Sometimes being more productive is about finding the right system for you — like bullet journalling!
The bullet journalling method is an impressive and fully customisable organisational system. It can be whatever you need it to be: a planner, to-do list, sketchbook, diary— or all of the above.
All you need is a notebook (grid and dot grid work best) and a writing tool — maybe some washi tape and brush pens if you want to get creative!
If you’d like to try it, we’ve put together four steps to get you started.
Step 1: Choose Your Notebook
You’ll want the best possible notebook for your bullet journalling. Most people enjoy precision in their notebook, so they’ll opt for a dot grid or grid notebook. A plain notebook could work well too, if you prefer the clean page. At Milligram, we have a wide range of brands and styles to suit your bullet journalling needs.
Our top pick is the Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal notebook designed specifically for bullet journalling. We’re really enjoying the new Nordic Blue!This Bullet Journal notebook provides you a super handy key on the inside cover you can reference while still learning the signifiers.
As well as a background on bullet journalling and tips. The page numbers — which you’ll find in all Leuchtturm1917 notebooks — are a great detail and becomes handy when you start to put together your Contents page.
The Milligram Studio Linen notebooks are also perfect for bullet journalling. The range comes in fountain pen friendly pages in ruled, blank, grid and dot grid formats.
The dot grid format is our personal favourite, providing the perfect canvas for bullet journalling.
The Papier Tigre dot grid canvas notebooks are another top pick from us for bullet journalling.
Perhaps not a first choice for a bullet journal, but certainly one that can be customised to become one — the cult favourite Traveler’s Notebook!
As always, the Traveler’s Notebook will be your lifetime companion that can be fully customised. Check out our range of Midori accessories at Milligram to really vamp up your notebook.
Step 2: Select Your Tools
Lead pencils are a great place to start if you like to create an outline first before putting permanent marker to page. Here are our top Milligram picks.
The Midori MD assorted pencils make drawing so much fun. The hexagonal shape is supported at three points: your thumb, index and middle fingers.
The B grade graphite lead provides a little softness and also a more concentrated depth of tone.
Of course, the Palomino Blackwing make this list — these are not just pencils, but an experience! There are three Classic cores, the Pearl, 602 and Classic.
A great way to add some flourish is with brush pens! We have an extensive range of brush pens from Tombow and HIGHTIDE at Milligram.
And of course what’s a bullet journal without some washi tape?! We’re really enjoying the latest MT Masking Tape 10th year anniversary gift box edition.
Step 3: Need some advice?
Find out everything you need to know about bullet journalling before you start. There’s plenty of inspiration online or try one of these expert books.
This How to Bullet Plan by Buzzfeed editor, Rachel Wilkerson Miller tells you everything you need to know to start your own bullet journal, with beautiful colour illustrations to spark your ideas — perfect for visual learners.
The 365 Bullet Guide by Marcia Mihotich, a London-based graphic designer and illustrator, has put together an essential guide to show you how you can incorporate the bullet journalling method into your life with hundreds of ideas and techniques for you to put into practice: habit trackers, sleep logs, handwriting exercises and more. We love the pull-out stencil!
Step 4: Learning the Bullet Journalling Lingo
A) First things first, you’ll need Keys & Signifiers.
B) Create Bullet Journal (or BuJo) Categories
- Fill your journal with items that need to be scheduled months in advance in the FUTURE LOG.
- Create a bird’s-eye view of your month in the MONTHLY LOG.
- Record your day-to-day items in the DAILY LOG — create these as you go or the night before.
- Don’t forget to leave some room in the left margin of the page to add SIGNIFIERS.
C) Index & Page Numbers
The Index will become your best friend as you start to use your bullet journal. Remember to number each page so you can quickly find and reference any point via your Index.
It’s the end of the month and there are unresolved tasks from the previous month. You can choose to “migrate” these tasks across or perhaps it’s time to consider whether it’s worth the effort to rewrite it…
We hope you enjoyed these four steps to bullet journalling and our pick of essential tools.
If you’d like to read more we’ve put together some journalling prompts on the Milligram Journal. Or perhaps you’d like to know a little bit more about the team behind Leuchtturm1917 — we spoke to their team about their history, products and why details make all the difference.