How to make a bullet journal
The bullet journal is a personalized notebook that you can create yourself, organizing the sections and planners to your liking in the way that best suits your needs. It is an organization method created by Ryder Carroll for which you need few materials and a lot of creativity.
If you like crafts or want to have an agenda that fits your style and way of life, at info-grinik we want to teach you how to make a bullet journal from scratch. We will also tell you what materials you need to do this, how to organize it and we will give you some template ideas that you can apply in creating your own bullet journal. Are you ready? Take paper and pencil and do not lose detail.
Materials to make a bullet journal
To make a bullet journal you can use many materials, since each one is personalized and the limits are really set by paper. However, if you are just starting out, these are the basic materials you will need to make your BuJo:
- An A5-size notebook or notebook can be squared or white.
- Fine tip black art pens.
- Colored markers.
- Assorted stickers.
- Fluorescent and glitter markers
- A rule.
- Washi tape of different colors and thicknesses.
- Clips (they will serve as a bookmark).
- Optionally: stamps and ink, letter templates, a bookmark, scrap paper.
All these materials can be found in stationary stores , stationery or bookstores. You don’t have to acquire a great variety of materials at the same time, start with what you like the most or call attention and build your bullet journal little by little. You can also use a regular or photo printer to collect memories or save important images to make your journal more visual.
How to make a bullet journal from scratch
The most fun thing about creating a bullet journal is taking a notebook and customizing it to your style from the first page. However, do not forget that the objective of every bullet journal is to help you organize your life, your hobbies and your goals to visualize everything you need to achieve your achievements. Therefore, having a good organization of your bullet journal is essential.
How to organize your bullet journal information
- Index : essential for a good organization of your BuJo is to incorporate an index at the beginning. It should include the title, the page numbers, what you will find in each section, and a legend with the meaning of the symbols or colors you use for each task.
- Page number : if you have an index, it is mandatory to mark the page numbers, otherwise the above information will not help you.
- Annual calendar : we believe that it is essential to have a calendar that shows the whole year to have a view of the events that await you throughout the months. If you wish you can do it in 2 pages with a semester in each one.
- Monthly calendar : it is a planner in which you can browse the events or tasks of the month at a glance.
- Weekly and daily planner: this is the agenda itself. We advise you to occupy 2 pages each week so that when you open your bullet journal it has a format like that of agendas with a week seen. It is the best way to plan your week, organize yourself better and be more productive.
Symbols for bullet journal
The creator of this method, Ryder Carroll, established a series of symbols to define everything you write down in your bullet journal, define tasks and process all the information at a glance. These are the ones proposed by Carroll:
- Points : when you write a note you must start with a period (like a list).
- Square : used for tasks so that you can mark a check when you have done it or an X to cancel it.
- Circle : used for events.
- Other symbols : the asterisk (*) is used to indicate important tasks, the closing mark of the exclamation (!) For things that inspire you, the “greater than” symbol (>) is used for the tasks that you are going to move to another day. These are the basics proposed by the creator, but remember that creativity is imposed in this method and you can define your own symbology or limit yourself to working with colors.
Sections of a bullet journal
The distribution of the sections will depend on the use you want to give it, in fact, the success of the bullet journal resides in that, in being able to adapt the sections to your way of life, since with a traditional agenda you are subject to the already established organization, and it may not fit what you need.
You can add as many sections as you want, there are no rules, just include what interests you and is useful for you. It is true that there are some sections that are frequent in a bullet journal and that are very useful. In info-grinik we propose these ideas to make the sections of your BuJo. Take note!
- Weekly menu : ideal if you work and need to plan your meals. The idea is to show a box for each day of the week and write down lunch and dinner on each day. Knowing what you are going to cook the next day or practicing batch cooking and organizing it by days is very useful and will save you a lot of headaches.
- Wishlist : in this section you can write down everything you would like to buy such as clothes, books, perfumes …
- Books to read : it has become very fashionable to make lists of the books that you are going to read during the year. One way to commit to reading them is to write it down in your bullet journal and mark the ones you have already read.
- Series or movies to watch : as with books, you can write down which series you would like to see throughout the year. You can, in turn, divide them into those that have good reviews, those that have been recommended to you and those that make you curious.
- Expenses table : very useful to organize income and expenses and have everything broken down at a single glance. It helps you avoid spending money unnecessarily and easily see where you have spent the most.