Starting a Bullet Journal

Starting a Bullet Journal for new year.

A few weeks ago I didn’t even know what a Bullet Journal was.  Now after scanning a few blog posts and YouTube videos I am completely inspired.  2017 will be the year I’ll be starting a bullet journal!

What is a Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal is a mega organised diary, planner, to-do list and journal of sorts.  It’s basically one big brain dump to store all my thoughts, creative ideas and anything else I want to keep me on track.  That’s what I’m hoping anyway, as this is the first year I’m starting a bullet journal!

It’s a system widely used by bloggers as a way to organise their content plans, ideas and schedules, which is also my aim too.

Starting a Bullet Journal: What do I need?

Okay so I’m going to stop capitalising ‘bullet journal’ now.  For this blog post I’ll talk about things I bought to start my bullet journal. I’ll focus on the set-up of my bullet journal when I’ve finished doing just that, in a future post.

So what did I need?  Well, first of all I needed a journal, obviously.

Starting a Bullet Journal for the first time.

The popular choice amongst bullet journal lovers seems to be squared paper.  I could see the benefit of squared paper when  drawing out weekly plans, and so I followed suit.

Where Paperchase failed, WHSmith delivered.  I bought the above Moleskine Squared Large Notebook, sadly the only squared notebook I could find!

I couldn’t resist getting some stickers too for my new organisational venture.  These are part of the reason why bullet journals attract so much attention; filled with colour, illustrations and stickers, bullet journals are like little personal pieces of art!

Stickers:  WHSmith Owl Sticky Page Markers, WHSmith Self Adhesive Metallic Coloured Labels and WHSmith Self Adhesive Letter Labels (similar).

What’s with all the stickers?

Starting a bullet journal; what do I need?

Here’s how the bullet journal is a step up from the typical diary.  The first customised page in a bullet journal is usually ‘the key’.  This is where the colour coordination stuff comes in.

I’m not entirely sure what my key will be yet, but I’ll probably use colour pencils or highlighters rather than waste my wonderful stickers!  (Even though I did go a bit overboard with the stickers…)  I’m going to use the stickers, stamps and tape for decoration and titles for my following pages.

I know all this decoration isn’t essential but I often illustrate my simple ‘to-do’ lists at home with different colours, drawings etc.  I don’t know why I do this, I just feel the colour and decoration helps to fuel my creativity and motivation, which is why I must be drawn to the idea of starting a bullet journal like this.

The following pages after the key are really where the heart of your bullet journal beats.  (How poetic!) That’s how I see it anyway…  I have a plan to include pages for all my ideas and calendar pages to fit these into some kind of schedule.  I also want to have a monthly overview page to look back on analytical stuff.

Anyway, all of the above tools in the photo are from Tiger – another seriously great place to find bullet journal essentials!  (Wilko is worth a look too.)

Next Steps

Now that I’ve got all the tools the next step is setting it up!  I’ll be showing my set up in a future blog post with images, instead of explaining it all in wordy descriptions.

As I’ve said I’ll start with a key, blank pages to jot down ideas and onto the actual monthly and weekly spreads themselves.  I’m really excited about this as I’ve tried to write to-do lists for my creative tasks outside of work in the past and have never really stuck to them.  The idea of a  bullet journal seems seems fit well with me and something I can keep up with yet enjoy doing too.

Watch this space…

Have you got a bullet journal?  What do you include in yours?  Give me some ideas to fill the pages of my very first one!

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