When you search online about bullet journalling there is so many do’s and don’ts, photos of weekly spreads and so much information. It can be so overwhelming especially if you are new and are wanting to learn how you can start.
I have been bullet journalling for over 2 years and I have seen and heard so many different things online that just isn’t true. I thought I would share 5 of the top things I see said online and bust those myths!
You need a LOT of supplies
Realistically all you need is a pen and a notebook, simple as that. If you are on a financial budget you don’t even have to purchase a branded dotted notebook. You could even use a spare notebook you have stored somewhere. However, if you want too you can purchase specific stationery supplies, but this is not essential for you to bullet journal.
You can only start a bullet journal on January 1st
The joy of bullet journalling is that they are so versatile and you can design it how you want it. So you can start whatever month you choose too. I recently started bullet journalling again after a break trialling a new planner system and I started back this July. Start whenever you feel ready.
There is only one correct way to bullet journal
You can head to the official bullet journal website which explains the concept and gives you useful tips on how you can use your journal. But there is so many ways you can design it specifically for your needs and own preferences. One aspect of a design or idea may work for some but not for others, so you should use it how you want too. No pressure!
You need to be artsy and creative
When you hear someone say bullet journal so many people instantly think of creating elaborate spreads. For some people they love having that creative outlet, experiments with doodles and lettering. BUT.. you do not have to be creative, you don’t even have to use colour if thats not what you want. You can have a minimalistic design, black and white or colourful, its completely down to you. If you want your pages to be creative but are not confident drawing then stickers and washi tape are great to add colour and character. My doodles aren’t amazing, but practising in my bullet journalling has definitely helped.
Your bullet journal must be perfect with no mistakes
No, just no! It is okay to mistakes and everyone does! I like to think it adds character ha ha! If I make mistakes, I sometimes will use washi tape or stickers to cover them up, which is such a great way to not waste space. Or if you don’t want to do that you can start a fresh page, its again about how you want to use it. When I first started out, I made so many mistakes, but you learn as the months go by.
Has any of these myths stopped you from starting a bullet journal? Have you heard other myths? I’d love to hear in the comments.