Lately, there’s been a lot of questions going around from bullet journal newbies like where to start and how to start. I love bullet journaling and I think everyone should try, at least once in their life. Something like not knowing how to start shouldn’t stop anyone from trying! I looked back at what I have, content-wise, and it seems that I may have skipped over how to start a bullet journal. Not anymore!
How To Start A Bullet Journal
When you are just starting out, it can be pretty overwhelming. You have this nice, new, possibly expensive journal and all these pens and markers; what do you do with all of them? How do you start?
First things first, you need to have some supplies, if you haven’t got them already. Check out my supplies post here and learn all about journals here!
Once you have those (and maybe the rest of the craft store) you are ready to start.
Pinterest and Instagram, of course!
The best for all your bujo inspiration needs.
When I started, I had issues with finding a place for everything and figuring out the best order to my planner chaos (makes sense!). Even with Pinterest and Instagram and YouTube, I could not figure out a good way to start. I will make it super easy for you!
In a pretty standard order:
This is to keep track of what’s in your bullet journal and where!
Most people use symbols and color coding in their journals and this is where you put that master-key, so you know how to read your bullet journal!
- Year at a glance
This is just a glance after every month (I mixed my future log and year at a glance)
- Future log
Almost like the year at a glance, but with notes. Helps to plan waaay ahead.
I’m not sure if this would count as one of your collection pages, but it’s important enough to be mentioned!
Anything you want to keep track of will go in here. My current collections are a master chore list, when did I last…, savings tracker, wish list, weight-loss tracker, period/ovulation tracker, a brain dump, and a menu/shopping list. We will go into detail about what you can put in your collections in a bit.
- Month at a glance
I don’t have these right now, as I thought I would save some pages and not use a month at a glance but I think I will be trying it out in May. It’s a monthly calendar.
- Weekly Spreads
This will be where most people write all of their notes. Just like those agendas in high school, it will have each day of the week usually separated by month.
- Daily Spreads
Just like the weeklies, but in a daily format. I do not use this type of layout because I don’t feel I’m busy enough to warrant it and I don’t plan out every minute of my day.
So, now you know the most common things to put in your bullet journal and where to place them. If you want to switch something or mix it up, it’s your journal, you make it work for you!
There is an endless amount of things you can put in your collections.
My first piece of advice is to leave some pages blank for other things you might want to add to your collections pages.
My second is; you are going to have to play around with your journal for a while to figure out what you will use and what is a complete waste of space and time. If you don’t use something in your first journal, you probably won’t use it in your second.
You are not bound by any law to do anything it this post or any other. If you want to keep putting a page in your journal or write in pen or crayon or that 3-day old coffee that you never got around to drinking, that is just fine.
You might want to drink that coffee now though, this collection ideas list is going to be pretty long. You’re going to need the energy to get through them all!
Tips and Tricks
- You don’t need anything special to bullet journal. You can choose to use any pen, marker, colored pencil, or whatever writing device and a simple spiral notebook.
- Write in pencil to minimize mistakes and anxiety.
- Use Washi tape to as a tab or on the edge of your paper to mark an important page or to cover your mistakes!
- Number your pages starting after your index!
- Use stamps to save time when writing your dates
- Choose a time during the day to write in your bujo this helps falling off the bandwagon and wondering if you wrote that down.
- Check your bullet journal every morning and refer to it often!
- Use a page in the back of your journal for pen testing. This helps to weed out the pens and markers that will bleed through your pages!
- Join a bullet journal Facebook group! I recommend Bullet Journal Beginners. You will see me there often.
- Stickers and printable are great if you aren’t artistic.
- Keep white out and tape handy. The whiteout tape works best for bullet journals.
- DON’T compare yourself to others! Everyone’s bullet journal will look different. There is no right way.