August 31st, 2017

My BuJo.


Back in January, Emma mentioned to me how she wanted to start a Bullet Journal.

Before then, I had never heard of such a thing, and I was instantly intrigued. I looked up on it, and quickly realised it required quite a bit of pre-planning – which I’m not going to lie – put me off.

I kept coming across beautifully decorated journals, wondering how much time people spent on setting them up, wishing to have one for myself. Almost 9 months went by and my quick, scribbled, pre-made planner run out of pages, and so back on Monday I went out to grab some supplies, a new notebook, and set my own bullet journal up!


At this point I had saved a few blog posts that inspired me and helped me organise the journal, specifically this one, and this one.

It’s kind of overwhelming when you get started, as it seems like there is a lot that needs to be included, but soon enough I realised that since it belongs to me, I can edit out what most people write in there, and tailor it to my own needs.


I did keep some of the main important bits: I’ve given it a small intro page, where I wrote the Index, so that I can quickly find the topic/page I need; and the Legend, so that I have all the symbols I’m using in one place.

Because I’ve started this so late, obviously I didn’t need to write down the entire year, but I got to focus on the last 4 months left. I’ve created a mini calendar where I get to mark important dates and trips.


Then I’ve also put together the Future Log, which allows you to take a better look at the months to come, so that you can really plan ahead. As you can tell things are pretty empty right now, and I did have to edit out some info as I wrote down locations I’m going to be at (safety), but I definitely think I will find this very useful once I properly start to use the journal.


I’ve also used up two more pages to track my projects. I’ve only included the main, big stuff I work on over the months, although I should probably create something similar for smaller things as well as a video calendar. Again, I removed some info, this time because I don’t wanna give away what I’m working on just yet.


The final thing is the weekly spread. I saw most people manage to fit lots of stuff in here, like what they eat, how much they work out, sleeping times and so on; but I wanted to dedicate the space to my lists of tasks.

I did get a free corner on the bottom right, which I decided to keep for photos, doodles and ideas (in this page I’ve attached a photo of me and Maya). I’ve also started the journal a bit earlier, so the dates with the star washi tape indicate these past few days, belonging to the month of August.

Can you believe that tomorrow is already September?!

Anyway, this is all I’ve got so far. A bit empty and more ‘minimal’ than others, but it has all I need for now. Any suggestions on what I could add? If you have one yourself, is there something that really helped you, or enjoy keeping track of?

Let me know!


121 thoughts on “BULLET JOURNAL.

  1. alessandramelone

    Hi Marzia! I’m so happy that you joined the bujo family as I’m pretty sure that you, as a super creative person, will enjoy it! Yes it may be a little time consuming but I like to think I’m using the time for the bujo as “me-time”: I like to make paperworks and to play with paint and the bujo offers me the opportunity to plan and improve my life while having fun! After few months you will notice what’s working for you and what needs to be improved or changed, the original bullet journal system is very intuitive and simple but you can personalize it as much as you want: I like to track my habits in a monthly tracker and to have a very clean day view with a label with hour sections, also you can find very useful to colour code all your activities!
    Hope you’re having fun with your bullet journal, can’t wait for a new post about it! Ciao!


  2. Casey Sloan

    Marzia, been watching your youtube vids for awhile, just found your blog! I have to say I love the idea of a bullet journal, a few years ago I did a ton of researching and finally landed on a planner that worked best for me. I have been in love ever since then with EmilyLey … (emilyley.com) she makes a simplified planner, (i have the weekly planner) it’s very simple and neat, and still plenty of room for doodles for anyone who is good at that (you). Love what you did with yours though, I just know I wouldn’t dedicate as much effort as it takes for this thing!


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