How To Bullet Journal for Beginners (or old pros)

With only 2 weeks left in 2021, I wanted to help in preparing you for 2022. If you have thought about starting a bullet journal, but felt like it wasn’t the right time, a new year is a great time to kick into a new habit. I know how hard it can be to get started, so I wanted to bring all the information and detail to you.

Here is what you need to get started!

A journal and a pen

This may seem overly simple and that’s because it is. Truth be told, all you need to keep a successful bujo (short for bullet journal) is a notebook and a pen. No need to fret about which one. Here are some of my favorite journals for you to check out. 

  1. The Official Bullet Journal Edition 2
    There is nothing better than the official thing. Bullet Journal has partnered with Leuchtturm to create a brand new Official Bullet Journal notebook. This notebook has everything you need to get up and running, including a pocket guide to educate you on the method and how to set yourself up. Use Code MARK10 to save 10% OFF.
  2. Archer & Olive
    A&O notebooks have been a fan favorite for years because of the quality 160gsm paper (thick paper) and fun and diverse cover designs. Their customer-centric approach to stationery and mental health makes them a great choice for your stationery and notebook needs. Use Code MENWHOBULLET10 to save 10% OFF
  3.  Baronfig
    Baronfig makes tools for thinking, and that includes both blank and guided notebooks (along with fire desk organization too). Their Confidant hardcover notebooks include smart pages, which help you quickly split your pages into halves and quarters, along with fun colors for all types of planners. Use code MENWHOBULLET to save 10% OFF.
  4. Rocketbook
    This notebook option allows for you to benefit from an analog system while also getting the easy digital pros as well. The Rocketbook is a reusable notebook that you write in, add to the digital app, and wipe clean. 

]When it comes to writing, there are so many options. Everyone has a favorite pen, and that’s all you need to keep on top of your Bullet Journal game. Here are a few of my favorite ones:

  1. uniball Signo DX 0.38
    This has been by go-to pen for a long time. Of all the pens I have tried over time, it’s been my most reliable. I also love it because you can buy a box of them for a super low price. 
  2. Baronfig Squire
    If you want to feel that pen in your hand, I always suggest one of my favorite Baronfig pens, the Liberty Squire. This brass pen is stunning and has a nice weight to it. Made from industrial grade brass, this limited edition rollerball pen is worth its weight in… brass. Use code MENWHOBULLET to save 10% OFF.
  3. Leuchtturm1917 Drehgriffel
    This pen from Leuchtturm is so fun to use. It has a fun design, great colors, and smooth writing. For the month of January, you can get 10% off your purchases at Use code MARK10.

Once you have your notebook and pen, you are ready to go! But you need to figure out how to get started. I’ve put together a nice and easy, step-by-step guide for setting up your straightforward bullet Journal. What’s cool about this one, is that I set it up using a lined notebook. You really can use any notebook.

I have a bunch of new videos ready for 2022. I can’t wait to share more of my exploration in my new B5 Archer and Olive Bullet Journal – as well as fun and productive ways you can use your journal for work or your everyday. Looking forward to a fun and productive new year.

Wishing you the best,

Mark Fig

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