BUJO: Bullet Journal How To

Welcome back kids to the latest post by me, your announcer, Lauren.

Sorry, I know that was really cheesy, but I had the need to do it so there it is.

Today’s post is about the famous “Bullet Journal” which some of you might know about, and others may not. To put it simply, a bullet journal (or Bujo for short) is a homemade planner or organizer.Rather than buying a pre-made planner at Target or Staples for a lot of money, it’s been a trend for a few years to do bullet journaling.

I’ll admit here and now that when I first saw it on Pinterest, I thought it was super cool, but that it took way too much effort. I didn’t quite understand why anyone would take the time out of their day to put lines all over a page and make a planner when you could just buy one that was already finished with little to no effort from you (unless you count buying it, which I usually did online). These thoughts occurred to me back in my unmotivated, bad period though, just to be clear.

Recently within the last couple of months or so, I was watching one of my favorite Youtubers (@jusuf/faithincuteness) and one of her videos was about the bullet journal spread that she had made for that month. As I watched her set it up and explain how to do it, I got interested in it again for real. So I looked up more bullet journal videos and then went on Pinterest to look for further inspiration to create my own bullet journal.

Within two days, I had everything that I needed to start one. Now, the pictures that I’m going to show you of my bullet journal are pretty pathetic. Since this is my first time making one, I’m still trying out layouts and designs that I like, so it’s a little bit confused and weird. I also really like minimalistic, simple, yet pretty styles so I try to mimic that kind of design.

But what’s great about a bullet journal is that you can make it look however you want. There’s like a very small set of guidelines that can help you keep it organized, but a bullet journal can be anything. If you’re like me and enjoy simple, organized designs, you can do that; or if you’re more free and don’t want to be held back, you can make it as free-flowing as you want. And after you read this, if you’re want to look into it further, you can check out my Pinterest board called “Bujo Ideas” at @miss_tae_lo, or you can look up some videos on Youtube.

You start a Bujo by first buying either a gridded, dotted, lined, or blank notebook. Any kind of notebook can work, but what I found is that the notebooks that are dotted are the easiest way to make your Bujo look neat without having to put in too much effort. I personally use the Leuchtturn 1917 medium-sized hardcover A5 notebook, which I bought using Amazon Prime with two day shipping. I did a little research on what kind of notebook is the best for bullet journaling, and this one was one of the top ones. Plus, it was pretty cheap at about $9.

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the cover of my bujo

After I ordered that, I went to my on-campus store to get some basic supplies that I would need to create my Bujo. I’m 100% certain that there are fancier pens, etc. to use than the ones that I do currently, but I’m impatient so I didn’t want to research too much into that and I wanted to get started as soon as I got my journal in the mail. You see, I’d been spending more time looking at designs and watching layout videos, and I really wanted to get going on creating my own journal.

these are the pens I use and my carry-case
these are the highlighters I use

Anyway, so after you get all the supplies that you need to get going, I would recommend at looking at different layouts and spreads that you could possibly base your own designs on. Usually the set up for a bullet journal consists of:

  • An index/content layout
  • A key
  • Your “collections”
  • A future log
  • A monthly log
  • A weekly log
  • And a daily log

Now this is just a general idea of what you can put in a bullet journal. In mine I didn’t include a weekly log because I didn’t really think it was necessary; I just jumped from my monthly log to the weekly log starting at the first week of the month.

An index is just like what you would see in a thesis or research paper; it’s where you put page numbers of whatever spread you’re on so that when you open your Bujo you immediately know which page your on. What’s great about the Leuchtturn journal that I have is that it already has about four pages blocked out for an index, and it already has page numbers at the bottom of each page so you never have to worry about forgetting to number your pages.

my weird index design

After that, there is usually some kind of key. The key is used for you to put whatever kind of logging system that you want into your Bujo. For me, I have different symbols for different things that I might write in my journal and different colors of highlighter for different topics.

this is the key I use

I wouldn’t say that a key is completely necessary, but it’s nice at the beginning so that if you forget what format you’re following you can look back and make sure your doing the right symbol or color.

Next people usually fill up some pages with what are called “collections”. These are pages that you can use to create any kind of list, picture, goal, etc that you could ever want. For me, I kept it pretty simple because it was my first go and I didn’t want to take up too much space before I could actually start logging my months and weeks. I think that the next time I make one, though, I’m going to add more collections to my journal because I think they’re really fun and a good way of reminding yourself of the things that you want  to do.

this is an example of my collections (yes I know I spelled minimalism wrong)

The next spread that I have in my journal is the future log. This is kind of like the pages you see at the beginning of a planner that has each month laid out for the entire year. Mine starts in November 2017 because that’s when I started my Bujo, but you can start yours at whatever month you want.

