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If you have a bullet journal lover in your life, there is absolutely no shortage of gift ideas. Do you know what a bullet journal user can never have enough of? Stationery! Yes, no surprises there.

I often say I am a minimalist bullet journaler. But I do have my own small collection too. I only have the essentials. But I won’t complain if someone will gift me a brand new bullet journal notebook, highlighters or brush pens (hint, hint!). 

The holidays are approaching and if you want to gift a journaler with something that is sure to steal their heart, let’s have a look at this guide.

When it comes to buying bullet journal supplies, two places I look for are Amazon and Etsy. While Amazon is one place where you can buy almost all bullet journal supplies, I love the uniqueness of the goodies that are handmade with love from Etsy. You get more unique and customized products on Etsy that will make your gifts stand out.

Enough talking, now let’s a look at the supplies that are guaranteed to be loved and used.

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1. Gift them these bullet journal starter kits

Many shops on Etsy offer bullet journal starter kits, which can save your money and time, because if you don’t know exactly what to buy or if you feel confused by the variety out there,  you can simply buy a kit. Most of them have products like bullet journal notebook, pens, paper clips etc.

1. Humdiddy

      This starter kit from Humdiddy has the essential supplies that anyone needs to get started with bullet journaling. It is suitable for people who are regular journalers too (because they are always thinking about the next notebook or other accessories).

This kit contains 43 pieces including a Leuchtturm 1917 hardcover notebook, Micron pens (my favorite), washi tape and lots of clear matte stickers for calendars, weekly layouts, divider lines, headings etc. 

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 2. Eveny Accessories

 The starter kit from EvenyAccessories has 32 items including Leuchtturm 1917 Black notebook or Minimalism Art Dotted Black notebook (you can choose), Pilot G2 pens, planner stencils, washi tapes, mini habit tracker stickers, mini calendar etc.

Take a look at this item. I am sure any bullet journal lover will love to receive this as a gift, especially her stickers. They are useful and add color to your journal.

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This store also has a starter kit with 24 items.

3. Planning With Kay Shop

This kit from PlanningWithKayShop contains Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid  A5 notebook, 1 Tombow Mono drawing pen and an entire supply of sticker sets for either 6 or 12 months (you can choose).

Stickers include weekly headers, daily headers, calendars, number circles etc. 

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2. Bullet journal Notebooks

A notebook is a gift that will always be appreciated by people who journal. Because they always need another notebook. The most popular notebooks in the bullet journal community are the following.

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook

Leuchtturm 1917  is well loved by the bullet journal community. It is available in many vibrant colors and sometimes it’s hard to choose. It has all the features that a planner notebook needs like ribbon markers, elastic closure, numbered pages and an expandable pocket inside back cover.

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Scribbles that matter notebook

Scribbles That Matter is comparatively a new addition to the market, but it is preferred by a lot of people in the bullet journal community. It is available in two different versions, Iconic and Pro. The Iconic version has small icons etched onto the cover whereas Pro version has a plain cover.

You get many features in a Scribbles That Matter Notebook for the price you pay. It has an index page, key page, pen test page, pen holder, ribbon bookmarks and a pocket in the back cover. It also has thick pages (100 gsm) and therefore you will experience minimal ghosting and bleeding. In short, it has almost everything that a planner lover needs.

Like Leuchtturm 1917, it is available in many colors. I love the design and color used on these notebooks, so pleasing to the eyes. There are quite a few color options to choose from. If you are an indecisive person like me, BEWARE!

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Rhodia Black Webnotebook 

Rhodia is another name that comes up often in the community. Compared to other notebooks, it doesn’t have numbered pages or an index page (not a big deal), but it has a good quality paper (90 gsm), elastic closure, back pocket etc. It is also available in three colors: black, orange and silver.Bullet journal gift ideas

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Other cheaper notebooks to look for are Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook and Minimalism art notebook.

You can read about these notebooks in my article 13 cheap bullet journal supplies you can buy under $12.

Now, if you want to gift something different than all these, you can check Etsy for handmade notebooks where you can customize the notebook and covers.

Hex and Ginger A5 hardback notebook

Take a look at this book. Who can resist this beauty in polka dots?

This one from HexandGinger is a dot grid notebook with 192 pages, a back pocket, has good quality pages with a paperweight of 100 gsm and has polka dots fabric cover. You can also choose from other colors like yellow, blue, black etc.

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3. Pens and highlighters

Some of the best-loved pens in the bullet journal community for writing are Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Pentel Energel,  Paper Mate InkJoy gel pens, and Pilot G2 pen. 

Now, these are some pens that can excite any artistic bullet journaler. You can never go wrong with these pens.

4. Personalized bookmark

 Personalized gifts are a way to tell your loved ones that you are thoughtful. People enjoy receiving a gift with their names ingrained on it. 

Don’t you think these bookmarks from kraze4paper are beautiful? Any bullet journal lover or even a voracious reader will love this gift.

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5. planner cover

This leather planner cover from CocoaPaper is useful to keep one’s journal safe and store all the other planning accessories like stencils, stickers, papers, cards, rulers etc. It is made for A5 size notebooks, which is the standard notebook size that most people use for a  bullet journal.

It also has a pen holder, a back pocket to keep the back cover of your planner and a snap closure. 

It is available in many colors and you can choose the design of the fabric. You can also add a personalized touch by laser engraving the name or initials on the cover.

I would say it is ideal for people who travel frequently and or for anyone who wants to keep all their stickers and other accessories organized.

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6. Washi tapes

Currently, I am not a washi tape user. But I am contemplating to buy one or two after reading about washi tape hacks. They are ideal for bookmarking pages, making index tabs, to use as dividers, to stick photos or souvenirs, covering up your mistakes etc.

Buy these washi tapes for your loved one. I love the skinny ones more than the fatties.

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7. Planner charms

What about these super cute planner charms? Such beauty! 

These are from MariMartiDesigns and she makes more of this cute stuff. Check out her shop if you want to look for more designs or other planner accessories.

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8. Planner pouch

This planner pouch by simbiosisbyjulia can become handy for people who journal as they need to carry their essential accessories everywhere. You can strap it to your journal cover or use separately. Apart from a zipped pocket which is very roomy, it has a front slip pocket and a pen holder.

This shop has many other products for planners and she uses fabric with beautiful prints. Do visit her shop to see the variety.

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9. Planner Stencils

Stencils are great tools that help you draw quick designs or banners in your bullet journal. They help you save your time and are perfect for repeat designs.

This golden color stainless steel stencil set from JaydensApple has three stencils. One is for linear habit trackers, one for circular trackers and another one for monthly mini calendars and small designs to embellish your bullet journal.

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It comes in a felt case which I think is impressive. The bullet journaler will thank you forever if you gift this one because it is so useful. The pain of drawing trackers and columns repeatedly is real especially when you have time constraints, and this set is gonna take that pain away.

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10. Stickers

Stickers are an absolutely fun way to decorate your bullet journal and many people use stickers in their journal.

One shop I recommend for buying stickers is closetplanneraddict. When I went to her shop (I mean virtually), I felt like a little girl who got lost in the magical world of Disney. You can see a lot of colorful beautiful designs there. I am sure it is a feast for the eyes of a sticker fanatic.

Just posting one or two pictures would not do justice, so please visit her shop and choose the ones to your liking.

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As I said, there are so many gift options to make that dear bullet journaler’s heart happy. Let me know If I left out any amazing product by dropping a comment below.

Happy shopping!

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You have the constant desire to improve your life by being more productive. But if you don’t know how to get started to improve personal productivity, be it productivity at home or work, you have come to the right place. I will show you how to increase productivity by planning every week in advance.

I used to be a person who would think about getting things done endlessly but never got around to actually doing. I have lost count of how many days I have wasted in life because of lack of proper planning. And let me tell you, planning in advance is the only thing that helped me organize my life. Period.

Without much ado, let us see how weekly planning can help you improve productivity.

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HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE BY PLANNING WEEKLY?

For those who are not into planning, it may seem like a mechanical way to live. To live looking at a planner and daily schedules may seem very boring for people who are spontaneous and love adventures.

But there are people who thrive on routine. I am one of them and I don’t like surprises when I have planned my day (not all surprises, but some). And for the people whose lives are disorganized without a proper planning and reference system, planning is a must. 

There are a hundred ways to plan your days and there are planners to organize literally every area of life. The planner system I use now is a DIY, customizable system called bullet journal. If you are a regular Pinterest or Instagram user, you must have heard about it. 

HOW DOES PLANNING INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY?

If you are like most people, the number of tasks that must be finished in a day can overwhelm you. You want to do so much but there seems to be no time for anything. You are stressed and you are not able to focus on the task at hand.

Similarly, when you try to do something you are suddenly reminded of the numerous other things that you should be doing even if they are not urgent.

David Allen in his bestselling book “Getting Things Done” says, you should have a capturing system for such thoughts because they peek in often reminding you to do them, even if not urgent.

You can capture all your thoughts in a brain dumping session in your planner. Later,  you can organize them according to the level of urgency. When every task has a time assigned, you can move through your day peacefully. Clearing your mind off the to-do items help you get things done easily.

Related: 5 ways to increase productivity and get more done in a day

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BENEFITS OF PLANNING

Therefore planning helps

  • To reduce stress because you are in control of your tasks and not the other way round.
  • To increase focus because you have scheduled the important tasks for the day and you don’t need to think about it constantly.
  • To remember the important dates in the past and in the future. You remember your future tasks and if you want to refer to any date in the past, your planner helps in that.
  • To organize your life because putting it on the calendar means you procrastinate less and kick laziness out. Trust me it really works to minimize procrastination.
  • To have a sense of direction in life. If you do planning it means you have some kind of goals to achieve. And goals give a direction in life where planning helps you to move along the direction.
  • To increase self-discipline. Your planner or journal is like your accountability partner and writing in it about your goals and later tracking the progress keep you on track.

Related: 10 reasons journaling will transform your life

 

HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEK TO BE PRODUCTIVE?

GET YOUR SCHEDULER

Before starting to plan, decide which planner do you want to use. It can be digital or the usual pen and paper ones.

I am a pen and paper person and I use a bullet journal. My bullet journal pretty much organizes my whole life and I can’t function without it.  But I am open to other planners as well and ready to dip my toes in (If you have used and loved a planner system, I would love to hear about it in the comments!).

I have written in detail about bullet journaling in other articles so I am not gonna go deep here.

But if you want to reduce paper clutter and want the organizer with you all the time, there are a bunch of digital options like Todoist, TuexDeux, Trello, Asana etc.

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PLAN DURING WEEKEND

After deciding on the planner, you can now fix a day in the week for planning. Most people prefer Sunday because you have more free time and you are relaxed, but it’s up to you. Now, take your planner and write down all the things you need to do that week corresponding to each day.

If you don’t know on which day are you gonna do a task, just write them down altogether on a page or create a column on the side of a page called “This week”. This can be your brain dumping of all the little and big tasks which are circling in your mind.

You can sort through the tasks and add them to each day of the week as you advance through the week.

Some tasks may not be urgent enough to be done this week, so schedule them for the next week. Or if you were not able to finish a task this week you can schedule it for the next week.

SORT YOUR TASKS BY PRIORITY

When you are overwhelmed by the numerous tasks you should do, remember that there are only 24 hours in a day and you can’t do it all at once. So RELAX! And also please understand that productivity is not about getting ‘everything under the sun’ done. Productivity is about getting the most important things done and if some things are not worth your time, eliminate them from your list or delegate them.

And to avoid stressing out, do not schedule many tasks in a day. Be realistic and calculate the time you will take to finish the task. You might not have an idea in the beginning, but you will once you get used to the system.

Now, think about the 3 Most Important Tasks (MIT) that should be done in a day. Though you can assign more tasks in a day, these 3 tasks should be the ones that are most important so much so that even if you don’t do any other task, it’s okay.

When you choose the tasks it’s a good idea to schedule the time too so that you can start working on them right away and not ‘later’. Scheduling the time creates an urgency and you won’t waste time doing untrivial things.

You can use symbols or colors to signify the importance of tasks. I usually use the signifier * for important tasks in my bullet journal.

You can also color code using highlighters.

If you use digital planners also, you can prioritize the tasks using color coding or define them according to the urgency level.

Related: How to set priorities using the Eisenhower matrix

GROUP SIMILAR TASKS

Instead of trying to do every task every day, try to have a theme for your days. It’s called task batching. For example, I don’t write every day. But when I want to write a blog post, I spend three-four days on it from research to publishing (I am damn slow!) So I schedule writing for those three-four days in my weekly plan. And then, I move onto other parts of the business like making pins, scheduling etc.

If I have to write every day and do every task related to my business every day, I would be a lot more stressed. So I do batch scheduling.

Moving from one unfinished task to another requires you to keep shifting your attention back and forth and you do not get much done of a particular task. I have tried that and once I start to get focused on a task, I am forced to move to something else. Needless to say, I would never get much done that way. Therefore, group the tasks that have a similar theme.

For example, you can dedicate a day or a half day in your week to plan your meals ahead for the week. Once you decide, what to make each day, you can cut veggies or cook meat and store them in the fridge to use later. And fix a day for cleaning bathrooms, cleaning wardrobe, ironing clothes, washing laundry etc.

The idea is to group the tasks that you can easily jump from one to the next easily and that can be done in a flow.

This is a picture from my bullet journal where I have batched my tasks in a week.

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As you can see, my schedule is different on weekends. I devote more time to blogging on weekends compared to weekdays. This is a rough schedule and things may not go as always planned (life happens!), but most of my weeks go like this.

As I have little humans to take care of, I can’t work in a stretch except for when they are in school. I take a break in between my blogging tasks and household chores and resume the tasks after the breaks.

If my day is dedicated to writing, I resume writing after the break. Or if it is to make pins and scheduling, I do it for the whole day.

SCHEDULE THEM

Once you decide which tasks should go together, the next step is to schedule them in your planner, corresponding to each day of the week.

You can schedule at once or schedule from the master list of tasks every day. I usually write the events or appointments in advance and daily tasks the night before.

Weekly planning has definitely increased my productivity and has enabled me to be more organized. If you are a person who is overwhelmed by the number of tasks that you have to do and struggle to juggle between different areas of life, try planning weekly.

I’m interested to know how it turns out for you. You can comment below or email me.

 

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Are you going to start a bullet journal, but don’t know where and how to start?
Or you know how to start a bullet journal, but feel a little overwhelmed.
No worries, let me guide you with some tips that will be useful to you as a beginner to bullet journaling.
I failed twice before finally establishing a successful bullet journaling habit.
As a beginner, it might get some time to get used to the system. But, as you go through it, you will find your style and have success.
Here are some tips to know when you start a bullet journal.

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tip#1. Decide what you want from your bullet journal

Before running to buy those expensive supplies, I will ask you to stop and think.
What do you want from the bullet journal system?
What intrigued you to start one?
Is it simply because you want to organize your thoughts, your life and be more productive?
Or is it because you want to tap into your creative brain and let it flow?
My point is, decide what you want to achieve from the system.
If it is more productivity, you don’t need many supplies. But along with improving productivity, if you want to keep it fun (which most people like), you might as well purchase some supplies.

tip# 2. What supplies to buy as a beginner bullet journaler

If you have done your research, you must have heard this a hundred times.
All you need is a notebook and a pen.
And yes, it’s true.
But as I said above, what ‘more’ supplies you need depends upon your goals.
I have used three different notebooks for bullet journaling.
My first notebook was an unruled notebook I bought from a local store.
I bought a gel pen, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners ( which I love and still use) and a set of washi tapes along with it.
And I tried to make it colorful and attractive. Alas, I didn’t keep up with it! By the end of the year, I hardly ever wrote in it. And even if I set up weekly spreads once in a while, they remained unfilled.
Good thing I bought a cheap notebook.
I will advise you to do the same, to test if you are serious with the system.
Next year, I began again with more determination. This time I bought a pre-made bullet journal from Amazon. It had daily columns drawn for a year and some blank dotted pages for bullet journal collections. I regretted the purchase since I didn’t have many options to customize.
And I bought my third book the same year, which is a dotted one. I couldn’t be happier with the purchase and I am going to stick with it. I find dotted notebooks easier to draw lines and fill in my habit trackers and is easier to work with even if you don’t want to draw lines.
I bought a cheaper dotted notebook (this one) than the popular ones and I highly recommend it.
As for pens, this is the one I use and writing with it is a pleasure.

tip#3. There is no one way to bullet journal

Unlike other planners, with a bullet journal, you are not stuck with one single layout for a whole year. It means there is no single way to design a bullet journal. For beginners, it can be baffling.
Before you begin bullet journaling, I recommend you to learn first from the source. From none other than Ryder Carroll, the creator of Bullet Journal system.
When I was a beginner, I made the mistake of not learning from his website first. If you go by his method, bullet journaling is, in fact, a simple system that you fill in as you go and there is no need to prepare weekly spreads in advance.
But as I said, there is no one single way to bullet journal. Since Ryder introduced it, it has come a long way evolving into what you see now. But when you learn the basics, it is easier to understand the myriad ways out there (and less overwhelming). It’s before my third attempt that I read Ryder’s website and I understood the system much better.
After you understand the basics, you can customize it the way you want. Unlike Ryder, I prefer weekly spreads rather than daily spreads.
You can also read the article I wrote on how to start a bullet journal step-by-step even if you are no artist.

tip#4. Start with cheap supplies

The expense of starting the system can turn down many people who want to try. I would suggest to not go after expensive supplies if you are a beginner to bullet journaling.
If you want to customize, start with cheaper options or the ones you have at home like color pencils, sketch pens or highlighters. And focus on making it a habit rather than worrying about buying supplies.
Bullet journaling can do wonders for increasing your productivity and changing habits. Trivial issues like buying supplies should not stop you from starting it.
Talking about cheap supplies, this article has more information on cheap bullet journal supplies you can buy for under $12.

tip#5. you do not need artistic skills

Let me tell you something.
You DO NOT need drawing skills to start a bullet journal. You do not need any skill for that matter. What you should learn is how to stick with it.
And if you say you have a handwriting like chicken scratch, it still isn’t a problem. Your skills are not what defines your success with the system. Your success depends upon the customization, that is, how you can tailor it to fit your needs and sticking with the habit.
You don’t need to have a Pinterest or Instagram worthy setup. Your journal is to fulfill your needs. Nothing else.
I didn’t stick with the habit because I felt the urge to beautify it, inspired from the beautiful bullet journals. I was enthusiastic in the beginning but later it felt like a chore to do it every week. Even though I tried many times, I couldn’t keep up with it.
That’s how I decided to take a minimalistic approach. With a minimalistic approach you still need to make weekly spreads, but no pressure to embellish it. And if you want to, you can do it too. There is no rule you should stick with one style.
Here is an example of my weekly spread (I am sorry it’s not a clear picture).

