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We started bullet journaling in early January, and to say it’s changed our life may sound dramatic, but it’s certainly changed the way we organize our week.

First, what the heck is a bullet journal, you ask? A bullet journal is essentially an analog way to track your past, present and future on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. And it gets better: a bullet journal isn’t only a fancy planner, it combines your work schedule with your personal one, so you never miss an event or double book yourself. Plus, these handy organizational tools play triple duty, and act as planner, a journal, a doodle space, and a to-do list.

The system was established by Ryder Carroll, a dude working as a digital product designer in Brooklyn, New York. Carroll was tired of having several to-do lists online, both a digital and analogue calendar, as well as sticky notes on his desk, scraps of paper with important notes floating around, and a few journals.

And so, he created the bullet journal as a way to rapidly log every part of his life, and organize it into digestible bites.
To get a better understanding, watch this video. There are a lot of moving pieces and it can be overwhelming and confusing for newbs.

And while the bullet journal world seem to be dominated by women–beautiful pages full of colour and intricate illustrations might deter you from starting one–there are dudes using the system. This guy’s walk-through is pretty great.

Not surprisingly, Instagram loves it and there are some serious #bujo users out there.
Here’s how to start your own bullet journal, plus some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

First, get yourself a journal with dotted pages

Leuchtturm 1917 makes beautiful hard-covered journals with dotted pages, perfect for drawing.

And some pretty pens, too.

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On the first two pages, create your index.

This is the place where you track page numbers throughout the year. It’ll make things easier to look back on past pages and events as the year goes on.

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Here’s another visual to get your creativity flowing:

Next, create your “Future Log” over four pages

The next four pages are dedicated to the Future Log (divide each page horizontally into thirds and plot the month), which is where you track long term events like birthdays, vacations, events, etc.

Then, start your first month’s spread

There are infinite ways to lay out this page. Here’s a pretty one:


And another:

Some people like to create a key or legend

Square boxes for tasks and triangle for events, or whatever works for your brain.

Next, make your weekly spreads (read: weekly calendars)

Add tasks to accomplish each week here. Think meetings, appointments, classes, due dates, parties, travel plans. You can even add in weekly recipes you plan to make, or notes about your mood and health.

They can be whimsical and detailed:


Or straightforward, depending on your taste:

I successfully used my #tombowdualbrushpens to create a watercolor effect that didn’t bleed through!

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From here, you can get creative, and start tracking everything and anything.

These can be pages of journaling or doodling, lists (like places you’d like to visit, groceries), inspiration (like quotes you love), trackers (health, fitness, even Instagram follower growth!). Pretty much anything you want to capture can fill these pages between the weekly and monthly spreads.

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Be warned, people are getting really creative.

Here are some of the most stunning bullet journal spreads we’ve come across so far. Grab your notebook and some pens, and get organized.