My Top Tips For Bullet Journal Beginners 📝

My Top Tips For Bullet Journal Beginners 📝

Want to start your bullet journal journey, but don't know where to begin? Here are my top tips as an avid bullet journalist to help you get started:

February bullet journal spread

1. Begin with the basics: Create an index, a key, and a future log. These will help you stay organised and keep track of everything in your journal.

When you're starting a bullet journal, it can be tempting to dive straight into designing beautiful spreads and pages. However, before you get too carried away with the artistic side of things, it's important to set up the basic structure of your bullet journal.

Creating an index will help you keep track of the different sections and pages in your journal, while a key will help you organize your tasks and events using symbols and colors. A future log will allow you to record important dates and events that are coming up in the future, so you don't forget them.

Bullet journal index page

2. Choose a format that works for you: There's no one right way to bullet journal. Experiment with different layouts and formats until you find what works best for your needs.

One of the great things about bullet journaling is that there are no hard and fast rules. You can customize your bullet journal in any way you like, so that it works perfectly for you. Whether you prefer a minimalist look or lots of colorful illustrations, there's a bullet journal format out there for you. Take some time to experiment with different layouts and formats until you find one that works best for your lifestyle and needs.

Bullet journal assignment log

3. Keep it simple: Don't get too caught up in making your bullet journal look perfect. Remember, the purpose of a bullet journal is to help you stay organized and productive.

While it's tempting to spend hours creating beautiful layouts and designs in your bullet journal, it's important to remember that the most important thing is functionality. Your bullet journal should be designed to help you stay organized and productive, rather than to look perfect on Instagram. Don't be afraid to keep things simple and focus on the basics, like to-do lists, daily logs, and habit trackers.

March bullet journal spread

4. Set goals and track your progress: Use your bullet journal to set goals for yourself and track your progress. This will help you stay motivated and focused.

One of the most powerful things you can do with your bullet journal is to use it as a tool for setting and achieving your goals. Whether you're aiming to exercise more, save money, or read more books, your bullet journal can help you track your progress and stay accountable. Use habit trackers, goal trackers, and progress bars to visualise your progress and stay motivated.

April bullet journal spread
5. Make it fun: Your bullet journal doesn't have to be all work and no play. Use stickers, colourful pens, and other decorations to make it fun and inspiring.
Finally, don't forget that bullet journaling should be enjoyable! While the primary purpose of your bullet journal is to help you stay organized and productive, that doesn't mean it has to be boring! Use stickers, washi tape, and colourful pens to make your bullet journal visually appealing and inspiring. When you're excited about using your bullet journal, you'll be more likely to stick with it and make it a part of your daily routine.


Make sure to check out our bullet journal supplies section here if you're looking for some items to make your journaling a bit more fun!

With these tips in mind, you're well on your way to creating a bullet journal that works for you. Whether you're new to bullet journaling or a seasoned pro, remember to keep things simple, stay organised, and have fun!

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