I never thought I would make it a full year of BuJo-ing but here I am, one year later... Making my second Bullet Journal baby! I'm so excited to have a fresh book with a year of experience behind me so this time I know exactly what works, what doesn't work, what I want to include, what I want to get rid off... I've been looking forward to starting this for months lol.
If you don't know what a Bullet Journal is, here is the post I wrote last year which goes through the basics, my plans and has links to useful videos if you're interested in making your own. (Which if you're not now... You will be. I think it's hard to resist the temptation to bujo once you've seen one.)
Zebra Jimnie Rollerball Pen (Black)
STABILO Point 88 Fineliner (Black)
Mini Dater Stamp
I always see the same type of comments on BuJo videos about how time consuming and too big a commitment starting a Bullet Journal is, but I want you to know that doesn't have to be the case! I felt the same way in the beginning and was scared to begin. I didn't think I would have things to fill it up with and I didn't think I would keep up with it all year. But the beauty of BuJo-ing is the fact it can be as much or as little work as you want it to be. You get to make the rules. At the start of 2017 I was busy almost dying and naturally wasn't doing much, so I actually only did monthly logs for the first three months and only started my daily to-do lists in April. And that's totally okay! Some days I don't do anything so those days I happily skip writing anything. This year I'm doing a weekly spread, so a week per double page, and I feel a little bit more pressure to write everything down so I don't have big gaps, but last year I just had my monthly spread at the start of each month then wrote my daily to-do lists until I filled up each page without bothering to split up my weeks. You have total control.
Still don't think you have time? If you like the idea of having your own custom journal but don't think you have time to hand draw everything, you can create templates on your pc and print them out instead! OR, there are even people who create templates for people to download either for free or to buy for a small price on Etsy, for example. I considered going down the print-out route and making some for myself this year but I realised sitting down at the start of each day or month and putting pen to paper has become my zen 'me time', so I think I would miss it. But the option is always there!
And don't think your journal has to look like the ones you see on Pinterest or Tumblr either. We're not all art students and that's fine! I would LOVE for my journal to be beautifully decorated with doodles but I have to be real with myself and accept that it will never happen. I don't draw very often so it would be too much of an undertaking just for the sake of my Bullet Journal looking good. Don't fall into the trap of making your journal's appearance more important than it's functionality. The spreads I enjoyed the most in my 2017 journal were the ones with images and memories, so this year I've decided to do more of that and it'll serve nicely as my decoration too. :)
Here's my 2018 Bullet Journal so far!