Leah, what's a Bullet Journal?

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Two journals, one marble, one pink stacked on top of each other and then two coloured pencils on top, the words Leah, Whats a Bullet Journal? bournelux.co.uk are placed on top at the top of the image

So I've had a few people ask me about the bullet journal, what it is and how to use it. I highly suggest you watch the video below first. Hopefully, you have a small understanding of the basics of bullet journaling! From this starting point, a lot of people do keep things like the future log, monthly pages etc. But they come up with more exciting ways of displaying such pages, like these:

Yearly view of bullet journal pages

From Pinterest Yearly/Future Log

Monthly log view from a bullet journal

From Pinterest Monthly Log

Daily view page from a bullet journal

From Pinterest Dailies

There are other pages people include within their bullet journals that don't feature in the original simple system, for example, weekly spreads (I tried this out for a couple of weeks in June, it worked out ok, but I found I could put everything on my monthly pages), meal planners, habit trackers, and the list goes on. Here are a few examples:

Weekly spread from a bullet journal

From Pinterest Weekly spread

Meal planning spread from a bullet journal

From Pinterest Meal planner

Habit tracker from a bullet journal

From Pinterest Habit tracker

So as you can see there are a lot of different ways you can use your bullet journal, and it is entirely up to you how you take it forward from here and use it.

The Notebook

A lot of people swear by Leuchtturm 1917, or Moleskine. Personally, when I first started I didn't have a fancy notebook (and all of my moleskine's are blank for drawing in) so I went through all the notebooks I already owned and managed to find an A5-ish sized lined notebook. It's not the best, the paper quality could be better, and if I want to draw vertical lines I usually always mess it up, but I think for my first one, it does the job! I do have a Leuchtturm 1917 in bright orange sat on my shelf ready to be used for my second bullet journal! I am very excited to crack it open, but I am determined to use up the entirety of the notebook I already have (I don't know about you, but a number of notebooks I own with only a couple of pages used are unbelievable!) So it's entirely up to you what you use, it's down to everyone's individual preference.

The Pens

To write in my bullet journal I was using a Staedtler triplus fineliner, but it ran out so now I use a Stabilo point 88 fine 0.4. Most people tend to use fine liners like the ones above, but I highly suggest you experiment. If you only have a biro to hand, then use it! This is your bullet journal after all.

The Why

Why do you need one? Well hopefully by now it's obvious! It helps you organise your entire daily, weekly, monthly, yearly etc. life, plus having all of your lists and collections in one place. Plus a place to dump ideas, doodle to your hearts content, anything you desire!

In Conclusion

This has just been a very small run-down of the bullet journal and how it works, hopefully, you will have a better idea of the concept after reading this. If you have any questions, then don't hesitate to leave me a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts!