I’ve been looking at starting a Bullet Journal for ages now. I’d seen other bloggers talking about them and I genuinely had to Google what they were. I was amazed at some of the designs I saw! They all looked so pretty, of course I wanted to join in!
I started a board on Pinterest full of little doodles and scripts. So by the time mine arrived I had loads of ideas on what I wanted to do!
What Is A Bullet Journal?
This is the most common question I’ve been asked, what is a bullet journal? It’s whatever you want it to be really. A planner, a diary or a sketch book. You buy a plain journal and go from there.
My plan is to use mine for scheduling my blogging life a little better. I’d like to make a schedule of when I can be active on Social Media and when I need to really write some posts. Whether it will actually go in this direction, who knows!
Starting A Bullet Journal – What Do I Need?
- A dotty paged journal (available on Amazon or eBay) is the first thing. The dotted pages are the easiest ones to use as you can line everything up and make sure it’s equal. It also makes everything a lot more symmetrical. A squared paper one can work just as well though.
- A Pencil and coloured pens or pencils.
- A rubber.
It’s pretty simple to get started really. I bought the plainest, cheapest journal I could find from ebay. It had a plain brown, cardboard cover. So boring but I figured I could doodle on it and make it my own. You really don’t need to spend a fortune on anything fancy.
What Do You Put In A Bullet Journal?
Anything you want! I started mine in September and still put a 2018 calendar in the front.
I’ve used mine so far to write down my monthly goals. I have a mood tracker which covers the whole year and I have a log of all the Twitter Chats I have found and on what days they’re held.
It’s not much but it’s a start. I may write a list of films we need to watch and then mark them off as we watch them.
You could use yours as a food diary or meal planner, an actual diary. Or you can always brainstorm ideas in it. There are loads of ideas and templates available on Pinterest.
Do I Need To Be Able To Draw?
The simple answer is, no! It doesn’t have to be amazingly artistic, it’s for you and whatever you need it for.
I used to love doodling when I was younger, I wasn’t great at arty stuff but I also wasn’t too awful. I haven’t drawn anything for years but for me it’s a bit of an escape. It’s a great distraction from raiding the fridge in the evening too!
I find it really relaxing and actually, my drawing skills weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. Once I’d coloured in my dodgy looking flowers they actually didn’t look too bad!
Honestly, the possibilities are endless, it is literally a blank canvas ready for you to do what you want.
I’d love to see what you’ve done with yours if you have one? I could always use a little more inspiration.