Starting a bullet journal is an exciting prospect, but it can be a bit nerve wracking too. There are so many things that can stand between you and getting started on the right foot. This guide will walk you through how to start a bullet journal even if you're halfway through a month, trying to make your bullet journal look perfect, lacking certain supplies, or even fearing failure. You can overcome these challenges and start changing your life today!

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  1. Hi!

    I started my bullet journal last week. The point I struggle most is finding things to put on my task lists. Do you have any hints on how to identify them more easily?


    1. Congrats on starting a new bullet journal, Julian! I would suggest that while you’re getting started with your bullet journal, you write down tasks after you’ve finished them and then immediately cross them off. This can help build the habit of writing in it even if you’re not sure what to write down. Plus it feels nice to tick if off the list! Other than that, the daily task list is perfect for appointments, small chores, reminders to make a call or send an email, or any number of things along those lines. Or if you’re trying to make more time for hobbies, you can add your hobby to your task list so you can feel even better about checking it off.

      I hope that helps! Have fun getting going with your new bullet journal 🙂

  2. I really appreciate your story. I was holding on to waiting until January to start because…. (no reason). Thanks for the loving push. I will work on setting up something simple this weekend.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      So happy to hear this was the little nudge you needed Vanessa! You can do it!

  3. Rosemary Christiansen says:

    I cannot draw. Finally received my bullet journal hard to get over here. I have made a number of mistakes already, but have foggy mind due to health conditions not but I am trying to accept my limits, even the shaky hands.
    Really excited to do the journal and it can help me have good habits and use my limited energy better.
    Great someone created this concept. First saw it on pinterest. Hasn’t caught on here yet.

  4. Looking at all the beautiful spreads out there, I feel like you need to be an artist to bullet journal! That’s my intimidation, and that even if I get better, it’s in the book till I’m done with that one. Baaah!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      We all start somewhere, Marni. You never know what artistic talents may be hiding inside until you just start exploring!

    2. Chris Knoblaugh says:

      Etsy has some great stencils if you’re not comfortable with your own artwork.

  5. Rosemary Christiansen says:

    Thanks. Still waiting and hoping mine will arrive here.

  6. Rosemary Christiansen says:

    What is best size bullet journal in inches?
    Still trying to get one for last 5 weeks.
    Thanks for your info.

    1. It’s totally going to depend on your preferences, Rosemary! The pretty standard bullet journal is an A5, which is about 8″x5.5″. Some people like A6 journals (smaller, pocket sized journals) or B5 sized journals (bigger, like a ledger). I hope that helps!

  7. Rosemary Christiansen says:

    What is the best size to get eg inches?????

    I live in a different country and have been trying to get a bullet grid journal for 5 weeks, with 2 failed attempts so far, but will keep trying to get one from different source.

    Thanks for your info.

    1. That’s a great question, Rosemary! The best size will depend on your preferences. I use a Leuchtturm1917, which is 5.5 x 8 inches. I hope that helps!

  8. I’m so happy I found your blog! I started a bullet journal about 3 weeks ago because I was sick of forgetting my homework. (I’m a high school student) I immediately noticed a change. I stopped forgetting so many assignements and my head is so much more clear! I tried a bullet journal once in the fall, but I tried too much, too fast and gave up after a week. This time, I took your advice and started small, and it’s working out so well!

    1. I’m glad you’re giving it another try, Monica! It’s tempting to add a ton of stuff at the beginning, but it can be so overwhelming. And I wish I started as early as you – my time in high school would have gone so much smoother 😀 I hope you find this time around to be a little bit easier and more productive. Good luck!

  9. Great post, and spot on, as I transition out of my Franklin Planner to Rosa, my Bujo. (Yes, after hearing about Lemon, mine had to have a name, too!) Seriously, not sure how I was really making it without Rosa, and will be transitioning next year to a simple date book that will sit next to my Bujo, as my “future planner”. This will be transitioning me out of a daily Franklin that I have used for about ten years now. This method is just better overall! Encouraging everyone to take a serious look at the Bujo method; I think there’s a place for it for everyone.

    1. Kristi, I love that you named your journal 🙂 ! And I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you have a ton of fun moving over to Rosa and building your new organization system!

  10. Hi!
    I am not new at bullet journaling, but I make use of this article to tell you how much I love how you write ! Your posts are always lengthy, but the words flow so naturally and you’re not redundant… Also I just finished your email course on productivity (have ye to do all the things you do, but now I am at least realizing all what I can do if I put myself to it), and I think I am turning into a big fan of you!
    I just have one little nagging question, because I am not very good at determining the size of notebooks compared to the size of the pens : your first notebook, the Ecosystem one, was it a A4 or A5 size ?
    Thanks you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! My old Ecosystem is an A5 sized journal, though I must admit that it feels smaller than the Leuchtturm1917. Perhaps that is because the pages don’t lay down as flat as they do in the LT1917. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and the email course, and I hope you have a wonderfully productive year!

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