I’ve finely-tuned my bullet journaling lifestyle and thought it would be a good time to do an overall tip-type entry outlining my process and techniques. BECAUSE I AM A GIANT DORK.
First – You have to watch the original video.
Second – Abstain from abbreviating “Bullet Journal” to “BJ” because the euphemisms become too overpowering.
Now you are ready! Choose your bullet journal. I started with some cheapo models to make sure I’d stick to the method before finally getting a moleskin. I like the size because it fits in my purse. I like the strap that wraps around the journal plus it has a built-in bookmark. Since it’s a moleskin it has high weight paper which means my inks don’t bleed and my pens respond well to the surface.
Build your index page. Your index page will grow as you create pages that you’ll want to reference periodically. You don’t need to index your daily pages, your bookmark will keep those handy. Just the pages you’ll frequent.
Build your monthly page. List numbers of the days and the day-of-the-week with the numbers. I do different colors of those two things. Then, as you need to, add events to those days that you’ll need to remember when scheduling. (We will get to how to handle events in FUTURE months next.) Don’t forget to mark this page in your index.
Maybe Optional? Build your “Future Dates” page. This is where you log things that are coming up that you DON’T have a monthly page for. As I get more than 2 things schedule for the next month? I go ahead and create that monthly page. So, for the two weeks every month I have TWO monthly pages going. And when I create a monthly page, I check this page for dates and cross them off when they are moved to a monthly page.
OPTIONAL: Build a “Birthdays” page which has the effect as a “Future Dates” page but is more specific. I check this page before I create a monthly page too.
OPTIONAL: Other sorts of pages that will occur to you randomly. Like books to read, or movies to see, or gift ideas. MAKE SURE YOU INDEX ALL OF THESE PAGES.
Build your Daily Pages. I often will use one page for 2-3 days, to be honest. No need to waste paper for a new page every day. I also create separate work pages for different projects and I index those on my daily page. I don’t usually use the backside of pages unless I need something random for that day or those few days, like school info or grocery lists.
OPTIONAL: Tabs – I just add these to pages I flip to regularly. It’s not necessary, obviously, I just like having them.
OPTIONAL: Stickers – I just like stickers. That’s all.
I might re-visit this if I adopt any other techniques I want to share. I might just rename this blog “Bullet Journal Addicts Anonymous.”
I will NOT rename it “BJ Addicts Anonymous.”
Edited to add: I forgot to talk about my pens and other supplies! (Thanks for asking JenniferB) I wrote an addendum here if you’re curious about that stuff too!