I was on Pinterest the fateful first time I learned of a bullet journal. “What is that???” I thought to myself. I clicked on the link and I no longer recall the exact blog that it took me to (maybe Boho Berry), but I have been addicted ever since! This page is meant to serve as a launching point, whether you’ve just learned what a bullet journal is or you’re searching out new ideas. My goal is to serve you by explaining the core foundation of a bujo but by also introducing you to inspirational content.
I will admit, the concept and the language can be a little confusing at first. I first watched Ryder Carroll’s video, which is important because he explains the basic underlying structure and use of the Bujo. For those of you how hate clicking links… I inserted the video for you to watch!
However, it wasn’t until I read this post on Buzzfeed that it all came together (and I literally laughed out loud several times at the frankness of the article). I’m about 20 pages into my Bujo now, so I’m still relatively new to the world of bullet journaling. Despite the fact that I’m a complete novice, I’m super excited about my Bujo and I just couldn’t wait to share it until I was ‘more experienced’!
Why Bullet Journal?
Because it is definitely not just a hobby, but it is still a hobby. Meaning, ladies, you will able to turn something that you use every day into a beautiful, enjoyable keepsake.
- Stay organized with all those have to-do lists, want to-do lists, and have-done-it lists in one place
- Engage your creative side by doodling away, learning calligraphy, and designing awesome spreads
- Feel guilt-free about not keeping a ‘journal’ of the small things
- Get started without feeling the pressure of designing everything perfectly (my favorite part!)
Peaked your interest yet? One reason the Bujo is so amazing to me is that it can become whatever you want it to be:
Do you have a lot of places to be and things to do? Then use your pages to help keep you ultra-organized and on top of it.
Do you want to keep lists of blog post ideas, gift ideas, books to read, movies to see? Then use your pages to track all of those wild ideas races through your brain.
Do you want to track your habits and set goals? Use you pages to create engaging images that do just that!
Basics of the Bujo
Now that you’re pumped up about this, let’s look at some of the essential pages you will want to get your bullet journal up and running!
If you watched the video by Ryder Carroll, then you know the Bujo sports some specific symbols. You do not have to adopt the exact same symbols for your Bujo, but just be sure to choose symbols that make sense to you and stay consistent. In the beginning, I had to refer back to my key to remember what symbols I chose. Over time you will get use to them, but in the mean time, make a key!
Check out my Bujo Inspiration: Key Pages for more ideas.
Index = Table of Contents, for the most part. The index is where you record your new pages as your develop them. The awesome thing about the index is that if you have a series of pages spread throughout your Bujo, you can easily find them all if the page numbers are listed next to the same entry.
Check out my Bujo Inspiration: Index Pages for more ideas.
The Future Log is basically provides a fly-over view of the big events coming up in your life: trips, birthdays, parties, etc. Pictured below is my 6-month future log – I try to keep tasks and things out of my future log, but how you use yours is completely up to you.
Check out my Bujo Inspiration: Future Logs for more ideas.
The Monthly Spread is where you get a bit more detailed with your life, but still not task-saturated. Here is where I enter my appointments, meetings, and work schedules as well as big tasks that need to get done at some point that month. In addition to the things going on in MY life, I also include information about my sister and husband, so if I need to set up something, everyone’s schedules are at my fingertips.
Check out my Bujo Inspiration: Monthly Layouts for more ideas.
This is where I get down to the nitty gritty of life, where I write down all the things I have to do, want to do, and have done. I’ve been toying with different spreads for a while now. In this particular spread, I emphasize tracking my time and recording memories. I keep track of events at the top of each day (copied from my monthly spread) and keep a running list of tasks on the left.
You will definitely want to put a little thought into how this is set up, because these are the pages you will look at the most and want to be the most useful. For example, I like to ensure that I use my time wisely and want to be able to reflect on how I used my time. Hence, I utilize a timeline that I color code. Many people put Habit Trackers and little embellishments, but I save those for my monthly spread.
Beyond the Basics of Bujo
Those were just the basics that will make your Bujo useful and keep you organized, but there is so much more out there!
As I searched for ideas to inspire me I just kept finding more. To help you in your quest for a fantastic bujo, I create inspiration round-ups. Keep checking back here to look for new links!
Want to get started but don’t know what to buy? Check out my Must-Have Basic Bullet Journal Supplies.
I hope you feel inspired to go start your very own bullet journal soon. For daily inspiration and picture of my own bujo, follow me on Instagram and Facebook. If you have any questions, please comment!