Since I started bullet journaling myself a couple months ago, my whole life has changed–okay, not exactly, but I do really love it–and I want you to experience it with me!

I figured it might be beneficial to give you some pointers on this whole #BuJo thing, since looking it up on Pinterest is sort of a hodge podge explosion of information, and that can be daunting.

A bullet journal is a journal, a planner, a to-do list, and a goal list all in one. It can hold anything and everything you want, actually, and is meant to be something you can carry with you and update wherever you are.

The “planner” and “to-do list” bits of the bullet journal are the most practical. Draw in a calendar, one month, 6 months, or even a whole year at a time. Keep track of appointments and birthdays and special events. Then, add in what the bullet journal community refers to as a “weekly or daily spread” to keep track of your day to day tasks and time management. I’m a planner at heart, and probably have half a dozen or so different planners lying around between work and home. Keeping it all in a bullet journal is surprisingly helpful!

After you’ve put down a few of these types of pages, you can get into the more fun and creative parts. The lists! Or, actually, “collections” if we want to get technical. Collections can be anything from lists of places you want to visit to books you’ve read in your lifetime to financial trackers. In my own bullet journal, my biggest and most used “collections” are my Books to Read pages, my master grocery list, and my social media image size chart. Some of these are just for fun, but some make my day to day life so much easier.

Don’t forget the journaling! You can use your bullet journal to jot down any ideas that run through your mind during the day, or you can dump it all at once at the end of the day like a regular journal. One spread I know you already use is a gratitude log, where you can write down a single line of something that made you happy every single day.

Lastly is the part of bullet journaling I think you’d like best: the creativity. I have tons of pages filled with quotes and doodles. I know you will eventually, too. Adding in a bit of inspirational quotes and color do wonders to keep you interested in the more…pragmatic parts of bullet journaling.

For more inspiration, check out these YouTube channels. They’re my favorites when I’m looking for better spreads and collections.

Boho Berry
Jessica // Pretty Prints and Paper

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