6 Tips To Start Your Bullet Journal

You might have come with the idea to start your Bullet Journal, but you might think it might be a little complicated, these 6 tips will help you to get started.

What I love about Bullet Journaling is that you don’t need to follow anything or anybody, it will be perfect just the way you are and the way you work on making every single page of it.

You don’t need to be an expert of drawing or a master artist to come up with that perfect layout that will help you to do better in life.

The main purpose of a personal planner is to help you to plan your life, reach your goals and live the life you always dream about.

You can find many planners already designed for you and all you need is to follow the instructions.

A Bullet Journal is about the same  purpose, to help you to plan and reach every single goal you have in your mind for a better lifestyle, but a bullet journal adds the fun to be creative.

Everything is good and right, don’t be afraid of making mistakes, that can happen all the time and some mistakes are like the salt and pepper for a life, they just add the perfect touch.

The more you work on your Bullet Journal, the better you will be and soon you’ll find your own style.

6 Tips To Start your Bullet Journal.

Start in a practice journal.

You can find all kinds of Bullet Journals on the market, with a wide price range, A4 o A5 size, soft or hard cover, 25 or 100+ pages, beautiful layouts and practical layouts just ready for you to start working on with your planning.

The best tip here is to start with a practice journal, a simple notebook will be perfect to start with.

You won’t need to worry about it if you did it right or not when you work on drawing or to design a new layout, if it is not what you wanted, just tear off the page and make a new one.

You will find after you work on a few pages your own style will come up and it will be easier for you to know how to draw a new layout in just a few minutes, it won’t take long to come up with a beautiful new layout.

Start with the basics.

Don’t get to complicate at the beginning.

  • Index
  • Year layout
  • Month layout
  • Week layout
  • Day layout
  • Weekly meals layout

As you work on your Bullet journal, you will get to know what your planning needs are.

Get inspired by other Bullet Journals, you will find from the simplest to the most beautiful Bullet Journal on the internet, get some ideas, try one or two at the beginning, little by little your own personal style will come up.

Keep it Simple.

There are beautiful examples of Bullet Journals that were kept simple, the main focus here is that you reach your goal to be more organized and find the way to make your life simple.

As this happens, you will find many ways to embellish your bullet journal pages, from personal style drawings and doodles to washy tape and stickers.

Everything here is ok! that is what makes any Bullet Journal so perfect!

Sketch in pencil first.

Unless you’re a professional and you already know what you want your next page to look like, everyone who works on a new page for a Bullet Journal should make a sketch in pencil first.

You don’t like how it looks, no problem, erase it and work on it again!

When you come up a moment where you like how your new layout looks like, then ink it, and add some color!

Welcome Mistakes.

Oh, that is what I love the most of my Bullet Journal, if I tell you how many times I make a mistake on a single page you won’t believe me.

Sometimes a mistake will be part of your personal style, a mistake might be that happy moment on your new page.

Let them happen, we don’t want a “perfect life” or a “perfect Bullet Journal page” the magic happens when you find how well planning a new day or a new week is easier for you and it helps you to reach your personal goals.

Start Today

If you have the idea to start your own Bullet Journal, don’t wait to find that perfect Bullet Journal already made for you, even an old notebook will be perfect to start it.

6 tips to start with your bullet journal


Today I was looking for a picture for the header for this post, I thought the best way to share with you how to work on a Bullet Journal was to make a new page for it.

bullet journal 6 tips to start

I got the idea in my mind, (yes I got inspired by other artist and Bullet Journalists)

I made the pencil sketch first, I didn’t worry about any mistake I made at that moment, when I finished all the sketch, I will decide what to erase and what not.

I like to work with a soft Staedtler eraser , and I found a package that comes with a soft eraser and an eraser just like the one I used to have when I was a young girl, and it works so nicely! it erased any pencil marks with no problem and making no damage on the paper!!

To work with the inking of my sketch, I like to use Staedtler pigment liner, this time I used the 0.3 point. I find the ink dries fast and it doesn’t bleed out when I work on the next step with the markers or when I work with watercolor.

