. Although bullet journaling may seem like a really simple and ineffective way to keep things organised, especially in the digital age, they’re actually really great for keeping everything together and for remembering everything you need to do. So if you’re thinking about starting up a bullet journal, here you will find all the steps needed to get started.
A Bit About Bullet Journals
Within this section, we will discover what a bullet journal actually is and the benefits of taking up bullet journaling, followed by a step-by-step guide on how to create your own bullet journal.
What is a bullet journal?
A bullet journal is basically a planner system which allows you to plan for the future, track the past and keep your life organised with lists separated by bullet points. Any blank planner or notebook can be transformed into a bullet journal. It is a place for you to create clear, yet simple to-do lists as well as a place for you to keep a note of your life goals and aspirations.
How or what does it help with?
A bullet journal is perfect for people who like writing lists to keep themselves organised or for anyone who is looking to bring more organisation into their lives. They’re great for doing as a hobby and you can get extremely creative with the way you present your lists. They’re also perfect for people who constantly find themselves writing down to-do lists or making hand written notes. If you enjoy crafts and art, they’re great for turning into a daily hobby as you can decorate them and arrange your lists in any way you like.
Why is it important?
A bullet journal is important because we all feel better when our life is organised. Organisation can reduce stress and anxiety and can make you feel overall happier in your life. Bullet journals are great for making you feel like you have your life in order and so that you know exactly what you have to do every day and so that you can remember all of your life goals.
Who best benefits from a bullet journal?
The people who would best benefit from keeping a bullet journal are people who enjoy creating to-do lists and keeping diaries. Bullet journals are great for people who prefer hand-written notes over digital notes and for people who enjoy being creative and artistic. Bullet journals are also great for anyone who is looking to get their life a bit more organised. Realistically, bullet journals are great for just about everyone. We can all benefit from being a bit more organised in our lives, and a bullet journal is the perfect way for doing just that.
Materials and Supplies
Of course before you embark on your own bullet journal, there are a few things you’ll need to gather. Check our list to ensure you have everything you need before sitting down for planning.
What will you need to create a bullet journal?
- A blank notebook
- Some colourful pens
- A calendar or list of important dates
- Your own imagination
Instructions — How to Create a Bullet Journal
Here we will highlight the steps you will need to take to create your very own bullet journal.
Step 1 – Find or buy a blank notebook
The notebook you choose doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, but simply just a notebook with blank pages. Any notebook at all will do because, if you are someone who is creative and artistic, you can decorate the notebook in any way you like. When it comes to a bullet journal, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. It doesn’t really matter how the journal looks, as long as it’s something that can be written in and is easily readable. One small thing you may want to think about is the size of your journal. If you’re planning on carrying your journal with you wherever you go, it’s worth looking into getting one that’s small enough to fit in your bag so you can easily carry it around.
Step 2 – Find or buy pens
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to pens. There’s the weight, colour, brand, the way it flows on the paper – all pens are different and everyone has a different taste. You want to be sure to choose a pen or a set of pens that you feel comfortable writing with and that you enjoy using. It’s best to start off simple and just choose a pen or set of pens that you find easy to use and that you would feel comfortable writing with every day. When you get more comfortable with the format of your bullet journal, you can get really creative and start decorating your journal in new and exciting ways.
Step 3 – Monthlies
Another great addition to add to your bullet journal is a monthlies section. This section will work as a sort of wide-view lens as you plan your life. Some of the things you can put in your monthlies section is a list of important dates for that particular month such as friends or family birthdays or events that you’re attending so that you don’t forget anything that you have planned for that particular month. You can also place your monthly goals and aspirations in this section. This sections serves as a place that you can continue to look back on throughout the month so that you can ensure you don’t forget any important dates and so that you can remember everything that you wished to achieve that month.
Step 4 – Dailies and Weeklies
One of the main sections of your bullet journal is a place to create your daily or weekly to-do lists. This is the most important section for keeping organised. As this is the most important section of your bullet journal, it’s worth trying a few different designs and styles for keeping these types of notes so that you can find out which style works best for you. Be sure to put all of your daily or weekly tasks in this section so that you don’t forget anything that you have to do during that day or week. Some people find it easier to organise this section by days and others prefer organising them by weeks. Try out both ways and see which works best for you.
Step 5 – Life Goals
Another great section to keep in your bullet journal is a life goals section. This can include different collections of goals in different fields such as career, relationships, places you wish to travel and so on. There are no limits to the amount of goals and collections of goals that can be included in this section. This is a great section to continuously look at – by constantly looking at and visualising your life goals, you will make it easier to visualise actually achieving those goals.
Start Your Bullet Journal Today
If you’re looking for a way to get your life more organised, then I would highly recommend starting your own bullet journal as soon as possible. You will notice a difference in the way you approach life and you will feel less stress and anxiety because you will have a clear plan for your every day life. What are your thoughts on bullet journaling? We would love to hear what you think, please leave us a comment in the section below.
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Martha lives in the Bay Area and is a dedicated reader of romance novels. She runs a yoga studio and taught yoga for many years. She always says that yoga fuels her writing. She’s also a vegetarian and advocate for living a healthy life. Martha has been writing for us for a while now, giving readers a glimpse into her lifestyle and work.
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