Are you ready to take your health, wellness and organization to the next level? Bullet journaling is the perfect tool for you! At its core, a bullet journal is a mindful and creative way to take notes, complete tasks, track your habits and manage your schedule. It’s also a fantastic outlet for relaxation at the start or end of your day. Plus, it’s 100% customizable!

Never heard of it? No worries! Here’s your guide to bullet journaling for beginners.

Bullet Journal Set Up

Bullet Journal Set Up

First things first, make sure you have the proper tools. Here are a few affordable ones to help start the process.

  • A cheap notebook or premade template
  • A black or blue pen that won’t bleed through
  • Colored pens, pencils or markers
  • Washi tape or stickers
  • Stencils

Once you’ve selected a few materials, find the format that works for you. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few common sections to spark inspiration.

  • A daily checklist – This to-do list is meant to track everything in one place. Add in assignments, chores, school pick-up schedules, meal prep plans or any other important tasks you must complete before the end of the day.
  • A meal planner – Write down your meals for the day to keep track of your fruits, veggies and other nutritious foods — and to help you with grocery shopping!
  • A water log – Monitor your daily water intake with a color-in graph.
  • An activity log – Jot down your daily active minutes — whether you’re going to the gym, walking around the block or working out at home!
  • Family schedules – Track your appointments, practices, rehearsals and classroom activities in a section specifically dedicated to your family’s schedule.
  • A goal tracker – Maybe you set daily goals, or maybe you set yearly ones. No matter how you track them, add a section so it’s always top of mind.
  • Notes – It’s a good idea to leave a note section on each page that can be tailored to your day. You can also use this section for grocery lists, inspirational quotes or even daily journal entries.

Make It Your Own

Bullet journaling can be whatever you want it to be. Use the sections that you know will benefit you. If you feel like something is missing from the list above, add it! If you are always leaving a section blank at the end of the day, remove it and try something else. If you want to ease into the habit, start with a weekly tracker — but feel free to take on as much as you want, too! Use it to track your mood, finances or cleaning duties. You can even add temporary sections — like a gift list in December, a gratitude section in November or an outdoor activity tracker in the summer. Drawing and doodling in the margins is also celebrated and encouraged!

Are you ready to start your bullet-journal journey? Download this FREE template! For other mindfulness tips and healthy tricks, check out the Healthy Living 101 tab.