The Art of Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling combines mindfulness, productivity and creativity to help you discover a calmer, more productive you.

While there are plenty of planners on the market, a book of blank pages may be just the thing you’re looking for. A bullet journal is a visual planning method you can implement in any blank journal. It offers a creative outlet that allows you to keep your to-dos, thoughts, dreams and priorities in one place. Created by New York Designer Ryder Carroll to overcome hurdles in focus, it is an offline system that can be totally personalized.

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 The method is completely adaptable, so you can start with a month or a year, and make your designs as simple or as stylish as you want. Here’s our guide to getting started:  


  • A basic journal with blank pages

  • A fine pen

  • Colored markers

  • A ruler


  1. Before putting pen to paper, think about how you want your journal to look — simple or artistic? Fun or serious? Decide on an approach that will best fit your needs.

  2. Create a customized index for category sections that will appear in your journal. For example, your index might include: a monthly log, a daily log, a reading list, a movie list, important events, inspiring quotes, travel ideas.

  3. Create each section you outlined in your index at your own pace.

  4. Get creative! As you create your journal, consider using stickers, stencils, stamps, hand drawings and washi tape to liven up your design. Or, just keep it simple to your liking!

Blend productivity and creativity all in one place.  For a complete guide on Bullet Journaling, order “The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future” by Ryder Carroll.  Bullet Journaling can help you go way beyond organization. By getting in touch with your creativity and your priorities, it can help you become a better person in the process.

Carlina Scalf