My Bullet Journal & Why I Started One

May 16, 2017


Amanda Rach Lee was my inspiration in starting my first ever bullet journal. I got curious on how bullet journal works so I watched a lot of other bullet journal videos on Youtube and I had decided to make one last March 2017. I know some might find it a lot of work but planning and doodling is a fun thing to do, so I thought why not give it a try, right? By the way, this post is inspired by Explore With Corinth.
The Bullet Journal (BuJo) is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. (BulletJournal.com)  

I know this is a planner but yeah, I am using this Starbucks 2017 Mermaid Planner as my current bullet journal. I bought a blank notebook so I can fully customize my bullet journal but you know that this planner costed me a lot of frappucino last Christmas. I just can't leave it like that! Lol. Aside from that, I just wanted to try it at first. I didn't know I'd be consistent with my BuJo. What I don't like about this planner is the paper is really thin. I had to be picky with the highlighters and pen that I use because it easily transfers at the back. I also use colored papers to stick it on if I wanted to cover up a mistake.


Since I am currently using a planner, the monthly and daily spreads are already there and it makes my BuJo a little less work to do. Each boxes are big enough to input my events and stuff which is a good thing.


On the first page of my planner/BuJo, I have decided to put a Period Tracker. I am still on medication and having a tracker is really convenient. I can easily monitor my period with a chart rather than just writing the dates down.


The materials that I use are just ordinary pens and highlighters. I use bond papers and colored papers in covering my mistakes and I use graphing papers for my charts/tables. By the way, the Miniso Color Markers  are alcohol-based ink so I don't directly use it on my BuJo but the colors are the bomb! The markers and pens on Miniso are really cheap.

I find it kinda hard in learning calligraphy to be honest. I am definitely not gifted on that part. Haha! 

  • Dong-A My Gel Tec 0.4 (National Bookstore, 21.75pesos)
  • Gelly Roll Metallic pens (SM Department Store, 49.00pesos)
  • Monami Calligrraphy Pen 3.0 Water Based Ink (National Bookstore, 34.75pesos)
  • Artline 660 Fluorescent Highlighter (National Bookstore, 29.50php)
  • ZIG Memory System (National Bookstore, 97.00php)
  • Miniso Aquarelle Brush No. 311101 (Miniso, 3 for 100.00pesos) 
  • Miniso Color Marker in Turquoise Blue and Pale Pink (Miniso, 3 for 100.00pesos)

March 2017

On my March 2017 set up, I had two pages for quotes and I guess it was a bad idea. I also have a page for my Bills To PayExpense TrackerBlogpost Ideas and Kdramas To Watch. On the last page, I have my Habit Tracker, Social Media Growth Tracker (Inspired by Amanda Lee) and my Happy List. As you can see, this is a bit messy. I didn't have any ideas on what to do that time. 




April 2017

I saw these grid images in an old magazine and I thought it would be perfect for that big space right there on the first page. Instagram vibes! On the second page, I still have my Bills To Pay and Expense Tracker right there. I have a whole page for my Blogpost Ideas because I just feel like it. Haha! There are a lot of pages and space for my April 2017. I also added a Mood Tracker together with a Monthly-To-Do List on one page. I doodled another quote that says "Let's be weird and wonderful together" which I really like. The design was inspired by Amanda Lee and the quote was from Pinterest. I also have my Kdramas To Watch underneath the quote. On the last page, I still have my Mood Tracker, Happy List, Social Media Growth Tracker and I added my Wattpad Stories List.




May 2017

I find my previous set up really messy. So I made it simpler and a bit effortless on the next month. I came up with the idea of pink hearts (cutouts) and green lines for the month of May. For the pages, I changed the Bills To Pay to Bills Tracker. I have my Expense Tracker in one page so it will all fit this time. I've been buying a lot of things lately. Oh no! My Blogpost Ideas, Watch List and a quote are in one page. Then, I have my Mood Tracker, Monthly Goals, and Happy List on another page. I find the Social Media Growth Tracker very useful so I still have it. On the last page is my Habit Tracker.



