I have gotten so much bullet journal inspiration from Beyond Bullets: Creative Journaling Ideas to Customize Your Personal Productivity System. Thank you to Ulysses Press and Author Megan Rutell for sharing a review copy of this book with me.
Bullet journaling has exploded in popularity! If you have ever wanted to start a “bujo” (that’s the short way to say “bullet journal”) and/or if you want to take your bullet journal skills to the next level, check out Beyond Bullets: Creative Journaling Ideas to Customize Your Personal Productivity System by Megan Rutell.
She packed so many amazing ideas for bullet journals into this book! Every time I need to create a new bullet journal layout or page, I grab this book. It’s a great resource about how to bullet journal.
There are ten chapters in the book (128 pages total.) I could go on and on sharing things I learned from Megan. But I will keep the list down to just a few. You’ll have to read the book to get them all, and I highly recommend it.
Her explanations took a lot of my bujo anxiety away (like I always think stuff like: I’m going to mess up my pretty blank journal pages or I’m not an artist who can create gorgeous illustrations on my bujo pages.)
This book gave me the tools I needed to just dive right in and get started on my bullet journal! I am currently using an Essentials Grid-Lined Journal. It’s a good quality hardcover journal for about half the price of the popular Leuchtturm 1917 journals. I am a fan of both of these brands.
Some of my favorite Bujo Tips and Tricks I Learned From Megan’s Beyond Bullets book:
Intro To Creative Journaling (Chapter 1)
In the first chapter, Megan talks about Why Do People Journal? It’s not just to write down a daily schedule or keep a daily log of events. There are many ways to use a bullet journal as a hobby, as a tool, and a combination of both.
There’s really no wrong way to bullet journal. I am a habitual list maker. The lists in my bullet journal help me organize my mind. I also have a separate bullet journal I like to use just for Travel.
Tips and Tricks (Chapter 3)
Megan’s idea for mapping out your bullet journal pages with Sticky Notes is genius!
I started doing this in my bujo. I love that I can arrange and re-arrange the sticky notes on the pages until I find the flow that feels right.
Planning Pages and Templates (Chapter 5)
Part II of the book (Chapters 6-10) is all about Inspiration! If you want to know how to make your bullet journal pages more fun and creative, you’ll find lots of answers here.
Throughout the book, there are plenty of helpful illustrations and photographs so you can visualize what Megan is trying to teach you.
Beyond Bullets takes the mystery out of bullet journaling. Megan is really good at explaining things in an easy to understand way. Do you need bullet journal inspiration? Grab a copy of Beyond Bullets.