The Benefits Of Having A Bullet Journal

I have previously used a bullet journal because I’ve never been satisfied with your typical diary/planner. As a student you need to be very organised and I’m just not, therefore planning is key. In 2020 I’m going to start my bullet journal (bujo) again because last year, out of laziness I decided to just buy one, and as a result there was no inspiration coming from it. I’m going to explore the benefits of having a bullet journal in this post, share some tips and show my bujo.

Why Have a Bujo?

Often at times you have a planner and it’s day by day or weekly, and that’s really all there is to it. Sometimes there’s trackers or sometimes you need to keep a separate diary for the things you need to track. However, if you make a bujo then you can customise it to include whatever you want, here are some ideas:

  • Trackers, such as: reading, cups of water drank, mood, finances.
  • Create a budget.
  • List you goals.
  • Bucket lists.
  • Meal plan.
  • Quote pages.

The ideas for which you can customise your bujo are endless and it’s really up to you. It’s great because you can keep all your needs in one place.

How Do You Start One?

Just buy a journal, it’s as simple as that. There are things you might need to take into account, for example; the thickness of your pages as it can lead to bleed through. I personally use the Rhodia black A5 dot grid webnotebook. It is a bit pricey, though it is a great notebook.

So You Have a Journal, Now What?

Buy some pens, whatever colour you want to customise the pages. Don’t worry about having all the fancy pens yet, it takes time to build your collection up to that. Buy some highlighters as well, they come in handy for colour behind text. Also if you’re not into doing everything by hand, get some a washi tape or stickers. It can be quite hard to constantly keep up with decorating your journal so these come in handy.

You’re probably going to need some inspiration. Scroll through Pinterest, Instagram or Tumblr to find some designs or spreads you like. It probably won’t be the best at first but you’ll get there. This is my second bujo and my handwriting is still messy.

My Bujo Set Up

So far I’ve got the 2020 cover page, reading tracker and January cover. As I currently don’t have school I haven’t started my weekly spread yet. Hopefully starting next week I’ll be out of that holiday mood and start studying Japanese again.

This is my 2020 cover page. I drew the astronaut with a black pen then use watercolour paint to fill in the face and background. I then went crazy on the black page because why not? I chose the astronaut because I love space, to me it’s endless and full of wonders. I hope that 2020 will be full of wonders as well.

I’m still working in my fancy handwriting. Here is my January cover page and reading tracker. I drew 31 books and I will colour them in the amount of days I read. This year I’m trying to form a good reading habit which consists of me reading for 30 minutes everyday.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful 2020.

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