Everything you need to know about creating the perfect Bullet Journal

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  • Is this diary system the answer to all your problems?

    Have you started your own Bullet Journal? If not – then why not?

    All you have to do is type ‘Bullet Journal’ into Instagram and you’ll be met with over 3,000,000 pictures of ridiculously pretty, perfectly colour-coded, meticulously organised diaries. While they look like dreamy, no two are the same, making every single one completely unique.

    Why? Because everything in it is created by yours truly. That’s right – all those beautiful swirls and lists you see on social media are made with just a pen and some imagination.

    So what are you waiting for? It’s time to find out how you can create your very own Bullet Journal.

    What is a Bullet Journal?

    The Bullet Journal is a system created by Brooklyn-based designer Ryder Carroll, who spent 20 years developing the method so he could stay organised. Essentially, it’s a modern Filofax – a place to dump all your thoughts, organise yourself and also involve your creative side.

    So how do you do it, and does bullet journaling work? Basically, it’s a coded system for organising your thoughts, but it’s essentially a DIY journal that admittedly takes a little effort to perfect and create. The journal itself can be any notebook you like. It’s the system that’s the interesting part

    Firstly, watch this video for an overview – these are the basics, and might not seem hugely inspiring just yet.

    How to Bullet Journal

    1. Get the right notebook. That’s all you need, because with this system you ditch your twenty million half-started notebooks and put everything in one place. One notebook with everything in it. The popular choices are Moleskine or Midori Traveller Notebooks.

    2. You can make you own rules in terms of what goes in and how you use it. There’s a basic formula for keeping track of things (see the video above) but you can include lists for tracking my meals, meditation, exercise, downtime – the possibilities are endless. And that’s the beauty of this system – you personalise it.

    3. Get planning. Invest in some nice pens, a ruler, a mechanical pencil (you will mess up when you start) and go online for inspiration – there are tonnes of videos and Pinterest boards about Bullet Journaling to get you inspired and send you on the way to creating your own bespoke diary.

    Bullet Journal ideas

    Looking for Bullet Journal inspiration? If you’re a Bullet Journal beginner and want some help getting started, here are some excellent Instagram accounts to follow.


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    #Repost @viacalligraphy ・・・LOVE: “be present” I’ve been mentally preparing for December for the last three months. It’s always a busy (and expensive) time of year so lots of planning needs to happen to stay on top of it all. I actually changed up my monthly layout for the first time this year to fit in some holiday things. How is your December looking with all the holiday parties and days off?! #viabulletjournal⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’ve been meaning to finally get your shit together, I just posted tickets for my next bullet journal workshop in January! It’s the perfect time of year to get organized— my bujo is the only notebook that I’ve completed 100%! Join me at the beautiful @makelemonadeco and get your @leuchtturm1917canada notebook and we’ll set it up together at my most productive workshop. Link in bio for more info and tickets (limited space available!)

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    September sleep log and mood tracker filled in! 💡💛✨ ———————————————————————— ———————————————————————— 🇪🇸¡Registro de sueño de septiembre y rastreador de estado de ánimo completado! 💡💛✨ ———————————————————————— 🇫🇷terminé journal de sommeil et suivi d'humeur de septembre! 💡💛✨ ———————————————————————— #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalnewbie #bujo #bulletjournalideas #bulletjournalinspiration #bujojunkies #bujoideas #journaladdict #journalling #planner #planneraddict #bujosetup #bulletjournalsetup #doodles #bujomonthly #bujomonthlyspread #bujomonthlylayout #bulletjournalmonthly #scribblesthatmatter #sleeplog #sleeptracker #moodtracker #afterthepen

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    [Werbung/Advertisement] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hi guys, thank you again for all the love you're giving me recently, it makes my heart explode! 😍 and just so you know, I read and appreciate every comment and message, I might not write back asap but I'll come back to you, I promise! 🤗 . . . Today's spread is an oldie to some of you but I just love it so much and I can just say try it out! The switch from a monthly habit tracker to a weekly habit tracker was so important to me! I never filled out my monthly habit tracker because it was so overwhelming but when you try to include it somewhere in your daily or weekly layout you will use it more often in my opinion. 😊 I created this monthly dashboard page (as I like to call it) as a rough planning for the upcoming week. I write down all the to dos in my running to do list on the right side and I try to get them done in order and it makes me so much more productive. 🙌🏼 the left side keeps my meal planning and my daily and weekly habit tracker. Everything important for the week is on these two pages, I couldn't be happier at the moment with my system. 😊🎉 and as always I like to add some of the stickers out of my etsy shop @journalspiration.shop to spice it up a bit and it makes it a lot easier, because it's such a big time saver. 🤗 has anyone tried this layout yet? If so let me know what you think! And please tell me in the comments what you would like to see in the future, I would like to give you inspiration for other spreads, but I'm not sure what you would like to see, workout tracker, finance planning, business planning…? Tell me. 😘 have a nice day wherever you might be right now! . . . #bulletjournal #bujojunkies #bulletjournalcommunity #planner #plannercommunity #plannergirl #filofax #filofaxing #stationery #wearebujo #germanbujojunkies #nuuna #notebook #planwithmechallenge #journalspiration ‭‭‬‬#minimalbujo #minimalbulletjournal #minimalistbujo #minimalistbulletjournal #school #study #notes #notestagram #studyblr #studygram #studyspo #planneraddict #plannerstickers

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    Need more inspiration? Watch this video from another Bullet Journal fan, Amanda Rach Lee, on how to get super organised with your new Bullet Journal:

    Now you know where to buy a Bullet Journal notebook and how to create the journal of your dreams, there’s only one thing left to do: start.

    So what are you waiting for?

    Happy Bullet Journalling!

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