The 5 Most Useful Beginner Bujo Tools

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If you’re reading this post, you probably already know about the bullet journal (or bujo) system. What you may not know is that this guy, Ryder Carroll, is the genius behind this analogue planning movement. If you haven’t seen his website, check it out here. According to Mr. Carroll, all you need to start a bullet journal is a notebook and a pen. I completely agree. My first bullet journal was a thin, lined notebook that I wrote in with whatever Bic Rollerball pen happened to be on hand. I loved it. Then I started to watch the cool, creative things that other people were doing with their bullet journals, and I knew I wanted to do more! Here is a list of 5 tools that I wish I had purchased when I first started out (instead of blowing all my money on a set of Tombow Brush Pens). (P.S. Just kidding, I would have bought them anyway.)

**There are NO affiliate links in this post. All item links are unsolicited and unpaid. These are just my personal preferences. Take them or leave them!


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Your bujo is meant to be a catch all system. Much like your favorite purse, things can get lost in there! Adding a few highlighters to your toolkit will help you organize your information!

Try highlighting tasks in your daily log by priority. Or, color code tasks by type – work, home, fun, etc. You can even color code a month of logs by running the highlighter along the edge of each page.Highlighters can add color and beauty to your bujo without breaking the bank!


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Even if you can draw a perfectly straight line by hand (blindfolded), chances are a ruler will come in handy at some point. The standard 12” ruler is unwieldy in most journals and notebooks, but a 6” will fit the page perfectly. You know you can measure and draw a line with it, but it can also be handy to cleanly rip out a page when there are no scissors handy.


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Tabs, like highlighters, are handy-dandy finding machines. They help you locate information as your bujo fills up. Tab your yearly and monthly logs, your trackers, or any other page you need to refer to all the time. You don’t need to buy fancy ones, either. Use post it notes or washi tape to create tabs.


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Okay, stencils aren’t a necessity. They are super fun, though! Bujo specific stencils can help you quickly create monthly and weekly logs. Some kits even come with tiny days of the week and number stencils to keep your lettering nice and clean! If you already have great handwriting, opt for a stencil that will help you draw commonly used shapes, like banners and arrows.

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Of course, last but not in the slightest bit least, a pencil case. You had one in the seventh grade. You loved it. It stored all your treasure. Get that feeling back.

Okay, maybe not, but a pencil bag is a priority if your really want to use your bujo to its fullest potential. The point of the bullet journal system is to have it with you at all times and put all your information in one place. Even if you decide to only carry your journal and a pen (get one of these awesome pen loops if your journal doesn’t have one), you will want to keep your bujo tools in one place, too. Get one that’s sparkly, innovative, or simple. It doesn’t matter what kind, it just matters that your tools have a home. Check out this lovely mesh pencil case from CW Pencil Enterprise.

Thanks for reading! Happy journaling! Remember, we are all learning. Always.

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