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I’m sure by now you’ve heard of this Bullet Journal craze. Well don’t worry, I tried it! I’ve always loved documenting things in my life and organizing them as much as possible. I had also read that it helps with anxiety, and when I started to learn about Bujo’s I was going through one of the hardest anxiety times in my life. Here’s a little background of Bullet Journals for those who have never heard of them and my experience trying it out. Also, all of the pictures on this post are from my own Bullet Journal…so definitely not perfect!
Bujo’s are used to organize your lifestyle and all of your journals into one. It’s basically a life tracker. What I’ve found for me is that it helps calm my brain when I’m in the middle of an anxiety attack because I am thinking about one thing, like smooth strokes on my paper while doodling or going over my calendar making sure I didn’t miss anything.
I like to keep track of goals as well and that’s something that the bullet journal definitely helps to do! You can create any kind of pages and trackers your heart desires, so decide what goals you want to work on and track and create your own custom guide!
I LOVE that the Bullet Journal is totally customizable to your life and needs. When I first started mine I was a little intimidated because I read lists of what to do and what not to do. If you want to see the original Bullet Journal and how to make a “real” one, visit http://bulletjournal.com/ . There are some great ideas on that site as well! As you can tell by the pictures, mine wasn’t really the same as the original, but it’s okay because it worked for me. That’s the point of this journaling system – to make it work for you.
When you start your first journal, know that you are going to mess up. I can’t tell you how many pages are just scribbles or jotting down notes that aren’t pretty. The point isn’t pretty – the point is functional. You are writing for yourself, no one else is going to see this unless you let them! Have fun and experiment new things!
To get started all you need is a journal, more often than not it will be a dotted graph journal, and a pen! Here are some links to the ones I use:
This cute notebook is perfect and comes in so many cute colors!
And everyone has their favorite pen, but my all time favorite is this one.
And as promised, you list of 12 ideas to get you started with your bullet journal. Test out what you like and let me know what you think! If you have any other ideas to add to the list leave a comment below!
Bullet Journal Ideas:
- Quotes and Inspiration
- Monthly Calendar Overview
- Monthly Goal Setting
- Mapping Out Your Routines
- Favorite Things List
- Habit Tracker
- “Currents” List
- Daily To-do List
- Weekly To-do List
- Grocery List
Follow along on the Blog and my Instagram as I try new patterns and layouts with my next Bullet Journal!