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Easy Bullet Journal for Beginners With Bullet Journal Printables

 

Bullet Journaling can be intimidating if you are a beginner or are not artistic.  If you look at Bullet Journaling on Pinterest, YouTube or through Google searching; you can find journalers who are highly artistic and creative and create elaborate spreads in their notebooks.  I’m here to tell you that you can have a functional bullet journal that looks great without drawing out elaborate spreads with extensive doodling. My Free Bullet Journal Printables make starting a maintaining a useful DIY planner easier than ever.

 

Free Bullet Journal Printables

 

What is a Bullet Journal?

If you have never heard of a bullet journal or don’t know exactly what it is; I recommend you check out this introduction by Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal.  You will see that the original bullet journal is a very simplistic way of organizing your time and tasks.  

What I like most about my bullet journal is using the idea of collections.  This is a great way to curate on-going lists that I like to maintain. Using a table of contents or index is an easy way to find those collections in your bullet journal easily.  I love how I can customize my planner to fit my own needs and always have a place for my lists, collections of information, and the planner itself for my time and tasks. I like to keep a running list of books I want to look into or movies and tv shows that people recommend.  I also keep a list of things on my wish list to buy and gift ideas for other people.

I watched a lot of YouTube videos about bullet journaling and was inspired by this way to create a customized planner for myself.  But, I also found myself intimidated by the intricacies of the layouts that people created. I tried these types of layouts to a smaller degree at first.  But, then I discovered how easy it was to use and create printables to customize my bullet journal for what I wanted to use it for. This is a simple way to have a great bullet journal weekly spread without devoting a lot of time to creating something from scratch each week.

In this post I am going to present to you a bullet journal setup complete with bullet journal printables that you can use to make your beginner experience better or to give you easy-to-use bullet journal layouts that you can use.

 

Getting Started

First off, you do not need an expensive journal or notebook to use.  You can get a dotted journal that is described on the Ryder Carroll site, but if you are going to use printables, that type of journal is not necessarily required.  I think the most important thing for you to consider is the size of the pages, themselves. Some people like a larger size page compared to some of the smaller ones available.  I like to use one that is around 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches (half-letter), since I like to carry it in my purse so that I always have it with me. I also like a type of notebook that has some sort of closure to it.  My current bullet journal has a snap closure to it; but my previous journals at elastic straps that kept the book closed. I also like bullet journals that have an envelope in the back. My current book did not, so I took envelope out of my previous journal and pasted into the back of my current one.  You can invest a lot of money into a planner or dotted journal to use but it is not something you have to do. I seek out a notebook that I like aesthetically and functionally.

 

bullet journal planner with clasp

Bullet journal envelope

 

In additional to the bullet journal itself; you can invest in pens, markers, stickers, and decorative washi tape.  None of this is required if you simply want a functional planner or bullet journal. I like colorful writing so I use a affordable set of Crayola markers and Papermate pens that I like to write with on a day-to-day basis.


Bullet Journal Printables To The Rescue

To save time and effort, I started using printables to make my organizer more tailored to my needs without requiring redrawing my weekly spread or habit tracker, etc.  Since I was including the same type of things in my bullet journal weekly spread; it made sense for me to create a printable that I could easily paste into my notebook when I was doing my bullet journal set up for each week or month at a time.

A great resource that I love using for my bullet journal is Calendarpedia.  This site has a ton of printable calendars that use can use.

 

Bullet Journal Future Log

For my future log, I use this calendar. I have a color printer that I use to print my calendars out, but they have black and white versions that you can use as well.  My current bullet journal starts in October of 2018, so you can see how I pasted my future log calendar into my notebook. I use highlighters to mark dates that school is out (because I’m a teacher) and then my kids’ days off are marked differently.  In the margin I mark important dates and appointments; when I prep the bullet journal spread for my new month; input my important dates from my future log.

bullet journal future log

 

For the beginning of the month, I use a printable monthly calendar for Calendarpedia as well.  I paste this on the left side of a two page spread and then include a monthly goal and note sheet across from it.  I consult my future log for important dates for the month and insert them onto the monthly spread calendar.  

bullet journal monthly calendar

 

Bullet Journal Spreads

Next, I set up my weekly spreads for the month.  The way that I am organizing my planner right now, I’m setting up the month’s worth of bullet journal weekly spreads at once.  Previously, I would set up a bullet journal weekly spread on the Sunday before the new week. (I use Monday as the starting day of my week).  

bullet journal weekly spreadbullet journal printable weekly spread

Bullet journal habit tracker

Another thing that I felt was tedious to continue drawing out was my bullet journal habit tracker.  This was actually the first bullet journal printable that I created. If you are not familiar with a habit tracker; this is an organizational tool to help you keep track of habits that you want to develop.  This picture shows an example of a habit tracker that I drew out when I first start bullet journaling. There were habits that I was really good at accomplishing each day, but others I was not so good at implementing.  People also use similar kinds of tools to track amount of sleep or their mood each day.

bullet journal habit tracker hand drawn

You can have my Bullet Journal Printables for FREE!

You can have all of my bullet journal printables for free by signing up for my email list below.  You will receive links to the pdf files in an email. You will also be updated when I create more Free bullet journal printables.

The printables are created as 8.5 x 11 pages.  For the ones that are not the size you want for your specific bullet journal; you can print these to scale for the size you need.  My current bullet journal is a half letter size; I print my full page (8.5×11) printables at 67 or 68%. An executive size would be printed at about 85% percent.  I simply trim off the edges and glue them into my book using a regular glue stick. It’s really easy to embellish the bullet journal printables with different colors of text or adding in clip art that is printed out or stickers.  This will help you get an more creative look to your bullet journal without needing a lot of artistic talent.

Do you use a bullet journal?  What is your favorite way to plan and keep track of your time and important notes?  Drop a comment and let us know.

Check out how I’ve used my bullet journal to keep up with my New Years’ Resolutions.

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