“Quick Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This does NOT mean you get charged any extra with your purchase, I just get a small commission.”
So you’ve come across this post because you want to know why you NEED a bullet journal notebook. Well read on to find out more.
A little history on the Bullet Journal
The bullet journal method was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer and author from New York. He first introduced it to the world in 2007 but it had been a work in progress for years before hand.
The Bullet Journal is a methodology that has been described as a type of mindfulness disguised as a productivity system. In Ryder’s words “it is meant to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future”.
What’s in it for me?
The first thing I wanted to know when I found out about Bullet Journaling was why should I use this method?
- The main answer I found, is that it is a way of organising your plans and thoughts within one organisational system. No more separate diary, planner and to-do lists or any other type of list, it can all fit in one Bullet Journal.
- Another thing I found while doing my research on what is now sometimes called a Bujo, is that it is amazingly flexible and you can make your bullet journal as pretty, streamlined or minimal as you want. This meant I wasn’t trying to fit things into a pre-printed diary or planner. A dot grid notebook and a pen was all I needed.
I love the bujo because it is one book but it organises everything and allows me to be creative with it as well. Without my bujo I would be lost!
Find inspiration for your Bullet Journal
I am not the most creative person on earth so I started looking for inspiration on google and then found that Pinterest was the place to go. Because Pinterest is very visual, I find it easier, just click on the pictures from pins I liked and then read the resulting blog posts.
The best search terms within Pinterest I’ve found:
- Bullet journal inspiration
- Bullet journal ideas
- Bujo inspiration
- Bujo weekly spread
You get the idea, and Pinterest will also auto-populate good search terms to do with bullet journaling. Just type in bullet journal and wait a second for suggestions.
You can also do something similar on Instagram by typing in the hashtag #bulletjournal or #bujo and then finding other tags from there to use in your inspiration search. My point is, there is a lot of inspiration out there for bullet journaling, for those of us that aren’t very creative (or you creative ones), to draw ideas from to make your bujo feel like yours.
Where to buy your Bullet Journal
Part of the journey to bullet journaling and half the fun I think, is buying the tools for starting out. There are hundreds of different bullet journal notebooks, pens and other things that you can buy. Keep in mind though that you can start bullet journaling with a $1 notebook and pen.
The below list is my recommendations for notebooks and accessories for starting your bullet journaling. You can go straight to my store Pens Paper Ink also.
Bullet Journal Notebooks:
- Rhodia Goalbook comes set up for bullet journaling and is fountain pen friendly
- Official Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 built for bullet journaling by the creator
- Nuuna I love the funky covers on these books
- Mumsy and Bub – This company makes beautiful vegan travelers notebooks. I have 3 of them 2 A5 and 1 B6 sized.
- Staedtler triplus fineliners I have these in the 36 pack and love them
- Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Pilot Metropolitan (MR3) fountain pen A great beginners fountain pen
- Lamy Safari fountain pen I’m a little obsessed with these pens, they are great and write amazingly
- Diamine Shimmer inks I love these inks shimmer and non shimmer alike
- Faber-Castell pitt artist pens
- Crayola supertips Great for highlighting, colouring and faux calligraphy
Now that you have learnt a bit about bullet journaling and have got yourself a bullet journal notebook, you need to set it up. My next post will show you how to do that.