For years, I have been wanting to make a post on bullet journaling for years now but I always held myself back since my blog was supposed to be a book blog and this didn’t fit that theme but this year I decided to stop focusing on just that and talk about other things I am passionate about and bullet journaling i.e bujo is one of them.
With the new year approaching so soon, a lot of people will be diving into bullet journaling for the first time, they will be buying new bullet journals, stationary and will be looking all over the internet for tips to begin their bujo journey and I thought I would share some tips and tricks I have picked up along the way.
What is a Bullet Journal?
The video above is the video explaining what exactly is the bujo system by the creator of the system.
It id basically an organization system which is catered to your needs, you do not have to stick to preplanned layouts and can do whatever you want in it, it can be your sketchbook, your place to write poems, blogging journal, reading journal, a planner, legit anything.
My Bullet Journaling Journey in brief
I have been bullet journaling for 4 years now, I discovered what bujo was on Mariana’s Study Corner and was instantly fascinated so I binged all of her videos on the topic and started my own where I just used a random blank journal I had lying around and I was using it for the last 3 months of 2016
I used normal college ruled books for two years after that since dot grid journals were hard to come by and I couldn’t find an affordable one on Amazon
In 2019, I found a great and affordable journal and have been using journals from that brand for the past 2 years and I am very happy to have found them, they are cheap and have stickers in the back which is awesome
How to start a bullet journal?
To start a bujo all you need it a notebook that could be ruled, gird, blank or dotted and a pen which could be any colour, any type and that is all you need
There are a few basic things that are “important”
- Index to make sure you can locate everything and
- A future log where you can make note of anything you are looking forward to in the year
And that is all you need and do to start a bullet journal but to be completely honest, this can be anything you want it to be because it is your journal, your organization system and that is what is important, it is designed and customized by you to fit your needs.
Pros and Cons of bullet Journaling
- You can make it any way that you what
- You never have to stick to a premade layout
- It caters your needs perfectly
- It is an easy and simple method
- It can be time consuming while creating layout and set ups
- It can feel daunting in the beginning
Tips to start a Bullet Journal
DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
One of the biggest mistakes many starts including me have and can make is comparing our bullet journals to others and that is the biggest mistake .
Taking inspiration is one thing but do not let how to create and make their bullet journal get to you because everyone is different and how you use and maintain your bullet journal is always gonna be a personal thing.
When I started bullet journaling, I started looking at Instagram pages and YouTube videos on the same and I was left awed at the beautiful and pretty pages and spreads everyone seemed to create, I can’t draw to save my life and looking at so many beautiful and creative journals made me doubt myself and my journal and I kinda feel out of bullet journaling because of that but eventually came to realize that my journal is mine alone.
USE IT AS YOU WISH
The bujo system is your alone and I do cannot specify this enough, never feel forced to add a spread/layout to your bujo just because someone else does, things like that can definitely ruin you experience with bullet journaling.
THERE IS NO NEED TO PURCHASE EXPENSIVE STATIONARY
If you have seen bujo videos there is a chance that your heart has been swayed by the lovely and wonderful stationary that people use, the thing is you do not need to spend you money on them if you don’t want to, now if you are an artistic person and want to invest in them then by all means do is juts don’t feel like you have to own all those mildliners and brush pens
I can’t tell you how much money I have spent on colourful pens and washi tapes and much more only to find myself not reaching towards those products after the first few months of getting them.
JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT
Ultimately it is your system and it is meant to be what you want it to be so don’t make it a chore and have fun with it and you mostly will fall in love with bullet journaling.
YOUTUBE VIDEOS YOU CAN WATCH
I have linked some YouTube videos that you can watch to help you with starting your bullet journal
Official Bullet Journal YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt3B6rUXb__X2eMyY7jzgIg
Kalyn Nicholson – Bullet Journal for Beginners – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STRXoISJuDg&t=475s
Plant Based Bride – Tips for Beginners – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Nev7-W-ic
Do you have a bullet journal? Are there any tips that you would like to share on bullet journaling?
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