Guide to Bullet Journaling

September 11, 2019

When people hear the words “Bullet Journal” the reality is a lot of them get intimidated. Since social media portrayed it to be a medium that only artists and people who can afford fancy pens and notebooks can do, the majority are hesitant to try the BuJo. But the thing is, BuJo doesn’t need all the fancy materials or a Picasso-like mind. All you’re gonna need is your pen, your notebook, and a free mind to begin.

Here are 4 basic steps in starting a bullet journal.

1. ITS. YOUR. BUJO

According to Ryder Caroll, the creator of the bullet journal, he wanted it to be like an empty house where the community can fill it with their own lives.  “The key is to furnish your space with the things that serve you,” Caroll said.

Admiring someone else’s bullet journal is normal but copying someone else’s or getting to the point of giving up because yours isn’t as good as theirs is not. When doing a Bullet Journal it is important to find your purpose. What made you decide to keep a bullet journal in the first place? Once you find that purpose, it will be much easier for you to keep and maintain your journal because you will see it as something with purpose, not just a chore. 

2. START FROM THE BOTTOM

As someone with messy handwriting, I know the struggle of not being able to follow the directions of calligraphy tutorial videos. But that should not stop you from keeping your journal. You don’t need to stay up all night and try hard to copy the handwriting of professional calligraphy artists. You can start from the bottom and begin with the one you are most comfortable with; your very own handwriting. Bullet journals are not about who has the cleanest handwriting or the cutest doodles, it is about the system that you enjoy for yourself. 

3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES

According to Bryant McGill, “A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.” Let’s face it, us humans are naturally short-tempered beings. When things are not going our way, we get frustrated and give up easily. This is why starting and keeping a bullet journal requires a lot of patience. 

When starting your bullet journal, don’t be afraid to mess up your writings or drawings or any of your input. If it helps, practice writing your notes in a separate scratch paper before transferring it to your BuJo to avoid small mistakes. Your mistakes will hone you, not just into a better journalist, but into a better person because of all the patience you gave to your bullet journal.

@planwithady

4. HAVE FUN

The most important step in doing your BuJo is having fun. Even though it is supposed to be a system that helps you track your activities and thoughts, Bullet Journaling should always have the element of creativity in it. Besides, if you go back to your college or high school days, you hate looking or reviewing using your bland and plain notes. And what better way of sparking up your creativity than having fun. If your doodle ice cream looked like a mushroom so be it. If it will be fun for you to put old baby photos of yourself, do it! The only person stopping you from enjoying your bullet journal is yourself. 

“I’m not creative enough.” “I don’t have fancy pens and notebooks.” “I’m not artistic.” Wave off all those excuses because once you understand and memorize these steps from the heart, you’re all good to go!

@thejournaltea