The definitive guide to creating your bullet journal from scratch
by Ana Ferrón on Jun 06, 2023
What is a bullet journal?
If you are one of those who cannot find your ideal agenda or planning, let us tell you that surely this is your moment to start the Bullet Journal, also known by its abbreviation; BuJo.
Bullet journal is a unique and personal organization method. It is characterized mainly by the possibility of adaptation of the person who is developing it. Having the infinite possibility of creating to measure. To start your bullet journal you only need a blank notebook from which to start from scratch.
How to start a bullet journal?
To the question, how to start my bullet journal?, tell you that you only need: a pen and a blank notebook. Simple and practical, to start in the world of organization. The world of "art bujo" is very close to the "bujo" community and it is not necessary to have all the creativity or materials.
The ideal of this system is that you get used to it and include it in your day to day routinely and it is a moment of connection with you.
Therefore, it is recommended to start writing down the tasks and documenting your day to day without wanting to cover the entire world of the bullet journal in one sitting.
What is needed to start a bullet journal?
Well, the easiest thing to do is start with a dotted notebook and a pen. But if you are one of those who loves everything "colorinchi", go ahead, that's what YOUR bullet journal is for and you can customize it to the maximum based on your tastes and needs.
We are going to tell you a little about the basic and key points of every bullet journal so that you take into account what is expected of these first pages and you select what best vibrates you.
- Index : And here begins the good part. On this page we will write down the sections that our bullet journal will have and on which page they are to be able to locate them quickly. This part could be optional if you prefer to have dividers that clearly and quickly tell you where each section is.
- Legend/codes : In this section we base ourselves on the pure and classical theory of the bullet journal. Where it consists of a series of symbols that will help us mark our tasks or notes so that it is easy for us to identify what it is about; task, note or event.
And within these three sections there is a symbology that indicates in which part of the process each one is located, for example:
If we have to do a specific task we will put a square .
As we progress in that task that square can be modified:
- If you paint it in the middle it means that it is in process
- Completely painted will be finished
- If you include an outward arrow it means that we have postponed the task .
- If we have canceled a task we will make a cross .
The events are the same as the tasks but we will differentiate it by drawing a circle or a triangle.
The notes as a line .
Although the reality is that you can adapt and customize your own symbology to make it easier for you to recognize events.
- delivery times
- Key dates…
The idea of this section is to prioritize and write down detailed information and to be able to organize, manage and carry it out in time, without having to spend every month spinning around and distracting ourselves until we get to it.
What to write in your bullet journal?
Once you have made and personalized your index, symbology and you have made your future log that you can fill in throughout the year as projects or tasks arise, we are going to talk about: bullet journal calendars or bullet journal agendas.
These sections are the most recurring globally for bujo lovers.
You can recreate monthly, weekly bullet journal calendars and the same at the bullet agenda level.
For example: there are monthly templates where each day has its space to write down and have a close-up of the events of the entire month.
In the same way, a weekly agenda is made, where we write down the projects and tasks that we have throughout that week. It is ideal for managing and dividing tasks in the same week.
Finally you can make your daily log, or we could also call it daily log. Which consists of writing everything you have to do during the day. It is also valid to add a list of tasks for the day, the famous “TO DO LIST” or the same daily log.
How to make a creative Bullet Journal?
We must bear in mind that the simple fact of making a bullet journal is already something creative. But if we want to delve into the exciting world of colors and textures and let our imagination run wild, this could be your refuge.
This is where your desire to experiment and try comes into play. Choose what materials you want to use in your bullet journal and create inspirational pages that motivate you and decorate those calendars or sections that you have decided to put in it.
What kind of notebook is used for a Bullet Journal?
A dotted notebook is recommended as it is much easier to follow guidelines, box or mark without the need for a ruler, and is much more aesthetically pleasing and cleaner than a standard ruled notebook.
The size will also depend on the type of bullet you create, your letter, among many other things. But the most commonly used size is an A5 dotted bullet journal notebook.
Another thing that is important to take into account is the type of grammage of your notebook. If you are only going to use the classic gel pen and some color, no problem... But if, on the contrary, you have embarked on the most creative bullet, where every month you make a cover, decorate every inch of the pages and you like to use different materials, the ideal is to look for a bullet notebook with a weight of at least 120gm.
Key trick to start your bullet journal
If you are determined to start your bullet journal, keep in mind that it is a task that requires a lot of time, calm and dedication. Have references, inspiration, but not obsessing and letting yourself flow with the process is crucial to enjoy creating your bujo.
And you, have you already started in the bullet journal world?