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How To Start A Bullet Journal: Tips for Beginners

teacher avatar Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

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3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Bullet Journal Setup

    • 3. Class Project

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In this class, I'll be showing you how to start your own bullet journal for the new year. A bullet journal is a planner that you customize and make for yourself for your own individual needs. This is a great way to keep yourself organized and productive throughout the year.

Bullet journaling is a perfect system for anyone that likes to write down to-do lists, goals, and plans. If you haven’t found a planner that works for you, this may be a great option as bullet journals are completely flexible and customizable. 

All you really need is a journal and a pen, but here are the supplies I used in the class:

Bullet Journal (Teal) by Artfan $9.29

Taotree Fineliners $8.99

Tombow Dual Brush and Pen Markers $16.48

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Amaya Jade

Artist and Video Creator


Hello! My name is Amaya!

I'm a twenty-year-old artist and video creator. Since 2012 I have been uploading videos to my channel on YouTube (scroll to the end of my page) and now I'm also teaching here! You can find my artwork on Etsy and on my website as well!



My newest class is out now!


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1. Introduction: everyone. My name is Maya. I'm in 18 year old artist and video creator. This class is going to be about setting up a bullet journal for 2020. Bullet Journaling is a perfect system for anyone who likes to write down to do list schools and plans. And if you like planning, but you haven't found planner that you really like and that works for you, then this may be a great option as religion ALS are completely customizable to your own needs. I'll be going over what a bullet journal is the steps to create one and how it will help you have a more productive and organized year. 2. Bullet Journal Setup: The first step is to gather your supplies. You really only need two things to start bullet journaling, which is a journal and a pen. So about this village journal from Amazon. And it has four index pages, 124 dotted pages, and they're also numbered. The paper is a decent thickness, which will prevent pleading. And here are the pens that I am using, which are also from Amazon. So a belligerent all is a planner that you can customize and make for yourself for your own individual needs. This can be a perfect system if other planners haven't worked out for you since. Religion. ALS are completely customizable, unlike pre printed planners, and due to them being a customizable, you do need to invest a little bit of time to set up your bullet journal. But once you create your own a flexible system, it will most likely be worth the time. Most bullet journals that you see online are very detailed and artistic, which does not have to be the case for you. If you're worried about it having to look perfect, just keep in mind that the functionality is the main focus here so on two of the basics of a bullet journal. So the index pages Not all bullet journals have them reprinted, but a lot of people will just handwrite the index pages. So, of course, is is for writing the page numbers and what is on those pages? If you choose to do so, I may or may not do this, but once you start filling up your bullet journal, you can just go through and right page numbers put them in the index. But that is an option. So if they're like important pages that you know you're gonna be going back Teoh throughout the year, then you can easily have those lead out in the index. Four. You can also mark the pages with tape or colored pens, markers, things like that. If you want to easily reference them later on anyways, then you have the yearly monthly and daily planning pages, and that is the basic foundation of a bullet journal. So moving on to the rest of the pages and spreads that you might want to include in your bullet journal pages for your goals, ideas, habits. You can have trackers to track certain things. There are so many different things you can do if you've seen these online people make really cool spreads. So if you're just starting out bullet journaling, it might be easier to follow a layout that someone else has made. So you can figure out the things that you like and find helpful and the things that you don't think are beneficial to you. You can also alter the spreads that you use or completely change them at any time. I don't feel like you have to include a whole bunch of different spreads in your journal just because other people have them and use thumb. Whatever you like is what you should put into your journal. So and now on to actually writing in the journal. Of course, there's no right or wrong way to do this, and you don't have to follow what I'm doing. But this is how I have set up my 2020 bullet journal, and I'll give you some tips and ideas along the way. Many people like to start out with a cover page, basically just displaying the year actually sketched out most all of the pages, first with a pencil so that I didn't make any huge mistakes, such