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Easy, right?
But what if you don’t have the skills and still want to make it decorative?
You can use stencils, stamps, stickers etc
Related: 32 minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads to try right now


tip#6. Learn from trial and error

Since there is no one single way to bullet journal, you should find your style through trial and error. You can get inspired by ideas from various accounts on Instagram and Pinterest. Look through them and copy the type you want for each week/day. Change it up every week and see what fits your needs. After a while, you will find the spreads that suit your style.
If something doesn’t work for you, change it!
In my first bullet journal, I would write affirmations in my weekly spread every week. But I didn’t stick with it. So I don’t have it now. I created a separate page for all my affirmations.
You get many ideas for bullet journal collections from out there, but you don’t need every collection under the earth. The way I go about it is like this. When I feel I need to note down something in my journal, I create a collection for it.
For example, if I think should keep track of the things I purchase online, I create a collection for it.
In case you don’t know what a bullet journal collection is, a collection is a page dedicated to a topic. Like ‘Books to Read’, ‘Places to Visit’ etc.
Related: The ultimate list of bullet journal collections (121+ ideas)
When setting up weekly spreads, try to be creative each week and bring out new ideas. You never know when you will find the ‘most functional weekly spread’ that you will keep wanting to make again.

tip#7. use pencil first

As a beginner, it’s always a good idea to draw spreads first with pencil, and then use pens. Thus, you won’t make many mistakes or lose pages.

tip#8. You can start a bullet journal any time of the year

What I love about the bullet journal system and why it is better than all the other planners is, you can start any time of the year!
You can take page 1 and write, ‘August 1, 2018’. And start journaling.
Impressive, right?
So if you have been on the fence about whether you should start now or in January, you know the answer!
In a bullet journal, no pages are wasted because you started mid-year. And the best part, when the next year starts you can continue in the same journal notebook.

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tip#9. Always have a monthly review page

At the end of each month, take some time for reflecting before creating next month’s spread.
You can analyze things like,

  • What schedule works for you and how to tweak your schedule so that you get more work done?
  • What all did you track last month and whether should they be continued next month too? Sometimes, you find certain things not working and you don’t want to include it in next month’s tracker and it’s okay.
  • Which weekly/daily layout is the most functional and should be used more often?
  • Which layout should you use? Daily/weekly or hourly? It depends upon your schedule and you will know the answer after you have used the system for a while.
  • Which goals you didn’t achieve last month and how to accomplish them in the next month? By the end of a month, you get an idea why you didn’t do certain tasks. And if it’s important for you, prioritize them for next month again with better insights from last month’s mistakes.

See, how a bullet journal can help you even achieve your goals.
When you use trackers, it’s easier to find out how much you are working on your goals each month. A monthly review page is important because it helps you where you stand with your goals. And make changes each month. That’s the whole point of bullet journaling, right? To have your whole life recorded and improved.

tip#10. it’s ok if you don’t succeed with bullet journaling at first

Like I said, I failed to write consistently in my bullet journal the first and second time. But now I have an established journaling habit (because I tried again and again).
I learned from the mistakes I made in the previous attempts and applied them. I prefer to go with a minimalist style because that motivates me to journal. And this system rewards me with more productivity and better organization of all my stuff. I want that benefit over everything else.
If you have failed once, try again with better tactics.
I think for any planner system to work, you must first have the passionate desire to explore your potential, and the determination to not the waste the precious life you have been given. It’s from this innate desire that we want to plan our days or our habits and strive to make them better every passing month.
Bullet journal is simply a companion or a tool that will help you in your journey. It’s who you decide whether it will be a success or not.
Related: 10 reasons journaling will transform your life
What is your experience with keeping a bullet journal? If you are a beginner and think I have missed any point, please let me know in the comments.
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When it comes to bullet journaling, everyone has their unique style.
Some might love the traditional minimalist style, while some others use their bullet journal to create artistic masterpieces.
And some other people fall somewhere in between. Not entirely artistic or minimalist.
Whatever your style is, you keep evolving. Most bullet journalers like to experiment with different spreads or trackers every week or month.
I also get bored if I create the same spread again and again, though I have some fall-back spreads that I keep creating because those are convenient and functional for me.
The place I look for when I want to draw inspiration to create new styles is Instagram or I look for round-up posts like this on Pinterest.
My style is mostly minimalistic. My spreads are not fully black and white, I use fineliner pens and mildliners for color coding. And I know many people love the minimalist and functional style too.

minimalist bullet journal accounts on Instagram

When I want to try new ideas in my bullet journal, I always look at Instagram accounts for inspiration. Instead of searching all over the place, I follow some Instagram accounts whose style suit mine and I save ideas whenever I check Instagram.
So, here I have compiled a list of minimalist bullet journal accounts you can follow on Instagram to keep getting fresh ideas. Let’s take a look.
1. Stina @supermassiveblackink

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

I like Stina’s style. Her spreads are all in black and white, still they look beautiful and neat with all the doodles and drawings.
2. Jane @bujoist

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

I have been following Jane’s account for a while. She is an excellent doodler. Even though she doesn’t seem to experiment with different styles when it comes to weekly spreads, she makes it different by doodling. What I love about her style is how she combines minimalist bullet journaling with doodling. Lately, she has been posting video walkthroughs of her doodling.
You must follow her account if you love to doodle or wanna learn to doodle in your bullet journal.
3. Marta @bullet_journalish

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

Marta’s Instagram feed is so “minimalistically beautiful” (Sorry, I just made up this word) that I had a hard time choosing a picture to feature. You should take a look at her account for more inspiring ideas for weeklies and all kinds of minimalist bullet journal spreads. She has a simple style which is not intimidating at all.
Also check out her brand new Youtube channel here.
4. @craftyenginerd

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

Follow @craftyenginerd to draw inspiration for different bullet journal spreads and trackers. I love her handwriting and how beautiful the spreads look when filled in.
5. Mariana @bujototheminimal

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

If you love to draw simple doodles in your bullet journal spreads, check out Mariana’s account. She draws beautiful flower doodles in her bullet journal. If you don’t want to doodle, you can still draw inspiration from her simple and minimalist spreads.
6. Juliane @senseistudies

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram
Juliane’s Instagram feed is not entirely monochrome, but she has a simple minimalistic style. She always tries new layouts, so do check out her account for more inspiration.
You can check out her website here, senseistudies.com.
7. @sannasbujo

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

This account is relatively new, but I found spread ideas that are minimalistic and easy to replicate.
Related: 32 minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads to try right now
8. @wezz.bujo

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

@wezz.bujo has simple, minimalistic and monochromatic spreads like this one. If you don’t like empty spaces in your journal, doodling pictures like this or adding quotes is a great idea. Go check out her account for more.
10. Kimi @kitoremi

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

Aren’t these leaves super cute? Kimi has more of such ideas on her account. She is a minimalist bullet journaler and posts picture tutorials of such cute doodles. Check out her Instagram for more.
11. @dotted.v

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

@dotted.v is an excellent doodler. All her spreads are heavily decorated with doodles, but she still goes with minimalism.
12. Victoria @victoriaonthedot

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

Aren’t those geometric patterns lovely? You can see colorful and black and white spreads on Victoria’s Instagram feed. But all of her spreads are simple and minimalistic. I love such spreads which are easy to recreate and not overwhelming at all.
13. Olivia @flyingpaperwords

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

If I can point out to one Instagram account that truly defines ‘minimalism’ in bullet journaling, it would be Olivia’s. It amazes me how with only using black ink and no doodles, her spreads look so attractive. Her handwriting is definitely an asset.
If you check out her account you can see she uses only black ink and lines to make clean yet beautiful minimalist spreads. If that’s your style, you should definitely follow her.
14. Flo @planwithflo

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

@planwithflo keeps her bullet journal minimalist and attractive using clear stamps and stencils. She keeps experimenting with new styles. I always check this bullet journal account for new ideas and inspiration.
15. Kat @booksofnotes

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

If you love simple and functional spreads like this one, check out this account.
16. Justine @justbulletine

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

Justine’s Instagram account is not “monochrome” minimalist. But I think her spreads have a simple, clean look and they are easy to set up. Do check out her Instagram account for more beautiful minimalist spreads.
17. Sharona @sharonajournals

17 minimalist bullet journal accounts to follow on Instagram

Like many others, Sharona’s Instagram account is not typical “black and white” minimalist account. She likes to doodle to fill in the small spaces and gaps. I find her feed simple and cute with those super cute doodles. Now, if you don’t like you can choose not to draw but can still draw inspiration from the spreads.

conclusion

I hope you could find enough inspiration for your minimalist bullet journal.
If you haven’t started a bullet journal yet, read how to start a bullet journal when you aren’t artistic.
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You can use a bullet journal to track literally everything. Out of all the collections that one can use in a bullet journal, my favorite and the one I can’t do without is a habit tracker.

Why?

Without habits trackers, I can’t even imagine my bullet journal. Being passionate about self-help, it’s one of the reasons for me to start a bullet journal.

We all want to have healthy habits in life. But you know, how forming a new habit is easier said than done. This is where a habit tracker can help you.

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What are the benefits of having a habit tracker in your bullet journal?

