By now you have probably heard of bullet journaling, since it is taking over Instagram. Bullet journaling basically means taking a blank journal and making it work for you to organize your life. Think of it as a super-charged planner, customized to whatever you need it to be. Keep pages for your goals, your budget, meal planner, daily calendar, blog schedule, to-do list… I can go ON and ON. Since there are so many options, many people are intimidated to even try it out. But I am here to help you get over that, since I think bullet journaling is basically the best thing ever.
I have been a planner girl my entire life. I have planners saved from middle school. Over my adulthood, my planner needs have expanded. In addition to my daily list of to-do’s, I was having a tough time finding a planner with enough room for all the notes I needed. So I bought a bigger planner. The year after that, I got an even bigger planner.
Last year, I had a large hardcover planner and two notebooks. It fit the bill, but lugging everything to and from work was getting to be a pain. I even bought a larger purse with a middle divider just to hold it all. I knew there had to be a better way.
I had been looking into bullet journaling for awhile, stalking sites like Boho Berry and Tiny Ray of Sunshine. I was hesitant to jump in since I am not crafty or artistic, and the layouts were so beautiful… I knew I would never be able to create something like what I saw on Instagram. But I was sick of having all my notes and lists in different places. I finally decided I don’t care what my bullet journal looks like. You won’t be seeing any beautiful bujo layouts on my instagram feed. 😉
Once I got over the fear of trying a bullet journal, it was time to get the supplies. I am going to share with you what I am using, since I did a ton of research on every possible journal, pen and accessory. So I am saving you some major time here. *I am using affiliate links, which means if you use one of my links to buy something I will get a small portion of the sale, but it doesn’t change the price or cost you anything extra! 🙂
Bullet Journal Supplies:
Leuchtturm1917 Notebook: Most bujo peeps either use this journal or a moleskin. After reading a ton of comparisons, I decided to go with the Leuchtturm1917 since I wanted already numbered pages. I was going to get lined, but decided on dotted at the last minute and I am so glad I did. I really wanted the berry color and Amazon was sold out at the time, so I ordered mine from The Goulet Pen Company. This is NOT sponsored, but I did want to give them a shout out since my journal was beautifully packaged and even included a hand-written note. Pretty awesome.
I love this notebook! There is a very slight bleed-through but it is not bothersome, especially since I use marker pens. It has two ribbon bookmarks, which is handy. I also like the elastic that holds the journal shut, since I toss it in my purse.
Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set: These pens are great, but a some are too thin for me. I don’t like super fine pens, so a few of these I won’t even be using.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens: I probably could have gotten away with just getting these pens. I love the way they write and the colors are awesome.
Westcott Technical Drawing Template: This was an add-on item, so I figured why not? Now I use this handy dandy ruler thing all the time for my layouts. Mila likes to play with it, too. Double win.
Stickers: I love this sticker book, it is full of so many fun options. I am keeping my bullet journal pretty simple, but these stickers are a fun way to jazz things up. I got it at Michael’s using a 40% off coupon.
This was the most intimidating part. I kept reminding myself I was doing this to make my life easier, and it doesn’t matter what my bullet journal actually looks like. When it comes to layouts, do a quick google or instagram seach (#bulletjournal, #Bujo, #bujoaddict) to see what you like and would need. I jotted down pages I wanted to include and started from there.
I decided on a few starter pages: future log, yearly calendar, and a few pages related to my blog stuff. Then I created a January habit tracker page, spending page, and goals for the month. I created one week at a time, since I am still figuring out what kind of weekly layout works best for me. After the first week, I realized changes that would make it more user friendly for me. It is still a work in progress.
I also realized I needed more room for notes, so now I leave two pages between each week. (for notes, blog ideas, etc) Basically, when I find I need to change something… I do it. I haven’t figured out a monthly “set” layout or pages. I might just change it up every week, to work for what I need. That is what I LOVE about this method of planning.
I am so happy I decided to jump in and try bullet journaling. I love having everything in need in ONE small notebook! (my purse is so much lighter!) I can’t wait to see how my planner changes and evolves as the year goes on. If you have been thinking about trying a bullet journal, DO IT! You won’t be sorry and your life will be so much more organized!