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  1. Hi, I am going to start BuJo but I was thinking if we could use cut nib and round tip markers?
    Thanks

    1. I can’t see any reason why not! If you’re unsure, you can always create a test page for new pens on the last page of your journal. Have fun making your bullet journal!

  2. I do not have a dotted notebooks, so is it OK if I use a lined notebook?

    1. Yes you can! Absolutely!

    2. Yess
      You can use any typeof paper you like/you are adjusted to ?

  3. Hi, I recently have wanted to start blogging too, but I was just wondering, what website did you use to first create your blog? Was it Weebly? Thank you!

  4. Lovely post! Just wanted to ask if I’ll be able to use a bullet journal as a diary as well – for instance, to write down my thoughts each day – and also if you have any suggestions on how I can execute this well and efficiently.

    1. Of course, one of the best parts of the bullet journal is the ability to customize it to fit your needs.

  5. Hello, Ms. Shelby. I am a high school student with a very hectic and busy schedule. More often than not, I am frustrated due to my lack of personal time for recreational activities. I once enjoyed drawing and writing poetry, and I still do, but I just never had the time to pick up my hobbies again since I have too many requirements at a time. Despite the lack of time, I decided that I wanted to start a bullet journal. I got a dotted notebook and it sat on my shelf for weeks because I was so intimidated and didn’t know how to start. Then, I searched online and found this post (blog?) and read through it. It is extremely helpful. I also looked through your other resources/posts and also found those to be very helpful as well. I would just like to say thank you for sharing your information. :> Currently am starting my journal for 2019 (even though it’s nearly 3 in the morning.. but I am a night owl) and I think that after drawing inspiration from your posts, it’s going to look great.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      How exciting Sabie! Here’s to a great year and wonderful journey ahead.

  6. So I totally thought I was the only person in the world who shamelessly collected beautiful journals and then just got stuck bec I either didn’t know how to make use of them, used like 5 pages before shoving it aside, or – my favourite – not wanting to mess up the beautiful pages with my not so beautiful handwriting! And then I came across your blog, and you just get it! My friend got me into the bujo world just last week, and I immersed myself in late night google searches immediately. Before sleeping that night I’d ordered a new journal on Amazon Prime, and patiently waited all next day for it to arrive. I’ve been using my journal for 5 days, and I already feel a million times more productive than I’ve ever been in my life – and that’s saying something! I came across your page just today as I was looking for more inspiration on how I can expand and diversify, and yes pretty up my journal, and your blog is just what I’ve been looking for. It’s a breath of fresh air, and you should be very proud of your work here. Thanks for the inspiration! You’ve got a new subscriber. 🙂

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      What an exciting journey you’ve begun Sarah! There is so much more you’re going to discover as you continue journaling.

  7. This is such a lovely post, Shelby!

    I love the idea of a bullet journal and have always been planning to do one but haven’t gotten around it yet. Your article just reinforced this idea to actually set aside a time and do it since I already have the materials needed.

    I’m gonna see what it can do for my entire productivity since I am planning a whole month of activities to accomplish. thanks for some of the awesome ideas!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Give it a try and I bet you will LOVE it, Lanie!

  8. I attempted to start a bullet journal. I started with monthlys and little lists here and there. I tried to do the “typical” journal structure and then threw it all out the window. I’ve already got a new journal for next year and I’m getting ideas. The questions I had is about how many pages to skip. If I do a couple pages for that month then how many pages do I skip before another collection? What’s your best advice for that?

    1. I’m afraid I’m not understanding your question, Danielle! Are you asking how to make sure you have enough pages for collections and all your plans for a single month? It sounds like you’re trying to set up more than a month in advance, which is forcing you to decide how many pages to keep in a month. Personally, I don’t do more than a month in advance, so I use as many pages as I need before I set up the next month. That means there’s no guesswork involved! But if you want to do that, that’s totally fine. I’d then suggest you either keep your collections in a separate collections journal (see this post for more on that: https://littlecoffeefox.com/2017/09/05/3-reasons-collections-journal/ ). Or if you’d rather keep it all in one journal, keep your collections in the back of your journal and your plans in the front, working your way to the middle until you’re out of pages. That way you can keep them all separate and not have to guess how many pages you’ll need with collections. Also, if you’re waiting until January to start you bullet journal back up, I’d highly suggest you read this post ( https://littlecoffeefox.com/2017/01/23/how-to-start-a-bullet-journal-middle-of-a-month/ ). I hope that helps!

  9. This is lovely. I have a question though. the first picture, pages Level 10 Life and Level 10. What is that? Do you talk about that anywhere? That’s what first drew me to this article because I was interested in what that was.

