What's Bullet Journaling?
I like to plan my weeks ahead of us, I regularly set goals. In order to organize myself better and to be able to achieve goals , I use a bullet journal that I designed myself. You might be wondering why you bother and create the planner yourself and not just buy a pre-made one. The answer is simple for me: I need flexibility and want to make my weekly planner as creative as possible. Journaling in connection with hand lettering is a personal balance for work and everyday life. Here I can let my creativity run free and relax. At the same time, I still create my own & unique planner.
What does a bullet journal bring you?
On myblog you will find many tips and tricks for designing your bullet journal. I share my ideas and show you how to paint doodles , prepare your set up and what materials you need. Basically there are no regulations for journaling, but it makes sense to know some helpful things. With the blog posts I want to inspire you and share bullet journal ideas about trackers, lists, pages, cover pages, overviews, logs and spreads with you and the world :) I will also show you my best hand lettering and typing methods and my favorite doodles / doodles . With my instructions you can easily do that!
The advantages at a glance:
✔ Many layout options (as required)
✔ Personal notebook for reminders
✔ Clarity & overview
✔ Measurable productivity & goal achievement
✔ Unique everyday companion
How is a bullet journal actually structured ?
There are no specific requirements, but the bujo lives according to the principle of rapid logging. The arrangement is divided into four components:
1) Heading with subject
2) Page numbers
3) short sentences or keywords
The bullets are classically divided into tasks, appointments and notes. Each bullet is given its own symbol for better differentiation. For example, I have a circle (for coloring) for tasks, a dash for notes and an asterisk for appointments. You simply define the symbol yourself! Basically, the most important thing is not that your journal looks wonderful, but that it supports you in everyday life and helps you to have an overview. The original idea behind the Bullet Journal, as you can see, is actually rather minimalistic and is there to get thoughts quickly on paper.
Doodles are actually simple doodles. These can be used arbitrarily in the notebook or serve as a graphic representation of information
Lettering & Typo
With hand lettering and special fonts, you can easily design and perfect your headings. That takes a bit of practice, but it really makes a difference in the journal :)
With spreads or logs you can clearly show your week, month or year. There are many different ways of dividing this up.
How do I best structure my bujo?
I have an index at the beginning and some pages that apply all year round. This includes the Yearly Log, the list of goals, the birthday overview and other lists for the new year. If a notebook is full, I will transfer these pages back to my new Bullet Journal. Every month, the monthly log is on my schedule after the cover page (which I always make extra lovingly). So I have an overview of the entire month and can enter important events. Then I start with weekly spreads, trackers, doodles and quotes. I personally always think of a uniform set up for every month, but that's not a must.
Do you need special skills or knowledge for this?
No! Everyone can design a bullet journal. You don't need a lot of knowledge in drawing or painting, nor do you have to master hand lettering. A journal is characterized by the fact that you bring your own note in and not design it with a template. If you have to go fast, you can also create a simple overview for the week with a few lines with a pen and ruler.
What materials are needed to get started right away?
In principle, a pencil, an eraser, a black pen and a notebook are sufficient. However, I recommend additional materials to work better and to have more design options. Watercolor paints, brush pens, markers, special notebooks with thicker paper and much more would be conceivable here. You can find my recommendations and tips on the Bullet Journal materials that I use and find good here in the blog post .