Today I’m sharing my brand new 2018 bullet journal – as well as a few tips and tricks for anyone who might want to get into journaling. I’ve done this before, when I first started, but after developing my own method over the past year and a half, I figured an updated post was in order. Without further babbling on my part, here’s Bullet Journaling for the Busy Girl.
I follow a lot of bullet journal (bujo) accounts, and I’m constantly adding layouts to my bujo board on Pinterest – but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at journaling. It takes a lot of time and dedication to really keep up with bullet journaling, and sometimes you just don’t have the energy to dedicate to it. Sometimes you just aren’t that good at lettering, sometimes you forget to mark things down, sometimes you’re left handed and layouts are a challenge. Don’t let it get you down!
When I first started bullet journaling, I wanted to track everything! I wanted to set goals! I wanted to have awesome layouts!
I couldn’t keep up. The more I fell behind, the more I felt like a failure. I realized that journaling was making me feel stressed out when the original goal was to make my life more manageable.
If you’re thinking of getting into bullet journaling, or you’re like me and just have a love for office supplies – here’s a few things I swear by with my journal:
- Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Notebook: For my original bullet journal, I used a classic moleskin. I loved it, but I really love this Leuchtturm notebook. The size is a little bit bigger, which makes it easier to manage. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive but the quality is ~*amazing.
- Fine Point Pens: As a leftie, the really cool ink pens that most journalers swear by are rendered relatively useless in my hand. I use fine tip pens in my journal because they dry fast which means I don’t smudge.
- Stabilo Boss Highlighters: I was originally drawn to these highlighters because I liked the pastel colors and thought they were super cute. They’re an easy way to add little bits of color to your journal while making sure certain facts stay eye-catching.
- Artists Loft Watercolor Markers: I’ve tested out quite a few watercolor markers since I started journaling. They’re tricky for me (the left handed curse, again!) but I really love this brand. They’ve got a fun range of colors and I like how they make my handwriting immediately look ten times fancier than it truly is.
- Mini ruler & compass: These two guys save my life when I’m doing layouts. They’re necessities to a bullet journal starter setup.
- Washi Tape: If you’re like me, you might not be the best doodler in the world. You want to decorate your journal – make it colorful, make it fun – but maybe you just don’t feel creative enough or you’re a little too busy. I’ve got a whole bag full of washi tape that I like to use on my layouts, and I’m constantly adding to it. Target, Michaels, Etsy – they’ve all got great selections – but grab this starter kit and you’re good to go!
If you're looking to start journaling in 2018 - this is a great place to start! Or, if you think I'm missing anything major - let me know! I'm always looking for more office supplies!