Welcome to part one of my multi post series on Bullet Journaling, where I’ll be talking the basics with you. In the next part, Ill break down my essential bullet journal supplies you can’t live without, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, let’s figure out what it is and how I got started.
About 3 years ago now, I was introduced to this foreign concept of bullet journaling. An old high school friend of mine would post all of her most artistic, most beautiful monthly and weekly spreads for the whole world to see… or at least, all of Facebook to see. I thought it was cool until I realized immediately that the book was EMPTY and that she DREW all of those cool photos and spreads, which shockingly (or not) triggered my anxiety. I probably should address that I have diagnosed anxiety, depression, and minor ADHD. So planning and staying organized (i.e. adulting) was particularly difficult for me growing up. Needless to say, the idea of bullet journaling was awesome, and then it scared the shit out of me.
A year later with some research under my belt, started my own bullet journal, but dropped off halfway through. (Made it to June 2017 before essentially giving up). At the time, I was still using a traditional planner and was trying using a bullet journal as a supplementary planning tool; It was a way for me to test the waters. Clearly, it didn’t work. OOPS.
After a bit, I regrouped and picked the pen back up. I tried again in 2018, and I managed to stick with it for the whole year. I even managed to keep all 12 months of monthly and weekly spreads, trackers and doodles, in a singular journal. By the end of the year, I was excited, to say the least. By that point, I was addicted. I never thought I would get to this point.
So you’re reading this and you’re probably wondering, “what the hell, man? What even is bullet journaling? And what’s so exciting about it that it caused such an internal celebration?” Well, Karen, I’ll tell you.
What is Bullet Journaling?
The bullet journal method was invented by Ryder Carroll; It’s main purpose is to be used as a simplified way of planning ahead and staying organized. You start with a blank journal of any kind; it’s the main reason why it took me so long to commit, starting from scratch and using a blank journal? Talk about anxiety-inducing, amirite ladies?
Plot Twist: In reality, bullet journaling really isn’t stressful. At least, it’s designed not to be. Bullet Journaling, at its core, is designed to make your life easier. What makes it stressful to many, myself included, is what it’s become. The first bit of exposure to many is the beautiful and artistic examples we all see on Instagram, Pinterest and beyond. While that may be the norm, and a daunting one at that, the beauty of bullet journaling is the same thing that makes it daunting.
It’s customizable; you make it work for you. You don’t need to turn a bullet journal into a piece of art that rivals the Mona Lisa. You can if you want to, but it is by no means a necessity or a mandatory gateway into bullet journaling. If you want some inspiration, you can check out the Pinterest Board I created solely for bullet journaling inspiration.
I learned pretty much everything I know based off of Google, Pinterest, and all of AmandaRachLee’s videos on YouTube. If I credit one person for inspiring me to start and stick with the bullet journal system, it’s Amanda. I’ve definitely taken loads of inspiration from her and her monthly bullet journal videos. She’s an incredible, wonderful human being and I highly suggest following her for more inspiration.
If you want more information on the official bullet journal method of planning, you can click here or purchase the book “The Bullet Method” by Ryder Carroll from Amazon or your local bookstore.