What is a Bullet Journal and how to start one too

You may have seen and heard the term "bullet journal" or "bujo" popping up on your Insta or the web, wondering what the heck people were talking about.


You are not alone.


So, what is a bullet journal?  In a nutshell, it’s a great note taking/list making/journaling technique that helps you organise your life.


Still not clear? Watch this video from the bujo creator, Ryder Carroll.



How to start a bullet journal

If you watched the video, you now know that you don't need much to get started. All you need is a pen and a notebook.


THE NOTEBOOK

It doesn’t have to be new or expensive. Any old journal or notebook can be used, in fact the bullet journal system can even be the perfect way to use those old half-used notebooks you have at home.


However, if you do want to buy a new journal to help you get in the mindset of planning, Inchiostro and paper brand new line of notebooks have been created exactly for bujo-lovers in mind.

With a dot-grid layout, thread-bound book opens flat and ink-proof paper (100 g/sqm), you'll never try any other brand.



Etciù notebook collection

The Pen

There are a million options when it comes to pens. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to weight, ink, color, brand, etc. Basically, this choice is totally up to you. My favourite is the simple, but perfect Pilot HI-TEC-C4. Rigorously in black which is also extremely affordable and easy to find in stores.




Now you are all set to get started with your bujo journal.


Keep it Simple - BULLET JOURNAL BASICS

I would recommend that you keep things pretty simple for now. .


BULLET JOURNAL KEY

The first thing you want to consider is a key for what symbols you want to use in your bullet journal. The inventor suggested some symbols that you might want to use but you can also create your own! Whatever you choose, you need to be consistent.




MONTHLIES

Your bullet journal must have monthly entries which serve as a eagle eye on planning your life. Normally, people have a list of dates and appointments along with monthly goals.




DAILIES AND WEEKLIES

Then, you can choose if you prefer a daily or weekly log. Here you'll add your regular day-to-day notes, schedule, and task management. The nicest thing about bullet journal is that there is no pre-set format, it is you to decide exactly as you wanted. In fact you can change your mind every time you want and give your bujo a different aspect every week!




There you go! Now you are all set to get started with your first bullet journal!


Don't miss any of our posts about bujo and other stationery and planners articles!


See you soon!


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