  • You can keep track of all your habits in one place.
  • You don’t forget to do your habits anymore. Especially new habits that you want to form.
  • By the end of each week/month, you can assess how much did you plan to do and how much you did accomplish. It is really useful because we waste so many days in our lives just by wishing away. A habit tracker gently forces you to actually do them. Since you write them down and track every day, your brain knows it is important and it reminds you every day.
  • Your life gets a new order and a routine.
  • By looking at the pattern in your habit tracker, you get a visual idea of how your week/month was in accordance with your performance of habits.
  • You are more motivated to do your habits because you don’t want blank trackers. Trust me, it’s a thing. Your journal becomes your accountability partner. Sometimes I find myself doing my chores even when I am lazy, just to track in my journal.

Related: 10 reasons for journaling will transform your life

is a weekly or monthly habit tracker better?

I would say, you should experiment with both. Personally, I like monthly habit trackers because once I take some time to set up a monthly tracker, I am done for the month. Then I have to worry about setting up weekly spreads only.

But sometimes I do weekly trackers. When setting up each month’s spread, if I am short on time (sometimes, I set up spreads in the last minute), I decide to use weekly trackers. It’s not that difficult. 

But for some people, monthly trackers may not work. They are more productive when they track habits weekly. It’s up to you to experiment.

Or else, you can have both trackers. For the habits you do weekly or twice/thrice per week, you can have a monthly tracker. Habits like exercise, weekly scrub/mask, grocery shopping etc. You can mark them beforehand and it will help you to remember on which days you are supposed to do them.

For the habits you want to track with more details like, how much water do you drink each day, how many hours do you sleep etc, you can have weekly trackers or separate monthly trackers for them (you can see examples below).

A hack to remember to check your monthly habit trackers

Use index tabs, so that you don’t forget to check it ever.

25 bullet journal habit tracker layouts to get inspired

Most of the habit trackers fall into these categories: linear, circular and mini trackers. 

I have handpicked some habit trackers from each category so that you can get a variety of ideas and inspiration.

Linear habit trackers

If you have many habits to track, you can try linear trackers. You can draw them in one or two pages.

1. Source: @myaugustart

25 stunning habit trackers for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Isn’t this tracker beautiful? The poppies give this spread a color pop. Apart from being beautiful, this habit tracker is functional too. It has a general tracker for all habits and separate logs for water and sleep. It is useful for people who want to track the exact numbers.

This tracker is also easy to draw since there are no columns. You can use the dots as the reference.

2. Source: @diemmybujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

This habit tracker is made in two pages and decorated with pictures around. This one is also less time consuming to make since you rely on dots rather than lines. I would make such a tracker when I am in a hurry. If you don’t want to draw, you can use stickers like these.

3. Source: @bullett.jo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

A two-page spread which is divided into morning, workday and night. I love how the spread is divided into three time periods and the color coding.

4. Source: @heyhihellobujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

A hand-drawn vertical tracker. Again, a simple one. I am all for simple and easy to draw trackers. What about you?

5. Source: @butterfliesandletters

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

See how this tracker has ten habits included. And each of them is color coded. The butterfly stickers add to the beauty of this spread.

6. Source: @birdybujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackersI simply love this tracker. In addition to other habits, sleep and mood trackers are included in this spread.  And don’t you think the tree doodle on top is beautiful?

7. Source: @seras.bullet.journal

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

I love the pattern used in this spread. Lovely, isn’t it?

8. Source: @bulletbeautiful

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Another simple tracker where each week is separated by a line. I am always attracted to simple spreads in a bullet journal because they are less time-consuming and suitable for non-artistic people (no offense to beautiful bujos).

9. Source: @bujotheminimal

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

If you have read my articles before, you know how much I adore minimalist bullet journal spreads and trackers. Here is one. You don’t need to draw lines as dots serve as the guide (a good reason to buy dotted notebooks).

10. Source: @bujobeyond

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Did you notice how many types of trackers are fit in one single page? Impressive! I will definitely try this one.

If you want to keep getting such ideas, go follow these accounts on Instagram. 

11. Source: @tafis_bujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Sleep tracker that tracks the exact time you went to bed and number of hours of sleep.

mini habit trackers

Unlike linear trackers where each habit is tracked along a line, this one has a box dedicated for each habit with 30 or 31 squares. It need not be a box, people use circles and other shapes too. Let’s see some examples.

12. Source: @_bujo_beginner_

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

This habit tracker has separate columns for a month for each habit. Using different colors for each row makes it vivid. I love the graphical representation of sleep and steps tracker.

13. Source: @shemeetspaper

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

I love the flowers and the colors used in this spread. A beautiful tracker.

14. Source: @spaceandquiet

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Now this one is different from all the others. While we usually track for a week/month, this habit tracker tracks for 100 days. The starting date is noted on the page. The triangle is colored yellow on the days a habit isn’t completed. The only downside it has is, it doesn’t have dates. But I think it’s meant to see the ratio or pattern over three months rather than individual days.

15. Source: @tt_iines

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

I love yellow spreads. A refreshing one!

16. Source: @plantsthatblossom

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

This one comes with a twist. This is a tutorial on how to create novelty monthly trackers. It’s a fun and innovative way to track your habits. You know how hard it is to change habits. In the beginning you are enthusiastic, but after a few weeks, it gets monotonous. Changing your habit trackers every month to use fresh ideas as this can kill monotony.

17. Source: @_pandastudies

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Love the little doodles and bright colors.

18. Source: @rachelbujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

 A mini tracker for habits and circular tracker for tracking mood.

What struck me here is the hand-lettering and those lemons. Such a beautiful spread!

19. Source: @baobujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Instead of boxes, we have feathers here. And the tracker is color coded too.

20. Source: @wolkenmeere

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Here is a spread for minimalist bullet journalers.  Simple, functional and do not consume a ton of your time.

21. Source: @d.crafty

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackersHabit tracker and mood tracker in a page, where circles denote each day. Crayons are used to highlight. An example of starting a bullet journal with whatever inexpensive supplies you have.

Circular habit trackers

I love the look of circular habit trackers. It definitely breaks the monotony and makes your journal beautiful. I use this compass-protractor for drawing circular trackers in my bullet journal. And for filling in, I use Staedtler fineliner pens. I love these pens, the tip is thin enough to fill in the small squares or pies and available in many colors. I like to color code my habit trackers with these pens.

22. Source: @teaandcreate

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

You can use circular habit trackers when you have fewer habits to track. Like this one.

23. Source: @seras.bullet.journal

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackersIf you love doodling or illustration, the center portion of a circular habit tracker is an ideal place. Ain’t that butterfly beautiful?

24. Source: @bujo_baloe

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackers

Mini circular trackers and butterfly mood tracker.

25. Source: @allthingsbujo

25 habit tracker ideas for your bullet journal #habits #bulletjournal #habittrackersI love the look of this simple half circle habit tracker.

There you are. I hope you liked the collection.

Do you have a habit tracker in your bullet journal? How have you benefited from it? I’d love to know. Please comment below.

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32 simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layouts for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo #weeklyspreadI love minimalist bullet journals. And I love embellished bullet journals too.

I prefer to keep my journal minimal most of the time because I want it to be functional. I use a bullet journal to increase my productivity and dump my random thoughts in one place.

So a minimalist journal works for me. But, sometimes I take a look at all those beautiful bullet journals and admire them. Though I love to keep my journal colorful, I don’t feel like spending more time on decorating because when I am short on time, I don’t want it to be another chore.

So it’s “productivity” over “beautiful” for me.

A minimalist bullet journal works for all those who are busy, those who can’t draw, a beginner in bullet journaling or even the people who follow minimalism in life.

If you want to start a bullet journal, I would advise starting with a minimalist approach, as all you want is to try it out. And the effort it takes to beautify it might put pressure on you, and if you can’t keep up with it, it can force you to leave the habit altogether.

You don’t want that and you want to stick with it for whatever reasons you decided to start a bullet journal. Once the habit is formed, you can think of embellishing it.

Note: A lot of people think a bullet journal should be colorful and decorated. And it turns them off from starting. Please understand it’s not the case. If you want to learn the basics of bullet journal I would recommend Ryder Carroll’s website, the creator of bullet journal.

Or, you can read the article I wrote, How to start a bullet journal even if you aren’t artistic.

But if embellishing your bullet journal is what makes you happy, by all means, go for it. Because that’s your style. Bullet journal is such a forgiving system that whoever using it can style it in their own unique way. There are no rules.

What is a weekly spread/layout of a bullet journal?

A weekly spread/ weekly layout of a bullet journal is where we plan a week in advance. You can draw the weekly layout before each week begins and add tasks corresponding to each day. It suits people who want to have a visual idea of their week.

You can either have a weekly layout or daily, or both, depending on your needs.

Here are some minimalist weekly layouts I picked from Instagram for you to try.

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Minimalist Bullet journal weekly spreads

1. Source: @vestiblrHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoI love the simplicity of this layout. She has divided the page into three columns to accommodate space for six days in a page. It is done neatly without the need of drawing lines.

2. Source: Lizzie @paperandlistsHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoSupplies in image: Le Pen, Tombow Dual Brush Pens

This one has a vertical layout, a calendar on top and has used two pages for a week. I love the way she has drawn the checkboxes and what I love most is the space dedicated for journal entries below each column, corresponding to each day. I definitely want to try this for my journal.

