How to Start a Bullet Journal the Easy Way
How do you even start a Bullet Journal?! I first heard of this concept over a year or ago, and when I looked it up, it seemed too complex to try. I saw SO MANY pictures of highly creative, colorful, insanely detailed notebooks that I was completely turned off and never gave it another thought. Anything that requires a ruler is definitely a no go!
Fast forward a few months to where I felt super lost in life and decided I wanted to find a fun DIY project that was also functional. Enter the Bullet Journal!
Still though, for me, it had to be…
* dead simple
* enjoyable to maintain
So I did a couple hours of research and cracked open an old but empty notebook and got to work! My first Bullet Journal was even more simple than the one I’m about to show you (my most current one). Since that version, I’ve added a few extra details I found I needed which is how it got to be what it is today.
1.) I use a Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook but any sturdy one will do. These are about 14 euros here in France and this will last me an entire year. But in the US these cost like $30 sometimes (!!!), so a Moleskine is a good option too!
2.) Uh, just get a pen! I use a Pilot because I like the inky-ness of it. And I thought I was buying a pack of black Stabilo pens and but accidentally got a set of colored ones. The ONLY reason I ended up using colors in my Bullet Journal is because I didn’t want to waste the colored ones. But literally any ONE single pen that is functional is all you need!
My Bullet Journal Layout:
Step 1: Crack open your notebook & make an index.
This will be page 1 and is literally just so you know how you mark your “bullets.” I’ve never referred back to this page until now, FYI. It’s sort of useless if it’s your own notebook, right? These are the markings I use. (Note: You can sort of see through this page, and the next page is just where I note what pages were for which months in case I need to reference them. But right behind that we have Step 2…)
Step 2: Jump right in!
Let’s say that the very first real page of your Journal happens to be the beginning of a new month. For me, at the beginning of every month I have a goal tracker. I make a list of things I need/want to do daily or several times a week and each day that I’m successful, I color in a little block. I number the top with each day of the month and that’s it. I keep my goals realistic and only set ones I’m serious about keeping. But some people also use this for chores. Like, take out the trash– check! Brush teeth– check! You can customize it to whatever you want.
Step 3: Turn the page and start your daily/weekly tracker.
This is what my weekly layout looks like. I don’t lay out the month or do anything else. I go straight from my goal tracker to my daily/weekly one like you see below. Blue tasks are business to-do’s. Black tasks are personal to-do’s. Red “!” are urgent business tasks that require physical execution like filming, editing, or writing. Pink boxes are where I keep some social media post ideas. (Note: anything that requires collaboration with the Bad Yogi Team also gets put into a shared iCalendar so we’re not working on different timelines.)
And just for reference, this is what a week looks like before I schedule it… it’s.dead.simple. No rulers, no weird tools or stickers or fancy sh*t.
Voila! And that’s where the magic happens 🙂 My workspace is super simple, organization is KEY, and this system fits everything I need.
Over to you! Do you use a Bullet Journal? Do they intimidate you? Do you have any secrets of productivity you want to share? The more life-changing, the better! 😉