Bullet Journals!

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Bullet Journals!

Bullet Journals!

Does anyone else use a bullet journal? I got one for my birthday last October and I'm absolutely in love! I haven't been as good about keeping up with and writing in it as I should be, but I still just love it so much. It makes me feel so organized!

Anyway, do any of you guys have bullet journals? And what kind of stuff do you put in them? 

submitted by The Girl Next Door, age 14, Washington
(March 6, 2019 - 7:56 pm)

Ooh, I have one! I started my first bullet journal a little over a year ago, and I’m now on my second one. I love bullet journaling, it’s a super fun creative outlet and it does make you feel so organized. Sadly, I don’t always keep up with mine that well; I’ll go through a phase where I journal every day for awhile, and then suddenly I’ll get busy and will hardly touch it for a month or more. I really wish I could keep up with it every day like some people, but sadly I’ve never been very good about that. :/ I would really love to get into journaling on a regular basis more though, because it really does help me keep track of things, stay organized, and be less stressed. I’ll try to post some pictures of mine later. I’d love to see pictures of everyone else’s—I love looking at other people’s spread ideas! 

Nugget says awed. I think he’s awed at how some people are able to journal every day. :P 

submitted by Leeli
(March 6, 2019 - 10:05 pm)
submitted by topbumppokenudge
(March 6, 2019 - 10:31 pm)

Um.... I’m probably going to sound really dumb when I ask this, but what is a bullet journal? 

submitted by Joan B. of Arc, age 16, Camelot
(March 7, 2019 - 11:00 am)

I have the exact same problem, Leeli. XD I'll occasionally get a spurt of inspirational creativity and be consistant with filling out my daily spread for my bullet journal and check off all my habit tracker stuff at night for like a solid month, but then I'll just get bored. I'm currently in another bored rut at the moment. 

When I'm feeling creative (so like not right now haha), I'll sometimes write out a daily spread for myself the night before complete with what tasks I want to accomplish (such as go on a walk, drink so many bottles of water, clean my room, etc.) and then fill them out the next day, but that takes a lot of work and sometimes I just forget. XP The two things I most consistently do is my sleep log and habit trackers. But even those can become time consuming. I might attatch a couple of pictures of completed monthly habit trackers later, we'll see.  

submitted by Vyolette
(March 7, 2019 - 11:45 am)

Ah, I’m glad I’m not the only one! XD I have a friend who also bullet journals, and she’s always super consistent and on-track with hers, and then I’m like, “Ahaha...I haven’t soared mine a glance in two months, I’m awful.” XD I always end up feeling guilty about it for some reason.

I was also just in a no-journaling rut for awhile, and then I did one March spread a couple days back, and then this thread reminded me to do some more, so I’m working on those right now. Maybe I can keep up for awhile again, who knows. We’ll see how long I last this time...XP

submitted by Leeli
(March 7, 2019 - 2:12 pm)

Here’s my March title page. I used a bit of water to get that watercolor effect, and sadly it rumpled up the page a bit, but I think it was worth it. 

submitted by Leeli
(March 7, 2019 - 2:14 pm)

I tried a bullet journal last year, but I kinda failed at it. And I didn't really enjoy doing it either. It's just not my thing. But this year I got a 3 in 1 notebook, it has a set weekly planner, some lined paper, and dot grid paper. And it's perfect. I don't have to do daily planning, but once in a while I make random lists or other things. Anytime I feel like writing something random I do it in there. 

So it's not really a bullet journal, but it works well for me and I like it.  

submitted by Dandelion
(March 7, 2019 - 8:36 pm)

@Joan, a bullet journal is a journal slash planner slash place for taking notes? Sorry, I'm really bad at explaining this. They usually have a dotted grid and people use them as a calendar, a place for journaling, and for keeping track of all sorts of things, such as their habits or their sleep.

I have a notebook that's sort of a bullet journal, except it's about the size of my hand, and I don't really use it that much. I also am not really sure what sort of things I should put in it. :) 

submitted by Kitten, Pondering
(March 7, 2019 - 9:51 pm)

Erm... sorry Kitten, but... can someone else try to explain? It sounds cool and I'd probably want to try one! But, I don't get it.

submitted by Twirlgirl
(March 10, 2019 - 7:03 pm)

Bullet journals are always really hard for me to explain, but I’ll try. The way a lot of people put it is that they’re kind of a planner, a journal, and a to-do-list, all in one. The reason they’re called a bullet journal is because they’re usually done in a dot-grid notebook or journal, and often make good use of bullet points. They’re sometimes called BuJos for short. One of the best things about bullet journals is that they’re so versatile and so customizable. You can do literally anything in them that strikes your fancy. What you put on any given page is usually called a spread, and people do all different kinds of cool spreads, but I’ll tell you about some of the basics.


In your typical bujo you’ll usually find yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily spreads. A yearly spread is like an overview of the whole year, like the ‘year at a glance’ thingies that are in calendars sometimes. A monthly is basically the same thing, but just for one month, and you usually make a new one every month as you go. Weeklies are the same, but just for a single week, and dailies are like a page you use for just one day. Of course, you can you use all of those, or you don’t have to use any!

You can mix and match and see what works best for you. For instance, when I first started bullet journaling, I used all of them, but I dropped dailies pretty quickly because I didn’t like having to make a spread every single day, and the weeklies were working just as well for me. So now I just use weeklies in place of dailies, mostly for the sake of planning out my week, what I need to get done, what’s happening, etc.

Take my friend who also journals, on the other hand. She uses dailies but no weeklies, because she likes to have lots of space every day to write journal entries. So, do whatever works for you! There are all kinds of other different spreads, too. Some common ones are habit trackers, sleep trackers, gratitude logs, reading logs, wishlists, travel logs, fitness trackers—the options are endless. I hope this helped at least a little (reading back through, I was kind of just spewing random tidbits of information in no particular order, but hopefully it made a little sense xD), and I highly suggest you do some googling about bullet journals and different spreads or any other questions you have. I’d be happy to try to answer any other questions, of course, but I’m sure google would explain it better than I would. XD

submitted by Leeli
(March 11, 2019 - 10:16 am)