A bullet journal is a more evolved way of keeping a journal. You can maintain a to-do list or record stuff to calm your mind. You can not only write down stuff but also use it for drawing whatever strikes your fancy. Also called a BuJo, a typical bullet journal has sections for different things; to-do lists, weekly or monthly calendars, notes, tracking mental health, and recording short and long-term life goals.

Making a Bullet Journal

Unlike a conventional journal, you can’t buy a bullet journal with templates for recording various activities. Instead, you will buy a journal with blank pages or maybe with a dot grid that permits you to create something truly unique. If you are new to bullet journals, you should know that compared to keeping a conventional journal, the absence of structure means that you will generally need to invest significantly more time, though you will get rewarded by the fun and creative satisfaction. The great thing is that you don’t need to start a bullet journal at the beginning of the year. Since there are no hard and fast rules, you can begin creating one any time you like.

Steps in Creating a Bullet Journal

Collect what you require: Creating a bullet journal does not need you to gather too many things. To start, all you need are a dot grid notebook and a pen. Having a lay-flat spine notebook with page numbers and a light dot grid and an assortment of pens of different colors, pastel crayons, and stickers is enough. If you intend to use stencils for journaling, you will also need acrylic paint and brushes. According to Artful Haven, you must allow the first layer of paint to dry before applying the next one for the best results.

Decide the purpose of the bullet journal: A bullet journal can be as versatile as you like, but typically, it comprises a calendar, a to-do list, a diary, and a goal-tracker, however, you can add whatever you like. However, it helps to get a fix on its purpose before you start creating it.

Make the journal uniquely yours: While there are many things you can include in your bullet journal, the ways you can structure it are even more. Some things that will enable it to become uniquely yours, include putting page numbers for easy reference and dedicating the first page to an index of the items in the journal. You can also include a periodic summary, typically at the beginning of every week or month to keep track of your objectives.


Creating the content you want to put in your bullet journal and embellishing the records can be a lot of fun. You can be as creative as you want with your style of language and use drawings, icons, emojis, and what have you in different colors and styles. You should not expect to create a perfect journal the first time. You should keep experimenting till you achieve a result that you are satisfied with what you have created.