7 Books to Up Your Bullet Journal Game
Over the last several years, you may have heard about the concept of “bullet journals.” Developed by Ryder Carroll, these books, which are sort of hybrids of a traditional journal and a planner, are one of the best modern ways of organizing your life and thoughts. With an enormous amount of flexibility and opportunity to personalize to suit your needs, bullet journals (also known as “bujos”) can be a little intimidating to start -- but once you get going, it’s addictive. I had a few false starts of my own before finally finding an approach to bullet journaling that worked for me. There are tons and tons of ideas out there for starting, maintaining, and prettying-up your bullet journal -- I recommend scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest, but be prepared to be a little overwhelmed -- but nothing beats analog when it comes to your analog diary/planner. Here are seven books to help you get started on your bullet journ-ey or to take the one you’ve started to the next level.
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll
Go back to where it all started with Carroll’s own instructional book on the bullet journal method. While Carroll addresses the basics, bullet journal vets will find plenty of material to bump their bujo lives up a notch. Though bullet journaling is fairly simple, Carroll includes over 300 pages on his approach and the very many ways your bullet journal can change your life.
Journal Me Organized: The Complete Guide to Practical and Creative Planning by Rebecca Spooner
Spooner shares instruction on organizing and planning with this guide, including material on bullet journals. With an infusion of creativity, Spooner’s Journal Me Organized will help bring order to your life with a little bit of sparkle. Find tips on picking the perfect notebook, gathering inspiration for your journal, how to get picture-perfect handlettered titles and more.
Dot Journaling -- A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That Will Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
Read up on Rachel Wilkerson Miller’s adaptation of the bullet journal in Dot Journaling. This book features ideas not just on getting over the intimidation factor and getting started, but also on decorating with fun accessories, putting together meaningful lists, and making your journal a thing that’s all your own.
The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering by Dina Rodriguez
With this title, what you see is what you get. If you’re someone who wants to fancy up your bullet journal after seeing so many amazing spreads on social media (how do they do it?), look no further when getting started with handlettering than this big, awesome book. Rodriguez provides drills, an easy approach for beginners, and plenty of alphabets to play with as you develop your own style to spice up your bullet journal with beautiful designs.
Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuburger
The bullet journal may be, at its heart, a to-do list and organizational method, but plenty of people also use it for creative pursuits. Get a kickstart on turning your journal into a personal gallery with Journal Sparks. With writing prompts, mixed media inspiration, and tips on how to design the journal of your dreams, this book will help nudge your bullet journaling up a gear.
A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement by Barbara Abercrombie
If you’re not too sure what to do with your journal once you’ve set it up and hit the basics, try any of these 365 ideas from Barbara Abercrombie. Like the bullet journal itself, there are no rules with prompts and inspirations -- do with it what works best for you and adapt it to your needs. Use it daily to encourage regular bujo use or as-needed when you’re in a rut.
Creative Wildfire: An Introduction to Art Journaling - Basics and Beyond by L. K. Ludwig
If you want a more visual lean to your bullet journal, give Creative Wildfire a try. With all levels of activities, this book will turn your bujo from a piece of art to a masterpiece. Creative Wildfire includes examples as well as instruction for art journaling, so you can be sure your bullet journal is one of a kind.