This year, one of my goals was to start a Bullet Journal or BuJo!
I’ve seen so many beautiful journals on Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. The best thing about the Bullet Journal is that you can design it however you like! 🙂
For those of you who aren’t quite sure what a BuJo is, it’s essentially a journal/agenda/organiser all in one! But it also depends on how you want it to be. Since it is an empty book canvas, and you can design it to your heart’s desire! It’s definitely for those who want to get more creative with their organisers or in general.
I started off with these: Getting Started & How to Bullet Journal (video). The video puts a better perspective on the ‘standards’ of a bullet journal.
As a beginner, I just wanted to show how I did my Bullet Journal. I wanted mine to be subtle and minimal. Because sometimes looking at BuJo inspirations on social media is quite intimidating… Their perfection of blending colours, typography/calligraphy, mini doodles and drawings are all so beautiful.
So here it is: This is how I did my Yearly Calendar Overview!
Seems simple, but it took me awhile to decide on this. So many questions were asked when I first started my BuJo – Do I want a Yearly overlook? Should I do a Monthly overlook and that’s it? Should I include goals, trackers, other collections? How I should design my yearly calendar? Gave myself a bloody headache thinking of the endless possibilities on how to start.
Since there are so many ways to do it, I just picked one. I can’t keep deciding and be pondering over it forever! & Since it was my first time doing it, I just decided to keep it plain and simple and went for a ‘normal’ calendar.
Next up: The Monthly View
For my monthly, I organised it in 6 boxes instead of 7 boxes for a week as I’ve shared Saturday and Sunday into one box (as you can see on the left, where a box is divided into half).
The only thing that I’ve decided to track in my BuJo was expenses, as one of my goals this year is to save money! I’ve divided the expenses via cash and credit card as well.
Quite of a simple set up really… but that’s how I intended it to be 🙂
Last but not least: The Weekly Setup
I originally started by weekly setup by doing spreading an entire week using two pages (see: the picture on the left). I ended up not liking it because of how much empty space I had which you can see. Plus, to use up 2 pages for each week would also make me go through my notebook quickly.
I ended up switching and downsizing to one week a page (picture on the right). To fit everything, I also shared and split my weekends into one row. This suited me better so I stuck with it for a few months now.
In my weekly setup, I also included Weekly Tasks and 3 Things I’m Grateful For at the bottom of the page. I used to have an entire journal dedicated to a daily 3 Things I’m Grateful For, but that fell apart after like 3 weeks… So I decided to incorporate into my BuJo and made it a weekly thing instead of daily.
To spice it up just a little, I try to switch up the fonts for “Week (number)” and also by changing the main colour of each month. I did pink and green for January and February respectively. & For March, I did blue. Just little subtle things for a beginner like me to do because it’s so simple yet it distinguishes each month differently.
I usually turn to Pinterest for inspiration. There’s tons of Pinterest pins about Bullet Journals and Bullet Journaling! I have a whole Pinterest board for Lettering – BuJo!
If you’ve watched the video I linked above, you may realize that I cropped out a lot of things that they were talking about, like the Index page or the Collection page. I just feel that it doesn’t suit my persona in this journal, so I took them out.
Do remember that this journal is yours, and feel free to customize it however you like! 🙂 . There’s no rules, so let your creativity run free!! 😀
Have you ever considered making your own Bullet Journal?
Or would you rather buy an organiser/agenda from the store?
Till next time, ♥
I love how clean and simple your designs are for your journal! I’ve always wanting to get into bullet journaling but find myself getting frustrated because I become a perfectionist over it, haha. Thanks for sharing!
Jaycee | anthropolojay.com
Hi Jaycee! Thank you for saying so! I can’t doodle or draw or do those fancy calligraphies. I found half of the Bullet Journal “categories” to be a bit too much for me so I kept mine simple for now haha.
I outline my stuff with pencil first then continue with pen – it’s harder in the beginning because I was pretty frustrated over being perfect as well. But you get the hang of it as you continue 🙂
I hope you’ll give Bullet Journaling another go! It’s fun and another way to explore my creativity.