Why Did I Start My Bullet Journal?

I really like doing this kind of stuff. Since 2011, it became my tradition to get a planner from Starbucks for Christmas. I like their planners and I find it really useful especially when I was a college student back then. Please don't hate me for that. Haha.

My planner before was just too plain. BuJo is life changing especially if you like doing these things like me. I like the planning and doodling part. It became my stress reliever. I am always excited when another month is approaching because that's when you plan the spreads (Can you feel me? Haha). I became organized and I can say that it is very effective for me. It just makes life easier.

If you find that it has lot of work to do, then I might say that BuJo is not for you. Not all people like doing these things and it is fine. We all have different preferences in life. But for some people who would want to give it a try, go. It's really a fun thing to do. So far, I am loving it and I don't have any thoughts of stopping it yet.

If you want to start out a bullet journal, you have to watch a lot of videos on Youtube, read blogs, and research on Pinterest so you can have many ideas. Buy the things that you need. That's what I did when I first started out.

You might want to check them out for inspiration:
★ Amanda Rach Lee (Youtube channel / Instagram)
★ StudyWithInspo (Youtube channel / Instagram)
★ Explore With Corinth
★ The Paper Junkie

What are your thoughts about Bullet Journals? Do you own one? 

15 comments

  1. I also started a bullet journal. I've been better at updating it than the traditional journal. There's no pressure, anything goes :) Thank you for this article :)

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    1. Hi, Karla Mae! I agree with you. No pressure. You can customize it the way you want it to be. Anyway, thank you for reading this post. Godbless :)

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  2. I joined a community about BuJo and still a lurker. I only have my blank calendar planner with me and sometimes I still suck at using planners in general. Btw, I love your photo aesthetics <3

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  3. FLATLAYS ARE SLAYIN!!! Ang ganda pa ng handwriting mo huhu.

    Anyway, I also started a journal this year. For the past years kasi, I just have a planner. TBH, medyo nahihirapan ako imaintain. Do you have any tips for consistency?

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    1. Thank you so much, Mel! ♥ My tip for consistency: MAKE TIME FOR IT. I really make sure na I have time to update my BuJo kahit 3 to 5 minutes lang a day (or every other day). Pwede din siguro twice a week if you're really busy. Another thing is I always (or most of the time) bring my BuJo/Planner with me para if I have time or I have something to write on it mailalagay ko agad. Hope that helps. Can't wait to see you soon! :)

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  4. I tried bullet journal because I heard so many benefits of having one. But guess what, I didn't last a week. HAHAHAHA. Idk I'm just not that creative or I don't mostly depend on papers or pens. I'm also already having quite a hard time writing because I've been working in front of the computer since college. I mostly use apps on my phone if I need to take note certain stuff or whatever. I feel really bad for depending my life to technology T.T


    Lady Auradelle // Shoot, Eat, Write

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    1. Baliktad tayo. Haha. Mas gusto ko ng sinusulat sya on paper instead of using apps on my phone. :)

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  5. what a creative bullet journal! I, of course, want to start bullet journal. But I think I'm just gonna start with a planner :)

    With Love, KANDICE

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    1. Thank you! Planners and bullet journals are really helpful, so you better start yours :)

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  6. I really admire you guys for consistently writing and curating your bullet journals. I wonder what are these Habit Tracker and Social Media Growth Tracker for? And grabe talaga your photos, ang ganda!

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    1. I have my Social Media Growth Tracker so I can track how many blog posts and reads I had on my blog and how many followers I have on my instagram, twitter, and on my facebook page for this month. I have my Habit Tracker so I can see how frequent i do my tasks and how productive I was for the month. Haha. I find these trackers helpful, well, at least for me. Thank you! :)

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  7. Your bujo is such an eye candy! I wanted to try bujo this year but then I'm not that creative so I stick with other kind of planner and journal. I admire how dedicated you are with your bullet journal, though.
    LEI — LEILUBIGAN.COM

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  8. OMG! Your flatlays are so nice and I bookmarked this post because I'm planning to try bullet journaling too! Yay!

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