Life With Tegan

Bullet Journaling

Beginners Bullet Journaling

Hi Readers,

Welcome to my very first official blog post!

In my family’s Kris Kringle this Christmas I received a fantastic gift: A bullet journal *jumps for joy*. I’ve been wanting to get into the bullet journal craze for a while now and what a perfect time to start. New Year, New Habits (for a couple days at least, am I right?).

The bullet journal is a concept invented by Ryder Carroll (let’s all take a moment to thank him for his great idea!!). It’s a fantastic way to keep organised and document your life. If you’re anything like me and you love to be organised and make lists, then a bullet journal is definitely for you! If you’re an unorganised mess, a bullet journal will change your life.

Keep reading for tips on getting your bullet journal set up and hopefully find inspiration.

Getting Started:

Starting a bullet journal is easy as pie. You really only need a notebook and a pen. Of course, if you want to get creative, don’t forget to grab some coloured pens/textas, glitter pens, washi tape and basically whatever awesome decorative stuff you have lying around.

A bullet journal can be as simple or as crazy as you like. Just remember: it’s a personal journey and meant to help you be organised and stress-free so don’t take on too much!


The very first page of your bullet journal will be an index, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. I’ve kept my index very simple, with some basic silver highlights. I’ve only allocated one page to my index as I’ll likely keep it condensed. For example, for everything I do in January (Monthly page, tracker, memories, weekly pages, etc) I’ll simply list on one line as “January” in my index. If you’d like to be more detailed, spread your index over two pages. You can also split the page in half and have two columns of page numbers and topics to save space.


Next, you’ll want to have a key. This will help you know what all your scribbles and scratches mean along the way. You can use whatever symbols you like, but here are some commonly used ones:

Year at a Glance

At the beginning of your bullet journal, it’s helpful to set up a few pages giving you an overview of the year ahead. This can be kept extra simple or you can leave extra space to pencil in important dates and events you might have throughout the year. I decided to spread mine out over four pages, as I wanted to get creative with pen drawings and have plenty of space for notes. Many people like to keep it to one or two pages, using only the little calendar sections with little or no note space. The best thing about bullet journaling is that it’s completely up to you and you can always opt for a different layout next time.

Collections & Trackers

Collections and Trackers can pop up anywhere in your bullet journal. A collection is basically a list of things you want to achieve. I decided to make a Goals for 2018 collection and a Books Read collection, which I’ve placed right after my Year at a Glance pages.

I’ll talk a bit more about trackers in my next blog post, so stay tuned!


That’s it for now guys! Keep an eye out for my next post where I’ll show you my January layouts and introduce trackers.

I’ll leave you with my top bullet journaling tip of the day:

Don’t Stress!

Bullet journaling is a tool to help take the stress out of organisation, not add to it. If you find it overwhelming, keep it simple! Go for a minimalistic look and add some creativity later if you’d like.

If you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, mistakes might seem like the end of the world. But don’t stress! They can be fixed. Stick an inspirational picture over your mistake or draw something nice.  Never tear out a page of your bullet journal. Turn the mistake into something beautiful instead.


Tegan xx

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