4 things I learned my first 3 months of using my Bullet Journal

Three months ago I started on my first ever Bullet Journal. I feel so much more organized and focused after I started using it. I’ve experimented a lot, tried different things and figured out the things that work for me. Read on to find out the things I’ve learned my first three months of Bullet Journaling!

4 things I learned my first 3 months of using my Bullet Journal

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If you don’t know what it is,  the Bullet Journal is an organizing and note taking system developed by Ryder Carroll, and you can watch an introduction here:

If you want to know more you can read about it over at bulletjournal.com. So here they are; the 4 things I learned my first 3 months of using my Bullet Journal.

Don’t be afraid to begin … or making mistakes

I agonized over starting my Bullet Journal: How would I do it? Should I start with a notebook I had, or get something new? How did it even work? Then I decided I would make it into something special, so I got myself a beautiful Navy Leuchtturm dotted A5 notebook* and I wanted it to be perfect. But it turns out nothing is ever easy. The first few weeks I didn’t write that much because I was afraid of making mistakes. But now I write straight into my BuJo with my trusted pen, and it’s full of mistakes and cross-outs, but I love all of them. The mistakes show more than the perfect pages does, they show where I have been and what is really going on in my life. Embrace the mistakes in life!

I love to see my week on one spread

I started out just doing daily logs, I would make the next day in the evening and migrate daily tasks. Then there was three days right before Christmas where I had so much to do that to remember it all, and to ensure I had time to update it I wrote all three days out on one page. I found I loved it so much I tried the next week on one page as well. I have now improved it to be a weekly spread over two pages. I always set aside time on Sunday to make the following week, I look at my monthly spread and plot in events, appointments and meetings and then I migrate open tasks. I also try to pick out a few on-going tasks and add in on a day I see there is space for it.

Bullet Journal weekly spread

As you can see I’m a minimalist. I will something add some borders and lines in color, but this is how it works for me (and in Norwegian of course!).

 

I’m not a tracker person

But I really thought I was. I looked at beautiful monthly trackers from other blogger and found one that worked for me, and added it to my Bullet Journal. You can see here how well I kept up with it:

Bullet Journal tracker

But for March I decided to take it out. I haven’t missed it. Much. I am however contemplating adding in a smaller weekly tracker for certain things in my weekly spread. Maybe relate them to my goals for that week?

My BuJo is never going to win design awards…

…but it works for me!

While I would like my BuJo to be beautiful, I find that when I use it I focus more on functionality and don’t have the patience to make it pretty. I tried in the beginning to make more out of it, there are so many inspirational and lovely people out there whose Bullet Journal’s are a work of art. Mine is not like that. It is however beautiful to me in it’s organized clear lines and minimalist outlook.

What drew me to the Bullet Journal system was how it’s so simple, but also complex. You can make it into whatever you want.

The exception to this is my memories page. I added it for the first time in February and I use it to draw symbols for things I want to remember.

Bullet Journal Memories page

 

So those are the things I have learned my first 3 months of Bullet Journaling. I’m sure I will learn a lot more the next three months! One of the things I love about the Bullet Journal system is how flexible and personal it is. I love looking at pictures of other people’s Bullet Journal’s, feel inspired and implement it into my own system. It makes me more organized and productive, and it sparks joy!

 

How about you? Are you Bullet Journaling? What are your best Bullet Journal hacks, and how do you make your Bullet Journal work for you?

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  • Hello! I used to have a notebook where I was noticing my daily to dos for school. It was a mess. For two years I used notepads and this school year I decided to buy something unique. A bought a pretty a5 pink dotted notebook and I just loved how it turned out! I ‘ve read the most of your articles and you have helped me very much! 👏 😉😉😃😃😊😊♥♥

    • Having the right notebook is so important! It makes it such a joy to write adn get organized in it 🙂 Mine is a beautiful navy blue one and it makes me happy 🙂 I’m so glad you found the blog helpful! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • I really enjoy my bujo. I have been using mine for only a few weeks. I am not an artist, but I like color. I am not much for doodling, but have tried a little simple things. In regard to trackers, I didn’t like the whole page turn idea to remember to fill in. I decided to use different color squares on each day. I just put them at the bottom. I am the only one who needs to know what they stand for. It is a system that works for me. Just have fun in the chore of being organized.

  • Nice!! I also started my BuJo like 1 and a half months ago, but started really planning on it in the 2nd week of july, and so far I’m loving it! Before I used a daily planner and as you said, I had to migrate the tasks I didn’t do or finish to the next day and so on… there was something I didn’t like about that but I didn’t know until I found the BuJo system, and its flexibility, and I’m a happy person hahhaha I can make it however I want and like!!

    I’m not very much of a designer or anything, but I love colors jajaja and try to make my bujo colorfull but well, as you say, its mistakes make it perfect for ourselves! =)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Tale, you have pointed out one of the most important concern in point #4. It is ok to have simple BuJo or even ok to have not so professional doodles and lettering in it. It’s all about planning for better focus and productivity!

    • Thank you! And I completely agree. I admire and like the pretty BuJo’s, but that doesn’t work for me 😛 But that is the beauty of the Bullet Journal, it can be whatever you need it to be for your life! 🙂

  • Thank you for a very educational post about Bullet Journals. I have barely heard about it before, so I learned SO much!! But I’m not sure if it is for me, I doubt that I would commit to it over time… But maybe I will give it a try someday 🙂

  • I have been wanting to try the bullet journal for so long now too- but like you, have been afraid of making mistakes.. I am mainly afraid of mine looking badly- I have never been good at drawing, I know it’s not all about that but still. Also I am addicted to planning in my happy planner so for me it would be finding a way to use both, too. I love the memory page idea!

    • Oh, I completely understand that! But once I managed to let go of needing it to look beautiful, I felt so much more comfortable with it 🙂 If I feel like being more artistic one week I can do that, but most of the time I don’t 🙂 So I say just jump in and figure out what works for you! Thank you 🙂

  • This is an awesome post on making bullet journaling your own. I always felt when I did it that it never matched up to the other gorgeous BuJos I saw on Instagram and Pinterest, but learning to love your own way makes it a million times easier and a million times more fun 🙂 Great post!
    – Alexa
    http://misfitalexa.com

    • Thank you! And I agree, I almost didn’t write this as I didn’t feel like I had anything to show off. Many people are so talented with their BuJo’s, but I do like my own way of doing it. Thank you 🙂

    • It doesn’t HAVE to be an extra chore if you do it more like a simple to-do list instead of a piece of artwork. Don’t get me wrong, I love the artwork Bullet Journals, they are inspirational and must bring a lot of energy to the people making them. But for me it doesn’t take that much extra time to keep the journal, and I feel like I do more with my time now through being more organized.