Starting a Bullet Journal

Ok, So you’re ready to give bullet journaling a try. Before you start your first bullet journal, you need to decide on the type of journal you want to use. In this post, I’ll give you a quick overview over the three main styles of bullet journals in use. This should make your decision easier. Most importantly just start, get your feet wet and if needed switch to a different type of journal until you find the one that’s right for you.

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Bullet Journal Basics

The bullet journal is an analog system, meaning you don’t need anything more complicated than a notebook and a pen or pencil. While it’s very customizable, and you’re certainly welcome to change things around, in this article, I will walk you through the setup for a traditional bullet journal as first introduced by Ryder Carroll from Use it as a starting point, get comfortable with the basic system and then change it from there.

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Is Bullet Journaling (BuJo) Right for You

Today’s society is all about information overload. The average person
must keep track of lots and lots of information, so almost anyone can benefit from bullet journaling. This particular system of staying organized has some unique properties that make it particularly helpful for people who thrive on lists. Digital record keeping is not always the best method, in fact, it has been proven
that analog methods imprint in the memory. Here’s a quick rundown to help you decide if bullet journaling is right for you.

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Adventures in Journal-land

For years, in fact for my entire business career, I was joined at the hip to my Daytimer. And for years, it never really worked for me. It was too structured. And I never could fit into that structure. I ended up with a LOT of empty pages. I needed more of a Journal type structure. Only that didn’t fit either because I had all these meetings and project deadlines. Nothing really worked.

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