3. Source: Fiona @mindbodyjournalHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoSupplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook

This one also has a vertical layout and space dedicated for daily journaling below each day’s tasks.

4. Source: Marie @journalspirationHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Marie from @journalspiration has this brilliant idea of creating an hourly layout in her weekly spread. It is useful if you have busy days or need to track your activities on an hourly basis. You can check out her Youtube channel here: journalspiration.

5. Source: @tangledblissbujo

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoSupplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook, Staedtler Pigment Liner Pen

A simple yet beautiful, minimalist one-page layout for a weekly spread. I would use this layout for weeks when I don’t have many activities going on. A great way to save your notebook pages as well. 

5. Source: Julia @bulletbyjulia

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Shinhan Touch Liner Pen

A horizontal minimalistic weekly spread. Minimal, but functional. The use of stamps gives this spread a uniform look.

6. Source: Christina Kay @steepedinbooks

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Scribbles That Matter Pocket Notebook

Christina has used a pocket notebook and I love how she has included everything in small space. And yes, it is minimalistic too. She has a weekly spread, a habit tracker and a to-do list tracker. 

In this one, you can write down the important tasks in the weekly spread. All the other daily chores and daily habits are tracked in the trackers on the left page. Clever idea!

7. Source: Olivia @flyingpaperwordsHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Scribbles That Matter Dotted Notebook

I like the way the days of the week are written above and below the reference dateline in the center. A different one.


8. Source: Emilia @emiliajournalsHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

I absolutely love this weekly layout. It is what you call simple but elegant. I will definitely try this layout in my bullet journal because it is easy, minimalistic and less time consuming to create. 

And what I love about this habit tracker is, you don’t need to draw lines (sometimes, I am too lazy to do that). If you use a dotted notebook, it is easy to create this habit tracker.

9. Source: @letters.day.by.daySupplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook, Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen, Noodlers Ink Apache Sunset

Again a simple layout easy to construct. I like giving colours for headings as it stands out and is easy to read.

10. Source: Emily @studygr.emHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoSupplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook

In this layout, Emily has made use of boxes for days, to do list and notes.

11. Source: Sunisa May @lifearrangementsHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies used: Nuuna Notebook L, Sakura Pigma Micron Size 03, Tombow Dual Brush Pen

What I love about this minimalistic spread is, how she has organized all the trackers and logs along with the weekly log, beautifully.

12. Source: @nikjournals

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook

A simple, but functional weekly layout. 

13. Source: @notebookaddiction_Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

A minimalistic horizontal layout with hand-drawn brackets for each day of the week. 

14. Source: @studyclinic

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Copper Dotted Notebook, Sakura Pigma Micron 03 Pen.

Another weekly spread with minimal use of colors. And two weeks are drawn on side by side pages. I love how it helps to save your notebook pages and perfect for someone who has small to do lists.

15. Source: Elizabeth @jihielephant

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Tombow Twin Tone Marker, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen

A simple vertical layout with neatly drawn boxes. There is an extra box you can use for writing notes, reminders or even for trackers.

16. Source: @teacherwithaplan

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook

What I love about this minimalistic spread is, how she has organized all the boxes, to do lists and trackers into two pages. The page space is used wisely and there is no wastage (I dislike wasting pages in a book).

17. Source: Jane @bujoistHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoSimple vertical layout. I love the heading of each column, a box denoting the date and the day. There is also a footer space below each column to write notes. I have seen some people use this space to write gratitude log. 

18. Source: Adrianna @adawadaa

Supplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook

A vertical weekly layout without lines. What I love about such layouts are, these are easy to set up because you don’t have to spend time on drawing lines. But it still looks clean, doesn’t it?

19. Source: @colorfulblackroseHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Notebook, Faber Castell Ecco Pigment Fineliner

This one pleases my eyes because of its simplicity. She has used a little space to be creative by using washing tape and sticker. Still minimal, right?

20. Source: @journalingonabudget

This layout is created on a grid paper notebook, ideal for beginners. The space below the weekly log is dedicated for goals, weekly focus and habit tracker.

21. Source: Laurianne @madebywriting

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

This is a different horizontal layout. The space for weekly tasks is aligned towards the centre of the book. The space on the side is utilised for calendar, goals, notes and gratitude log. I love this idea!

22. Source: Munira @atouchofstarlightblog

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Moleskine Dotted Notebook, Stabilo Fineliner Pen

This weekly layout uses fineliners to add color. I like how each day is divided into two using a line. I am guessing it is for two areas of your life like ‘work’ and ‘home’, or you can make it so. 

23. Source: Rosana @thebujophase

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

If you want to add a pinch of color to your bullet journal, you can draw simple cute pictures like this in the corners. It makes your journal colorful, yet minimal. Also, you can use mildliners for headings, like in this picture.

24. Source: @bibleandmybujoHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

This is done on a travelers notebook. I love spreads like this, where everything you need to track in a week is incorporated in two pages. It gives an idea of your whole week in capsule form. Apart from the weekly tasks, this spread has a to-do list tracker, habit tracker, mood tracker and gratitude log. Cool, right?

25. Source: S.E Rose @s.e.rose_bujos

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

I love the boxes and how the dates are written inside each one. An innovative idea!

26. Source: @mrsmcbujo

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

This one is embellished with black and white stickers. Who said you can’t be creative in a minimalistic bullet journal?

27. Source: Laura @bujo.auslife

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

This weekly spread reminds me of the original style of the creator of the bullet journal, Ryder Carroll. The bullets used are exactly the ones he teaches and only hand drawn lines are used to divide the page. Appointments and events are written on the left side, and to do list on the right. A functional spread!

28. Source: Alexa @alexaarabejo

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

Supplies in image: Leuchtturm 1917 A6 Dotted Notebook

This minimalist weekly spread makes use of the dot grid paper to draw the weekly columns. I love the incomplete rectangles. A fresh idea!

29. Source: @astrofelixHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

A horizontal weekly spread using lines. I like the way the dates are written alternatively on each side.

30. Source: Maria-Denice @simple_bujoHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujoSupplies in image: Staedtler Pigment Liner

A simple one with leaf art in the corners.

31. Source: @not.another.bujo

Have a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

What do you think about this style?  I like how the current week is highlighted in the calendar on top.

32. Source: Karoline @blackandwhitebulletHave a look at these simple and minimalist bullet journal weekly spreads/layout for new ideas! #bulletjournal #bulletjournalweeklylog #bujo

In this weekly spread, the days of the week are written on the sides of the page. And the center portion is devoted for list/notes, trackers and some flower doodles (which I love).

There you are! You have enough ideas to try in your bullet journal today.

What do you think about these minimalistic weekly spreads? Let me know in the comments!

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My bullet journal is a dear thing to me.

Till it came to my life I didn’t know what to do with the tens of thousands of thoughts that would circle in my mind.

As an introvert, I converse with myself more than with others, and it would overwhelm me sometimes.

Then I found journaling. It helps me in letting my thoughts flow on to paper, clearing my mind. 

But I am happier since I found bullet journaling. Because it helps me to organize my thoughts, ideas, wishes, and hopes. I know where to look for them when I need them and they will not be lost.

And that’s what bullet journal collections are. Or they are simply called bullet journal pages.

Bullet journal collections are pages dedicated to specific topics.

When you want to start a collection, you take a fresh page, write the topic name and add entries.

Related: How to start a simple bullet journal even if you aren’t artistic

Here is a huge list of page ideas that you can use in your bullet journal.

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121+ page ideas for bullet journal

Personal

  • Goals for this year
  • Journal
  • Braindump
  • My bucket list
  • Places to go
  • Year at a glance
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Favourite memories
  • Holiday Gift ideas
  • Important dates
  • Relationship goals
  • Restaurants to try

Trackers

  • Spending tracker
  • Meal tracker
  • Habit tracker
  • Sleep tracker
  • Mood tracker
  • Goal tracker
  • My Miracle Morning tracker
  • Savings tracker
  • Water tracker
  • Study tracker
  • Debt tracker
  • Prayer log
  • Dream Tracker

Self Development

  • My morning routine
  • My evening routine
  • Self care activities
  • Skills I want to develop
  • My 5 year plan
  • 90 day goals
  • Favourite quotes
  • New habits to develop
  • Gratitude journal
  • My lesson from this experience
  • Things that make me happy
  • Affirmations
  • My vision board
  • My mission statement
  • 30 day challenges
  • Things I love about me

Creativity

  • Doodle page
  • Bullet journal banner ideas
  • Typography practice
  • Writing prompts
  • 6 word stories

Books & Reading

  • Books to Read 
  • Books read this year
  • Notes from books
  • Quotes from books
  • Pages to reread for motivation

Travel

  • Countries visited
  • Packing checklist
  • Camping checklist
  • Itinerary for the next trip
  • Pre-holiday checklist ( flights, hotels & rentals)

Kids/Parenting

  • Labour bag list
  • Things my kids say
  • Kids’ activities
  • Snack ideas for school
  • Fun games & activities to do with kids and their schedule
  • Crafts for them to try
  • Books to read to them
  • Daily schedule for kids

Health & Fitness

  • Exercise log
  • Weight loss tracker
  • Healthy snack ideas
  • My yoga routine
  • Gym routine
  • Strength training routine
  • Fruits/veggies to include
  • Daily supplements log
  • 30-day fitness challenges
  • Home workout routine

Entertainment

  • Movies to watch
  • My music list
  • My favorite movies
  • TV shows to watch
  • Favorite blogs/websites
  • Favorite podcasts

