7 Things I Learned About My Bullet Journal: Week 1

It’s been a whole week since my Bullet Journal arrived. I spent HOURS perusing the Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group, and hours on YouTube (my husband actually caught me locked in my office watching Bullet Journal videos – “I thought you were working…”), and hours planning my layouts. Yet I find I am spending surprisingly little time working on it.

Which is awesome. That’s pretty much the idea. Set it, spend a few minutes a day to organize yourself, and just check things off as you go.7 Things I've learned in the first week of my bullet journal

7 Things I’ve Learned About My Bullet Journal

  1. You can use ANY notebook you want for a bullet journal, but people have favorites for a reason. I love my Leuchtturm1917 notebook in an A4 with dotted paper. And it’s Orange. I love the color! Plus, the dot grids make it super easy to set up my layouts, without lines distracting from the content.
  2. Color makes it more fun. I mean, I find that black and white works for utility. And I even love using my black pen for layouts, and on some days. But let’s face it. If you can play with pretty colors, it’s more fun to do. And if it’s more fun, you’re more likely to stick with it. I love these Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 0.3mm Pens. There are 12 colors and they come in a handy case.
  3. I’m going to say again … color makes it more fun. Well, if you’re not much of an artist or have limited time, then check out Washi tape. It makes it really easy to add a colorful band across the page. I got this set of 12 – Polar Bear® Washi Masking Tape With Cute Dispenser. It’s also super handy for taping your Pen Loop to the inside cover of your book… if you’re cheap like me and hate to get a new pen loop each time.
  4. You don’t have to be a master of calligraphy. Sure it’s fun if you are, but if you find yourself frustrated, don’t try. Shoot for nice, legible hand writing. If you want fancy it up with a simple border or two. Or, go uber fancy and buy some stamps for the months and days of the week. I like these.
  5. If building a calendar grid isn’t your thing, try a fancy calendar stamp. This is a fun one! You can mount stamps like these to a clear acrylic block. And away you go!
  6. Mistakes will happen in your bullet journal. But, you can do a number of things to fix them!
    1. Don’t. Let your mistake speak for itself.
    2. Scribble it out and write next to it – you know, like you do for EVERYTHING else.
    3. Cover with washi tape.
    4. Or, seal two pages together with Washi and move on, starting over. I’m not a fan of this, but it’s a good way to erase your mistakes!
  7. You do you. What works for me may not be your cup of tea, so my feelings aren’t hurt if you don’t dig my suggestions.

Maybe next time, I’ll get brave and share my flawless (sure, Erin, flawless… right) layouts. 🙂 Maybe!

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