  10. Hey Shelby!
    I’ve read a few of your posts and we sound like very similar people regarding our perfectionist tendencies, fear-based procrastination and chaotic-creative’s approach to paper-based brain-wrangling systems! Notebooks have never worked for me in the past either, but this whole ‘bullet journal’ system is unlike anything I have encountered before and I’m excited to give it a go. (Also, I get to buy new pens. Always a winner). It seems to have totally transformed the way you organise yourself and measure/enhance/discipline areas of your life and you give me hope it can do the same for me. Your posts are really encouraging, reminding me that it’s ok to screw up sometimes – it’s not the end of the world and ‘done’ is better than perfect!
    Love and gratitude from a burned-out creative

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Tash, new pens are ALWAYS a win! Welcome to the world of bullet journaling- I think you will like it here.

  11. Bill Bienia says:

    Hi Shelby,
    I started out doing a bullet journal to organize my work schedule and record stuff in a journal. After trying numerous layouts (using suggestions from you and Boho Berry and others), I came to one layout that worked well for me. I then tweaked this layout for another couple of months to get what I wanted. I had been using several types of books as the foundation for my journals. However I was drawing everything by hand.

    I looked around and found a 14 month planner in 8 1/2 by 11 inch format with a two-pages-per-week spread and a monthly calendar/notes (with 3 mini-monthly calendars – last current-next) spread which was similar to what I had settled on. The left side of the weekly spread has daily divisions, which I split in half and how have an appointments column and a journal column. On the right I created at the top a weekly tracker type of column for memos to write (a big part of my job), a narrow column divided into Priorities, Waiting for/Follow up, Next week, and Horizons. This is about 2/3 of the page. At the bottom, I have a weather table and a weekly tracker divided 30%-70%. Using this pre-printed format takes me half the time to make up a weekly spread. At the front, I use the pre-January pages for an index, and some key collections. At the back, I have used the Notes pages to create an addendum of collections pages, which are indexed on the index pages.

    This is a minimalist type of guy’s journal set up for my specific needs at work. I include personal evening and weekend activities in the weekly calendar (I work 8-4, M-F). However, I also have a personal bullet journal – I keep them separate by choice. I leave my work bujo at work so others can see the data in the calendar as needed, but I carry the personal bujo everywhere, including to work. Without the bullet journal concepts, I would not have been able to create this unique work-specific bujo tailored to my unique needs. It saves me several hours per week and keeps me on track. And it only took me about 6 months to set it up.

    Thanks to all the bujo-ers who share their ideas.

    1. It sounds like you’ve got quite the tailored system, Bill! That is truly fantastic. Your level of customization is exactly what is so incredible about building your own planner from scratch. There’s nothing like having a system formed perfectly around your own life and needs. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. So inspiring! I’ve been looking at folks’ bullet journals for a long time. It looks so neat
    But what when your handwtiting is terrible? And I mean terrible , my partner often don’t understand what I write. T__T I also think I don’t have enough going on in my life to keep a journal? I don’t work, nor study, nor have kids. Heck, I rarely get out of the house. Anyway, I’ll be stalking your page a little 🙂

    1. Don’t worry about your handwriting, Lynn! As long as you can read it, it doesn’t matter if it’s chicken scratch or the fanciest penmanship. Besides, you’ll find that writing so regularly will likely improve your writing over time.

      And if you feel like you don’t have enough to do or track in your bullet journal, then you’re thinking about your journal too narrowly! It doesn’t just have to be used for schedules and tasks. Use it to cultivate your dreams and figure out your big goals! The bullet journal is a great way to identify exactly what you want out of life so you can start making significant strides towards those goals. I’d suggest you check out this post (http://littlecoffeefox.com/2017/04/23/how-to-find-your-passion/) to get your creative juices flowing for how to use your bullet journal for dreaming instead of planning. There’s so much potential in a blank page, so don’t feel restricted to only using it for one purpose 😉

  13. Hello Shelby
    Thank you for your great posts 🙂
    I have a question about perfection. I´m a bit confused about the Key / signs. Visual I would like to put a line across the task-sentence, when the task is done.
    For me the pages looks perfect with this signs, but visual I will not easy see what is done or not. For me it looks like a new list of tasks.
    Anybody feels like me?

    1. Thanks so much, Anne! First of all, I would say don’t let perfection get in the way of a good system. You can see my thoughts about perfection here. And if you want to check out my post about the bullet journal key, you can read it here. I use boxes that I fill in when I complete a task, and it gives me the satisfaction when I color it in as well as giving a clear signal that the task is done. Maybe that’s the solution you’re looking for! My advice would be to experiment a bit over the next few weeks and play with different icons to see what you like and don’t like. I hope that helps!