6 tips to start your bullet journal

I bought some BIC markers “Color Collection” to work with them on my planner and on my Bullet Journal, I find they are great adding some color to my pages, I don’t see any single “marker lines” on my pages when I work with them.

6 tips to start your bullet journal

When the ink dries, it looks like my new page was like a magazine page or a printed colored page already made!

The only “Con” here is that ink is strong and it bleeds to the next page, so if you get these Bic markers to work on your planner or bullet journal be sure to place a extra paper under while you work on your new page, once the ink is dry, you can take that extra paper out and keep working on your new design.

I will recommend these markers, I bought the 36 markers package and I find the markers work perfect and colors are beautiful.

6 tips to start your bullet journal

The last step I did on this new page was to add some lighter color on it with some coloured pencils, this time I bought for myself a new package of 100 coloured pencils from Crayola, so now I have a wide range of colors to work with, and they work pretty well!

Will I recommend you to get these coloured pencils?… Yes I will, for you or for your children!

You don’t need to buy all these new tools today, try to start first with what you already have at home, I did that for a few years, today I’m working on my fourth personal planner – Bullet journal, so that means I have been working for 4 years with what I had at home.

The more I work on my planner or my bullet journal, I want to try more new tools on them (pens, pencils, markers, coloured pencils, stickers and more) and I will be sharing with you my work!

If you have any questions about how you can start working on your bullet journal, please leave a comment, I will reply to it.

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6 tips to start your bullet journal

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Alejandra Balanzario

Alejandra is a creative artist and entrepreneur, she finds the use of her personal planner help her out to do more in her daily routine and still have time to live the life she loves.

7 thoughts on “6 Tips To Start Your Bullet Journal

  • November 5, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Hi, I really need this in my life. This is spot on and I love how you break down how one may start. The only reason I have not done this yet is because I didn’t know how to start, and organize my own journal. Now with your step by step guide I can start to organize my life and reach the goals that I set fourth. I’m glad you mentioned to start with a pencil first. That’s great advice. Thanks so much!

  • November 5, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Hi, I really need this in my life. This is spot on and I love how you break down how one may start. The only reason I have not done this yet is because I didn’t know how to start, and organize my own journal. Now with your step by step guide I can start to organize my life and reach the goals that I set fourth. I’m glad you mentioned to start with a pencil first. That’s great advice. Thanks so much!

  • November 6, 2017 at 10:12 am


    I must say this has opened my eyes because I have never heard about a bullet journal before as I guess I have been out in the village so to speak!
    You have made this look so easy and compelling and
    I almost wanted to start one right now!!
    The explanations of using the pencil to sketch in is brilliant andI can see hoe this can be fun!
    You have amazing step by step instructions and so even I could not fail
    I love the layout and also the pictures as everything is ver clean and neat
    You have done a really professional job and I just love it

    Thank you so much
    Paul Goodwin

  • November 6, 2017 at 10:14 am

    This is really great as I have never heard of a bullet journal before!

    They say we never stop learning!!!

    I think this will do very well for you

    best regards


  • November 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Very interesting! I had never actually heard of the term ‘bullet journal’ so I’m glad I came across this post.

    I have got into the habit of keeping a ‘goals’ journal where I write down my goals twice a day. This keeps them fresh in my mind and on track. The first 5 goals tend to be short term (the next few weeks/months), the second 5 are more long term (months/years). I might enhance this further and make it into a bullet journal!

  • November 7, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Great info! Enjoyed reading this about Bullet Journal. It’s been talked about so much that I am tempted to start on it. Your tips really help to streamline the ways I can create a functioning journal that I will enjoy penning everyday. I just wonder if it takes too much to create the daily templates when there are readymade ones out there as well as digital version. But it’s interesting nonetheless. Thanks!

  • November 9, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind that I need this more than anyone. Trust me, it is getting harder and harder to remember the most important of things that should be on my agenda for the day. Thanks for introducing me to the bullet journal. I will be starting mine soon.


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