By Stefani Muñoz
There’s nothing worse than having that feeling that you’ve forgotten something. If you’ve ever felt this way, you may want to consider creating a bullet journal. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I realized just how unorganized I am. Everything I did was haphazard, unplanned, and unaccounted for. I often forgot appointments and meetings for school and was never really sure when my next workday was. That’s when I discovered bullet journaling.
You may be tempted to see what sorts of bullet journals have been created out in the big wide world, but a word of caution: some people are very detailed. When I first started exploring bullet journaling, I was immediately intimidated by the immaculate and seriously creative bullet journals flooding pinterest.
But it’s not about the decoration. Instead, it’s always smart to start off small. Don’t think that you need a fancy layout in order to use a bullet journal successfully. Even if it’s the most basic it’ll still be supremely helpful!
What is a Bullet Journal?
Before we get into the exciting stuff, let’s get the basics. In a bullet journal you’ll find three main things:
Index: This is the place where you organize the different entries in your journal so as to easily keep track of them. Tip: It may help to number your pages as well as leave a few blank pages at the beginning of your journal.
Collections: The collections within a bullet journal is simply the topic of each of your entries which you will organize into your index. Three basic entries that can be found within a bullet journal are Future, Monthly, and Daily. Tip: It may help to create your own Collections, such as Nutrition, Goals, and Budget.
Migration: Migration is simply the act of pulling tasks and goals that you have yet to finish from previous entries, whether it be Daily or Monthly, and incorporating them into your current ones.
What You Need
- Notebook, preferably one that utilizes a grid setup though a regular generic one will do
- Your favorite writing utensils
Going the Extra Mile:
- A ruler
- Colored pencils/markers
- Washi tape for added decoration
- And anything else that you can think of (stickers, pictures, etc.)
How to Start: Tips and Tricks
Now that you have all of your supplies it’s time to begin your journey with bullet journaling! Below I have included some of my favorite tips and tricks that have helped me make bullet journaling a successful organization tool.
Where Should You Begin?
Pick a day that is easiest for you to begin journaling. Begin by outlining simple goals you wish to accomplish that day as well as any tasks that need to be done, such as homework, meetings, grocery list, etc. Then as you go about your day refer back to your journal and tick off anything that you were able to accomplish. Continue this way until you feel more comfortable with bullet journaling.
Create A Template
Before beginning your bullet journal it may help to create a template or outline that you can use to create each entry. When first starting out you may want to begin with the date and your collections (such as goals, budget, tasks). Below I have included a simple example of a bullet journal: