12 Months Bullet Journaling: Tips and Tricks

Almost a year ago I bought a blank Moleskine notebook. I found some inspiration online about a Bullet Journal and wanted to give it a try. Now, a year, three notebooks and a bunch of pens later, I can tell you that this experience has changed my life!

The past twelve months I’ve learned a lot about the Bullet Journal and myself. On the go I changed a lot about it. That’s what I love about the Bullet Journal: the flexibility of the system. You can add as many different pages as you want. I was able to combine my work, household and student life in one single notebook. It’s even a diary for me! You can read more about that on this page.

Today, I’m going to share some tips and tricks to make your own Bullet Journal better!

1. Research, Research, Research

When you run into Bullet Journaling on social media, you will see a lot of different spreads and supplies. If you want to start your own Bullet Journal it’s very important to think about the things that you want in your Bullet Journal. Why do you need it?

  • Do you want to keep it very simple with only the basics?
  • Are you going to draw, sketch and doodle in your Bullet Journal?
  • Do you want your Bullet Journal to be fancy by adding a lot of colour with paint, brushes or pencils?
  • Do you prefer lines when you write things down, or maybe dots or squares?

When I bought my first Moleskine notebook I didn’t thought about the things above. I grabbed the first notebook I could find and dived in. Big mistake, because I knew I wanted to draw in my Bullet Journal. All the ‘straight’ lines were skewed. The perfectionist in me wanted straight lines, which is nearly impossible in a blank notebook… Monthly Spread van Planning Routine

The result? I ordered a dotted Leuchtturm1917 notebook the same day and this moment was perfect to me! Although after a few days I discovered I didn’t like the color of paper and it was also a little thin.

A few months later I discovered the Nuuna Notebooks and switched to a beautiful Nuuna Graphic L Notebook!

2. Usefulness VS. Fanciness

The pages in your Bullet Journal needs to be functional and useful. That’s why my next tip is to start with the functional element of the spread. When you’re happy with the usefulness of the spread it’s time to make it fancy. Having a fancy page in your Bullet Journal is fun, but when the page isn’t working you can’t use it. The first months of Bullet Journaling are all about finding out what’s working for you. Just keep it simple and functional in the first place. Fanciness comes next.

3. Get Inspired but Make it Your Own

The first thing you do when your interested in Bullet Journaling is getting inspired on social media. You’re looking for lists, pages, ideas and collections to add to your Bullet Journal. All those pages are looking soooo pretty in other people’s Bullet Journal that you want to add every page in your own! But most of the time this isn’t such a good idea.

Of course you need some inspiration by others. You can discover new pages and ideas to add to your own Bullet Journal. But not every page works for everyone. You need to find out what works for you. Social media can give you a lot of inspiration. Try new things and use those ideas to transform them into your own Bullet Journal.

I love the original method for Bullet Journaling in my dailies, but I added the diary element to make my dailies more special and useful.

4. Review on Spreads and Pages

At the beginning of your Bullet Journal Adventure you’re trying different spreads and pages. Is a spread or page not working for you? Replace it! You can keep, add and replace everything! That’s the perfect thing about the Bullet Journal System!

By reviewing at the end of the month you can track what worked for you and what didn’t. This way you can make your Bullet Journal better step by step.

I always added a section for new ideas for the next month. When something didn’t worked for me, I changed or omitted it.

5. Find your Perfect Gear

Tombow Brush PennenFor me, the right tools matter. After a month of Bullet Journaling I bought some different pens and tried them all out. There is a favorite for everybody and you need to find yours! I’m happily in love with my thick, white papered NUUNA notebook and Staedtler Pigment Liners. My stationary stock has increased since then.

If you want to know more about my favorites, take a look at my supplies page.

What about you?

How are you Bullet Journaling and what are your tips and tricks? Share it with me in the comment section below. I really love to hear what you do!

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