How to Become a Bullet Journal Person

by Chelsea Hoel

I’ll admit, when I was first introduced to the concept of bullet journals I was skeptical. As much as I want to be the organized, Pinterest person that I aspire to be, I am really just not that person. I want to have a trendy, fully decorated apartment that I change the décor with the seasons, but I am doing what I can with the motivation I have. I am however, a calendar person so when 2017 rolled around, instead of purchasing a new calendar that I could carry with me I decided to commit to trying the bullet journal. Now, for those of you who do not know, a bullet journal is a customizable organization system that can act as whatever your heart desires. You can create your monthly calendar, weekly calendar, to-do list, goals list, and whatever else you need to keep track of all in one place.

The part about bullet journals that I thought was really fun once I started was that I could play with the design each time I created a page. As a super creative person who loves to doodle on top of making lists, this actually turned out to be a fantastic fit for me despite my initial doubts. When creating your journal, the possibilities are endless; you can use as many or as few colors as you’d like, add fancy lettering, draw pictures, add inspirational quotes, anything! Another great thing about the bullet journal was that while I tried to keep up with it every day, it was very low stress. If there was a day that I was feeling particularly creative and motivated I may create multiple pages but if there were days I was busy and couldn’t get to it, that was also okay because it was my creation only for me so there was no pressure.

My first step in the process of starting on my bullet journal was trolling Pinterest, as one does. And I compiled a list of fun things that beginners could put in their journal to get started, so you’re welcome. But I highly suggest that if you decide to start a bullet journal, check out Pinterest for design ideas, layouts, and more lists you can add.
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Weekly Calendar
  • Book List
  • Word Count (for writers)
  • To-Do Lists
  • List of Passwords
  • Brainstorming Lists
  • Weekly Goals
  • Water Tracker
  • List of Movies to Watch
  • List of TV Shows to Watch
  • List of Birthdays to Remember
  • Budget Tracker
  • Meal Planning
  • Sleep Log
  • Map of Places You’ve Been
  • Mood Tracker
  • Ideas for Self-Care
As you can see, the possibilities are endless; I’ll admit that the barrier to entry looks daunting but it’s really not. And the truth is that it doesn’t matter if you are the organized, Pinterest type person or not, anyone can make a bullet journal and make it their own. Bullet journals are just like any other hobby, you get out of it what you put in; I can now confidently say that now I’ve begun, I’m never going back to using a store-bought calendar ever again.

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