In mine, you can see that I have each month listed out. Underneath I have the days of the week, followed by the days of the month, and then a list of the major events of that month that I need to remember. It looks a little ugly, but I think that I’m going to keep this layout later on because I like how easy it is to track where you are in the year and what you should know about for the big picture of each month.

the beginning of my future log

Okay, so I know that I told you that I started my journal in November, but I’m not going to show you what those first layouts look like because they’re really bad. It took me about two weeks to get my crap together and make it look more graceful.

So I’m going to start with my December 2017 spread.

I first took a page to illustrate what month it was because I saw that on Pinterest and I really liked that idea because it gave a more creative aspect to my otherwise minimal journal. I forgot to take a picture of this design, but its there.

Next I have my monthly spread. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this same design or not, but I really liked it for the past month. On the first page I have a little December calendar with the week days and days of the month. Underneath that I have the important tasks and events for that month, and then my goals for the month right next to it.

I also have a quote of the month on this page because I love quotes; I think that they can be motivational when you’re feeling down in the dumps or on a low vibration. Like a caffeine pick me up without the crash.

my December layout
my good habit tracker

On the next page, I have my good habits and weekly mileage tracker. I listed out each good habit that I wanted to work on for the month, and then put the days of the week and days of the month. As the days go by I fill in (or don’t fill in) each good habit that I completed that day. I would recommend this because by tracking whether or not I did those good habits each day motivated me more than I would have been if I didn’t have it.

You can put anything you want in a good habit tracker, or you could even branch out to tracking other things. I personally have apps on my phone that track my exercise and nutrition, so I didn’t really think that it was necessary to go in depth on those kind of topics. I did put in the weekly mileage tracker though because I want to be able to see how many miles I run in a month. This month wasn’t so good because I had dead week and finals week and I also got a concussion so I couldn’t run for a while, which was a bummer. I also have a little reminder to myself to not stress about being perfect all the time, and that any kind of progress is good progress.:)

Then I have my weekly spread, and I really like the spread that I have right now. I like how orderly and simple it is. So on each day I have the day of the week and the day of the month, and then I have the tasks and events that I have for that day and also my daily timeline of things. I like having the daily timeline because it helps me organize my day in a manner where I can see everything that I have to do and when I have the time to do it. I’ve found that this keeps me from procrastinating too much on things because I’ve already blocked out the time to do it.

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my current weekly spread

And that’s currently the end of my bullet journal. If you guys are interested, I can do monthly updates for you, or I might just do them because I really love bullet journalling (lol). If you have any questions or want to show me what your journal looks like, I’d love if you left me a comment or two:) Good luck on starting your own Bujo!

Over and Out,


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10 thoughts on “BUJO: Bullet Journal How To

  1. Great job on your bullet journal! It looks amazing! I’ve been bullet journaling for a while now, and it’s always changing. My one recommendation to you would be that you don’t have to wait for your next bullet journal to add collections. I have collections throughout my notebook. That’s the best part about having an index. So long as you put the collection in the index, you can easily find it, even if it is hidden on a page between your weeks…
    Also, I would totally be interested in seeing regular updates on your bullet journal. It’s fun to see how journals grow and change as the creator gains more experience and confidence. 🙂


    1. Hi, thank you!
      I was thinking the same thing myself about adding collections throughout the journal. I think I’m going to start doing it, but I have to work through my issues with it being “disorganized” in any way. I’ll definitely post updates about what I’ve changed and what I’ve added and I’d love to hear more about yours:)

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      1. I am so with you on having to come to terms with it being “disorganized”… It has definitely been a struggle to let go of my perfectionist tendencies when it comes to my bullet journal. I have to keep reminding myself, if I don’t like it, I can always flip the page and start on a fresh blank page…

        I have a few posts up on my blog about my bullet journal, but I haven’t done an update in a while, so I am hoping that I can find some time over the holidays to put something together. I have some ideas that I want to try out for January, so it’d be fun to share.

        Here’s a link to one of my posts about starting up a new notebook: https://allroundbetterme.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/transitioning-to-a-new-bullet-journal-part-1/


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