How to start a bullet journal

by Chloe Humpherson January 07, 2021 3 min read

Want to start a bullet journal?

First, find yourself a journal/notebook. This doesn't have to be anything fancy just a journal that suits you. I’d obviously love to recommend mine, but there are loads of options; colours, fabric, leather, paper weight, lined, dot grid etc etc. Remember it’s your journal and can be anything you want it to be. 

There's loads of inspiration around on Pintrest, YouTube and Facebook. I’ve put in some of my favourites at the end of this post. 

If you haven't heard already about the bullet journal method, you should read up on it as there are lots of useful tips and tricks on what steps to follow. However, I will take you through the steps I use to create my own bullet journal. 

Title page

I always start my bullet journal with a title page, especially when starting a new year. I tend to do themes for each month, so I feel more creative when bullet journaling. However, creating a new bullet journal is exciting and having a nice new title page to create can be daunting, so just create what comes to mind! There's no pressure what it looks like and that is the fun part of bullet journaling, no one has the same bullet journal, everyone's is different. 

Year at a glance

I always like to have an overview of what the year would look like, this way I can see what day is when easily. I either draw this out or use free printable's I find on Pintrest. I always have a note section underneath where I put this as then I highlight days and write what's going to be happening that day, like a future log just incorporated into the year at a glance page. 

Goal setting

Starting a new bullet journal, especially with a new year, I always like to set myself some goals I'd like to achieve the coming year. This way I can look back on it and see what I have completed or what I still have time to achieve. I always like to add to this page throughout the year adding more goals I have achieved or would like to complete. 


There are many trackers you can add in your bullet journal setup. for example; 

  • Movies / TV shows / Podcast I need to watch
  • Healthy habit tracker
  • Mood tracker
  • Sleep log

I always like to track my mood and sleep in my bullet journal, whether this is doing a tracker or just simply writing a diary entry into my weekly spreads. It depends what mood I'm in when creating my bullet journal. I don't like to put pressure on myself to have to have an immaculate bullet journal with all the details in it, I create my own version of a bullet journal that suits my needs.

Don't put pressure on yourself

When creating a bullet journal, it's creating something to help productivity and planning. So, when creating bullet journal spreads you can create whatever you like. Some people keep it simple and go for a solid theme throughout the journal, others become more creative and create themes for each month. It's entirely up to you what you do with your bullet journal and that's the beauty of it. Just because some people’s journals look 'better' than yours doesn't mean you haven't completed it correctly. Don't put pressure on yourself to have to have a journal that's Instagram worthy. A bullet journal is something of your own, a creation that you've made and that is unique to yourself. Just ENJOY creating and most of all have fun! 

I hope this helps get you started.

Until next time,

Chloe xxx

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