My First Attempt at Bullet Journaling

Up until a month ago I’d never heard of a bullet journal. Then one day, while scrolling through Instagram, I saw that several of my blogging friends were starting a bujo (short for bullet journal) for the New Year. As someone who likes to use the same scribbled-in notebook for the entire year to keep track of everything under the sun, the bujo concept really appealed to me. The $20 purchase price of the recommended journal, however, did not.

I have some sort of obsession with brand new journals. I stare at them in their pristine condition, visualizing how cool they’ll look after a whole 365 days of writing…and then I freeze. I can’t bring myself to put anything on the page for fear of messing it up. So instead, I grab a cheap spiral notebook and that becomes my go-to tablet for the year. There’s a drawer in my desk that contains a lot of pretty new journals that people have given me as gifts over the years. Someday I may use one…but it won’t be this year. For my bullet journal, I bought a Graph Composition notebook (97 cents at Walmart). Even then, I stared at it for over an hour before writing my name on it.

For inspiration and help in setting up my bullet journal for the first time, I went to Jena at All-Round Better Me. Her bullet journal is awesome! I even set up my general calendar pages just like hers (though I may end up changing the format later on). I like the idea of tracking food – especially since I’m keeping up with meatless days this year – but I think I may need more room for my daily to do list.


Since we’re also doing the 2017 in 2017 Decluttering Challenge, I adapted a page in the bujo for tracking our progress. And a page for tracking our progress in paying off the car.

So far, I like the bullet journal. It’s proving to be a great way to keep track of everything we’re doing – goals, meal planning, grocery shopping, ideas, and notes – all in one place.

Have you done a bujo before (or are you doing one now)? If so, what do you like most (or least) about it?

4 thoughts on “My First Attempt at Bullet Journaling

  1. I have such a hard time writing in notebooks too!
    I’ve been in love with this idea for some time and have attempted it for work. I’ve found it too time consuming to keep up but have definitely kept aspects of it which makes for a fun book when I’m scrolling through to find projects, notes, etc

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  2. Interesting concept – I hadn’t seen this before! I’m terrible at journaling but I’ve always wanted to do it. I can even remember getting journals as a kid, writing in them for a little while, and then forgetting about it. I always liked going back to it later, so why do I keep stopping? Ugh.

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    1. I know what you mean. I frequently abandon my journal for months (um…years…sometimes) at a time. My mind says do it but I can’t always make myself do it. I’m hoping the bullet journal will prove different.


  3. I love it! Looks great! And I feel very honoured that you used my journal as inspiration.
    You are right though, the smaller daily blocks don’t allow much of a to-do list. When I’m home and have lots of things to get done, I will spread them out to 2 per page instead of 4. I’m so excited that you are joining the bujo crowd!

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