Food

  • Food log
  • Master grocery list
  • Favorite recipes
  • New dishes to try

Home/ Money

  • Cleaning schedule ( daily/weekly/monthly/yearly)
  • Home appliances maintenance log
  • Vehicle maintenance log
  • Household chores schedule (daily/weekly)
  • Gardening chores log
  • Repair notes
  • Monthly bills log
  • Borrowed/returned tracker
  • Insurance info
  • Medical info

Work/business

  • Projects to complete
  • Sales call schedule
  • Deadlines
  • Conference dates
  • Hours worked

Blogging

  • Goals for my blog ( 6 months/1 year/ 5 years)
  • Blog to do list
  • Page views tracker 
  • Income tracker
  • Affiliate sites to sign up for
  • Best blogs to follow
  • Social media log
  • Editorial calendar
  • New blog post ideas
  • Monthly subscribers tracker
  • Widgets to add/ website tweaks to make
  • Email marketing schedule
  • Blogging expenses
  • Blog backup log
  • Blog mission statement
  • Monthly report/review

Hobbies & Crafts

  • Hobbies to try
  • DIY ideas
  • Supplies to buy
  • Best websites on crafts

School / college

  • Daily study schedule
  • Test paper days
  • Grade tracker
  • Assignment tracker
  • Club meetings
  • Project notes

Misc

  • Online orders tracker
  • Doctor/ Dentist appointments


You might also like: 10 bullet journal tips you must know as a beginner

This is a huge list and I am sure you won’t need all of them. Create the collections you only really need.

Have I missed anything? Please let me know in the comments.

If you loved it, please take a moment to PIN IT as I will be updating the list with new ideas.

Want to organise your life and increase productivity using a bullet journal? Make use of these page ideas.

Want to start a bullet journal that won’t break the bank?

You are in the right place.

I am going to show you some cheap supplies you can use to customize bullet journal and where you can get them.

But before that, a question.

Do you even need these so-called “supplies” to keep a bullet journal?

No!

But then why do people go crazy to buy supplies when they start a bullet journal?

Depends on your need.

Because a bullet journal means something to each owner. (Yes, you can grow attached to your journal.)

For many, it’s only a system to organize their life and stay productive. They want to remember what they should be doing and do that. Simple!

But for many others, it’s also a creative outlet. The artist in you craves to create and you do that in your journal.

If you ask me which type am I, I fall somewhere in between. I am not artistic but I like to create when an inspiration strikes, but it’s not a priority for me. 

My priority is, of course, to get things done. Mostly, what I want from my journal is it to be neat and organized. I want to find things easily. So I use some supplies to draw lines, highlight and add some color so that the headings stand out.

If you are the first type, the only supplies you need is a notebook and a pen.

But if you want something more from your journal, come let’s do some supplies-hunting!

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Cheap supplies for your bullet journal

 Bullet Journal Notebooks 

If you want to buy a notebook for your bullet journal on a budget, but don’t want to compromise much on the quality, you can go for these options.

1. Bullet Journal Dot Grid Hardcover Notebook

 

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This notebook has acid free sheets,  and with a thickness of 120 gsm, it has minimal to NO ghosting or bleeding.

The notebook measures 5”x8.25”, has an elastic closure, expandable inner pocket and a ribbon. It also has a smooth faux leather cover and rounded corners. The notebook opens flat, which I love because it is essential for hassle-free writing and drawing.

You can buy this notebook from amazon.com. (It is a best-seller and has great reviews).

I think the only drawback it has is the number of pages. It has only 128 pages compared to other popular notebooks. 

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2.  Minimalism Art Classic Notebook

 

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Minimalism Art Classic notebook comes in different sizes (including A4, A5) and patterns like squared, dotted and plain. I love the fact that this brand offers many color choices too.

It has 192 pages with 100 gsm thickness. The quality is good with minimal ghosting and bleeding for most pens.

It’s available in smooth PU leather hardcover and softcover. Like many other notebooks, it has elastic closure and back cover pocket as well. 

If you are a beginner, you can wet your toes with this journal notebook. I am not a beginner, but I am eyeing this one as my next bullet journal notebook.

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Related: 10 bullet journal tips you must know as a beginner

3. Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

 

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Currently, I am using this notebook for my bullet journal. My previous bullet journal was a cheap notebook I picked from a local store and was a plain notebook. 

I love the experience with a dotted notebook, as it helps me to draw lines easily and the dots give a subtle structure to pages without the overwhelming lines.

It has 192 pages which are thick (100 gsm). The notebook measures 5-1/2”x8”, has an elastic closure and a back cover pocket like all other journal notebooks.

I have used brush pens, mildliners, and fineliner pens on it and it has minimal ghosting. I am happy with the purchase and would buy again.

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4. Staedtler Fineliner Pens

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These are amazing pens to add a little bit color to your bullet journal. This is one of the first supplies I bought for my bullet journal, and I love and still use them.

You can use these for illustration, doodling or draw lines and borders in your bullet journal. I use these for writing headings too, or when I need to write some important notes that should stand out.

It’s available in different sizes like 5 pack,10 pack, 20 pack etc. 

What I like about Staedtler Fineliner Pens is, it has an ergonomic triangular barrel for easy grip and relaxed writing. It also has a sturdy case that can be converted into an easel that helps in grabbing pens.

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5. Circle maker 

 

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I love circular trackers. If you want to draw circles, this is a handy tool. 

I bought this from Etsy. If you want bullet journal supplies on a budget, Etsy has a ton of supplies. I could literally spend days looking at each item.

I bought this from Moxiedori (they have international shipping) and I love how easily I can draw circles with this. There are small circles on it and when you want larger circles you can easily make it.

What I like about Moxiedori Compass Protractor:

  • Very thin and lightweight, hence easy to slid into the back cover of my bullet journal notebook. If you don’t have back cover, you can keep it in between pages too.
  • Doesn’t make a hole in my notebook like a compass
  • There are lines around the stencil to make equal divisions like a protractor

They even have a video tutorial on how to use the product. Cool, huh?

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Note: It took me a few tries to get perfect circles in the beginning. But I learned with practice.

6. Crayola markers

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If you are into brush lettering, Crayola markers are a super cheap alternative to Tombow brush pens.

Crayola markers have a cone tip, you can make thick downstrokes using the side of the cone and thin lines with the tip of the cone.

If you want smaller brush lettering, you can go with Crayola Super Tips Markers.

Here is a helpful article from littlecoffefox.com on how to do brush lettering with Crayola Markers. 

These markers do the work and an excellent substitute for the expensive brush pens. If you are bullet journaling on a budget, or if you are a beginner, definitely try these.

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7. Pencil bag

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Now if you use pens and other supplies, you definitely need a pouch to store them. It will help you to store your most used essentials in one place and easy to carry around your home or when traveling.

This pencil bag has good storage capacity, and I really love the side zipper fold out and the inner pockets where you can keep small items like paper clips, mini staplers, mini scissors etc.

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If you don’t have top-notch skills to draw or if you are short on time but still want your bullet journal to be pretty, the following supplies can help you achieve the desired outcome.

The following supplies are meant to add some extra fun and color to your bullet journal. 

8. Stencils

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You might not be a good freehand artist, but you can still  draw  headers, illustrations, figures, icons, banners etc., using this stencil set. It has alphabet and number stencils too.

You can draw little doodles and has many designs which you can add to your spreads.

You get a set of 20 pieces and for the price, it is definitely a steal.

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Check out this cool stencil from GoodCreated. It makes drawing checklists a breeze when you are short on time and no need to measure and draw with a ruler. It also has rectangular boxes, that you can draw for weekly spreads or to create a ‘note’ section.

9.

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Stickers

You can customise your bullet journal easily with stickers to give a uniform look. And it’s also a way to add some colour and beauty to your journal. 

Take a look at these stickers.

Sugarloop has this mini date flags that you can stick onto your monthly calendar or even on weekly spreads. I love these pastel colors that go with minimalistic style.

10. Days of the week 

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11. Months of the year

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12. Water tracker stickers by JosephineBowDesigns

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13. Stamps

Now I love these stamps which can add some fun and creativity to your journal. With stamps, you have the added benefit of having the ability to use different colors each time.

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What do you think about these supplies? I would love to hear about cheap supplies you have used and loved for your bullet journal. Tell me about it in the comments.

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Are you overwhelmed by the beautiful bullet journal layouts and spreads out there? Learn how to start a minimalist bullet journal with no artistic skills

When it comes to planners, bullet journal is the buzzword these days.

If you are a Pinterest or Instagram user, you must have stumbled upon this term many times.

I did too and hopped onto the bandwagon a year ago.

I am an over thinker and a confused person (due to overthinking) and it overwhelms me sometimes (read all the time!). I definitely needed to unwind and put all the thoughts, tasks and to do lists into a place and relax!

That’s when I found out about the bullet journal system and fell in love with the idea.

I started soon and bought a notebook and supplies as “they” said.

I created colorful layouts and drew cute little pictures on the corners of the pages.

Did I keep up with it?

Noooo!

I kept up with planning in the bullet journal, but not the beautifying tasks.

I am not an artistic person or a doodler, though I am fascinated by the talents of many people. And I admire those beautiful layouts and wish I could do the same.

I could if I tried. But I found out it beats my purpose of keeping a bujo (that’s what a bullet journal is lovingly called).

