How to Start Bullet Journaling (the Basics + Beyond!)
I recently had the honor of being asked to teach a bullet journaling workshop for the Richmond Public Library here in RVA and it was a total BLAST. I had blogged about bullet journaling back in the day when I first really fell in love with the system, and even though it’s not the way I currently journal, there are SO many elements from bullet journals that I use in my normal journal and my agenda and PowerSheets and such! It all ties together.
I didn’t anticipate just how FUN it would be to get together with 25+ creative people at the library and present on bullet journals and then watch them bring their amazing ideas to life in their own new journals, but I had such a blast! If you’re in the RVA area, stay tuned— we will definitely be hosting more workshops like this in the future!
A few pics from the workshop:
For those who came to the class and want all the links and the info I presented, or for anyone else who is curious, here is all the info from my presentation + links to other resources I use and love, and more!
Hope this post can be helpful as you begin (or continue) your BuJo journey!
What is a bullet journal?
“It's best described as a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system. It's designed to help you organize your what while you remain aware of your why. The goal of the Bullet Journal is to help its practitioners (bullet journalists) live intentional lives, ones that are productive and meaningful.” (from bulletjournal.com)
A catch-all journal for your calendars, lists, trackers, and so much more
A tool for staying on track with all the things that matter to you
What do you need for a bullet journal?
Writing utensils of your choosing
There are even bullet journal stencils if you want to use those for shapes for labels and things!
If you want to read more from Ryder Carroll (the creator of the bullet journal), he recently wrote a great book all about it.
What goes in a bullet journal?
Daily task calendar
Weight loss tracker
Favorite things list
Meal prep / recipe ideas
From the creator of the BuJo:
A Key + Signifiers:
• Use a bullet point for tasks: things you have to do
- Use a dash fo rnotes: things you don’t want to forget
o Use an open circle for events: things on your calendar
x Use an x to cross out tasks that you complete
> < Use arrows to signify moving tasks to a collection or a future log
* Use a star to emphasize priorities
! Use an exclamation point to note inspiration
Also consider using different colors, labels, or washi tape borders as ways of tracking different things throughout your journal!
Things to remember:
Function > beauty
It’s okay if you aren’t artistic – it’s not about perfection!
Make your pages work for you. Include what’s helpful, leave out what isn’t.
Simple is best. Don’t overcomplicate things!
Use it daily. Update it. Take it with you wherever you go.
Don’t be afraid to mess up!
You’ll learn more and can change things as you go– this is just getting you started.
Inspo + ideas:
click images for links!
How to get started:
Make an index on your first spread
Create a monthly calendar on the next spread
Number your pages, and add them back to your index to track what pages are where in your BuJo
Add additional pages or whatever you would like
Maybe daily task calendars (all 7 on one page? 2 days per page? 3? Up to you!)
Maybe a habit tracker spread, or a bucket list spread
Maybe each daily section has a meal tracker, or a habit tracker component
Decorate, illustrate, color, collage, and add whatever you want to your pages – simple or colorful or random, let your personality shine!
Other options / tools / etc:
From talking with the attendees of my BuJo workshop, a bunch of other amazing tools and resources came up and I wanted to be sure to share them here too!
Here are other resources I love using:
PowerSheets from Cultivate What Matters
This is my goal planner — I use it every year and it has CHANGED MY LIFE. The prep work pages at the beginning are incredibly helpful and will transform how you think about goals and how you set them for yourself. I would be lost without this tool in my life! Cannot rave enough. (find all my PowerSheets blogs here!)
This is the tool I use at work to help me keep track of projects and to-dos. Super helpful and I love the format!
This is a fully customizable agenda and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s the best thing I’ve discovered in the agenda/planner world and I can’t imagine using anything else now.
I created these for myself as a fun sort of mini to-do list/bucket list hybrid to use monthly, and they’ve been a great way of keeping me focused and productive each month.