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10 tips on how to use your Bullet Journal consistently

February 8, 2020

Happy Saturday! I thought I would share with you my best 10 tips on how to use your Bullet Journal consistently!

Many people have told me this is what they struggle with the most! But don’t worry! I get it and I’ve been there! I haven’t always been the most consistent at using my Bullet Journal either! Although, I must admit, this is the most consistent I’ve EVER been with a planning tool.

Before I found out about the Bullet Journal, I would go back and forth between different types of planners and have a bunch a To-Do lists written down everywhere. I was a little bit of a mess without realizing it. But now that I use my Bullet Journal, I have been very consistent, though not perfectly, and I feel much more organized. I seem to forget less things and get more tasks done!

But still, being organized still requires a bit of effort! Constituency with using your Bullet Journal is key to stay on top of your game!

Without further ado, here are 10 tips on how to use your Bullet Journal consistently!

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Tip #1: Set up a workspace

This is, I think, the most important tip! You need a usable, productivity-friendly workspace to work consistently in your Bullet Journal. If your workspace is not set up properly, you won’t be tempted to go write in your Bullet Journal.

Set up a desk or countertop or part of a kitchen table, anywhere you’ll feel comfortable to work in your journal. Ideally, it should be somewhere you may use often and doesn’t require you to set it up every time you want to use it (ex: clear the kitchen table to write in your Bullet Journal). My boyfriend and I each have our own desks so I can leave out my Bullet Journal tools and quickly get to writing in my journal whenever I want to!

Having your own desk, however big or small it might be, is the best solution for a great, productive workspace!

Tip #2: Use the right tools

Second most important tip, make sure to use the right tools for you! Which means, first, have the right Bullet Journal for you. Of course, if you don’t enjoy writing in your journal, you won’t want to regularly.

Personally, I use a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted and I love it. It’s also the “official” brand of the Bullet Journal. In any case, I really recommend it.

Then, you’ll want the right pens. If you want to use black felt tip markers, like it’s common with the Bullet Journal community, I recommend the Sakura Pigma Micron pens. I have tried many different black felt tip pens and these are the ones I found to bleed less. I use many different sizes, either for my titles or for regular text.

Tip #3: Do it first thing in the morning

Third most important tip, take the time to write in your Bullet Journal first thing in the morning!

First thing in the morning is a great way to start the day just right. You get to check your events of the day and you make a list of your tasks to do while sipping your coffee. Then, you’re ready to take on the day!

OR, if you’re a night owl like me, do it at night! BUT make sure to pick a time when you know you’ll be available to do it.

Tip #4: Make it a habit!

I don’t know about you, but I really like to use Habit Trackers in my Bullet Journal. And what better way is there to keep up the habit to use a Bullet Journal than to use a Habit Tracker?

Make it a habit to use your Bullet Journal by using a Habit Tracker. These really help to be accountable when you have to mark off every day you use your Bullet Journal. And you know what they say: to make it a habit, you have to do it at least 30 days.

Tip #5: Set up pages that work for YOU

This one might be harder to understand, but bear with me. I know there’s a lot of inspiration for beautiful Bullet Journal pages out there but make sure you create pages that work for you. If your spreads are tedious to make and inefficient, you won’t be going back to your Bullet Journal very often.

Tip #6: Change it up

This tip goes with the previous one, make sure to change up your spreads. The beauty of the Bullet Journal is that you can do anything you like in yours. BUT I find that I get bored quickly when I do the same spreads over and over for a long period of time.

Every month or two months, I look at my Weekly Logs and I decide what worked and what didn’t. If I still like the layout, then great, I keep it. But if it didn’t work for some reason, I try new things. It may be a completely different look or something vaguely similar with a few twerks.

Tip #7: Write down everything

Another tip on how to use your Bullet Journal regularly is to write down everything and anything that goes through your mind. I mean, all your tasks, all your lists, all your events, EVERYTHING. When you’re starting out, use more pages than less. That’s what they’re here for! Later on, you’ll know which collections are worth migrating to a new Bullet Journal and which collections to discard.

Tip #8: Only have ONE Bullet Journal

When you’re just starting out, and you want to get into the habit of using your Bullet Journal, or even if you’ve been at it for a while but keep on falling off the journal-wagon, make sure to only use ONE Bullet Journal.

Let me explain: a lot of Bullet Journalist eventually go through a phase where they want to separate different parts of their lives into two or more Bullet Journals. Personally, I tried it, and ended up with one of the two Bullet Journals being barely touched.

Now, it might work out for some people, but when you’re starting out or when you want to learn to use your Bullet Journal consistently, don’t over-complicate things. Try this out later, when you’re a regular Bullet Journal user.

Tip #9: Don’t give up if it’s not perfect

If, like me, you suffer from the Perfectionist Syndrome, you need to get over it quick. When you start a Bullet Journal, trust me, it’s going to look less than perfect. Even if you’ve been doing it for a while, you sometimes create disappointing spreads.

And that’s okay! Just go to the next page and try again, or try something else altogether. Bullet Journals are undated, actually, they’re blank, so don’t sweat it if you messed up a page. Just flip it. Happens to all of us!

Tip #10: Don’t wait any longer!

For the final tip, I want to remind you again: Bullet Journals are blank journals that you can do whatever you want in. If you want to use it consistently, don’t wait any longer!

If you’re scared to start your Bullet Journal because you fear you won’t be using as often as you’d like, you’re so busy, don’t be afraid! Just start, there’s no better time than now!


And that’s it, these were 10 tips on how to use your Bullet Journal consistently!

If these tips helped you out in any way, make sure to share them with your Bullet Journal-friends! And leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these tips!

Until next time!

Melanie

 

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  1. These are great tips! I struggle with consistency (in most parts of my life), so the reminder to just be consistent with my BuJo is appreciated 🙂

    1. It really depends on how much time I need and how much time I want to take. 🙂 If I really want to get my week organized for example, I’ll take a bit more time than when I write down my daily tasks, etc. 🙂

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