Why I Bullet Journal (And How You Can Start Yours!)

I mentioned in an earlier post about how I use bullet journaling to stay organized. It’s also a fun way to keep track of a bunch of other things, like how much I sleep, how much water I’m drinking, and watching my expenses.

Ever since I started in December of 2017, I have loved it. It’s a great way to keep track of everything that’s going on. Since I’m a collegiate athlete (and just got a summer job!) I need to be able to know where I need to be at all times.

Another great thing about bullet journaling is the ability to be an creative as you want. Since the journal is full of blank pages, you are the one who decides how the layout will be, which colors are used, and any other decorative things that can be used: such as one of my personal favorites, Washi tape.

When I first started, I would use templates for monthly and weekly spreads from Pinterest or random images I would come across on Instagram or Google Images. While I am a very creative person, art is not my strongest medium.

When I started getting serious about bullet journaling and upgrading my materials to TomBow pens (the best pens I have ever used for this), I began researching other people who bullet journal on YouTube. Through this, I found Amanda Rach Lee. Since about March 2018, I have been following her templates and using some of her weekly spreads because I find them beautiful and they work for me.

closeup photo of journal book and pencils

The pens I use are from TomBow, as I mentioned. My favorite set from them is the pastel set. When they are full price, they can be a bit expensive. However, you can find them on Amazon.com for a reduced price or get a free account at Michael’s and wait to get a coupon from them. I personally have used a 60% off a single item on a TomBow pack and it makes them so much more affordable!

I use the AmazonBasics bullet journal. When I first started, I knew it was going to be a lot of work and made sure to find inexpensive items to start my hobby. It’s also a Prime item, so it ships free if you have a membership (Student hack: 50% off Prime Membership with an @yourcollege.edu email address)! I absolutely love this journal. The only downside to this would be that the pages aren’t numbered, but that’s easy to fix.

Some of the monthly trackers that I use are Expenses Tracker, Habit Tracker (my categories are working out, using my skin care routine, not spending money, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep), and a Mood Tracker! While at the beginning it might seem a bit tedious to have to update this every night, but it’s so worth it at the end because you can know that you’re organized!

Of course, you could find that you don’t like any of those trackers and find ones that work for you. Once again, the beauty of the bullet journal is how you can make it entirely your own. I hope you liked this post!

Thank you so much for reading!

Love,

Kaitlin

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