I’m a BIG fan of bullet journals and bullet journaling. I love creating bullet journal lists of words, bullet journal to-do lists, bucket lists, list ideas in my bullet journal, you name it. Heck, I even create bullet journal paper in my shop.
Personally, I think every entrepreneur should create one, because it will definitely help you stay organized. As entrepreneurs, we tend to have a lot of thoughts racing through our heads at any given moment, especially when we’re seeing all sorts of stuff online that we’d like to try.
This is often referred to as shiny sparkly syndrome. There’s a way to manage it, though, and to keep your sparkly syndrome in check. Designate time for this activity, let it happen, and rest knowing that you’ve documented everything you’ve discovered in your bullet journal.
There are several benefits of keeping a bullet journal as an entrepreneur.
Three Benefits of Bullet Journals
One, it helps bolster creativity and lets you make a notebook that you won’t be afraid to doodle in. It’s in these moments that some of your best ideas may happen.
Two, it helps you jot down everything that happens in your head. Say goodbye to forgotten ideas or “what was that website, again?” – it’ll all be in your bullet journal.
Three, bullet journals help you discover and achieve all sorts of things. From becoming a better version of you, to achieving some of your entrepreneurial goals, you’ll quickly be able to go back and see all the tasks you achieved and challenges you overcame. It’s a journal of growth and discovery.
Starting a Bullet Journal
You can start a bullet journal with a plain notebook, or even get a fancy one with grid lines if you’d like. There are plenty on Amazon. I like to incorporate washi tape with mine, just for some added non-drawn flair. The beautiful thing about bullet journals is that yours will be unlike everyone else’s.
Personalize Your Bullet Journal
It’s completely personalized – you designed it for YOU. It’s almost like your secret playbook. I’ve always liked thinking of my bullet journal as a secret playbook, because it contains my strategies, my blog post ideas, my resources, and everything else that I choose to share with my audience. You can do the same exact thing – make it your own.
When you personalize your bullet journal, you almost make it your secret stash of ideas that is a reflection of everything YOU. It’s a great way to document passwords, the source or inspiration of your creations, hints to things on your laptop, and so much more. I like to use a combination of papers, tapes, markers, stencils, gel pens, and other mixed medias to make my journal unique and interesting. Granted, not every single page is perfection, but it was what I created at some point in time.
Carry Your Bullet Journal With You
I keep mine with me wherever I go and carry it around the house like it’s some personal attachment. It may as well be superglued to my arm. All of the sheets of paper in it dictate and help me discover my next move, my next book, my next strategy, and so on.
My family makes fun of me sometimes for carrying it around like I do, like a precious artifact that no one can touch or it’ll crumble to pieces. But they also know that it’s what creates money for toys, vacations, and helps buy new goats for our farm. And that’s a win for everyone in this house. So everyone knows not to color in mommy’s special notebook.
If you’re new to bullet journaling as an entrepreneur, I figured you may need some direction with what works and what “other” people are using. You’re basically replacing all those sheets of loose paper notes from a notepad with a single notebook. No more loose papers. No more binders.
New to Entrepreneur Bullet Journaling?
You’ll be able to start a new bullet journal when you’ve outgrown your existing one. There’s no calendar unless you create one. There’s no panic involved with your bullet journal “expiring” at the end of the year (you can’t imagine the panic that saves me personally).
So I thought I’d put together a shopping list on Amazon for you, in a sense, on all the things I’ve bought from Amazon for my own use for my entrepreneurial bullet journal:
Bullet Journal Notebooks
Picking out bullet journal notebooks is merely a personal choice. I’ve stuck with Leuchturm 1917 types of bullet journals, but I’ve also fallen in love with the bullet journals from Scribbles.
Is it possible to have every single kind of marker sold on Amazon? Yes, yes it is. This is the reason I need to invest in one of those crafting cabinets where it folds out into 4 sections, folds down, and opens up to a desk. All those drawers… and yet I still question whether or not my markers will all fit.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have pens and markers that don’t bleed and give you enough flexibility at the tip if you are planning on doing handwritten brush tip work on your papers.
Picking out washi tape for me on Amazon is always an adventure. I try to create a color theme for the whole bullet journal and stick with it throughout. My new Starry Night black bullet journal planner (mentioned below OMG it’s awesome) has an aqua against black theme, and I’m really digging that.
Another one of my bullet journals has a paper-ish theme to it with vintage washi tape, where I like to add in some paper elements.
Down below you’ll see a pin I’ve designed for you to use for your bullet journal. These are lists to keep in your bullet journal that I feel are important. I’m sure there are more lists that you’ll want to include, but these are lists in mine. Enjoy!
Go ahead and pin the image above for your reference later! You can always come back to it when you’ve got your bullet journal ready to go. If you’re ready to start, though, create a page with each of these list ideas (pick and choose the ones you like, of course) and start putting that shiny sparkly syndrome (shiny object syndrome) to use. Discover, document, implement. Once you’ve had your fill of filling up your bullet journal with all sorts of new ideas, you can then get back to your next project at hand and complete it. Use your bullet journal to decide on your next project and get going.
And, don’t forget to reward yourself when you make an accomplishment! (Mine is buying myself washi tape and white gel markers. Don’t judge.)
Lists for Entrepreneur Bullet Journals
- Content Upgrades I’d Like to Make
- Revenue Streams to Create
- Dreams I Had Last Night
- Branding Ideas
- Private Label Products
- Ways to Expand
- What I’m Thankful for
- Goals for Next Month
- Bursts of Random Ideas
- Blogs to Follow & Check
- Stock Photo Websites
- Motivational Quotes
- Things I Could Outsource
- People to Network With
- Pinterest Profiles to Watch
- Instagram Profiles to Watch
- Courses to Create
- Books to Write
- eBooks to Create & Offer
- YouTube Videos to Make
- Podcasts Subjects
- Daily Blog & Social Media Checklist
- Entrepreneur Books to Read
- Places to Get Creative Inspiration
- Outside the Box
- Things I Worry About & Solutions
- Website Traffic Stats
- Pinterest Stats
- Instagram Stats
- Blog Stats
- Pins to Create for Email Subscribers
- Tribes to Join
- Courses I’d Like to Take
- Skills I’d Like to Learn
- Home Office Stretches
- Yoga Poses I Love
- Facebook Post Ideas
- Coffee Drinks for Inspiration
- Snacks for Biz Writing
- Rewards for Meeting Goals
- Things for the Office
- Apps to Save For
- Merchant Platforms to Try
- Affiliate Opportunities
- Top 10 Favorite Design Sites
- Chrome Extensions to Try
- Recommended Mobile Apps
- Social Media Platforms & Passwords
I recently found “Starry Night” on Amazon, which has black acid paper for the bullet journal pages. It’s super nice and thick, and doesn’t bleed in the pages. I love to use this journal for my collection of unusual words and power words for copywriting.
The black ‘dark mode’ paper is super easy on the eyes, too. I’ve been waiting a long time for a bullet journal with black paper and it’s finally here! It’s a must-have in your bullet journal collection. Combine it with some fancy gel neon pens and you’re in for a fun creative treat.
Also published on Medium.