How To Start A Bullet Journal

How To Start A Bullet Journal

Falling down the rabbit hole of the online bullet journal community can be overwhelming. I got lost amongst all the beautiful layouts and creative ideas, that I ended up thinking, oh no, where do I start my new bullet journal? I’ve forgotten how I begun!

You start one page at a time, and this is my list of pages to do in order:

  1. If lost, please send to…
    A message in case you misplace your precious notebook. (I have lost one notebook before and a stranger kindly emailed me for my postal address. He posted it to me and said he didn’t want the postage cost and instead I should pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else.
  2. Index page.
    I start mine at the back so I don’t have to worry about how many pages to allot to this and my index can grow as I add to it
  3. Key / Legend.
    List all the symbols you’ll be using and mark this page for easy reference until the symbols become second nature for you. 
  4. 2015 Timeline.
    I saw this beautiful timeline by thefridaystudio that I want to do to reflect and capture all the amazing things that happened in my previous year
  5.  2015 Review
    Review of the previous year
  6. 2016 Level 10 Life and Goals
    Reflective exercise as shown by Boho Berry. You can get the worksheets here
  7. 2016 Year calendar
    An overview of the whole year’s dates, maybe things I want to track for the year too
  8. Future Log
    I haven’t decided yet whether to do 3, 6 or 12 months 
  9. How to use Bujo
    Until this becomes second nature, this will list my routines for BuJo, e.g. checking in the morning and evening, how to set up each month and review each day and the questions to ask myself 
  10. My morning routine
    Inspired by Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning SAVERS
  11. Financial / Savings Goals and Tracker

Then I will start my monthlies and these will be set up every month:

  1. Month doodle page
  2. Monthly Log, Tasks and Goals
  3. Monthly Tracker to track habits and mood, cleaning and anything else I want to track
  4. Expense tracker
  5. Gratitude log
  6. Start Dailies

Once these are set up then I can start Collections from here. Some ideas for Collections are:

  1. Wishlist
  2. Gift Ideas for others
  3. Read, Watch, Listen List
  4. Life / Bucket List
  5. Ideas list
  6. Travel Wishlist
  7. Happy File
  8. Love / Marriage / Date Ideas
  9. Accomplishments
  10. Favourite website / bloggers
  11. Ways to relax
  12. Password list (?)
  13. List of things I’ve done for the first time

If you want more list ideas, check out Artjournalists 101 List Ideas or for a more career-oriented one The Muse Career-Boosting Lists

[Top Image by Cea]

1 Comment

  • Laura Filby

    29 December 2015 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Absolutely brilliant. I’m new to BuJo and whilst I love the idea, it did overwhelm me somewhat. After spending the entire day searching the social media sites, I decided I’d take a little bit from this persons, then theirs, so on and so forth and I’d make it my own. Amongst all the journal pages and the enormity of it I’d forgotten the purpose of doing it in the first place. After taking a much needed coffee break and putting the pups out for widdles, I gave myself a kick up the backside. I was stressing over something I shouldn’t be stressing over. It’s a tool to help with my life not a hindrance. So, that said it’s basics for me and I’ll see where it leads. xxx

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