What I want is to get things done and to jot down important points or events in my life so I can revisit them when I want.

I am not against embellishing the bullet journal. And I also draw weekly spreads which are different from the original bullet journal system. And I do use some supplies to add some color. Because I find it easier to sort through my writing if I want to come back to it later. Sometimes I use sticky notes or bookmarks inside the journal because it is more convenient for me.

But all these are not necessary.

So here I wanna talk about how to start a simple bullet journal, the maintenance of which is not overwhelming. It is completely okay even if you are not artistic.

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Bullet journal supplies for beginners

What you need: A notebook and a pen.

If you ask which notebook to buy for a bullet journal, I would say, it depends on your budget and necessities. If you want to keep your completed journals with you for a long time, better opt for a good quality one. 

The most preferred notebook for a bullet journal is Leuchtturm 1917. It is the book endorsed by the creator of bullet journal, Ryder Carroll. And the company has an official Leuchtturm notebook for bullet journal.

Other popular notebooks in the bullet journal community are:

·        Scribbles that Matter

·        Lemome

·        Moleskine

·        Rhodia

You will get these books in different sizes like A4, A5, and A6. The most preferred size is A5 as it is neither big nor small and convenient to fit in your bag and easy to carry around.

You can choose between ruled, dotted or blank notebooks. My first bullet journal was a blank page notebook. Now I use a dotted one and I find it very useful when I need to draw lines or tables.


If you become a regular user of bullet journal, you might find it useful to carry it with you wherever you go (not a necessity, but I do sometimes if I am gone for a long time). So a quality notebook is a good bargain. If you want to use cheaper supplies to start bullet journaling including notebooks, read this article: 13 cheap bullet journal supplies you can buy for under $12

do I need to be artistic to Start a bullet journal?

If you have the belief that you need to be creative or artistic to start a bullet journal, you are wrong. Bullet journaling is more about increasing productivity and getting organized, hence it is okay if you aren’t creative. Let’s see what all do you need to start.

Related: 10 bullet journal tips you must know as a beginner

The pages you need

The following are the pages you need to start a bullet journal.

1.     Index

2.     Future log

3.     Monthly log

4.     Weekly log/Daily log

5.     Collections

Index

Bullet journal is a very flexible system that you can tweak to your needs. Its possibilities are endless and it becomes what you want.

The beauty of a bullet journal is you can write in it whenever you want. Even if you don’t write on some days you don’t have to leave the pages blank, unlike other planners.

So you definitely need an index to keep tabs on the pages you write.

Leave the first four pages (that fall side by side) for the index.

(The official bullet journal notebook features numbered pages, an index, a bullet key and 3 bookmarks).

Write “Index” on top of it.

Now if you are not using a numbered notebook you number each page as you go.

When using a bullet journal it is better to get used to writing each page’s topic (heading) and page number first. And immediately add it to the index before making an entry.

I highlight some topics in the index ( I use highlighter pens or brush pens for this). Those are my collections. It helps me to find the collection I need to find easily (more on collections in a minute).

Future log

You can use the next two pages for the future log. Write “Future log” on top of the page.

A future log is a place to write down your events, tasks, and goals for the next six months. It helps to have a quick glance at the upcoming events in the future log.

Divide each page into 3 equal parts by drawing horizontal lines. Write down the names of the months in each column. Add your entries.

You can note down birthdays, anniversaries, meetings, vacation trips etc.

I also have a page called “Year at a glance” to note down the past events which are important for me.

Like the day I went on some trip, the day I visited someone, milestones of my kids or career etc.

Future log of Bullet journal-how to start a bullet journal with no artistic skills

Monthly log

Next, we create the monthly log. Take two pages that fall side by side. One page is for calendar and the second one for monthly tasks.

Write the name of the month on top of the first page. Write the days of the month (1, 2, 3….30/31) downwards. You can write the starting letter of the corresponding day of the week next to each date, like in the picture.

Monthly log of bullet journal

Now you can write the month’s events and appointments corresponding to each date in the calendar page.

The second page is for monthly tasks and goals. You can draw two columns with headings ‘Tasks’ and ‘Goals’. This is where you write what you want to achieve that particular month.

I write my goals in all areas here. Like relationship goals, goals for my blog, spiritual goals, health goals, parenting goals, self-care etc.

It gives an idea of how my month is going to be (or should be).

After each month I do a monthly review and evaluate how much I did accomplish. And set new goals for the next month and migrate tasks (if any) to the next month.

Weekly log/ Daily log

The original bullet journal by Ryder Carroll doesn’t have a weekly log. But a lot of bullet journal enthusiasts have it. It depends upon your needs. If you have a lot of tasks, meetings, and appointments to take care of, you need a daily log.

You can also have both logs if you have a busy week. Write the important tasks in advance in a weekly log, and elaborate all the mini-tasks that come under each important task in the daily log. If you are using both logs, you can do a “brain dump” by writing all the events in advance in the weekly log. And each day you can expand each task in the daily log. This way, you don’t miss anything.

If your days are mostly the same or if you don’t want to enter every task you do into a bullet journal you can go for a weekly log.

I mean, come on, you do many of the chores out of habit. You don’t need a reminder for every task.

I don’t do daily logs. I do only weekly logs.

I usually draw a weekly spread in advance between every Friday and Saturday. I write down all those tasks that need to be done on specific days and additional tasks if any, goes to the spread each day.

It helps me to dump my thoughts “off my head” and visualize my week in advance.

I usually plan the night before. But even then, weekly spreads are enough for me to write down the tasks. This is an example of a weekly log.

Weekly log/spread of bullet journal

In a daily log, you write each day’s tasks as you go. If you have to juggle lots of things at home and work, you can plan accordingly in your journal. You can separate work and personal/home into two columns and add respective entries.

To create a daily log, take a fresh page and write down the date as the heading, and add your entries.

The daily log gives you the freedom to take more space if you want, for busier days. If you do not record daily it’s better if you keep a daily log rather than a weekly log, as you will be leaving blank spaces in the weekly log. Here is an example of a daily log from tinyrayofsunshine.com

Daily log of bullet journal

It is okay even if you don’t record in your journal daily. You can pick back up where you left off without feeling guilty of leaving blank pages.

That’s why people love bullet journal, because of the flexibility it offers.

Now you need to know how to make entries so that it’s easier to identify different tasks.

Let me walk you through the language and elements of a bullet journal. Hope you are with me.

Rapid logging: The language of a bullet journal

Unlike traditional planning systems or diaries, you don’t need to write elaborate sentences in a bullet journal. It takes time and a bullet journal is here to make journaling easier.

Rapid logging consists of 4 components:

Topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets. (Source: bulletjournal.com)

  • Topics– The heading of each page. With each fresh page, you give a heading so that you are clear what it is about. Example: Future log, Monday 12th March, Index etc.
  • Page numbers– As soon as you give a page a heading you mark it in the index with the page number. It can be a hassle to number each page later and add it to the index. (Believe me, I have done that).
  • Short sentences & Bullets- You need to write only short phrases for each entry. Example: laundry, workout, order the book.  

You can use abbreviations to represent the tasks you do often.

Example: ST for strength training, NR for night routine

Bullets are used to make each entry.

Depending upon the nature of each entry, 3 types of bullets are used.

  • for tasks

     O   for events

     –   for notes

And depending upon the completion of tasks, there are additional bullets used like,

     X   for task completed

     >  task migrated

     <    scheduled task

Signifiers

Signifiers are symbols which add extra information to a bullet. Commonly used signifiers are,

  *   shows task’s priority

  !    inspiration (for ideas and insights)

Eye symbol” for explore (a reminder for topics you need to research more)

Example: *• Send the email to John

! You compete only with who you were yesterday

But these bullets are not set in stone. It means you can use the symbols that are easy for you. Some people use squares to denote tasks, and color the squares to indicate completed tasks. Again, it’s your choice.

You can create a page called ‘Key’ in the beginning to help you remember the bullets. As I use only 3 or 4 bullets, I have not created this page.

Here is an example of ‘Key’ page from @letsgojournal.

how to start a bullet journal with no artistic skills

Task Migration

According to Ryder Carroll, migration is the cornerstone of bullet journaling.

Migration means, reviewing unfinished tasks each month and move them to the next month. You note it down in the tasks page of the monthly log at the beginning of each month.

But monthly migration doesn’t suit me. I do it every other day because some tasks cannot wait for a month. I highlight the task with my brush pen (you can also use the bullet >) so that it stands out.

Migration in a bullet journal-how to start a bullet journal with no artistic skills

But if I migrate some tasks repeatedly, I don’t see the need to do it anymore. In that case, I cross it off. That’s another benefit of bullet journaling. It causes you to reflect on what is important and what you should give your time to. If you are postponing repeatedly, it might not be worth your time. Or think about delegating.

Collections

Collections in a bullet journal pretty much talk about your life. It gives the journal a touch of your personality.

Collections are pages dedicated to specific topics.

Example: Meal Planning, Grocery list, Habit trackers etc.

To start a collection, you take the next fresh page, write the topic, add the page number to your index, and start writing.

Some collections in my bullet journal are:

·        Habit tracker

·        My bucket list

·        Packing checklist (Thanks to this, I don’t miss a thing in my travels now. Also, I don’t have to think before packing)

·        Gratitude log

·        Uncomfortable things I did (My goal for this year is to get out of my comfort zone as much as possible and do the things I fear. I note down such acts in this collection to boost my confidence and for future inspiration).

