I started my bullet journal recently and have written down some bullet journal basics I wish I had known before.
Here is what I have learned:
Tip #1 You Don’t Need a Lot of Supplies. I have Moleskine Large Grid Notebook*. A pencil, eraser, and a 10 pack of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners*, and a White Sakura Gellyroll Pen*, and a ruler. And you don’t even need that much. I just wanted some variety.
Tip #2 You Will Make Mistakes. The reason I bought the white pen is because I make tiny mistakes. I just used the pen to cover it up.
Tip #3 Keep it Simple. I went way to complicated to start and it left me not wanting to continue. Start adding more complexity after you have gotten into the habit of it.
Tip #4 Don’t Plan Too Far Ahead. I am so bad for this. However, I have forced myself to follow so ways to avoid planning too far while not leading to future regret. I have pages blocked off for every week of the year so that I can fill out those pages in the future, and behind them is where I started my monthly calendars and my random pages for that month.
Tip #5 Bullet Journals are Personal. Don’t think that you have to have a beautiful journal, drawers of supplies and hours put into it. You can have a terribly unorganized single pen mess and still bullet journal. There is absolutely no need to compare your journal to anyone else’s.
And most of all, have fun with it. If you would like an idea for a weekly layout please watch “Easy Bullet Journal Layout for Beginners”
*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Affiliate.