Evening you guys and welcome to a new little series that I want to start on the blog: Bullet Journaling 101!
I’m sure a lot of people have set themselves resolutions for the new year and maybe some of you guys want to be more organized this year which is exactly where the bullet journal comes in! And the best part? You can customize it to your liking – from start to finish.
It’s no secret that I am not the most organized person but I like to try and I’ve experienced that the bullet journal is the best way for me to do that.
And if you’re reading this and screaming at me because you haven’t heard of the term bullet journal yet and don’t know what it is, let me explain!
The bullet journal is at the very base a notebook of your choice that you use to organize your life in bullet points. You can put everything from your appointments, your to-do lists, list of your favorites books/movies/shows to notes into a single notebook. And I know, this sounds like it might not be the most organized way of doing things – but don’t worry! There is a system in place that helps you set everything up and keep things organized, just check the official bullet journal website for all the details (or wait for my upcoming posts, where I will be talking all about it)!
And the best part about a bullet journal? You can start it whenever you want! Also, you can use whatever notebook you have on hand (probably right this second, that you keep telling yourself you’ll use for something). Another tip I want to give you: don’t go looking for bullet journal videos on YouTube right away. It can be pretty overwhelming and make you think that you need all the supplies. Which, honestly? You don’t. All you really need is a notebook and a pen.
When I first got into bullet journaling, I wanted to have all the supplies that I kept seeing everyone on YouTube use – especially the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks that seemed to be a staple item but I also didn’t want to spend around 15€ (that’s the price on Amazon right now) on a notebook if I wasn’t sure how long I would be using it for or if I would use it at all after a few short weeks.
Luckily, I found a black notebook at a drugstore for just 5€ (I think), so I went for it! And as a student who was trying her best to be organized, I already had a couple of PaperMate InkJoy pens and a 12 pack of Staedtler pens in various colors so I used those too, plus black and blue pens by the BIC brand. And I think this is an important thing to keep in mind if you want to get started: use what you already have.
Pens, pencils, highlighters, rulers, erasers and sharpeners are probably all things you already have on hand – so make use of them. Try them out and try the bullet journal system before you decide to invest in nicer items. I know it’s really tempting to go out there and buy everything you see all over Instagram or YouTube, but you don’t strictly need them. Save your wallet/bank account the trouble! 😉
So, to recap and to make sure you guys are all ready to join in and create a bullet journal with me over the next couple of days and weeks, all I need you guys to prepare is a notebook and a pen of your choice. That’s it. We’ll go from there and set everything up together!
And if you’re asking yourself ‘How are reading and bullet journals related?!?!’ – oh, just you wait! I already use a couple of different spreads (we’ll get to what that means if you haven’t heard the term before) in my own journal to keep track of my reading and will share them with you guys too! So no need to worry that I am changing my content up too much – we’re still going to be talking about books and reading, we’ll just add something else to the mix!
Now, are any of you guys already into bullet journaling? Or is it something you haven’t looked into before? Was getting organized one of your resolutions for 2018? If so, are you going to join me in creating this bullet journal to keep track of (at least) your reading life? Let me know in the comments below!