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After you learn about the fundamentals of a bullet journal, it is time to actually start including pages and collecting bullet journal ideas. This really comes down to knowing what you need to include in the journal, but is also based on what your personal needs and style are.
Index and Symbols
To start with, your bullet journal should include an index with page numbers on each page, and symbols for the various notes. These are some of the basic elements of a bullet journal that help get it organized and let you know how to find different sections of the journal.
You can title each section as needed, but make sure it is also included in the index. Update the index as much as you need to.
Calendars are another very important part of having a bullet journal. You want to keep track of your appointments and schedules, and to do that you need multiple ways to do this. Just having a regular monthly calendar is great, but it makes it hard to include more information.
However, if you just had a daily or weekly calendar, then you wouldn’t have the benefit of seeing your month at a glance. For this reason, it is good to have daily, weekly, and monthly calendar pages in your bullet journal.
Life Goals and Aspirations
Not everything in your journal has to be about your daily tasks and to-do lists. You can also get more in-depth and really keep track of where you want to be in life. These bullet journal ideas for tracking life goals, spending and saving will give you some great ideas on how to use your journal to track your life goals.
A great way to track your savings in a bullet journal by Sasha at Life’s Carousel.
Track your savings or spending with unique bullet journal ideas like this one. It can be a spread for the week or for the month. Whatever your budget goals, you can adapt it and make it fit your style.
You can start a bucket list or have a 5-year or 10-year plan in certain sections of the bullet journal. It also allows you to see what your main life goals are, make a list of what you need to do in order to achieve them, and then work on those tasks one at a time until you reach your goal.
Healthy Lifestyle Changes
To take better care of yourself, make sure you include a health or lifestyle section. This part of the bullet journal is where you log your food, create meal plans, and make grocery lists.
You can collect recipes and include them or make lists of areas where you want to improve your nutrition. This also works great if you want to log in your weight and measurements to track them or find out what your fitness routine should be.
If you are trying to start a business, definitely include that in your bullet journal. Enter notes about the type of business, what you need to start it if you will have employees, how to get the legal and tax information done, and what marketing methods you would like to use.
Recommended Page Layouts and Designs
Something many people struggle with when putting their bullet journal together is knowing what page layout and design to use. You might find that your bullet journal ideas are felling a little boring or you can’t quite organize the layouts properly. Here are some recommended page layouts and designs you can use.
Have Multiple Calendar Layout Options
When designing the layouts for your schedule and calendar portion of the bullet journal, use multiple options. Don’t just restrict yourself to one style, but really use whatever works best for you.
Perhaps your journal has so many sections, you really only have room for a monthly calendar. You can also use one version to create multiple page spreads from a simple design like this post will show you.
A step by step tutorial on variations for a calendar spread by Rose at Little Miss Rose
That is totally fine! But others might find it helpful to use daily layouts and weekly layouts as well. These are great because they provide more space for writing, but in the end, it is up to whatever you want and what your needs are.
Try a Time-Based Daily Layout
Another good idea for your layouts is to use a time-based daily layout. This is for when you are tracking things like your moods and feelings, or what tasks you are completing on any given day.
If you work from home, it is very helpful when trying to figure out what hours you spend working, and what hours are spent on other things. For the day, split it up into hour increments to make logging easier.
Be as Creative as You Like
Include your favorite icons, doodles, and artwork. If you love unicorns then fill that book up with unicorns. If you love cats, then make everything in your journal about cats.
Personally, I’m going to create a Harry Potter themed bullet journal. It makes my heart happy just thinking about it!
Remember that everything you read about bullet journals is nothing more than a guideline. There are no hard and fast rules here. You can be as creative as you want, so don’t feel pressured to have the most unique or the prettiest pages.
You are also not forced to use layouts you find elsewhere, but to create your own as you see fit. That is one of the great things about having a bullet journal.
Have Some Freeform Pages
It is also a good idea to include some pages in the bullet journal with no layout whatsoever. These are similar to traditional journal pages, where you are just jotting down notes in any manner you want. You have no guidelines or set boxes you need to stick to. Just start writing, doodling, and making notes about whatever you need to remember at a later date.
If you are getting stuck on layouts, start looking at other bullet journals for inspiration. You will find a lot of great ideas that inspire you to create custom layouts for your own bullet journal.