Welcome to the Bullet Journal community! I am so glad that you have decided to start your very own Bullet Journal! I know that the process of getting started can seem overwhelming. It is easy to get lost in all the inspiration and ideas out there, so I have created a simple list of things you should consider when starting your own Bullet Journal!
Hopefully, your answers to these questions will help you determine what kind of Bullet Journal you want so that you can cut out all the other noise and focus solely on what you want.
I am so incredibly excited to help you get started on your Bullet Journal journey, so let’s just get started!
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#1 What is the purpose of your Bullet Journal?
It is so important to answer this question first. Your entire Bullet Journal, the layouts, the collections will all be geared towards the intention you have for your Bullet Journal.
Are you hoping to focus more on self-care? Starting your own business? Trying to achieve a big goal?
Whatever your intention, it is important to be able to identify it. It will make setting everything up so much easier. You can cut out all the fluff right from the start, leaving you with the essential layouts that are guaranteed to help you find the results you are after.
#2 Do you want to create minimalist layouts, or do you want your layouts to be decorated?
When it comes time to look for ideas and inspiration, it can get extremely overwhelming if you don’t know what style of layout you prefer. Take a moment to consider which style you might prefer, at least while you are just getting started.
#3 What kind of supplies do you want to use in your Bullet Journal?
Of course, there are the obviously needed supplies such as a notebook and a pen. But I encourage you to think about what else you might want!
Is there a specific type of pen you like to use? Do you want to add some decorative flair to your layouts in the way of washi-tape or stickers? Are the layouts you admire colorful?
By knowing what style of layouts you want to create will help you decide what supplies you might need in your arsenal!
#4 How much time do you have each week to dedicate to your Bullet Journal?
Before you begin to consider your planning routine, you should have a very general idea of how much time you have available to dedicate to your Bullet Journal. Your planning routine is going to look very different if you only have 30 minutes, as compared to someone who might have 2 hours.
This may ebb and flow over time. For now, we are just trying to build a manageable planning routine for you in this season of your life.
#5 What day of the week do you prefer to plan?
I know this question might seem silly, but there is a purpose! You should always be planning your week on the day that you have the most time, and when you can find the process enjoyable. Maybe it is after the kids go to bed. Perhaps it is when you first wake up on a Sunday morning.
Whenever that time is for you, make sure that you protect it! This time is for you! If I were you, I would even plan my entire week around this time in the beginning.
#6 Have you considered planning weekly versus daily?
This question isn’t a one or the other type of option. You can definitely consider doing both but it is still something that I urge you to consider. It may even depend on what season of life you are in.
A quick run-down of the two option;
A Weekly layout or weekly planning is where you plan out your entire week in advance, and just refer to your plans daily. You can spread out your tasks over the week, plan out your commitments, and set your goals all at one time.
A Daily layout or daily planning is where you plan everything out day by day. Some people prefer to do this first thing each morning, while others prefer to do it the night before. Used in conjunction with your monthly planning, this could be a great way to stay on track of your plans and goals every day.
If you decide to combine the two, I would recommend planning out everything about your week in advance, with the exception of your to-do list.
Think about how you have planned in the past, and what you found the most enjoyable and beneficial.
#7 What kind of collections do you want to include in your Bullet Journal?
This is hands down, the BEST part of starting a Bullet Journal. Sure, getting your months, weeks and days organized is fun and all, but it really isn’t much different than what you can do in any other planner.
The true magic of the Bullet Journal is in the collections you can include. These layouts make your Bullet Journal uniquely you!
The possibilities for collection layouts are almost endless. You can create a Bullet Journal collection for anything.
However, I want you to consider ahead of time what kinds of collections you think will be beneficial to you, and what will help you to achieve the desired results you hope to see in starting a Bullet Journal.
It is very easy to fall into the trap of creating a collection for anything and everything in the beginning. Who could blame you with all the amazing ideas and inspiration out there? But what you will come to find is that you don’t end up using half those layouts. They become Bullet Journal fluff. Trust me, my first Bullet Journal is full of them!
I know we just covered a lot, and I hope I gave you some things to think about! But just a quick summary of what the purpose behind these questions are;
- What is the purpose you want your Bullet Journal to serve you?
- How are the layouts and collections you add going to help you serve that purpose?
- Is being creative in your Bullet Journal an important part of why you are starting one?
- What kind of supplies do you want to use?
Considering these things when starting your Bullet Journal will help save you a lot of time and frustration! You will have crystal clear focus, purpose, and intention in your planner that you so deserve!
I can’t wait to see what you all create! Nothing brings me more joy than seeing people use a journal and layouts that are working really, really, well for them.
Until next time!