Basics of Bullet Journaling

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Bullet journaling is a trend that has been sweeping across the country lately. People use blank journals to create elaborate spreads and planners as well as trackers for things such as mood and sleep. They are a fun way to show one’s individuality and creativity while organizing and keeping track of life events. There are many different tutorials on the internet about bullet journaling, but here I’m going to highlight the basics of it and some of my top tips and tricks.

The basics of bullet journaling:

  1. Spreads

For each month, a bullet journal will typically have one monthly spread and four to five weekly spreads.


This is an example of a monthly spread.
You can even fit a weekly spread into one page instead of placing it on two.

2. Trackers

Bullet journals include trackers for any habits that you want to make an effort of maintaining, sleep trackers, mood trackers, water trackers, and trackers for anything else you are interested in. The flexible and creative nature of bullet journals comes into play here—the combinations and options are endless.

These are examples of a mood tracker and a habit tracker.


These are more trackers, this time in a pink color scheme. Pictured with Tombow dual brush pens.

3. Anything else

You can add anything else that you want to include in your bullet journal, whether that is photos, movie ticket stubs, postcards, or more.

Both these spreads make use of many different creative elements, such as stickers and cut-out photos.

You can even jot down lists of current favorites that you like to keep track of, whether it be movies, books, songs or anything else.


The main tools you need for bullet journaling are just a pen and a journal. To add more flair to your journal, you can use multiple pens of different kinds to give you different stroke thicknesses and colors. You can buy a journal of many different kinds- plain if you want to doodle, lined if you like writing about your day, gridded if you like coloring trackers in, or dotted (which is traditional bullet journal style).

Pens I recommend:


Tombow dual brush pens

Frixion pens – erasable!

Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens

Sakura Micron pens 

Non-essential but extremely fun elements to add to your bullet journal are included below. Note that there are so many different options for tape, stickers, etc. in a variety of styles. I just linked a few for inspiration.

Washi tape



Remember that there are no rules when it come to bullet journaling. You can take plenty of risks and do whatever works for you; everyone’s personal style will shine through in their journal.

This spread utilizes washi tape, Muji pens and printed out photos.

If you’re ever in need of more inspiration, check out YouTubers such as ChristineMyLinh or AmandaRachLee.

Good luck with your bullet journaling endeavors!