We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community for their best bullet journalling tips. Here are some of their suggestions.
1. Think about what you want to get out of it.
2. And if you're not sure, try using your bullet journal for everything initially.
"Use it for everything at first, then you will adapt it as it fits for you. Write all the reminders, song titles, directions, phone numbers, websites, paint colours, and to-dos in there. Don’t write lists elsewhere or keep five different notebooks. It defeats the purpose."
Submitted by n45eef7a66.
3. Plan in advance.
"Plan your layouts (daily or weekly) on Sunday nights. That way, you have a clear vision of your upcoming week and have plenty of time to add things you might have forgotten before."
Submitted by mcartercats.
4. Try a habit tracker.
5. Don't feel you have to use it when you don't need to.
"Don’t get overwhelmed or feel like you need to track everything, or make a weekly spread for a week you don’t have much going on. Use it when you need it and only use the features you find are actually helpful to you."
Submitted by emt082097.
6. Start off small and work from there.
"Ease into things! If you are not normally a journal/planner person, start slow and add more as you develop the habit of journaling. Overloading yourself with 20 daily trackers and 12 collections and fully illustrated weather reports will lead you to abandon the whole thing within a week."
Submitted by Katelyn Elizabeth, Facebook.
7. Add a "brain dump" page.
8. Set some goals.
"Setting up little goals for your journal in your head, such as “I want to be half way through my journal by October 1st”, or “I want to try and write/draw/plan in at least four pages today” is also a good way to help prompt you to start journaling more. For me personally it helps to give me motivation to write down my thoughts and ideas. "
Submitted by s4e73eaf2e.
9. Consider using stencils if you aren't confident with your design skills.
"Stencils are your best friend, you can find a ton on Etsy."
Submitted by meganbalchw.
10. Look online for ideas to get inspired...
11. ...but ultimately do what works for you, regardless of whether it's Instagram-worthy.
"The Instagram stuff is beautiful, yes, and if that's what makes you feel good, then by all means do it, but if what you really need is to just jot down what you're going to do today in the five minutes you have between breakfast and catching the bus-- or writing down what you DID do today to unwind before bed-- then do that."
Submitted by Ruby Lucero, Facebook.
12. And remember that it doesn't matter if you're not especially artistic.
"Not good at calligraphy? It’s alright. Not a drawer? Just fine. Doesn’t know how to make colours agree to save your life? It’s all good, baby. Look at your journal, think “well, fuck it, I'm gonna do my thing” and thank yourself later."
Submitted by laisan.
13. Get acquainted with videos on bullet journalling.
14. Take your time filling it up.
"Don’t try to fill the whole thing in in one day. It has to slowly, organically happen so that it perfectly fits you. That takes time."
Submitted by babsb2.
15. If you're a perfectionist, try erasable pens.
"Erasable pens are worth it. I second the notion that you should always make sure it’s functional over beautiful, but if you’re like me (artistically inclined and demand a combination of both beautiful AND functional), an erasable pen takes the pressure off. It’s meant to help you above all else so don’t stress!"
Submitted by b4566d0b97.
16. Don't be afraid to try something new.
17. And if something doesn't work, ditch it.
"Bullet Journaling is so customisable that you can change it up month to month, week to week, or even day to day. It takes time to find out what you like and what works for you."
Submitted by Megan Marie, Facebook.
18. Some nice supplies could help motivate you to use it...
19. ...but definitely aren't necessary.
"Don't feel like you have to buy some expensive, leather bound notebook and supplies. I bought a $2 grid paper notebook that I decorated with a piece of wrapping paper to look cute, and all my pens are from Muji."
Submitted by Dannie Higginbotham, Facebook.
20. Have a second notebook to try ideas in.
"Get a bullshit bullet journal to practice in! Test out borders, handwriting styles and pictures."
Submitted by Eduarda De Souza Queiroz, Facebook.