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Getting Started With A Minimalist Bullet Journal

By Nick P.

Recently, Wendy and I were discussing ways to help us be more productive with our time, and also stay on task with the many things we do in our business and personal lives.

We started to talk about journaling, or at the very least, creating a calendar that we would share that would help us stay on task.

This conversation came about as we were laying in bed, both sick from some bug going around before Thanksgiving.

What came out of that was a rabbit hole of following videos on YouTube, and discovering a new way to journal that would help us stay on task.

That, my friends, is bullet journaling.

What is bullet journaling?

Bullet journalling is credited to Ryder Carroll to help with to-do tasks, along with quick journaling techniques, along with other items to help with staying productive and on task.

What appealed to us about the bullet journal is the ease to get started.

It’s more than just jotting down a few items on a piece of paper, but not too much more.

I’m a guy, so I will be writing about how I see the bullet journal working for me from a minimalistic point of view.

There are many videos out on YouTube, mostly done by women, that show how to do a bullet journal, but with a bunch of flair and decoration.

That type of journal works great for my wife, who is creative on mediums outside of the digital world.

As for me, I am creative inside the digital world, meaning I like to use software to design and create, such as Inkscape and other graphic programs.

So the idea of doodling and coloring a journal doesn’t quite appeal to me.

However, that does not mean that it won’t appeal to you.

Here’s what I got to get started:

Bullet Journal: Peter Pauper Essentials A5 Grid-Style Notebook

Why I recommend: I chose this because of the grid, and also because it was an inexpensive way to get started journalling. There are many other journal books, and they’re all great for doing this, but this one was the least expensive option to get started.

Pens: While you could use any type of pen, or pencil, to get started, if you want something that’s going to have a fine tip, and write well I recommend using this: 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black.

Why I recommend: This set comes with 6 different tip sizes to help you determine what is most appealing to your eye when you’re writing in your journal. If you want to be more decorative, you can with the varied thickness of tips, but this will also work with the minimalist in mind.

Ruler: All the videos my wife and I watched showed a different type of ruler.
But the one that I liked the most that saw the most was the 6-Inch Westcott Stainless Steel Office Ruler with Non-Slip Cork Base.

Why I recommend: The non-slip cork is what makes it work for me. I didn’t want a full 12-inch ruler, but something that I could keep in the pocket of the journal, and this does the trick. It’s important to keep straight lines for me, to keep me focused on the tasks list and such.

Minimalist Bullet Journal Start Kit

Essentials Grid-lined Notebook, Large, A5 Size (Journal, Diary) (Read Reviews)
$12.99
Westcott Stainless Steel Office Ruler with Non Slip Cork Base, 6-Inch (10414) (Read Reviews)
$4.77
Sakura Pigma 30062 Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black, Ass't Point Sizes 6CT Set (Read Reviews)
$13.77
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There are a lot of other items you can add on for your journal, but the above is what I recommend to get started and to keep it simple.

The key here is to start journaling and to make it a part of your daily routine. The decoration can be a part of that if you wish, but for me, simplicity is key.

Next week I’ll be talking about what you should be doing to plan out your minimalist bullet journal, so please come back to hear more of how I created my bullet journal from a minimalist perspective!

About the Author

When Nick P. first started blogging about crafting, he was single. Now he's married. Think about how crafting can help you in YOUR life.