The First Page Fear
Let’s face it – the first page of a journal is tough. It stares at you, blank and bold, daring you to lay down a stroke of your pen. It’s intimidating! With a brand new journal comes the irrational fear of ruining the whole thing. So what do you put on that first page to help quell this anxiety? Here are a few bullet journal ideas to get those creative juices flowing and help you push past the first page fear!
6 Bullet Journal Ideas to Begin the Journey
#1 – An Inspirational Quote
Is there a quote that gets you pumped to knock out your to-do list? Write it down on the first page to inspire you to kick ass every time you open your journal. Page Flutter has a great list of quotes to help you find the perfect one!
#2 – Just Jump In
For my lemon Leuchtturm1917, I ended up not doing anything particularly special on the first page. You certainly don’t have to, either! I decided to just start off the new month with a pretty watercolor wreath cover page, and I still love it. If you don’t feel like making the first page into a big deal, just go about your normal business and use it like you typically would.
#3 – An Affirmation
Imbue your journal with positive vibes by starting off with an affirmation. Pick something that you struggle with and write down a positive affirmation about that. For example, if you struggle with organization, write down “I organize my life with confidence and grace.” That’s a fabulous note to kick off your bullet journal. If you want to make your affirmation look particularly gorgeous, use some faux lettering or watercolor to make it really stand out!
#4 – A Mandala
This one is great because it actively helps calm the tension that the first page can bring. Whip out your Staedtlers and create a bright, beautiful pattern. If you’re worried about drawing a mandala yourself, you can just get a printable or sticker that you can slap on your front page. Then just sit back, relax, and color!
#5 – Your Contact Info
What would happen if your lost your journal? If you have your contact information written down on the first page, then you have nothing to fear. If you don’t have your info written down, then you could lose all your bullet journal ideas, plans, and tasks. Gasp!
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#6 – A Bullet Journal Key
Go utilitarian! Write down your key for icons or for your color code system on the first page to help break the ice. Check out my post about setting up your bullet journal key to see how I do it!
You could just skip the first page. Yup! Just turn the page and start there instead. I find that helps me ease the pressure to get the first page perfect and just get into the journal already. If you are struggling to come up with any bullet journal ideas for that elusive first page, then just skip it altogether. The point of your bullet journal is to be a productivity tool, which means it’s pretty useless if you don’t actually use it.
Let’s Be Honest
If you’re just starting your very first bullet journal, then you probably don’t know this – but everyone who has been in the game for a few months eventually realizes that the first page isn’t really a big deal. I mean, who actually goes back and look at it? I know I rarely find myself on the first page of any journal. It’s pretty much reserved for when I’m cracking open a virgin journal and writing in it for the first time. So if you’re biting your nails and fussing over that first page, remember that it will cease to feel important the moment you turn the page. Perfection is just an illusion, and it will lead you astray. Don’t overthink it and the first page will be conquered in no time!
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