Hey kids, welcome to another round of Mia talking about stationery. I’ve faced up to the fact that I have a problem and that’s the first step, so I’m fine, right?
Today’s post is about something I’ve been anticipating for months . . . setting up a bullet journal! If you don’t know what bullet journalling is, I’m confused about how you found my blog because you’re clearly not familiar with the soul-sucking invention that is the internet. Bullet journals are absolutely everywhere. There’s no escaping them.
But fine – you win. I’ll explain what they are.
What is Bullet Journalling?
A to-do list
A way to keep track of your life
An organisational tool
Cool as fuck
Bullet journalling is a new form of quick journalling that focuses on being versatile and easy to use; instead of having to write long sentences, you get to basically bullet point everything.
Apart from a few general rules, bullet journalling is very DIY – which is why it’s perfect for you, because you make it perfect for you. Are you a runner? You can keep a log of that. Trying to diet? Yep, you can also include a spread for that. Maybe you want a meditation record, or a moon phases page . . . you can use anything!
Bulelt journalling was developed by Ryder Carroll.
How To Bullet Journal/The Method
Guys – I made a thing! Check out my little Youtube video on how to set up a bullet journal; it’s quick and there’s no talking (thank God.)
The bullet journalling method is designed to be simple. You can add more to your bullet journals – you can add whatever you like to them – and I’ll show you how to set them up and lay them out etc. in the step-by-step set up below, but here’s the basic framework that you need.
The page numbers.
The first thing you want to sort out is page numbers. This will help you with your index – and it’s better to do this first. You don’t necessarily need to do the entire book – but get the first few out of the way, so you aren’t jumping between tasks as you set up your book.
Okay, so the first page of your journal should be your index. This might sound weird, but you wouldn’t believe how helpful this is – if you ever need to find notes or a particular page, instead of having to flick through your entire planner you have a record of it in your index.
The task codes & key
This is one of the major things about bullet journalling – the codes. Whenever you log a task into your journal, you’ll put a marker next to it. This will represent anything you want it to, but the recommended markers are:
This is particularly helpful for people that jot down notes everywhere – if you have a great idea, for example, you could always have a marker that you’ll be able to instantly spot if you were to come looking for it later.
To help you keep track of these markers and what they mean, it’s recommended that you have a key (like the one above) in your journal at the front or the back.
The future log
This isn’t as gyspy-fortune teller as you’d think. All the future log is is a calendar view of your year, so any big events that you have coming up or things that you need to log in advance are all there.
Now, this is the bit that we all get excited by. Some may say overexcited; some may shut up. Collections are where you log all your miscellaneous tracking ideas. Whether this is a sleep journal, a collection of TV shows you watch, or books you read . . . these are your collections. You don’t necessarily have to have any – and you don’t have to do them all now, but it’s worth leaving a few pages blank to give yourself the option later.
The page spreads
And now we reach the real meat of your journal – the main page spreads. These are what you’ll be filling out day-to-day. Most people will have a monthly spread at the beginning of each month, where you can see everything that’s going to happen in the month and add in your monthly tasks/goals, before moving into weekly views.
Again, if you want to add any additional spreads (such as a monthly habit tracker) you can add these in too.
And that’s all you need!
Once you have your page spreads set up, you can start using the journal!
How To Set Up A Bullet Journal
Note: this isn’t my actual bullet journal because I’ve ordered a bunch of stationery for it that needs to arrive so I can have it as aesthetically pleasing as I always dreamed, but it’s a good first run, don’t you think?
What You Need:
- Journal – preferably dotted grid. I use a moleskin; it’s good to have high-quality paper so that ink doesn’t bleed onto the other side
- Technically, that’s it – but I would recommend washi tape, stickers, etc.
Step 1: Choose an initial colour theme.
I know this may sound odd and counter-intuitive, but for people like me a large part of the appeal of bullet journals is all the cute layouts that everyone else has created with them. Right? I mean, just turn to Pinterest and Instagram and you’ll see all these works of absolute art!
So I already knew that I’d face a bit of pressure from myself to make things pretty – which completely defeated the point! Bullet journals are supposed to be a quick, easy minddump. To meet in the middle of this, I basically decided to cheat. You’d be surprised how much better a simple sticker and a bit of colour co-ordination can make anything look, so I picked out a colour scheme, bought a few accessories in those colours and now making a cute page takes zero effort.
I chose black, white and gold because they’re really versatile colours too – so if I do want to take the time to create a really pretty page I can create whatever the hell I want and it still looks like it goes.
Seriously, guys – this is a life-saver. Find a colour scheme, pick up some pens and stickers and washi tape and worrying about how your bullet journal looks will be a thing of the past.
Here are a few schemes (and accessories!)
Step 2 – Number your pages & Set Up An Index
Step 3 – Get your future log up
Step 4 – Set up some collections
Step 5 – Get up your monthly and weekly spread up
Step 6 – And use the damn thing!
And that’s it! I know; it looks so bloody complicated, but when you actually look at what you have to do it’s pretty simple.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you guys use the bullet journal method? If you don’t would you try after this? Also – let me know what you thought of the video. I’m trying to “upgrade” my content with different types of media, so I’m trying to get some practice with video in.
All the love,