By Olivia Ritter

Recently, my roommate revealed her pride and joy to me: her bullet journal. Week after week, page after page, it’s a beautifully drawn layout of daily notes, tasks and more. My creative gears started turning and I immediately went onto Amazon to order my very own bullet journal. 

As it turns out, even drawing a straight line over dots is difficult for me. But, I have learned from my previous bullet-journaling mistakes and I am here to tell anyone who is struggling alongside me: Keep at it. It’s not just for those who are good at art. 


Find the right journal for you.

Of course, I bought my bullet journal at the advice of my roommate, who has been in the game for a while. I have the Leuchtturm1917, which seems to be a popular choice. One Amazon commenter writes, “I recently started a bullet journal and I can’t express how happy I am with the dot grid in this book. It allows for customization that goes beyond anything I thought a planner could be.” That’s just Amber, but I totally agree. 

The Leuchtturm1917 comes with an index page and a folder in the back cover. I have enjoyed how compact the journal is, while also having the space to write in a “Notes” and “Tasks” column alongside my weekly spread. Not to mention, the Leuchtturm1917 comes in some beautiful colors to match every aesthetic. But, if you want to explore in Moleskine, Midori or a cheap one off of Amazon, I say go for it.


Get some fine-tip pens

What I’ve learned through trial and error is that the art of bullet journaling can only truly be attained with the help of thin pens. When writing in tiny numbers within the dotted grid, it’s helpful to have a pen that can still look neat without bleeding everywhere. 

Don’t worry, I scoffed at the idea of buying fancy fine-tip pens, too. But, when I went to use my go-to Bic pens, it just looked bad. So, I bought the bullet journaling go-to, the famous Muji Gel-Ink Ballpoint pens. Lucky for us, there’s a Muji conveniently located on Newbury Street to satisfy all of our bullet-journaling needs. These make tiny lettering easy and they make you look artistic (even if you aren’t).


Hit up Pinterest

Sure, I flipped through my roommate’s journal a few times and tried to memorize her weekly layouts. But, as always, Pinterest is the answer for everything. A quick search for “easy bullet journal layouts” will get you tons of inspiration for simple and clear ways to organize your week. Make a Pinterest board to keep track of your favorites, so when you’re bored in class or you’re just trying to pass some time, you can scroll through and copy them right into your journal.

If you’re anything like me, you have a million things to remember at any given time. Bullet journaling is the perfect way to keep your schedule and pretend that you’re artsy and fun. Bullet journaling has become the perfect outlet for me to let out some not-so-artistic creative energy, while also being productive and organized. Come with me on your own bullet journaling adventure and hopefully you won’t miss due dates anymore; unless all you do is work on your bullet journal.