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  1. eristdoof says:

    “But don’t compare yourself to others! ”
    Exactly. Many of the negative comments I see about Bullet Journaling are based around the idea, “I don’t have time to waste on such an elaborate journal”. But of course the people who post their beautiful BuJo pages are at one end of the BuJo spectrum. I will never publish my BuJo pages because 1) it’s my personal organiser and 2) it’s practical but not beautiful. No one gets to see the basic but practical BuJo variants.

    1. Exactly!! I agree with you completely 🙂 It’s about how to make it work for you, and if keeping your journal private helps you stay productive, then fantastic! I actually find the opposite to work for me – if I share, I’m more likely to want to do it right and keep doing it every day/week/month. It’s all about finding how your bullet journal best works with your personality and preferences!

  2. Laura Montgomery says:

    I love this post. I personally periodically lurk through bullet journal pins because I love the creativity and immense possibilities for personalization. All to often though posts are for early on and it’s sometimes hard to find things that are for ‘more experienced?’ if there’s such a thing.
    I have yet to be able to incorporate a habit tracker and was ready to give up the idea… but your post put the wheels in motion. Keep that simple too.
    Thanks for a wonderful post. Blessings!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Laura! I’m thrilled that some of my trials and errors can be of help. Good luck getting a habit tracker started! They are one of the most useful and simple trackers you can keep. If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, check out my Habit Tracker post for ideas!

  3. I’ve been bullet journaling for 5 months now and I agree with everything you said! The only suggestion I haven’t really delved into is habit-tracking. I’ve created a couple but never made them part of the routine — yet. I enjoy the Bullet Journal Junkies on facebook ~ lots of good ideas, some newbies, some really artistic posts, simple spreads, good advice ~ and they are a supportive community in people’s lives, not just their journaling. It’s a beautiful thing. I’ve learned so much and tried so many tips and tricks in this first bujo of mine. I’ve had fun incorporating washi tape and colored pens and some doodles too. I’m excited about starting a fresh new one in January! Thanks for this article, it’s exactly the kind of info I needed when I was starting out, and now it’s a confirmation that “Hey, I’m doin’ it pretty much like the pros!”

    1. I’m so glad you found this post helpful! There is so much wonderful information out there in the bullet journal community – and so much eye candy! It’s great that you’ve found inspiration in both the minimalist spreads and the artistic ones, as there is so much gorgeousness in both styles. If you want to join in more bullet journal conversation, you should definitely head over to It’s the only message board dedicated solely to bullet journaling. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  4. Maud Lindsay says:

    This is a huge help! I have just started a bullet journal and these are some great tips! Thanks a lot!

  5. I’m quite new to all of this and I find your blog very helpful. I have some questions but I’m heading over to “the den” for help. Love to be a part of this community.
    I just have to tell you, this post really made me laugh. I’m home sick from work and my brain might be switch off because when I read what you suggested to write in the habit tracker I read “to wear pants” instead of “water plants”. Always good to check that you have put on pants before leaving the house. 🙂
    Love C

    1. I thought wearing pants was optional? XD I’m glad that you got a chuckle out of this post and I hope you’re feeling better soon! Thanks so much for dropping by to comment 🙂

  6. Wow! Two years is like a whole lot? Have you tried digital bullet journaling?

    1. I know, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long! I have tried digital planning methods, but I’ve never really been able to make it work for me. I find that a nice pen on good paper is a happy combo for me!

  7. I have to respectfully disagree that a habit tracker is an essential item (I thought your other suggestions were spot on!). The bullet journal’s value lies in it’s flexibility and customizability, so truly there is no single essential for every bujo user. I personally find trackers don’t work for me. Because the tracker is on a different page most of the time, it’s very much out of sight, out of mind. I personally find that writing tasks each day makes me more accountable. Writing is more of a commitment to me than coloring in a box (or what have you). I place my repeated tasks that many would use a tracker for at the top of my daily lists and make them top priority. Certainly try a tracker if you’re interested, but don’t feel bad about kicking it to the curb if it feels pointless.

    1. Jane, I see what you mean. I certainly don’t mean that this particular format is essential! I just think that you can find a great deal of clarity about your life when you pay attention to certain reoccurring things like habits. Putting it in your daily spread is still accomplishing the same effect in a different way. I’ll concede your point, though, not everyone needs to do this in their bullet journals! I would highly suggest it, though, for people who are trying to better themselves or change their habits. I find it is extremely useful for observing growth 🙂

  8. Thanks for the tips! I agree that at first it can get really overwhelming to commit to too many elements of a bullet journal.

    One tip I have found for the busy weeks is to just make out a weekly tracker in the beginning, and plan to skip the daily tracker for that particular week.
    For example, when I travel for work, I find that I don’t have much time or energy to put towards planning out the weather, etc. for the next day’s entry – plus I’ve already packed everything! So before I leave the beginning of the week I will just put together a weekly spread and jot down any notes that I have at that point such as dates, meetings, flights, etc.
    You are definitely right that connecting with other journalers helps us each expand our creativity! Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for your kind words! And that sounds like a great idea, using a weekly instead of a daily for hectic weeks. I know that if I have both a weekly and a daily going at the same time, I never check my weekly. But that might be just the ticket!

  9. This entry was SOOOOOO helpful for me – it hit me right at the perfect time – thank you. I’m going to print this & put it on my wall!

  10. mary picarella says:

    Your blog was very helpful to me, I am new to journaling so the imformation was very helpful to get me started.

  11. I wanted to let you know that when I’m clicking links in your posts to go from one post to another, they are not working. All links take me back to the main bullet journal page.

    1. Casey, thanks for letting me know! When the site transferred, all the old URLs for my blog posts changed, so I am currently going through and updating them to go to the proper page. It should all be fixed very soon, so sorry about that in the meantime!

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