Things I Wish I had Known When I Started Bullet Journaling

by - May 19, 2018

There is a lot I wish I had known when I started bullet journaling.

Things I Wish I had Known When I Started Bullet Journaling

For all of you bullet journal newbies, you had better read this so you don't make the same mistakes I did.

I rounded it down to five because I know you don't have all day to read this post.

It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect
When I started my bullet journal I figured that I could make a perfect layout for my journal. I opened a google document and started listing all of the pages I wanted to have in my bullet journal.

Then I went on Pinterest and started searching for bullet journal layouts like crazy. I copy and pasted the images into my google document along with how I would change it to make it perfect.

You Should Put All Of Your Collections In the Back Of the Book
I read a few posts on peoples bullet journal flip throughs and notice that they put their collections in the back of the book, but I dismissed it and decided to put all of my collections in the front of the book right after the index and key.

I thought that it would be easier to have the collections at the front of the book because then when you open the book you don't have to look through blank pages to find the collection you want.

Now here is where the It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect Rule Applies. I started making my bullet journal. First I made thirty or so collections and then I left a few blank pages and started making weekly spreads. I left exactly 52 blank pages at the end of the book so that the book could last for exactly one year.

The only problem is that, a few weeks in, I decided I wanted to start adding a monthly spread too. Now I don't have 52 pages left to make my journal last for a whole year, which ties into the next tip.

Your Book Doesn't Have To Last For The Whole Year
Your book doesn't have to last for a whole year and you don't have to start your journal at the beginning of the year or even the first of the month. One common mistake is thinking that you have to start at the beginning of something new. You don't though! Start now!

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Then I decided to add another collection into my book. I have to add the collection into the middle of my book, in between two weekly spreads. If I had put my collections at the back of the book then I wouldn't have made this mistake. Good thing you are reading this so you don't make the same mistakes!

You Should Adapt the Book to Your Needs
When I started my bullet journal, I thought I had found the perfect weekly layout. After trying it for one week, I decided it wasn't working how I wanted it to. For a few of the weeks following I changed one or two things in the layout each week. Now I really like this layout, but when I get bored with it, I will change it up a little bit more.

You Should Push Yourself To Use It Daily
After a while the newness of having a bullet journal will wear off and that is when you need to push yourself to use it every day.

Here are a few tips to use it daily.

  1. buy yourself a new pen or another roll of washi tape. (Sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration)
  2. Change up your bullet journal layout regularly. (This really works for me!!!)
  3. Minimize how much you have to do in it. (If you want to write down your dreams every morning, I'm sorry. It might be taking up too much of your time and so you are dreading opening up your journal.)
  4. Set a time in which you will open up your bullet journal and use it every single day.
I hope you don't make the same mistakes I did and don't forget to download the freebie. Get it here.


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Things I Wish I had Known When I Started Bullet Journaling

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