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I think we all can agree that life gets pretty hectic sometimes.
Especially if you’re running an online business.
That’s why I decided to start a bullet journal, and it’s been a game-changer.
It’s helped me organize my blog’s posting schedule, my finances, and pretty much every other aspect of my life.
So, whether you’re trying to organize your business or just your life in general, a bullet journal can definitely work wonders for you!
Here’s everything you need to know to start a bullet journal today. 🙂
WHAT’S A BULLET JOURNAL?
If you’ve never heard of a bullet journal before, it’s an analog system created by Ryder Caroll.
Basically, it combines a planner and a journal together. My favorite thing about the bullet journal system though is that your can personalize it to fit your needs.
Whether you get creative with your bullet journal or keep it very minimal, it can be a great way to organize various parts of your life and business.
What do you need to start a bullet journal?
Technically, all you need is a notebook and a pen.
Buuuut, if you want to make your bullet journal a little more pretty and fun, I recommend these supplies:
- LEUCHHTURM1917 JOURNAL – I’ve tried a few different brands for my journals, including Moleskine, but the Leuchtturm1917 is my favorite. The quality is great and there are a lot of great added features (numbered pages, built-in index, pocket in the back, etc.)
- FABER-CASTELL PEN PACK – I like to use different tip sizes to add some intrigue to a spread!
- TOMBOW DUAL-BRUSH PENS – These are the highlighters I use to add color to my journal. I love the pastel ones, they’re so pretty!
PAGES TO INCLUDE IN YOUR BULLET JOURNAL
Your key is where you’ll keep track of what symbols you use in your journal.
You can create symbols for various things, like important tasks, appointments, birthdays, etc.
Typically your key is at the beginning of your bullet journal.
Actually, I usually write my key on a scrap piece of paper and tape it onto the inside front cover with some washi tape. This way, I can easily flip to it whenever I need to!
Your index is where you keep trap of all your pages in your journal.
In the beginning, this may not seem so important.
But once you start filling up your journal (and even once you complete your journal) when you try to find a page it’ll definitely come in handy!
One of the cool things about the Leuchtturm1917 journals is that they come with a built-in index section, so it’s a good way to keep it very neat.
Your future log, or year-at-a-glance page, is where you can schedule out and see what events you have coming up that you can’t put in your monthly log yet.
There’s no minimum or limit to how many months in advance you should make your future log.
Again, remember that your bullet journal is meant to be whatever works for you. 🙂
Your monthly log is used to be a quick overview of the month as a whole.
There are a lot of different layouts you can do to set up your monthly log!
Some people will include their monthly goals and trackers here, but I prefer to make a page dedicated to those types of things.
Your daily/weekly log is where you include your day-to-day activities.
Some people use this as a planner, where they place their to-do’s for the week. Other people will actually use this as a journal space, where they write about and reflect on what happened each day.
OTHER PAGE IDEAS
There are plenty of other pages you can include, which is why I recommend you check out this post, where I rounded up 50 bullet journal page ideas (with examples!) to inspire you!
Pinterest is another great source for inspiration, there’s PLENTY of great ideas out there!
I hope this guide helps you as you start a bullet journal!
Have a question? Feel free to ask me down below!