At Tangible Stationery Company, we believe in tangible ways to work more effectively, and in ways that work for you. We know a lot of our customers use our notebooks to create Bullet Journals.
Have you heard of it? It’s basically a planner, to-do list, journal, and note taker…ALL IN ONE. and we are totally obsessed.
Want to try this for yourself? All you need is a blank notebook and a pen to get started, we personally recommend the Forbes Grid Notebook. Then you can track whatever you want to track—from meal planning to your day-to-day tasks—making it as complicated or as simple as you like.
Perhaps you have seen some on social media and simply want to try it yourself. Remember that, while bullet journals can be beautiful, you are literally customizing a planner from scratch. But don’t fear that this will become a time-wasting hobby, the aim of a bullet journal is to allow yourself to be more productive.
How to get started
– Purchase a notebook. We recommend the FORBES Dotted Notebook. It’s very affordable, and the paper is great quality. The grid lines give you structure without impeding your creativity.
– Understand this is your learning notebook. As much as you probably don’t want to make “mistakes”, you need to try different layouts before finding what works best for you. Find YOUR format without worrying about how it looks just yet.
– Make a list of layouts you want to incorporate. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the creative monthly setups, weekly spreads, daily pages you find on Instagram and social media. Of course, we recommend you look for inspiration, but also make a list of pages you know you want! We have listed some ideas to get you started below, but don’t let that pigeon hole your creativity.
– Try sketching your layouts in pencil first. This allows you to make sure you have all the boxes you need and the flexibility to just erase it if you don’t like the design.
Tips for creating your own bullet journal layout.
1. In our opinion – Having an Index is the key organizing element that holds a bullet journal together. We recommend numbering all your pages, so you can label and record them in your Index, all Forbes notebooks have space already allocated to page numbers. Then when you need to find a certain page and you are 30+ pages in, all you must do is refer to the Index to find it!
2. Consider having Monthly Calendar and Goals Pages – Each month set yourself a list of goals and tasks you want to accomplish for both your personal life and for work. Use these to refer to during your week so you know exactly what needs to get done.
3. Think about having Project Pages – with a list of all the current projects you are working on. We recommend then breaking this down, have pages where each of those projects is listed out with tasks and notes. This way you will find you start getting more done because you not overwhelmed with the entire project.
4. Weekly Planning – This is probably the one layout you will use the most. On the left, maybe think about listing out all your appointments and events, which workout/ sport you are planning to do for the day. On the right, you could have a menu plan for the week, your priority to-do’s, and a quick look at what’s coming up the following week.
5. Daily Pages – This is like a blown up To=Do list. Here you can list out all your appointments and tasks for the day. Because you don’t set up the next day until you’re done with the current one, you have as much room as you need to take notes, jot down reminders, etc. This eliminates the need for extra post-it notes and papers.