Bullet Journal Guide for Beginners
Psst…There’s no Washi Tape Involved!
I used to feel like I couldn’t get into the bullet journal layout movement because I wouldn’t be aesthetic enough. You know what I mean. Look up bullet journaling on any social media and you’ll see hundreds of posts with picture-perfect layouts, fonts, and washi tape.
While this is amazing and so beautiful, not all of us have the time or willpower to commit to a bullet journal that is a work of art. Some of us just want to have a little more organization and a place to keep all our weekly lists and monthly tasks.
Pre-made planners are great, but I always seemed to miss a week here and there, or I felt like they never gave me enough space. Every week is different, and some days are more task heavy than others.
If you’ve wanted to get into bullet journaling but have held back in the past, keep reading! I’m going to give you guys a quick breakdown of how I set up my bullet journal.
This is a great guide for bullet journaling for beginners who don’t know where to get started!
Everything You Need To Start A Bullet Journal
Buy a Notebook!
So the first thing you need to do is buy a notebook. Your notebook will depend on your personal preference. I’m a diehard dotted Moleskin notebook fan, but some people may want grids or blank paper instead.
I’ve used this dotted Moleskin notebook for the past three years. In that time, I’ve only had to purchase two. Partly because I wouldn’t really plan during the summers and some weeks I was too busy to make a real layout.
I’m definitely going to have to buy a new one soon, as the blog and social media have taken up more pages than before.
Bullet Journal Notebook Recommendations
Here are a few options you can choose:
As far as pens and pencil go, I am obsessed with the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens. They come in a plethora of different colors and I love to mix and match for different themes on my pages. Here are a few different options you can choose!
PS: These are all fine liner pens! If you don’t like these check out more classic pens below!
FineLiner Pen Recommendations
Classic Pens 0.3mm Recommendations
Once you’ve got your materials, you can start figuring out how you will set up your notebook.
If you’re like me, the idea of an index page, a key, and lots of washi tape might overwhelm you, so we’re gonna skip that in this post.
Let’s get into how I set up my basic layout for my weekly plans.
My Weekly Layout
So I always start with two blank sheets of paper. My weekly layout is split into seven different sections over two sheets of paper. Depending on the week, some days are more packed than others, and I’ll adjust the size accordingly.
As far as colors go, I try to keep it to a minimum of 3 to 4 colors, just so the page doesn’t get too busy. For this layout, I used red, light orange, neon orange, and pink.
Once I have my seven sections, I create seven smaller rectangles inside those sections. This is where my days of the week will go.
Then, I fill those in. I start by filling in my week with things that don’t normally change, like my teaching and work schedule. Then I’ll fill out other important events that happen during the week.
After that, I add things as they come up, and as I remember them. Super simple right?
I try to keep my layout as straightforward as possible to save time and to keep my week organized. I always notice that my weeks with a layout are much more streamlined compared to when I forget to do it.
So my final layout will look something like this!
That’s about it!
As you can see, some of my layouts can be pretty cute.
And others can end up looking a hot mess.
What’s important is that you figure out what works for you!
This post is not to bash those who spend a lot of time on their bullet journals or put in hours of effort to make it beautiful. I wish I had the time to dedicate myself to that! This is simply an easy way to create a weekly layout for your bullet journal as a beginner.
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