With only a few guidelines and basics to follow, the bullet journal is deceptively simple. This makes it flexible and very easy to make a bullet journal to work for you.
Here are some extra tips on how to make the most of your bullet journal and really make it your own.
Just Get Started
You can read and watch all the videos you want about using a bullet journal. But, until you give it a test drive, you won’t get a feel for how it will work for you.
Get yourself a cheap, plain notebook, and just get started. Follow the basic layout of a bullet journal with an index, a key, and a monthly spread. Try tracking your day-to-day tasks to see how it feels.
To get an idea for what type of information is useful, and what isn’t, add some lists and collections. Try trackers, different layouts and spreads and keep tweaking to establish what works best for you.
Start with the Basics
Starting with your first bullet journal may tempt you to write down everything. You have bucket loads of ideas for collections, trackers, spreads etc.
Enthusiasm is always wonderful, but while its fine to try lots of different stuff, you might over-commit and start to track way too much. As a result, your bullet journal will become a dreaded chore. But remember it is just a tool, so don’t make it anything more than that.
To figure out what is sustainable for you to keep layout, track and write down, you should start small. Don’t burn yourself out up front but take the time to figure out what works. Remember, this is supposed to be helpful, not more work.
If It Isn’t Working…Toss It and Start Again
Never be afraid to stop something if it isn’t working for you. Maybe you thought the weekly reading collection was a good idea, but now it has become an extra chore? Give it an overhaul or even feel free to rip out that page.
And don’t be afraid to toss your original journal if the layouts and spreads aren’t working for you. That is the main reason to start small with an inexpensive notebook. Just get another one and start over. Eventually, you’ll find the setup and system that is right. This is a normal process for anyone who starts with a bullet journal, so just keep going and over hauling as you need to.
Tweak, Test and Tweak Again
Until you come up with something that works well for you, expect plenty of tweaking and testing. Everyone’s brain works differently and we all lead different lives. This is what your bullet journal should reflect – you and your life.
Until a system feels natural, keep working at it. Keep tweaking and testing until you get it right and the journal becomes a real asset. You will know when you get there. Your bullet journal will become something you love to use because it helps you.
The end goal is to make your life easier, and to help you stay organized. Take the time to create a bullet journal setup that doesn’t make writing feel like a chore and you enjoy using every day.