  14. I am a 59 year old still trying to figure out this adult thing! I love, love, love your website and your ideas. I have been so frustrated with how inflexible planners are for years. I am thrilled with this and YOUR site sparked me to do my 1st Bullet Journal.

    The ‘done not perfect’ is the only reason I haven’t torn out the 1st creation (the Key). It is just a wonderful site and I wanted to say thanks!

    1. That means a ton, Dennis, thank you! I’m so glad you have taken this philosophy to heart and jumped into the bullet journal world!

  15. This is really helpful. Thanks a lot for the great tips. I’m really looking forward to starting my own bullet journal!
    Simone

    1. I’m so glad you think so, Simone! I’m sure you will love your bullet journal once it’s all set up. They are simply fantastic 🙂

  16. This has been the most helpful post I’ve seen around. I’ve been trying to start a bullet journal for a while now, but haven’t had the chance. After seeing that you provided suggestions for supplies, I’ve finally decided to try it out on my own. All I was really looking for is what types of supplies worked for people – and no one really says that much.. so thank you!! I’m super excited about this. I track everything on my phone, but I do love writing and I always want to write my tasks, trackers, goals, etc. in a book so I really hope buju-ing will be fun!

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful to you, Cathlyn! Supplies are definitely a very personal choice, but when you find the right ones – boy, you will feel the difference! I tried getting the cheapest stuff I could when I began, but my organization really hit its stride when I switched over to a Leuchtturm1917 journal. It made me excited to use it each day, and that was completely new for me! I hope you have fun beginning your bullet journal journey. I’m sure you’re going to love it!

  17. Hi Shelby! I came to your blog after seeing your post on the Daily Habit Tracker on Pinterest. (I’m so excited about starting it that I can hardly stand it! *Nerd alert*!) Anyway-that post led me to your Morning Pages post, and then I found this post about your Bullet Journal. So I need to know–are you using 3 different journals–one for the Daily Habit Tracker, one for your Morning Pages, and one for your Bullet Journal, or do you use the same journal for all three? I apologize if you’ve already covered this elsewhere. I’m just excited to get started because, I, too, have random little bits of notes and thoughts spread all over my world, and it’s driving me crazy!!! I need a system, and I like the sound of yours! Thank you in advance!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the posts! I currently keep my Morning Pages in a completely separate journal. BUT I do keep my habit tracker in my bullet journal. In every monthly spread in my bullet journal, I add a fresh habit tracker to fill up. I find that having several logs like that in my monthly spreads helps me tremendously. I hope that helps, and I couldn’t be more excited for you to find bullet journaling! I don’t know how I got anything done before my bullet journal. I wish you the best of luck in getting started, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions as you begin. You’ll love it, I just know it!

      1. Hi Shelby,
        Great post, helps a lot with getting to a point to start. I do have a question, I think related to this post, how you combine monthly and daily lists with other lists like your examples Holiday presents etc. Do you just flip until the next free spread or do you keep all month and day lists together without other stuff in between?
        My feeling is that I think I would like to keep it separate but within the same journal, but no I don’t know how to achieve this. I hope you understand what I mean…

        Happy holidays!
        Cheers from the Netherlands,
        Miriam

        1. Hello Miriam! I usually just flip to the next available blank spread and add new collections there. Occasionally I will add a collection the the end of my bullet journal so I can easily reference it, like my master grocery list and recipe bank. If you don’t want to keep collections with your regular planning activities, I know that some people keep an entirely separate notebook just for collections. The reason I don’t do this is because I know myself enough to know that I will probably never look at those collections ever again if they were separate. Perhaps that might be the perfect solution for you, though! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season as well, Miriam 😀

  18. Hi, I loved this article. I am looking to buy a bullet journal and it has been harder than I thought to find one. Do you have any ideas of where I could find one?

  19. Maybe I’m just tired right now. It is late. But it seems hard right now. My mind is foggy and guess I need to come back to this again. I have all those bits off paper you talked about. not sure how to start. I have so many things going right now that I want to do.

    1. Starting a bullet journal can be a big undertaking, so definitely take your time! In my experience, rushing into it is the best way to become overwhelmed. Take it slow and I’m sure you’ll find the best way to balance all the things in your life! Feel free to message me if you ever have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help!

  20. Elizabeth Hampton says:

    Thank you for helping me see the possibilities for my journal – I have, as you guessed, a number of journals, composition books, etc, and not a clue how to make them useful. Thanks again, Elizabeth

    1. They are so darn easy to collect, aren’t they? I’m glad you thought the post was helpful and wish you the best of luck with using those notebooks to their fullest extent!

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