Basics of Bujo: An Intro to Bullet Journaling

Basics of Bujo: An Intro to Bullet Journaling

The Basics of Bujo Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling, or bujo as it’s sometimes fondly referred to, is a cool way of planning, journaling, and organizing combined into one. But if that description gave you more questions, then keep reading as we dive into the basics of bujo!

How does it actually work?

Developed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer, most bullet journals start with the index where you list the page numbers of your succeeding entries.

Following the index are the logs, basically an overview of your year, month, and/or week. It’s up to you how you want to do it!

Then there are the individual entries, which are ideally short, direct sentences. This is where bullet journaling get its name – bullets are used to denote tasks, while circles are used for events and dashes are used for ideas or thoughts. Of course, you can use whatever symbols you would like, from asterisks, question marks, or hearts!

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What’s so special about it?

Bullet journaling offers a level of customization unseen in most other journals. You can design your logs any way you want, use whatever symbols you prefer, and create more trackers as you need them. You can go as neat and simple or as extravagant and complex as you want.

While there’s a ton of scheduling and journaling apps available for your smartphone, tablet, and computer, it’s hard to beat the joy of having an analog system you can access and edit any time – no device or internet access required.

Plus, it helps you stay organized while also allowing you to exercise your creativity!

What do I need to start my own bullet journal?

There are really just two things you need: a notebook and a pen! It’s a good thing National Book Store has a huge selection of both of those.

Leuchtturm1917 JournalPhoto from Leuchtturm1917

For the notebook, your best bet would be the Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal! Available in sleek black or stunning emerald, it has all the features you’ll need for bujo – dotted and numbered pages, page markers, index, and it even has an expandable pocket to store sticky notes, washi tapes, and your other materials. An elastic band keeps everything closed up nicely, and – the best part – it even comes with a special guide to help you in setting up your journal.

You may order this online here or drop by any of the following NBS branches: Ayala Cebu, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Aura, SM Mall of Asia, and Trinoma.


Leuchtturm Notebooks

Other options include the plain and dotted notebooks from Leuchtturm1917, Moleskine, and Rhodia. They  all have high quality paper that would be the perfect base for building your journal. They also come in a variety of styles, sizes, and designs to fit your needs.

journal pens

As for pens and pencils, you can’t go wrong with those from Blackwing, Online, and Kaweco. With their superior build quality, they’ll make writing in your journal a special experience every time.

Are you going to give bullet journaling a shot? Comment down below or share your thoughts with us on social media - Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter @nbsalert. To learn more about bullet journaling, do check out, the go-to site for all things bujo!

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9 responses to “Basics of Bujo: An Intro to Bullet Journaling”

  1. I started with bullet journaling (BuJoing) just this December and I am loving it. I started with a leather bound notebook I purchased a year ago. I love the variety of pens, washi tapes, brush pens ( my personal favorite is Tombow and Wink of Stella) available at National Bookstore. My daughters and I call National Bookstore, our Mother Ship

  2. I tried Bullet Journaling last September with an A6 dotted notebook and still going strong on, albeit I’m using a really simple format for now. I’m waiting for you guys to carry the Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal—holy grail for bullet journal fans! My current pens for my Bujo are the Zebra Sarasa Clip in Blue Black and the Uniball Signo DX, both at 0.38 for nice fine points (glad Natio carries these).

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