I have said it before, I will say it again; I love journaling! Not only is it great for managing stress, but I personally find it very relaxing. Did you know, that journaling isn’t just writing about your day? There are so many different types of journaling, which you can find in my post The Importance of Self Love.

Journaling is a helpful practice to cultivate for many reasons. It allows you to look back and see your thoughts and emotions at one point in history. It helps guide you to make better decisions when looking back at past memories, emotions and experiences. It also helps you notice patterns in your behaviour and attitudes, and serves as a source of encouragement, reminding you of achievements. Using a journal to reflect on your mistakes, is a great way to practice self love!

WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL?

Developed by designer Ryder Carroll, the system organises scheduling, reminders, to-do lists, brainstorming and other organisational tasks. But not only is it an effective way to manage your life, it is also extremely therapeutic and fun! 

HOW TO START A BULLET JOURNAL

MATERIALS

  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • A 6-Inch Ruler
  • Brush Pens (Optional)
  • Fineliners (Optional)
  • Washi Tape (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Gather your supplies. You don’t need anything fancy to get started but having the right supplies can help you stick with it. All you really need to get started is a pen and a notebook, everything else is just extra. 

2. Create an Index. An Index is simply a place where you can keep track of all of the pages you include in your bullet journal. To create a basic index, all you need to do is create two columns. In the right column, write “page” on the left write “page number.” Now, as you create pages, you can fill out your index.

3. Create a Key. A Key is one of the simplest pages in your bullet journal. It is simply a place for you to keep track of all of the different symbols you use in your bullet journal and what they mean. 

4. Create a Future Log. Your Future Log is a place for you to plan for things that are not coming up immediately. This is the perfect place to include things like birthdays, big project deadlines, or doctors appointments made in advance.

5. Create Your First Monthly. Next, you want to create your first monthly spread. This can be as simple or as complicated as you like. There are two common formats: calendar or list.

6. Create Weekly and/or Daily Logs. Weekly and Daily logs are the heart of any bullet journal, but what they look like can vary significantly from person to person. You can also choose to combine them into one page or use both independently.

7. Update Your Index: Your Index only works if you keep it updated, so go back and make sure to include all of the pages you’ve created.

8. Customise Your Bullet Journal: There are a ton of different types of bullet journals out there. Some are fancy, and some are simple. It’s up to you what form yours will take but remember to make it yours. One of the best things about the bullet journal is how flexible it is, so don’t be afraid to adjust it to fit your needs.

9. Use it Daily: If you want the bullet journal system to work for you, you need to be sure to keep it updated. Making a habit out of using your bullet journal is the easiest way to make it stick.

And that’s it! What’s something you would include in your bullet journal? Or maybe you’ve already got one and have some tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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