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Bullet Journalling 101: Setting Up Your Bullet Journal

January 16, 2018
Ghenet Actually || Setting Up Your Bullet Journal

I am OBSESSED with Bullet Journalling. It’s kind of become a thing people know me for, and I’ve even been asked for a pointer or two on the matter. I started bullet journalling in 2016, and have kept it up ever since! I thought I’d do a little series about it to answer some questions and guide you through setting up your bullet journal!Β 

It can be a little scary since there are so many different ways people use their bullet journal, and sometimes even I find it overwhelming to keep up with! Look on Pinterest, and you’ll be inundated with ideas about how your bullet journal should look and what kinds of things you should be doing! It can be a lot to wrap your head around!

Ghenet Actually || Setting Up Your Bullet Journal
Ghenet Actually || Setting Up Your Bullet Journal
Ghenet Actually || Setting Up Your Bullet Journal

Bullet Journalling completely changed my life. When I was still living in New York, I had 3 or 4 different jobs so I had to stay super organized, and I was a pro at using a planner. These days, life moves a little differently, so an ordinary planner doesn’t work nearly as well! That’s why I turned to bullet journalling! Here are a few tips to get started! Let me explain a bit more…

Step 1: Create Your Index

This is definitively the most important thing you will have to do with your bullet journal. The index is what keeps the whole thing going! At the very front of your notebook, you’re going to create your index, where you keep track of what page your elements are on. That way you can find everything you put into your bullet journal!

Step 2: Figure Out The Main Purpose of Your Bullet Journal

I use my bullet journal for a lot of things, because it works great as a kind of catch all. My main use of my bullet journal though, is to keep track of my schedule. I have a 6 Month View so I can plan ahead, and then a weekly view for each month. Even though my work schedule is generally the same each week, what I do in my free time (whether it’s blogging, spending the day at home, or meeting up with friends) changes all the time. Once you figure out the main purpose, and get comfortable with that, then you can start adding other elements in!

Step 3: Test Out a Few Formats

The great thing about a bullet journal is that nothing is set in stone. It took me a few tries to find a format that worked the best for me. If I wasn’t sold on one format, the next month I just tried out another! There’s lots of great inspiration on Pinterest (I even have a board to save up for things I’d like to try) and on Instagram, but try not to get overwhelmed!

There you have it! My starter guide to bullet journalling! I’m planning to do a few more of these posts, so stay tuned!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Laura January 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Your bullet journal is so pretty! I started mine almost a year ago, and even though I don’t really follow the original formula 100%, I’ve been loving it so much. This has been the first time in ages I’ve started a notebook and actually kept on using it for a full year! x

    • Reply Ghenet January 16, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Well, that’s what’s so great about it, you don’t have to follow it 100%! How I use it now is so different to how I used it when I was first starting out! Glad you’re having such success with it!

  • Reply Nicole Ocran January 16, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I love this! Really useful tips, and your bullet journal looks straightforward and uncomplicated, which is what I found to be super overwhelming about my research when I did a YouTube deep dive!

    • Reply Ghenet January 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      It can be overwhelming! There are so many ways to do it, but I hope you found this helpful!

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