How To Start A Bullet Journal, AKA A Diary & Planner For Grown-Ass Adults

I’m low-key obsessed.

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In late December, one of my favorite bloggers mentioned she was thinking of starting something called a « bullet journal. » As someone who used to be a pretty prolific journaler but who has since gotten out of the habit, I was super intrigued. I followed her link to learn more about the concept, and my immediate reaction was « Wait…what??? » The website's explanation (and this video) left me totally overwhelmed and filled with tons of questions. Like, is it a to-do list or is it a diary? What the fuck is a « future log »? And what kind of to-do list doesn't have you crossing things off, which we all know is the best part of keeping a to-do list?

So I looked at some other bullet journal blogs…and was still confused AF, especially because these beautiful, hyper-detailed layouts seemed so at odds with the barebones pages shown in the video above.

So a few nights later, I bought a journal, sat down with the website and some scrap paper, determined to figure out this entire concept. And it actually didn't take long for the lightbulb to go off. Turns out, it's super easy to do, but incredibly difficult to explain to people!


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