Since I did a review for the official Bullet Journal, I thought I’d make a post about how I started my bullet journal in December last year. I’m still a newbie, so I do have and make mistakes in my bujo, everyone makes mistakes but that’s what makes us better.
Why should I even start?
For me, the answer to this question is pretty simple – I need to organize my time. Ever since I got on university, I started lacking free time and if I had some after school (during the winter semester, I was in school 4 days per week (had free Fridays), from 8 am till 6 pm + 2 hours total travelling), I either had to study or I simply wasted it, most of the times, and I almost didn’t get credit in Physics. So that’s when I said, ‘wait, I need to do it differently’, and I found bullet journal.
The concept of bullet journalling got me ever since the first moment. I don’t really like regular planners, I always felt limited with the layout. On the other hand, bujo (= bullet journal) is all free, the layout depends on you only. If you want a few pages as your diary, you’re welcome to do so. If you want to reserve one page for doodling, go ahead. And if you want to totally skip the day, okay, it’s all on you. For example, some days I have way more things to do than others, so for example my Monday logs are way bigger than my Wednesday logs, and that’s totally okay! I can do and write whatever I want!
What will I need?
- Any notebook of your choice.
- You can also make one. Before I found out about bujos, I used to make my own notebooks which I then used for notes for my reviews, planning, school, etc. I’ll make post about those soon!
- My first and still current notebook is Leuchtturm1917 Medium Soft Cover (dotted) – it was the cheapest (yes, Leuchtturm aren’t the cheapest notebooks) out of them since I knew I wanted dotted A5. The size of A5 is 145 × 210 mm.
- Pen of your choice. I use:
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (black) – mainly
- Pilot G-TEC-C maica (black) – mainly
- Mitsubishi Pen Uni-Ball eye – fine and micro
- Happy Day pens and kawaii pens (they don’t really have names; from eBay) – mainly
- Pentel EnerGel – 0.5 mm ball and 0.7 ball
- Jinhao X750 – ink: Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black
- Zhenhao 250 (from AliExpress) – ink: Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue mixed with Brilliant Black
- Coloured pencils – I use Marco Raffiné Color 7100 – 72 pack
- Markers – I use quite a LOT of them:
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliners – 36 pack
- Maped Graph’ Peps – 20 pack
- Rotring Tikky Graphic – 0.7, 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
- Stabilo point 88 and point 68 – both in black
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen B – currently have 14 shades
- Zebra Mildliner Double-Sided Highlighters – all 4 packs (pink, yellow, orange and blue)
- Ruler – I don’t use them, I like my lines not perfect because if they were perfect, it would bother me more if I messed up.
- Compass – I use Faber-Castell Start (only for mood mandala)
I’m a pen and marker addict so I have a few pages at the end of the journal where I have all my pens tested so I’d quickly find what shade I want to use. But it’s always getting bigger. These pages are basically the same as the ones in my BuJo review.
The way I started
I started my bullet journal on 9th December after watching a few YouTube videos about it. I didn’t really know how I wanted it, I just knew I wanted something. So as you’ll see, my key is very long but I only use a few keys for my school – task, deadline, exam, final – and sometimes stuff regarding events – event, location and time. The colour key I have there is the one I don’t use. Currently I use a completely different one for my subjects (Happy Day pens).
The very first page in my journal is a Saving Goals. I need this as my first because I don’t really know how to save up and this kind of forces me to.
Then there’s my first monthly spread. I use this for everything, even now. On the top I have a sleep log because I just like seeing my sleep progress (tho it’s kind of poor).
After my December spread, I have a few week spreads. But as you can see I didn’t really use it. I tried making it in January too but I used it zero times. But if you’re someone who likes weekly spreads, go ahead. Right now, I’m using daily logs because some days I have a LOT of things to do, other days I have nothing.
After my weekly spreads, I have a habit tracker, 2016 overview, reading list, recipes and 2017 wishes. Pretty self-explanatory. You can use whatever spreads you’d like. I don’t really use my reading and recipe spreads (got no time for reading even tho I a l w a y s put it in my habit tracker).
After those pages, I have an AliExpress Haul videos tracker where I just keep track of stuff I’ve received and in what videos I implement them.
So this is how I started. You really don’t need much, you can start right now! I’m sure you have some plain notebook laying somewhere in your room, right?
Where to buy?
You can directly search eBay for all the pens and markers. Most of these I got from eBay (f.e. my oh-so-loved Marco pencils).
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