Bullet journal: everything you need to know to get started today

Bullet journal: everything you need to know to get started today

If you are obsessed with pintrest, like I am. You have probably have come across the bullet journal. Pretty decorated and productive tools held by professional women with a sweet spot for creativity.

I've been wanting to start a bullet journal for over a year now. It was not until I realized I actually needed a real planner that I started doing real research. Planners are expensive and to be honest I just  justify paying trans Atlantic shipping that costs as much as the planner.

Getting started

Getting started is really easy.

  1. Number the pages, or just buy a book designed bullet journals as I said. Because let's face it no one likes to number pages.
  2. The first 6 pages can be your index. It's just another name for the table of contents. Let me already tell you now, don't write your weekly and monthly log on this page(don't worry more on this later). It's only for special collections.
  3. On the last page of your notebook write the word key on the top. These are the symbols you will be using for rapid logging. These are just some symbols to help you find things quicker.
  4. After this is done the future log has to be made. This is just a page where I write upcoming events. I like a vertical lay-out, but you can totally go horizontal if that's your thing. I chose a vertical lay-out just because I can compare how many hour I've worked on different days.
  5. My monthly log is where I write down what is impotent for me that month. On the right page I write the date and the first letter of the day. On the left page I write what I want to get done that month in different categories. I have work and school on there at the moment.
  6. On my weekly and daily log I write what I need to do and my appointments. Sometimes appointments can just come up during the week so I don't write those in my monthly. That's monthly only includes special things.

For more information click here

Getting started

Getting started is really easy.

  1. Number the pages, or just buy a book designed bullet journals as I said. Because let's face it no one likes to number pages.
  2. The first 6 pages can be your index. It's just another name for the table of contents. Let me already tell you now, don't write your weekly and monthly log on this page(don't worry more on this later). It's only for special collections.
  3. On the last page of your notebook write the word key on the top. These are the symbols you will be using for rapid logging. These are just some symbols to help you find things quicker.
  4. After this is done the future log has to be made. This is just a page where I write upcoming events. I like a vertical lay-out, but you can totally go horizontal if that's your thing. I chose a vertical lay-out just because I can compare how many hour I've worked on different days.
  5. My monthly log is where I write down what is impotent for me that month. On the right page I write the date and the first letter of the day. On the left page I write what I want to get done that month in different categories. I have work and school on there at the moment.
  6. On my weekly and daily log I write what I need to do and my appointments. Sometimes appointments can just come up during the week so I don't write those in my monthly. That's monthly only includes special things.

For more information click here

 

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Choosing a notebook

I think choosing the notebook is the most important part of having a bullet journal. In a lot of stores you can buy notebooks designed for bullet journals. I would say buy those. For me it was a great help in the beginning. Just because those books have that extra bit of information in the front and have dotted paper. Dotted paper is needed for a couple of reasons. I like it because I have flexibility and it's not destructing.

The writing tools

I use one pen. It came in pack of 2 ans was only €1 on clearance. Don't start with crazy colors and stickers in the beginning. You only need a pen to be honest. One that writes with dark legible ink, that's all. Later on stickers and drawings can become a thing. Just try to get the basics on point first

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Bullet journal?

But by the time I decided to start my bullet journal I found every video to be so freaking confusing. So let me get you started on the basics.

Before we even start with buying stuff. Let me just define what a bullet journal is and what it means to have one. Having a bullet journal isn't just having a planning tool. It's a planner, notebook, sketchbook and everything you want it to be. Honesty it's not just one thing, it's all in one.

If you are like me and have note books and post-its for everything. This will change your life, and no I am not even exaggerating.

 

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Migration

This is the part that makes the journal come alive. Moving tasks to the next day or moving things form your monthly goals and braking them up into small bits. To actually get big projects done I make a list with every step that needs to be taken. Those small steps I migrate to my weekly log (and yes this does go in the index).

The app

I am actually going to tell you to get the bullet journal app. It's very easy to use and every day it reminds me to reflect and migrate my tasks. It also has some fun quotes and helpful tips.

 

It's yours

Remember that it's your bullet journal and it doesn't even have to be a planner all the time. You can make it whatever you want and say it's a bullet journal, nothing is defined and chosen.

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