Bullet journaling has been one of those things that I start doing only to stop the next week. In the past, I’ve bullet journaled in all sorts of different ways. Once, I used the last few pages of a notebook from my freshman year in biology. Other times I would just start doodling on a piece of printer paper that would later be found discarded under my bed or even in the trash can. By doing this, I was essentially setting my bullet journal up for failure. I have recently started a new bullet journal, but I made sure that I was actually thinking things through. I got a completely blank notebook (except for the fact that it had dots on the pages), and started off by taking spreads from the internet. It was simple, I just looked up BuJo weekly spreads and a myriad of videos from YouTube would immediately pop up. Here are a few of my favorite spreads in case you’re just starting your own bullet journal!
This website has 21 simple bullet journaling ideas that I found really helpful. I love having a simple design and seeing it progress as new tasks and ideas are added to each page.
This was my very first video that I watched right after getting my bullet journal. It has some really simple spreads to get beginners started. Personally, I found that some spreads just wouldn’t work with the flow of my life, so I decided to not include them. However, this can vary from person to person, and there will definitely be at least one spread that every beginner can use in this video.
While this was entertaining for the first few spreads, I quickly realized that the process of creating my bullet journal lacked my own creative touches. Completely copying spreads off the internet wasn't really giving me that rewarding sensation of having created my own planner. If you’re like me, I find it really fun to take inspiration from spreads off the internet, but to add my own spin to them. For instance, you could use the same basic layout but just add some doodles on the side. I really like having a structure to my journal, and because I don’t have a lot of time, it’s much easier to just find a design on Google. However, as I am copying it down, I will always add my own personal touches.
If you don’t currently have a bullet journal, I really recommend you get one! You can use it to plan out your daily or weekly schedule, or maybe even just to doodle in!