I first started my bullet journal back in January, after reading many blog posts/videos on the topic. I started my bullet journal because I hated leaving pages blank in a ‘traditional’ planner, it made me feel unproductive even if I was just relaxing that day. So I decided to start my bullet journal as if I wasn’t doing anything I just wouldn’t have to write it, plus I’m a list maker so a book of full of lists would make sense.
When I first started my bullet journal I made a blog post all about my initial set up so I would recommend reading that first- click here!
Over half a year later I still love and use every day. It’s kept me so organised as a student and makes it so easy to manage my time however I want to. I know that people are considering starting one around this time of year because it is a new academic year, so I thought to update you on what I liked, what I wouldn’t include next time and what I would add for next year. It hasn’t changed much since I started but a few things have been edited, so this is a good time to share my top tips for starting one.
I still use the majority of the main pages, which is surprising considering I had never used a bullet journal when I originally set it up. My set up worked really well and I have carried it on throughout the journal, as it seems to be very simple and perfect for beginners. The only thing that I would remove is the ‘year at a glance’ section as if I have an idea I write it in a seperate blog post ideas notebook, which means it has barely got anything written in it. Instead I think I am going to use that page as a ‘birthdays’ page next year, as I think that would be really useful.
One page that I would recommend that I don’t see many people do is the ‘wall of fame’ page each month. This is where I write down funny moments and things that I want to remember from the day. My memory is dreadful so I love having a page with so many hilarious things on, as it makes me smile when I look back on it. The littlest things are always the funniest so it’s nice to have a record of all of these things.
Here are some of my top tips for starting a bullet journal….
Keep up to date with it or else you will end up not using it. Every week start setting out your pages and make sure you don’t let it slip, or else you wont get used to the process. It is hard to get used to setting up your pages yourself because you are used to just writing in a pre-planned diary, but once you get used to doing it each week it will become routine.
Don’t be too creative! There is always temptation from Pinterest to make everything so gorgeous and colourful but you will end up spending more time making it look photogenic than actually working on what you have to do. Part of a bullet journal is making it look nice but at the same time is a practical resource used to manage your time.
This is something that I have only started doing recently but I would definitely recommend it. Using stickers is a way of minimising the time spent setting out your planner but still making it look pretty. Planozo (an independent business) kindly sent me some stickers. They create plenty of stickers suitable for planners and organisers, whilst still making them look pretty. I have only been using them for a few weeks but I love them, and they are so worth the purchase! My favourites are the blog stickers because they are so useful, and I also love the hearts because they are so pretty and perfect to mark deadlines in my planner.
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I hope this helps if you are starting a bullet journal, because I used to love reading these before I started to give him so information. I love my bullet journal and I would recommend it to anyone who need to be more organsied but also creative. I love how personalised it is and you can create anything that you want in it so it makes it perfect for students, or workers, or anyone really. Let me know if you want any more advice and i will be sure to answer any questions in the comments or on my social media.
(Planozo kindly sent me the stickers features at no cost, however all opinions stated are my own)