How To Make A Bullet Journal

How To Make A Bullet Journal

Jul 18, 2023 Tags 

Are you someone that finds it difficult to organize your tasks and habits? If you are slowly building a wall of sticky notes to help you remember your daily activities, then you should get to know how to make a bullet journal to save you valuable time. 

Bullet journaling has become popular for organizing tasks, setting goals, and tracking habits. It is not just that; it is also a creative outlet that’s fun while keeping your life organized. If you're new to bullet journaling and eager to get started, this step-by-step guide will walk you through creating your own bullet journal.


What Is A Bullet Journal?


what is a bullet journal


A bullet journal is like the superhero of an organization. It's a blank notebook that you transform into your personal planner and diary all rolled into one. Instead of using pre-made templates and layouts, you get to be the mastermind behind your journal. You create your own symbols, lists, and layouts to manage your tasks, goals, events, and notes. It's all about making it work for you.

In a bullet journal, you can have sections like a future log to plan ahead, monthly spreads to keep track of important stuff, weekly spreads for detailed planning, and trackers for habits or goals. You can even create special collections for specific topics or projects.

The real magic is in flexibility. You can change things up whenever you want. Don't like how a layout looks? No problem! Just try something new. It's all about finding what works best for you and your way of getting things done.

Now, here's where it gets really fun. You can add your own personal touch to your bullet journal. Draw, doodle, use stickers, washi tape, or whatever floats your boat. It's all about making it a reflection of your personality.


What You Need To Make Your Bullet Journal




A notebook is the most important thing you need to start your journal, so you have to choose the right one. Naturally, you would think of a notebook with horizontal lines, but this would limit your creativity when making the journal. Instead, use a dot grid or a blank notebook. 

The dot-grid pattern helps create neat layouts and keep things organized, but a plain notebook works just as well. Choose one that suits your style and size preference. Don’t forget to pick a book with a fancy cover to make your journal stand out.


Pens and Markers


You'll want a variety of pens and markers to write and decorate your bullet journal. The Pilot gel pens are a great choice because they have a lot of color options and it is vibrant. You should also use pens with different tip sizes, like fine and medium, to add variety to your writing.
Colorful makers can help you bring your pages to life. If you are a doodler, you’ll definitely need them for your bullet journal. 




A ruler is handy for creating straight lines, grids, and boxes. It ensures your layouts are clean and precise. If you don't have a ruler, you can use the edge of a piece of paper or a straight object as a makeshift ruler.


Art supplies


While this is not necessary, adding decorative elements like stickers, washi tape, or colored pencils can add flair and personality to your bullet journal. They can be used to highlight important sections, create headers, or make eye-catching designs.

Some additional tools that can improve your bullet journal include stencils for creating shapes or banners, adhesive page markers or sticky notes for temporary placeholders, and scissors or a paper trimmer for cutting out images or decorative elements.



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How To Make A Bullet Journal - Step-by-Step Guide


After gathering the supplies above, start making the journal using the following process.


Decide on Key Sections


Consider the different sections you want to include in your bullet journal. This first step would help you have a clear goal so that you can avoid making mistakes. Common sections include a birthday log, monthly spreads, weekly spreads, daily spreads, habit trackers, goal trackers, and pages for topics like books, movies, or travel. 

Decide on the sections that align with your planning needs and create them. What’s really important is deciding whether you want to make your journal weekly or daily. It’s easy to create a monthly page and add to one of the latter two types but doing all three would waste a lot of time. Most people have a monthly-weekly journal.


Create an Index


Bullet Journal Index


Make the first few pages of your bullet journal an index that will serve as a table of contents, allowing you to locate sections within your journal easily. Don’t worry if you’ve not settled on all the sections for your journal; just number the pages as you go to keep the index updated.


Set Up Your Future Log


Bullet Journal Log


The future log is where you can note important dates, appointments, or events that occur throughout the year. It goes beyond the usual to-do list because these events are more important. Divide a page or two into twelve sections representing the upcoming months. Write the month name and leave some space to add notes or reminders. Add key dates to each section for specific reminders like birthdays.


Design Your Monthly Spread


Bullet Journal Monthly Spread


This is where having a dot-grid book comes in handy because you’re going to draw lots of lines to represent the days of the month. A monthly spread allows you to plan and track activities, events, and goals for a particular month. 

The easiest way to do it is to create a two-page spread with the month's name at the top. Use the calendar format or come up with your own unique style. Next, add important dates, goals, and to-do lists to help you stay organized throughout the month.


Develop The Weekly Spread


Bullet Journal Weekly Spread


Weekly spreads help you plan and manage your tasks on a week-to-week basis, and it is really fun to create. First, divide a two-page spread into seven sections, one for each day of the week. You can make boxes for each day or draw or draw lines for each day.

Add the task to the day and draw a checkmark if it is completed at the end of the day; if is not, you can move the task to the next day. Make sure to include a lot of space for appointments and notes. You can also add a small section for a weekly reflection or gratitude list to promote self-reflection and mindfulness.


Add a Daily Spread if Necessary


Bullet Journal Schedule


If you are a really busy person and your tasks should be organised in a timely manner, you will need a daily log to track your meetings. However, if you are adding this, there is no need for a weekly log. You will also need a bigger book to accommodate 365 days of the year. 

Dedicate one page for each day. Create a column for time, a to-do list, and notes. Start filling it up according to your schedule for the day.


Add Habit Trackers


Bullet Journal Habit tracker


The point of a bullet journal is that you can make fun pages that you may not find in your conventional planner. One of these pages is a habit tracker. Habit trackers allow you to monitor and cultivate positive habits throughout the year. 

All you have to do is create a grid layout with habits listed on one axis and days or dates on the other. For instance, you can add habits like exercise and praying, then represent them with colors or symbols. Color in the date grid each time you complete the habit. 


Customize with More Pages


Customized Bullet Journal Page


Collections are dedicated pages for organizing specific topics, interests, or projects. They can include book lists, self-care plans, travel plans, meal planners, budget trackers, or anything else you want to keep track of. Design and personalize new collections to suit your needs.


Add Personal Touches


Personal Decoration


Make your bullet journal truly yours by adding personal touches. Decorate pages with doodles, hand-lettering, or stickers. Experiment with different fonts, colors, and layouts to reflect your unique style. Remember, the goal is to create a journal that inspires you and makes planning an enjoyable experience.

By following these steps, you can create a personalized and effective bullet journal that suits your planning needs. Embrace the creative process, explore different layouts and designs, and make it a habit to update and maintain your journal regularly. With your bullet journal as a trusty companion, you'll stay organized, focused, and motivated to achieve your goals.

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This article was originally written by our freelance writer Umm-Kulthum Abdulkareem and edited by us.