Bullet Journaling 101: A Beginner’s Guide.

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Bullet journaling has become very popular on social media for being ‘aesthetic’, with more and more people picking up the hobby and making it part of their daily routine. Are you looking to dive in as well? This article covers everything you need to know to join the wonderfully creative world of bullet journaling.

Before starting, keep in mind that everyone’s bullet journal is different. Yours does not have to be like the ones on Pinterest. It has to be yours, a space where you feel comfortable writing and can therefore be as simple or as fancy as you want…

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You Will Need Some Basics.

All you really need to get started is a notebook and a pen. You can grab a few colouring pens or crayons if you want to add a splash of personality to the whole thing, or you prefer stickers and glitter, those are also options.

Now that you are all set and ready to start journaling, what are you actually going to write about? In a bullet journal, you can log your weekly or monthly goals, the current projects you are working on or your to-do lists. At the end of the day, it is your bullet journal you can add whatever you want. Since I like mine to be a little bit more interesting, here are some of my favourite bullet journal logs.


As I mentioned above, you can log your weekly and monthly goals, but you can also log your weight goals, food or water intake goals. Once you’ve prioritized your goals, break them down into smaller, more achievable steps.

I suggest you write down your bucket list in your bullet journal, too—things you want to accomplish by the end of the year. Every time you open your journal, it will automatically remind you to work towards your goals.

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Log Ideas….


These journals are used to jot down at least one or two things you are grateful for, which will help you be more conscious and cheerful. Gratitude logs might help you find pleasure and tranquillity. I suggest you do that daily before going to bed. It will help you relax and focus on the positive rather than on a load of tasks that may be waiting for you tomorrow.

Along with gratitude, you can also log some affirmations. Write down your positive thoughts for a better life.


One of the most difficult things to keep track of is one’s finances. If you don’t learn how to manage it, it may be a source of tension and anxiety.

A simple and efficient method to stay on track is by using a financial tracker bullet journal layout to keep track of your finances. You can opt for a budgeting plan and log your monthly expenses into your journal to have a clearer idea.

Pro Tip: Add up your receipts so that you know exactly where your money has gone at the end of the month.

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Log In Your Budget, Mood or Goals.

Mood Tracker

Do you want to discover if your good days exceed your bad days? Mood trackers are a fun and effective way to keep track of your feelings throughout the day. The mood tracker can also be used to assist you in discovering mood-altering factors throughout the day.

What I love about the mood tracker is that you can be as creative as you want. Sometimes I am lazy and keep it as simple as colouring small squares, but sometimes I draw flowers, mandalas or leaves where each part represents a day.

You can have a creative and colourful bullet journal or a plain one with only black and white designs. It depends on how much time you can devote to this activity. Let us know in the comments below if you have a bullet journal or if you are now thinking about having one.

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