·        Goals for 2018

·        Inspirational quotes

·        Affirmations

·        Self-care log

·        My vision board

You see, starting a bullet journal was one of the best decisions in my life. Now I have a place to dump my thoughts and free myself. You should do it too!

Related: The ultimate list of bullet journal collections(121+ideas)

Now that you know what collections are, you need to know about threading too.

Threading

Threading is a method used to connect pages of similar topics together. In a bullet journal, we fill in the pages as we go. For example, if you have a collection called ‘Project notes’, and your notes lie on page 20, and the continuation is in 25, you can make use of threading. Simply add 25 to 20 and vice versa.

Threading in a bullet journal-how to start a bullet journal with no artistic skills

Conclusion

Starting a bullet journal is easy. It need not overwhelm you if you keep it simple. It increases your productivity and helps you plan and organize your life.

You have enough information to start a bullet journal(with no artistic skills) in this post. If you have any questions or comments please let me know below. Happy to help!

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Are you overwhelmed by the beautiful bullet journal layouts and spreads out there? Learn how to start a minimalist bullet journal with no artistic skills

Before you dismiss of journaling habit as something only the intelligent ones or the creative ones do, let me tell you something:

Journaling can be for everyone.

Great men like Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill and many more, had journals.

So what is the relation between writing journals and becoming great?

It’s not that simply writing in a journal can make you great. It is how you use it, makes the difference.

Here are 10 benefits of journaling that can help you improve your life. If you think you don’t know what to write in a journal or don’t know how to start, let me help. 

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1. journaling helps to Record daily insights that touch you

10 benefits of journaling and how it can change your life

As humans, we have an average of 60-65k thoughts per day. Among them, there might be some wonderful thoughts, ideas and life lessons that we learn from our experiences on a daily basis.

You can record them in your journal. We grow as a person when we learn from our lessons. Recording them on your journal helps you to remember them more.

Another benefit, journaling sometimes gives you interesting revelations about yourself which you wouldn’t have normally thought about.

2. you can Write about your goals and measure progress

Instead of simply writing about your days, you can also use journaling to keep track of your life. It helps in planning your life as you want it to be.

You can have a goal tracker or a habit tracker drawn (or dedicate a separate section for it). And at the end of each day, evaluate how much you did accomplish.

As the saying goes,

What gets measured,  gets done.”

It helps in not losing focus on your goals and acts as a reminder of why you want to achieve a certain goal. When you write down your goals, you are committing yourself to do it. It reminds your brain that this is important for you and thus your brain causes you to notice more opportunities which help in achieving them.

Having a written plan in your journal will help you kick procrastination habit and bring more order in your life by getting things done.

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3. you can Write about your desires 

As humans, we all spend some time wishing about the future; the list of things we want to do or want to have.

It can be about ideas for expanding a business, the kind of body you want to have, the places you want to go, the activities you want to check off your bucket list, the new dish you want to make etc.

A journal is a great place to jot down all these. Research has proved that what we write down we retain more. Thus, there are more chances of taking action. And you definitely want to have those wonderful experiences, right?

4. Lessons from your past experiences

Don’t let your past dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you will become.

Your journal is a little window to your past.

Looking back you have those memories to smile or cry or learn.

It also helps in analyzing your growth as a person. Like what made you upset years ago doesn’t even have a place in your life right now or you realize you cried over trivial things. Such things make you realize how important it is to spend your time more wisely. And manage your emotions in a new light.

You can also write about daily events, not necessarily daily, but the memorable events of your day. The ones you would like to revisit later in life.

5. journaling helps to release pent-up emotions

10 benefits of journaling and how it can change your life

Today we have all kinds of journals, planners and apps to help us do our tasks, but we are distracted more than ever because of the temptation to give in to the social media notifications. This virtual escape does not help in dealing with our thoughts and problems.

When we get overwhelmed due to our circling thoughts, we try to numb our minds by mindlessly scrolling on social media. It has become a new medium for relaxation.

But time spent on social media doesn’t always relax our minds and give focus. It gives only a distraction.

We should rely on a medium that helps us channel our thoughts onto a focused solution. You can dump your thoughts in a journal, or you can just use it for brainstorming. It helps us to clear our minds, relax and take better decisions.

When my mind is overwhelmed with difficult emotions, I do freewriting in my journal (more on this in a minute).  And I write about how to solve it, how I should approach this problem and how I should improve myself so that this doesn’t occur again (being proactive). Trust me, it is super comforting. I learn about myself more on these journaling sessions and I get actionable tips for self-improvement.

It’s like having a personal therapist.

Related: 10 best habits to have in life to take your life to the next level

6. a tool to Organize your thoughts

Another benefit I like about journal writing is, your life gets more organized. If your thoughts and to-do lists are scattered all over the place, you must try journaling. You can use any journal, what I use is a bullet journal. Starting a bullet journal has helped me immensely in having a system for my daily life. 

You can create separate sections in your journal for each area of your life. Because to evolve as a person and be a better version of yourself, you need to grow in all aspects of life. A journal is a tool where you can plan to improve.

In my journal, I write about making improvements in career, relationships, parenting, spirituality, health, exercise etc.

I have goals for each part of my life. And it will blow me away if I were to keep all those aspirations in my mind. If it is in my journal, I know I am going to do something about it (and I do!)

You can even have different journals for different subjects but I recommend using one(or two) for everything as you can take it everywhere.

 After a while, you will find that your journal turns out to be your constant companion who agrees to whatever you say, be with you in everything, gives you feedback and guards your secrets like a loyal friend.

Related: 10 bullet journal tips you must know as a beginner

7. you can Write about what  you are grateful for in life

10 benefits of journaling and how it can change your life

I cannot stress enough how important and powerful gratitude is. I first found out about it from Rhonda Byrne’s famous book “The Secret” two years ago. There are people who scorn Law of Attraction. Even I don’t believe in sitting at one place “wishing” for things to happen and hope that a magical genie would come to fulfill my desires. No! You have to move your butt and work for it. And then expect the results.

But feeling gratitude daily has changed my life.  I used to be a pessimist and would spend my days thinking about ‘lack of things’. The downside of it is, I failed to notice the good things happening in life. But when I started practicing gratitude, I found out I have more things to be happy of, than things to worry about.

Gratitude makes me ponder about the blessings I have and I never let my mind to drown in disappointing thoughts which drain the positive energy out of my day. Gratitude makes me see the good side of life, even in the most difficult circumstances.

It has really changed my life. I am happier, became more optimistic and I find more blessings come around.

For all those who want to know more about the power of gratitude, I highly recommend the book  ‘The Secret’.


You can buy the audio version here from Audible.com. (You’ll get it free along with another book if you sign up for a free 30-day trial.)

8. journaling Increases self-discipline

Self-discipline is one quality you should develop if you want to succeed in life. Successful people have one quality: they do their tasks even if they want to or not.

We all have days on which we would like to stop the alarm, pull the covers and sleep more. But showing up daily, no matter what is what going to help you create the life you want.

If you plan your days in a journal, it can be your accountability partner. Checking off the items on your list the end of the day is so rewarding and encouraging.

One of the benefits of journaling is, you are creating a habit where you are expected to show up. And self-discipline is a muscle which grows as you flex it more and more.

9. journaling helps in healing your emotional wounds

Writing is therapeutic. It also helps you to tap into your intuitions to get answers.

It is an outlet to let flow even the most difficult and painful experiences or feelings, that you might not want to tell anyone. (Though I recommend getting an expert help if there is something you can’t solve yourself). It helps in confronting the situation and finding a way out.

You get to listen to your thoughts and feelings and express them rather than creating a storm in your head going in circles.

It is powerful because when we let our feelings out, we get more emotional clarity.

10. journaling helps in problem-solving

Too often, we struggle to take action because of our fears and self-doubt.

In the primitive age, our body would produce fear to protect us from external danger ( like wild animals ). The truth is, still today, our brain triggers fear when we are about to step into the unknown. But we get engulfed in our fears without realizing there is no such potential danger.

Often we choose to stay in the safe zone, even if it doesn’t give us the happiness we deserve. We choose unhappiness over uncertainty.

But, a journal could help you in fighting your fears. And control the fear which is affecting the quality of your life.

How is it possible?

Tim Ferris, a bestselling author, and blogger teaches an exercise called “fear-setting”, in his book Tools of Titans.  He says fear setting helped him in overcoming difficult fears in life. Here is an article to learn more about fear-setting.

And also watch Tim’s TED talk(2017) on it, here.

You need not do this exercise in a journal. You can do it on a piece of paper too. But, a journal is going to be with you always and you can always refer back to it when needed.

conclusion

You have 10 reasons to start journaling today. Grab a book and start writing. If you are still unsure about what to write, you can try freewriting in the beginning.

Freewriting means writing whatever comes to your mind for a set period of time, without regard to spelling or grammar.

Set a timer for 10-15 minutes. Write what you are thinking right now, even if it sounds stupid. Write even if you don’t get anything to write. It can go like this.

I don’t know what to write about. Nothing comes to my mind. Right now, I’m freewriting. I think this will help me in putting my thoughts on paper. I bought a journal. In it, I will write about …….

You see often it will give you ideas that you might not have got if you stayed in your mental chatter. Freewriting is usually used to warm up writing routine when you face writer’s block. You don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or any error here. Neither should you stop to read what you wrote. Do not lose contact of your pen with paper.

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10 benefits of journaling and how it can change your life