Are you looking for Bullet Journal ideas for beginners?
15- minutes a day for bullet journal can make your day organized plus mindful. Promise!
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”- Sharon Salzberg
It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed in the busyness of the world. Once engulfed in the chaos, it’s tempting to procrastinate and let go activities that makes us calm. Last year, I started practicing mindfulness and I learned to align my emotions. I’ve found that mindfulness allowed me to be present throughout the day.
One challenge I faced was to practice it every day without fail. As Sharon Salzberg said it is not difficult to practice mindfulness, it’s just we need to remember to practice it everyday. Like most of the things, consistency is the key.
As part of my early morning routine, I take few minutes to write down my To-Do lists and other lists to organize my day. Writing down my thoughts every day helps me to keep my priorities straight. It reminds me that organizing my day makes it less overwhelming and I can accommodate all the activities that boosts my wellbeing.
Despite looking extremely simple, I found that keeping diaries, journals, gratitude diary and finance trackers isn’t easy to manage.
Then, I found the Marie Kondo of journals- BuJo.
It completely changed my life.
BuJo – Bullet Journal is a cult notebook-organization system that helps in organizing your internal and external life. The mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.
What is a Bullet Journal?
Bullet Journal is like a combination of planner, diary, and a journal- everything in one notebook. It is developed by designer Ryder Carroll. As the name suggests, bullets and syntax are the core of bullet journaling and note-taking. Entries are tagged with symbols like bullet points, dashes, less than and greater than sign.
Key Features of BuJo:
Index: Table of content that is updated time to time.
Daily Log: It’s like your To-do list plus other observations.
Monthly log: Activities you need to do that month and the carry forwards of last month.
Future Log: This will have year-at-a-glance, goals, tasks and other plans like travel or holiday plans.
According to Ryder Carroll, this method of journaling will help you live more productive and meaningful life.”When I was young, I was diagnosed with ADD and there weren’t a lot of tools or resources available, so I had to design my own,” he explains. “Rather than keep notes like other people, I figured out how to organize and sort information the way that my mind works.”
What are the tools you need to get started?
You can use regular or branded bullet journals to start journaling and your pen. If you want to channelize you’re creativity then you can also use felt tip pens, stickers, and Washi tape. You can either take a minimalistic approach or you might use it as your creative outlet. It’s your very own creation. Do it the way you want to do it.
What is the best time to start a bullet journal?
Today is the best day to start journaling. You can even start journaling in the middle of the month.
What are the various trackers that can be used in the journal?
I might sound a little patronizing but there are trackers that have completely changed my life.
Although trackers are not a part of the original BuJo, it has become an integral part in analyzing your mental, physical and emotional well-being.
In the tracker, you right down things you want to focus on- like your mood, breathing exercises, habits, sleep log etc. Every day you log in your activity in this tracker. After a month, you can analyze the pattern and figure out the triggers due to which you failed to do the activity or what changes are required to make your life more focused.
Here are 21 bullet journal ideas to add to your journal for everyone:
1- Health Tracker
2- Mood Tracker
3- Meditation Tracker
4- Habit Tracker
5- Exercise Tracker
6- Spending Tracker
7- Savings Tracker
8- Sleep tracker
9- Water Intake Tracker
8- Bills Tracker
9- Period Tracker
10- Book Reading Log
11- TV Show Tracker
12- Gratitude Log
13- Brain Dump
14- Go to resources
15- Time block notes
16- Medical history
18- Daily Affirmations
19- Quotes to live by
20- Skills to learn
21- Meal Planner
What are Bullet Journal styles and trends?
Bullet Journal is nothing but self-expression. You don’t have to be an artist to create your BuJo. You can use stencils, white spaces, colors, stickers, Washi tapes or stamps to create your very own theme. These are some of the themes that you can choose for bullet journal ideas mentioned above.
- Minimal: White space with occasional pop of colors. Clean and neat!
- Artistic: Beautiful artwork with lots of sketches and colors.
- Quirky: Cute fonts, doodles and vibrant colors.
- Crafty: Stickers, stamps, washi tapes, and other tools used for art and craft.
Why use Bullet Journaling?
Bullet journaling is a perfect way to organize your wellbeing – emotional, physical and mental. Journaling is considered to be a powerful tool to manage your mental health, anxiety and stress. It is fully customizable and you can start with just basic tools like a notebook, pen and colors. Use these bullet journal ideas to align your thoughts and emotions.
Remember consistency is the key!
I hope you liked the list of bullet journal ideas.
Have you tried Bullet Journaling? What are your favorite BuJo spreads or pages?
Looking forward to reading your thoughts!
Lots of love,