The Most Important Tip When Starting A Bullet Journal

First, what is a bullet journal / bullet journaling? I will reference to a video Ryder Carroll posted a few years ago as it would better explain what this whole system is.

In addition to everything you just watched, it could also double as a journal where in you write down things which happened on a particular day, week or month. I don’t know about you, but this has been the simplest task listing and/or note-taking method I have ever come across.

When I decided to try this particular system, it quickly got very intimidating. Here’s the thing about me, I can be a little hard on myself making sure everything is just perfect. I needed uniformity before I even started writing anything on my notebook of choice for this endeavour. I bought a moleskine, a nice pen to write with, and I spent a good amount of time browsing Instagram.

I spent a lot of time looking at different layouts at Instagram. There were colourful ones, and colour coordinated ones. There were bullet journals with fancy handwritten headers written with fancy pens I wouldn’t be able to afford. There were those which cleverly used washi tapes: from marking the calendar, to aid in adhering pictures. I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the colourful layouts and designs so I started browsing minimalist layouts I could try. This didn’t help either because of how clean and organized they looked. I mean, how come no one have erasures on their pages?

But then I saw this video circling Facebook and it’s the best thing I have seen which will cater to those who wanted to try bullet journaling who: a) don’t know where to start; or b) is simply intimidated of the possible messy state their journal will end up at.

The most important thing to remember is to not overthink it. It’s ok if nothing’s color coordinated. It’s ok it’s messy. It’s ok if it doesn’t look like what’s on Instagram. What matters is whatever layout, decoration, or colours you have on your bullet journal works for you and how you use your journal.

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