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Just started your first Bullet Journal? Congratulations! Welcome to the Bullet Journal family. To help you navigate this world of endless possibilities, here are 11 Bullet Journal page ideas to get you started.
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A Bullet Journal is a great tool, but because of the limitless possibilities, it can get pretty overwhelming, and a very simple system can end up looking up like incomprehensible equations.
Worry not! I know how it can get and I really want to help you figure it all out, so you can start using a BuJo and enjoying all the benefits.
That’s why I created my FREE course for beginners: Bullet Journal Setup In 10 Days. This course will walk you step by step through the process of setting up your Bullet Journal.
I’m looking forward to seeing you among my students!
Here, we’ll be talking about a very simple thing – what is it you should write in your Bullet Journal.
We all know the possibilities with a Bullet Journal are endless. In fact, the last time I sat down to think about it, I came up with 300+ page ideas!
This sounds very overwhelming, but chill, I’ll walk you through tons of ideas to get you started in the simplest of ways. Here are 11 page ideas to start your Bullet Journal with tips on what exactly you can write on each of these.
Remember that your Bullet Journal is there to serve you and your needs, so before deciding on some pages, think about how it will serve you and whether you need it at all.
First, start with a key to all your notes. The Bullet Journal key spread is designed to store all the icons and signifiers you’ll be using in your Bullet Journal.
All you need to write on this page is the symbol and its meaning. Below are some original Bullet Journal signifiers, as well as some you might want to add yourself.
Before you decide on which icons to add, think of what your life looks like and what things you might need for planning. Do you need a shortcut for your kid’s piano recital? Or maybe a symbol for an email checking day? It’s all up to you.
The index is basically a table of contents for your Bullet Journal. You’ll be filling it out with spreads and page numbers.
There are a few ways you can do it:
- Fill it out numerically. This means that as you go, you write down separately on each page of your journal. This is great because it will create a very detailed index. However, it will definitely take a lot of space in your journal. Plus, it’s very likely you won’t be needing to write down each and every page.
- Fill it out by content. This will definitely save you some space. This means that you combine the same pages from different months in the same line. For example:
Habit trackers – 14, 28, 43
Or you can just write down all monthly pages together. For example:
December – 60-72
- Divide the content. Another way to fill out the index page is to divide it into two parts. Have one index for your planning pages and a separate one for collections.
One of the first pages in your Bullet Journal is your future log. This is the place for you to plan your upcoming year.
The setup is pretty simple but a bit time consuming, so you might try using some tricks like stamps, stickers or washi tapes.
All you need to do is to divide your spread into however parts you need and write the name of a month in every section. I’m saying it’s time consuming because usually people also add a calendar to each month, since that way it’s much easier to plan the year.
Things you could write in your future log:
- Doctor appointments
- Important deadlines
- Business trips
- National holidays
- Start dates for your favorite TV shows or movies to watch
Basically, here you write all the long term plans that you know about in advance.
Your next big page is your monthly log. I won’t go into details on how to set up one, because there are just sooooo many ways to do it! You can just go and check my detailed post on everything monthly log related.
A monthly log usually consists of a calendar and a monthly to-do list.
For the calendar, make sure you first consult with your future log to add whatever dates where you already know something is happening.
Some other ideas of things to write in your calendar are:
- Schedules (aka days to post youtube videos, days to study for a certain subject, workout days)
- Deadlines, birthdays, holidays (just like in the Future Log)
- Events happening this month
- Small appointments
The monthly calendar is a detailed overview of your month, so just add here whatever dates are important for you during the month.
The second part of the Monthly Log is a to-do list, and this is pretty self-explanatory – write down here all you need and want to do during the month. Keep your little tasks, like doing the dishes and cooking dinner out of here though, those go to our next page.
Weekly Log / Daily Log
The final cornerstone page for your BuJo is your weekly or daily log. I talked a lot about the differences between the two and which one would fit you better, but honestly, I’d recommend to just try out both and see for yourself.
The main difference between these is that daily log is a big area for just one day, while the weekly log has an outlook of the week with daily boxes and different other elements. Less detail of each day, more overview.
For weekly logs you can consider these elements:
- Weekly habit tracker
- Weekly water tracker
- Weekly review
- Meal plan
- Calendar for the month
- Number of the week
- Weekly to-do list
- House chores list
- Plans for next week
If you decide to go with a daily log, here are some things you can include there:
- Daily to-do list
- Daily journaling
- Daily weather
- Word of the day
- Doodle of the day
- Meal plan
- Daily focus
These are the basic 5 pages, but there is so much more the system can offer you! The next 6 pages are what we call collections – spreads created on some particular topic.
I chose these because they are the ones that I use the most and that are very popular in the Bullet Journal community.
