Creating A Bullet Journal

A Bullet Journal is such a great way to stay organized without having to stick to a pre-made planner or journal. Learn how to create your own today!

Bullet Journal Basics

What is a bullet journal?

A bullet journal is a customizable planner, sketchbook, notebook, diary, to-list, or maybe even all of the above. Most people divide their journals into two sections; Calendars are for daily, weekly, and monthly calendars and important dates, while Collections are lists that typically follow a common theme. For example, the entertainment collection in my journal features a list of movies I’d like to watch or buy. Got it? On to the next…

Bullet Journal VS Planner

Why not just buy a planner? I get that question a lot, and I always have the same answer: planners don’t have everything I need, and often have too much that I DON’T need. As a teacher, I’d have tons of things written in the margins of my planners and lesson plan books. Why not just use a blank notebook at that point? Make your own. Thus, my very first bullet journal was born.

Bullet Journal Tools

I’ll be honest here: if you’re just starting out, buy a cheap blank notebook, and maybe some colorful pens. A ruler. That’s honestly all you’ll need. If you really get into bullet journaling (which I know you will!), there are THOUSANDS of products out there from pens to rulers to stencils to stickers to journals and journals galore!

These are my absolute FAVORITE supplies I use for my bujo. The Leuchtturm 1917 is just perfect for bullet journaling: it comes with really light grid, lined, or dotted-grid pages, allowing you to easily create your own planner. The lines are light so that you can easily draw over them. The cover and paper are so high quality, and it comes with two ribbon dividers and a pocket. The pens are called Staedtler TriPlus Fine Liner Pens, and they are heaven. I mean it. Heaven. They write so smoothly, and rarely bleed through to the other side of the paper. They also come in so many different packs: you can buy just neutral colors, or just blacks, or the whole collection! Seriously, people. This is good shit.

So now, I’m going to introduce you to the more popular bullet journal categories. The best part about the bujo is that you don’t have to use all of them! This really is 110% customizable.

Calendars

  • Monthly Calendar
  • Weekly Calendar
  • Daily Calendar
  • Year At A Glance
  • Important Dates

Collections

Health & Fitness
  • Weight Loss Tracker
  • Work Out Log
  • Fitness Challenges
  • Meal/Calorie Tracker
  • Work Out Ideas
  • Doctor Appointments
  • Sleep Log
  • Water Tracker
  • Period Tracker
  • Meal Planner
  • Medication Tracker
  • Pregnancy Tracker
Home
  • Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Cleaning Schedules
  •  Big Projects
  • Yard Sale Planning
  • Home Improvement Ideas
  • Last Time I (changed bedding, washed windows, etc)
  • Home Items: Need or Want
  • Master Grocery List
  • Car Maintenance
Work/School
  • Business Expenses
  • Company Meetings
  • Hours Worked
  • Work Projects
  • School Schedule
  • Test Days
  • School Contacts
  • Grades Tracker
  • Upcoming Assignments
Entertainment
  • Books to Read
  • Movies to Watch
  • Songs to Download
  • Craft Ideas
  • TV to Watch/Episode Tracker
  • Favorite Websites
  • Party Planning
Finance
  • Savings Tracker
  • Debt Tracker
  • Repayment Schedule
  • Income
  • Monthly Bills
  • Budget
  • Finance Challenges (such as “No Spend”)
  • Credit Card Account Info
Kids
  • Milestones Tracker
  • Kids’ Wishlist
  • Kid’s Appointments
  • Crafts
  • School Info
  • Allergy/Care Info
  • Chores
  • Baby Names
Blogging
  • Monthly Page Views
  • Post Ideas
  • Income/Expense Report
  • Affiliates
  • Social Media Following
  • Blogging Groups
  • Posting Schedule
  • Password Log
Self Care
  • Gratitude or Prayer Log
  • Affirmations
  • Medication Tracker
  • Level 10 Life
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Doodle Challenges
  • Dream Tracker
  • Products to Try
Travel
  • Bucketlist
  • Completed Bucketlist
  • Packing Checklist
  • Road Trip Planner
  • Flight/Hotel Information
  • Camping Inventory

Now, I’m SURE you don’t need even close to all of these ideas (or you’ll end up with the biggest bujo EVER!). I’m also sure that there are ten million more collection ideas than the ones I just gave you. No big deal! That’s what’s so great about bullet journaling. Pick and choose what works for you! What are your favorite collections? Share some bullet journal inspiration in the comments below.

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18 Comments

  1. Emma Grace Wicks

    October 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hey girl! I had never heard about this before but its so interesting.. thank you for explaining it so easily. I love it!

    1. Sawyer

      October 13, 2017 at 5:20 am

      Thanks! SO much better than trying to fit your needs into a premade planner 😊

  2. Beth

    October 12, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I love seeing other people’s bullet Journals. those pens look amazing, I’m adding them to my wishlist.

    1. Sawyer

      October 13, 2017 at 5:19 am

      They write so smooth and nice, and they’re relatively cheap too! I think I spent $20 on the 50 pack?

  3. Seppy

    October 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Ohhh your BuJo is so nice!!!! I’m in love with mine – i now have one that i use for my weekly spread and some lists, and a secondary one (yes I’m crazy) where I put more ‘permanent’ lists like birthdays, passwords etc.!!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    1. Sawyer

      October 13, 2017 at 5:18 am

      I do too! (See, we’re not crazy 😂) my second one is devoted completely to TaylorMichelle.com

  4. Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    October 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Love your tips – Those Staedtler pens are AMAZING! I recently gave up my planner and bujo, but i always love seeing other people’s!

    1. Sawyer

      October 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks! Honestly, I’m such a perfectionist that I never finish a bujo, I just get frustrated and start over lol 🙈

  5. Kiara

    October 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I didnt even consider how much you can track in a bullet journal. I’Ve been consderinG changing to one because i hate not having everything in one plaCe.

    1. Sawyer

      October 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      It’s soooo nice having everything in one place, and it’s a great creative outlet as well!

  6. Aishwarya

    October 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Bullet journals are really so multiple purpose!! I really need to get one! I love the ones here! 🙂

  7. kay

    October 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    love this post! i’m a mental health blogger as well, and if you’d ever like to join my mh groups for bloggers let me know!

    http://www.rose-minded.com/mental-health-bloggers

  8. Jasmine

    October 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I’ve always wanted to do bullet journaling but i don’t know if i have the patience for it lol

    1. Sawyer

      October 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

      It certainly takes a lot of time 🤷🏼‍♀️ bullet journals are great though, because if you don’t have a ton of time, it’s easy to draw yourself a nice quick grid calendar!

  9. Cristina

    October 17, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I like that you made individual lists for a lot of different topics, so people can choose what best fits them. I use something similar at work to keep track of my tasks, not sure if it qualifies as a bullet journal but a lot of people like how clean and colourful it is.

    1. Sawyer

      October 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      That’s the nice thing about these journals…it doesn’t matter what you call them, they’re just 100% designed by you for you 😊

  10. Lindsey

    October 17, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I’ve always wanted to start a bullet journal..this is so helpful!!

    1. Sawyer

      October 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks 😊

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