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Journaling a New Year

How you can start to use a bullet journal

Katie Thompson, Editorial Board Member

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What are Bullet Journals?

Bullet journals are basically creative and artistic journals, that are more customizable and personal than your average planner. People use them to do everything from plan their weeks to track their spending habits. These types of journals are usually the ~aesthetic~ notebooks that you see on social media, but they are very popular with regular people too!


Don’t I have to be artistic to have a Bullet Journal?

Nope! The best part about having a Bullet Journal is that they’re extremely personal to their creator. You could have a super artistic journal like this:

courtesy of @myartsybujo

Or a minimalist and simple one like this:

courtesy of @yukikosakamura


Doesn’t bullet journaling take a lot of time?

It doesn’t have to if you don’t want it too! Senior Maggie Chen initially began her journal in 10th  grade after seeing bullet journals online, but she has since “modified it so I don’t have to waste time writing things down instead of actually doing them.” Additionally, taking time out of your week to reflect on things like goals can be very beneficial. Research has shown that people that verbalize or write down their goals are more likely to achieve them, and bullet journaling is the perfect way to do that.


But what’s so unique about bullet journaling?


The main draw to bullet journaling is the customization. People do things like track their sleep,

courtesy of @forevergoodlife

water intake,

courtesy of theoddessyonline.com

school schedule,

courtesy of bulletjournalinspiration.tumblr.com

and their mood.

courtesy of Alec Fisher

What do I need to Bullet Journal? How do I do it?

All you need is a notebook and a pen, although specific bullet journaling blogs have a lot of suggestions for beginners. There are lists of well liked pens, highlighters, and journals for you to explore.  Here’s a video from one blog about how to start bullet journaling if you’re curious:

Bullet journaling would be the perfect way to get organized and start the new year off right. Happy journaling!


featured photo courtesy of @contracrastination

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Katie Thompson, Editorial Board Member

Hi, I'm Katie Thompson. I've  been a member of the Outlook for four years, and I am  currently a member of the editorial board. I am most interested...

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