I first discovered the Bullet Journal system in September 2016. I was just searching for some creativity and DIY on Pinterest and came across a Pin from LittleCoffeeFox. She really got me into the whole thing, the creativity and freedom of an analogue system in this digital age. I am definitely not a computer and app kinda girl (so this blog is going to be interesting…) and I was craving for something to pour my creative soul into.
I am one of those girls that love stationary and writing and notebooks. I used to have a notebook for every little thing that you can think of, but they were all separate notebooks. Whenever I thought of something, it always turned out I didn’t have the right notebook with me. This used to bother me to no end, basically leading to me not using the notebooks anymore because I never had them at hand when I needed them.
But when I stumbled across the Pin from LittleCoffeeFox, I got so excited! One notebook with an analogue system that can be customised to your own needs! How awesome?!
I literally was up until 2 o’clock in the morning looking up all sorts of things about the Bullet Journal and how to use it. I got so excited about this system because I felt I finally had a place to satisfy my craving for organisation and planning but at the same time, I could be creative about it in a way that would make me happy again. I was going through a tough time and I needed the positivity and creativity more than I would have thought.
“The analogue system for the digital age”
The best advice I can give anyone who wants to start a Bullet Journal is to look up the basics on the official website. Ryder Carroll explains it all in really easy steps. Once you got the fundamental building blocks, you can start adding your own spreads, collections, and maybe through in some art here and there. Whatever you fancy, you can add it to the Bullet Journal to make it your own.
This is exactly what I did when I first started. I investigated what the system was all about and how I could implement it in the simplest way. Only when I understood what the purpose of the system was, did I want to add to it and jazz it up a bit.
The first few months were trial and error. I switched notebooks after two months because I wasn’t satisfied with the rigidness of the squared Moleskin notebook I had initially bought (I will be doing a post about my experience with the Moleskin vs the Leuchtturm1917). That meant I could sort of start again after 2 months which was great because by then I had already tried out some things that worked, or didn’t work for me.
This is another thing that I love about the Bullet Journal: you can try something out and if it doesn’t work for you, just leave it be. In November I really wanted to work on my hand lettering and designed this page for it:
But, at the end of the month, it turned out I had set my goals too high and the spread hadn’t worked the way I wanted it to. Well, next month, I just didn’t use it! It’s that simple! I made sure I modified the page so that it did suit my needs:
If it works, keep it, if it doesn’t, leave it behind and don’t look back or modify it so that it does work for you!
My next post will tell you more about the Bullet Journal system itself and how to construct your own.