as getting the numbers wrong in the monthly spreads, and also just so that I had an idea of what I wanted the pages to consist of. So sketching first can be super helpful, especially if you are worried about making mistakes so you can start it with the cover page , if you would like and then moving on to the next two pages. I started out with a quote on the left page and then on the right page I was going to do a year at a glance. So again, a lot of people do this and they will write out the whole year on one page so that you can easily see all of it in one. Please, if you don't think that this is necessary, you definitely don't have to include this. I personally thought that it would just be nice to see the whole year, but also you think it's gonna help me when I am drying out the monthly calendars so that I can usually reference this. So moving on to the next spread. These pages are for my goals and ideas, so the left page is goals for the year, and I have four sections that I will fill out. And then on the right page I have my YouTube ideas and skills, your ideas. So ideas, floor views for YouTube and then also class ideas for skill Chair. And there are so many different ways you can create. The spreads can easily just look up Bullet journal spreads ideas and get some inspiration. So now the next pages are getting into the monthly spread. So, of course, first Mother's January. I think that I'm going to do this for every month. So I'm going to have a quote on one page and then the month on the next page. Now moving on to the calendar. You definitely don't have to get super artistic with it. I am going to be keeping mind pretty simple. So anyways, back to the monthly spread, I am drawing out the calendar, and also I'm adding a space four month legals. So what I will use this spread for is writing out. The main events of the monk came, and when I have videos post things like that, I'll write them on the calendar so that I can see everything that we need to get done. And then, of course, all right. In the goals for the month. So onto the next spread, I added a habits tracker, and a lot of people do this and a lot of people have just one page dedicated to tracking habits. But I only have three. And originally I wasn't going to add this, but I thought if I'm sharing it with you, then I might as well add this in here just to give you an idea of what you can add into your own bullet journal. I just drew out the boxes for each day of the month and then rode out that habit or thing that I'm gonna be tracking Europe Month. And then if you fulfill that for the day, then you can color in the square. So it could be an interesting thing to go back and see. And then underneath that on the same page, I have expenses tracker. So throughout the month, I can fill that out, and then on the next page I have a planner. So basically just an empty page that I can write down all my ideas, plan, videos, classes, things like that um, if I have any other ideas for the month that I might want to fulfill, then I will put those in there basically just kind of a brain dump page. And I am always writing things down for planning views and just random stuff. So So I definitely need that page every month. So next we get into the weekly Spreads, so the spread will have the first week. So the weekly spreads are gonna be good, because I want to be able to write down the things that I have to do every day in order to meet two week locals or even the month legals. So Sunday, Monday and Tuesday I wrote in Black because those days were still in December. And then Wednesday was the first of January 2020. So I wrote all the rest of the days out in red, moving on to the next pages. I kind of changed up the layout just a little bit, and I didn't make them like full boxes. I want to do this every week and change it up just a little bit because I want Teoh change up the weeks a little bit. I wanted to do this just so that things don't get repetitive and quickly spreads look exactly the same because I know throughout the month I'm gonna get bored of that and want to move on to something new. So I changed it up a little bit and it didn't make them into full boxes. And I also change the font, a rodent. And then, of course, have the weekly goals again. And moving on to the next page is same thing. Change it up just a little bit onto the last pages. I smushed to the last two weeks of January into one spread, so I have one week on one page and a last week on the other page. I'm going to see how I like this. And if I want one week to be on two pages, or I want to fit one week on one page and then have another week on the other page, mostly to see if I need the extra space. If I don't, then I will have two weeks on two pages, so I'll see how that goes, and I will alter that so we'll see how that goes and alter it if I need to. And that is that that is my 20 bullet journal set up 3. Class Project: I hope that this gives you some inspiration and ideas for your own bullet journal. So if you are built journaling or if this class inspired you to start this year, it would love to see it. Your 2020 bullet journal set up or even just a monthly spread. So if you are bullet drilling, I would love to see photos and maybe get some ideas for my own journal from you. So thanks so much watching this class.