Beginning a Bullet Journal
Bullet journaling for me is about the organization, careful planning and also learning more about yourself. It’s a way of life that can enrich you to be more productive and also being attentive to your self. In this blog, I would be sharing with you how to start a basic bullet journal.
Why I started Bullet Journaling and Why You Should Too!
Before I begin, I’d like you to know that I have written about why I started Bullet Journaling. It has definitely helped my productivity. To inform you more about Journaling vs. Bullet Journaling, I have discussed it in this blog: Why I started bullet journaling, I also explained there the trackers I use in my bullet journal.
When I started bullet journaling, I don’t have an actual bullet journal notebook. I was gifted with a blank brown paper journal. In bullet journaling, I believe that it doesn’t have to be a “bulleted.” It just makes it easier to draw lines with the bullets. But the concept is the same, the important thing is that you can organize your planner the way you like it!
I started my bullet journal experience just by using a black DONG-A Fine Tech 0.5 in my writing! I used that for all my writing, drawing lines, outlining and even on drawing or illustrations. I didn’t buy any higher quality of pens yet back then because I am not yet sure if I would like to pursue this all the way! But, as of this writing, I have been loving bullet journaling! By this time, I already invested in waterproof sign pens so I can utilize them when I use watercolor in my journals.
The Art Materials
In my earliest days of bullet journaling, I use colored pencils. Those are my old colored pencils since I was a kid! That’s all I have at that time! You can start with the simplest coloring materials! I also used highlighters, colored pens; those are the old stuff that I used during my college years. Right now, after taking more hustles and budgeting, I was able to finally invest in a good watercolor palette. I am also glad to be gifted with some brush pens!
In bullet journaling, you would notice some artists having different themes each month. That’s what I do also, but it is not mandatory to have a different theme each month! Sometimes, you just need to start jotting down the dates and tasks on each page and that’s it! The theme or designs can come after. Don’t pressure yourself in perfecting a theme on each month’s spread, what’s important is you know how to track all your events, trackers, tasks and etc, in your bullet journal!
The Future Log
The Future Log is a whole spread of all twelve months. This is where you write beside the important events so you can easily transfer them to weekly spreads. I used to do this but the tendency is that I change my journal by the middle of the year or even after 3 months, so I stick with during monthly spreads.
I have seen many kinds of Keys that some bullet journal artists use. At first, I followed what they do but in the long run, I stick to a few Keys only because that’s what applies to my daily tasks. I no longer keep The Keys in one of the pages of my journal as I already memorized what keys to use. To show you what you can start with, please view the photo above.
The Daily Log
I think that this is the most important spread and it takes much of the pages of your journal, of course! This one I get to enjoy creating also, although, sometimes, I get easily bored creating the spreads because I may have chosen to do repetitive designs. It also helps if you just do the daily log week by week. I just like to do everything already in one day just so I don’t have to think about finishing the spread the next days. Plus, I tend to create my monthly spreads only a few days before another month begins!
There are also spreads like your playlist, your short term and long-term goals and more. I just like to share the most basic spreads that go into your basic bullet journal. As you go along, and when you get used to having a bullet journal, you discover what spreads you like and how you want it to look.
And so, that’s it! I hope you like this short tutorial-ish of how to start a basic bullet journal. Let me know in the comment section if you want me to discuss anything more about how I use my bullet journal.