5 Things I Learned In My First Year of Bullet Journalling


It’s crazy to think that this time last year was the month that I started bullet journalling. I had attempted bullet journalling prior to this, but life got too busy and I only ended up abandoning it after a month. I’ve loved every minute of bullet journalling, being creative as well as posting monthly bullet journal updates over here on my blog (although I’ve slacked a bit on that lately). There’s nothing I love more than looking through Pinterest for new bullet journal page ideas and designs each month to attempt to recreate, as well as an excuse to buy new stationery!

With all of that being said, I thought that it would be a good idea to write a blog post to kind of ‘celebrate’ my one year anniversary of bullet journalling and write about the things that I’ve learned within the first year. Since my bullet journal blog posts generally seem to go down well, I thought that this would be a nice idea, so I hope you enjoy it. Now let’s get into the blog post, here are some of the things that I have learned in my first year of bullet journalling.

Pinterest and Instagram are your best friend

When it comes to creating designs and pages for your bullet journal, Pinterest and Instagram are definitely your best friends. Both of these platforms are great for finding inspiration and ideas that you might want to incorporate into your own bullet journal. I’m always using Pinterest to pin bullet journal spreads that I like and searching for new ideas if I want to switch it up and try out something new. I definitely recommend Pinterest, whether you’re just starting out or you don’t utilise it for your bullet journal already! You won’t regret it.

Simplicity is key

With bullet journalling, I feel like is easy to get caught up in all of these fancy designs and pages that people create, whether that be on Pinterest or Instagram. While this is great, it can also be time-consuming to replicate ideas like this into your own bullet journal. Sometimes, simplicity is key and it can look just as good as all the more detailed designs that you might see on Pinterest and Instagram. Minimal is sometimes easier too. Either way, whether you design to your bullet journal simplistic and minimal or not, at the end of the day what matters is that you have fun creating!

You won’t always use your bullet journal, and that’s okay

This is definitely something that’s difficult to come to terms with. As much as I absolutely love designing and setting up the pages for my bullet journal, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up with life and I will forget to fill pages in, whether that be my gratitude log or my mood tracker. However, don’t let this make you give up. At the end of the day, you can always pick up your bullet journal where you left off and carry on using it from there.

Your pages aren’t going to look perfect all the time

As much as you might want your pages and designs in your bullet journal to look pretty and perfect, it just isn’t going to be achievable all of the time. Sometimes your ideas just don’t turn out how you would like them to on the page. But, at the end of the day you just have to experiment with different ideas and designs, even if they don’t always turn out as nice as you might have hoped them to be.

Pencil first, pen second

I don’t think this is something that I did when I first started bullet journalling, I’m almost certain of it. For a while, I would find inspiration from Pinterest or Instagram and recreate this directly into my bullet journalling without sketching it out beforehand because I was eager to get my ideas down on to the page straight away. Now I’ve learnt that sketching designs and pages out in pencil first is so useful to see how the designs look on the page and then going in with a pen when I’m happy with it. It’s such a simple tip but it’s very useful.

What are some of the things you’ve learned from bullet journalling?


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7 thoughts on “5 Things I Learned In My First Year of Bullet Journalling

  1. I started with mine about the same length of time ago – from day one I always knew I didn’t want to commit myself to the spreads you see on socials b/c I knew if I did I just would not have the time (and then motivation) to keep it up if it felt like work! I keep mine simple too and have one set of coloured pens I use for it – no extras, no glitter, no tapes! (Although they always look so pretty!) x

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  2. Bullet journaling is fun! YESS on simplicity! It is so important because if we start doing a lot, the rest of the journal becomes difficult. Perfection is not the point, the organization is. Thanks for sharing these lessons learned!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me


  3. I really do miss my bullet journal but with a full-time job and part-time blog I do wonder if I’d have the time anymore! Do you ever watch bullet journal videos for inspiration on YouTube or was I just extra?



  4. I have so many lovely journals that in too scared to use, so I well definitely be taking on board these tips (like pencil first!) And taking the time to bullet journal. Thanks for sharing 😊


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