This only means that even though they might be something for you to consider, it’s absolutely not a necessity. Always remember that your planner is only yours and has to fit your needs, so if some of these don’t work for you – don’t feel pressured to keep using them.
Habit tracker is usually a monthly spread that helps you with developing new habits or getting rid of the old ones. This is a really powerful tool for personal development and I’d recommend you to give it a shot.
Tracking your habits won’t only allow you to stay motivated on creating better you but can also lead you to some new self-discoveries. You’ll be able to know yourself and your patterns better and therefore have more control over your life.
Here are a few ideas on what you can track in your habit trackers:
- Water consumption
- Severe pains
- Study hours
- Working hours
- Face care
- Days without coffee
- Days without sugar
There are tons more of ideas for your habit trackers, it can be anything you want to develop in yourself, anything you want to stay away from or maybe just something you want to look at to see patterns.
Creating a special spread for your goals is extremely beneficial for actually achieving them.
When you have to put your goals on paper you’ll think more about them, about whether you actually want something or not, on how you can achieve it. There is a special power in using paper for your goals.
This is just another page idea to add to your Bullet Journal.
When creating your goals you can add some of these:
- Whats the goals
- Why do you want to achieve it
- By when do you want to achieve it
- How are you planning to achieve it (action plan)
- What you might need to achieve it
In your goals page, you can include any type of goals you want. Here are a few ideas:
- Personal development
- Health and fitness
- Work and career
- Family and relationships
Creating lists is one of my favorite ways to get organized! Lists can help you with everything and make sure you remember all the things you should.
Here are a few ideas on what kind of lists you might consider using:
- List of random ideas
- Grocery list
- Gift ideas
- Favorite movies
- Healthy snack ideas
- Party guest list
- School assignments
- Co-workers contacts
- Books to read
- Important things to remember
- To-do list
Your Bullet Journal is, in a way, your life story. Of course, you can already know a lot from your weekly and monthly pages, but you can add even more happiness to your journal with the memory pages.
It can be just journaling pages where you write about your day and events happening around you, or it could be a special little creative spread.
I love to create two types of memory pages – a page with just memories and a review page.
A page with memories is your place to put all of them on paper in any way you want. For me, it’s also a creative outlet, as well as a type of meditation, when I forget about the world and just enjoy the creative process and happy memories.
Here are some things you could write in your memories pages:
- Funniest thing that happened
- A new place I visited
- Most delicious food I had
- The best moment I shared with a friend
- The best movie I saw
- My favorite TV show at the moment
With reviews, be it monthly review or yearly review, things are a little bit more goal-oriented. Here, you don’t just include the happy moments that happened, but also analyze them all.
The review pages are great for memory keeping, but they are also absolutely essential to your growth. You won’t get any benefits of planning if, at some point, you don’t analyze the things you do.
Here are some ideas on what you can include in your review pages, apart from the happy things we already mentioned for the memory pages:
- Lessons learned
- The biggest discovery
- What I did for my goals
- What things didn’t work out (sticking to a new habit, trying out a new diet) and why
- What did I achieve
- Important decisions made
- What have I learned
Your journal isn’t just a tool to achieve your goals, it can also serve you to improve yourself and find inner peace.
There are many pages that can help you with that.
Let’s start with my favorite – gratitude log. Here you write things you’re grateful for during the day, and you should write something for every day.
This teaches you to be more positive, to always find the brighter side and be more mindful of all the great things you have in your life.
Another spread would be a brain dump. This is a place for you to just write down anything that comes to your mind – ideas, chores, feelings.
This really helps you to put an order to your thoughts, to calm down and pretty often, to discover hidden ideas you’d miss otherwise.
Finally, you can also use your Bullet Journal as a creative outlet. Being creative in your journal is a kind of therapy because you finally have time for yourself and by yourself.
Working on creative pages is you taking a well-deserved break from the world and just doing something you enjoy for yourself. It’s not selfish, it’s exactly the type of self-care we all need.
Here are a few ideas on what you can do with your creative pages:
- Participate in a doodling challenge. That way you’ll have fun being a part of a huge community but also will practice your doodles.
- Create a vision board. Have a minute and think of your dream life, this is bound to bring a smile to your face. So create a vision board – doodle your life, use lettering to write it down or maybe just create a collage with cutouts from old magazines.
- Create a bucket list. Bucket lists are always fun, they remind you of the things you don’t want to miss and actually, subconsciously, you’ll start to think on how to make it all come true. You can create seasonal bucket lists or yearly ones like 19 in 2019 or 40 before 40.
- Make a quote page. Find a word or a quote that motivates you or brings a smile to your face and create a Bullet Journal spread just with these words.
I’m sure this would give you enough to think about it and to get you started with your Bullet Journal.
What are you mostly writing in your Bullet Journal? Let us know in the comments below.
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