How to Start

What is bullet journaling?

So you found this blog and now you don’t quite understand what bullet journalling is. That is totally okay! I didn’t either when I first started.

I first recommend checking out Ryder’s site, since he is the father of bullet journalling.

Did you read it? Hopefully you got a decent idea of what the original intention of bujo was.

In my opinion its a journal that you completely make your own. It doesn’t have to be artistic or super fancy. I can be a work of art if thats how your brain works. It’s really just a tool to help you plan your life in a fun and organized way.

Now that you understand a little about what bullet journalling is, you’re probably wondering how you even begin.

How do I start? Where do I begin?

My experience with bullet journalling started in April 2016 when I saw a BuzzFeed article titled “18 Undeniable Things All People Who Are Obsessed With Journals Know To Be True”. I fell in love with bullet journaling and spent the entire night researching it. I found blogs and websites, and then I found Instagram’s of these amazing journals, customized to each persons needs. It was amazing.

I ordered a whole bunch of supplies (spent a good amount of money) and when it all arrived I realized I had no clue what to do. Putting pen to paper could be the end of my perfect, pretty new journal. I was scared, to say the least.

I finally sketched out my first page, a 2016 yearly overview. A very basic calendar. While it wasn’t perfect, it was my first page and I’m happy to show you that here.

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Bullet journaling isn’t about perfection. It’s about what’s right for you. Be proud of your work, and when you’re at day 100 of your bujo you’ll appreciate how far you’ve come.

So for me a 2016 calendar felt like the right place to start. Then I went into a “future log” to note birthdays, events far in the future, etc. From there I drew up my first monthly layout and my first weekly spread. I recommend checking out this document linked below created by Kim from It’s a wonderful guide that is Ryder approved!

Bullet Journal Reference Guide

I hope I’ve helped ease your mind a bit aboutputting pen to paper. But if your still nervous, sketch in pencil first (I still do it 😉 ).

Still confused about where to go? Reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can!

Happy planning, and welcome to the bullet journaling community!