I am excited to be collaborating with another Bullet Journal account on Instagram, @positivethoughts.ca, to share our top Bullet Journal tips for anyone who is just getting starting with journaling or maybe as a nice reminder for the pros. This is part 1 of a 3 part series, coming to you each Monday morning.
You don’t need to spend a lot on your journal when you start (or ever). There are some trades where the tool makes the practice, but with Bullet Journaling, the method is what’s key. Yes there are some notebooks with thicker and whiter paper. If you are just staring, than you might want to go cheap. Getting a notebook in the $10-$20 range is more than enough for your first one.
Use the Stationery you have. I know, we all love pens and cool markers, but when you are just getting started, use what you have. We all have pens and a highlighter around. Start small, learn the method, then expand on your tools.
Don’t let other accounts intimidate you. Some accounts have been around for years and have dedicated a lot of time to grow their skills and following. There are also design and art skills that take time to get good at, like calligraphy. Appreciate those accounts, learn from them, and love your own work! What you are doing is for you, so it’s critical that you are proud of this healthy habit you have started.
Let me know in the comments below if you have found any of these tips to be helpful. I’d love to hear how your experience with your Bujo has gone… or if you are just getting started.
2 thoughts on “Bullet Journal Tips // Part 1”
I couldn’t agree more with Tip #3. Some Instagram accounts show beautiful artwork. These people have serious talent, and wonderful creativity. Great to look at, but unnecessary for managing your work and life, which is the point to the BJ. I took some ideas from Ryder Carroll and some really basic formatting from Shawn Blanc and just made a simple, and sometimes messy notebook that helps me keep track of projects, document calls, track goals, prioritize work, and think. No artwork needed for me, but it’s all about what works for each individual. I enjoy the Baron Fig planner and using fountain pens, but they aren’t necessary -just a little motivational. If art work, a decent pen, or a certain format notebook gets you using the notebook to organize you life, then use it. If a Bic and a school notebook work for you, even better.