A bullet journal is a productive tool that is the gathering spot for your schedule, thoughts, ideas, and goals, but it can work as a de-stressor, as well.
What Is a Bullet Journal?
A bullet journal is mainly a planner that you can tailor to your specific needs with creative page layouts and colors.
The key is in the bullet journal layout you choose to use. The sky is the limit for bullet journal layout ideas and what to put in them. But to get you started, we've gathered 13 inspiring ways you can begin to design your personalized book or online bullet journal.
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Maximize the Impact of a Bullet Journal
If you're a non-artist and not very creative, don't let these bullet journal ideas discourage you. Instead, let these layouts inspire you to work on your penmanship and your planning. All you need is a little practice and patience to master this craft.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Get Started With a Simple Monthly Layout
Bullet journals don't have to be complicated. When you're just getting started, experiment with different monthly layouts until you find one that works best for your lifestyle. Keep it really simple. Use a small ruler or a straight edge and a quality pen to tackle this monthly setup.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Log Monthly Utility Bills
Keeping track of your utility bills is a helpful way to monitor spending. By keeping a page in your journal, it's easier to look back and make estimates for how much you'll have to spend in the future since these bills tend to fluctuate with the seasons.
You'll also be able to spot trends much more readily this way. For example, if you see a significant and unexplained spike in your water bill one month, check to see if you have any water leaks.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Make Sure You're Eating Right
Anyone trying to lose weight or maintain a healthier lifestyle usually has some poor eating habits they need to break. For most people, breaking a habit isn't as simple as making a mental commitment and sticking to it. Having some form of accountability as well as a visual reminder is a really helpful way to stay on task.
This layout is straightforward with minimal bells and whistles—perfect for journalers of all skill levels.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Figure Out Which Habits Have Become Obsessive
Habit trackers have become really popular primarily because of how helpful visuals are when breaking or creating new habits. There are plenty of smartphone apps that will remind you of things like to drink more water, but some might argue that the act of taking pen to paper is a more effective method.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Keep Your Savings Goals in Check
When you're working out of one or two bank accounts, it's easy to spend money that is actually designated for something else. This bullet journal layout creates different buckets for your money based on bigger ticket items. When you're working hard to take that trip abroad (and you're reminded of the trip in your journal), you might be less likely to buy that expensive shirt you don't need.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Practice Your Doodling Skills
Once you get your basic layouts perfected, step out of your comfort zone and work on some more advanced doodles and lettering. There are tons of inspiration pages and tutorials out there that will show you exactly how to form certain shapes and symbols. Most of them are much easier to create than they look, once you know how to do it.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Write Down Your Top Goals
Goal layouts are a great way to practice some more refined lettering and doodling. Start your page with three semi-circles using a compass. Next, pick one of your favorite inspirational quotes to go in the center. Lastly, pick some simple floral or geometric doodles to accent your circles.
Your goals don't have to be based on a month. Yearly and even lifetime goal pages are a great way to keep track of how your ambitions evolve.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Never Forget Your Parent's Anniversary Again
This date layout doesn't take much time to complete, but it is one that can be looked back at many times throughout the year. One might argue that a phone or Facebook app can remind you of birthdays and holidays, but the act of writing out the dates could help you remember them. Also, who doesn't need a phone or social media detox every now and then?Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Track Your Moods With Color
Moods come and go, and it's important to acknowledge and embrace them without being too hard on yourself. Tracking moods throughout the month, especially for a woman, is a great way to see if there are patterns. Perhaps you notice a certain color (i.e. anxiousness) showing up at the same time each month. Maybe it's cyclical. Keeping this chart can help you and your doctor get to the bottom of negative emotions as well as help you honor the positive ones.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Plan Your Next Adventure
Travelling can be a spontaneous experience, but most of the time, a little bit of planning goes a long way. Create a layout of all the places you would love to see, things you'd like to do and people you'd like to visit along the way.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Express Your Gratitude Often
Showing gratitude is a recommended way to keep our mental health in check because it brings our awareness to details of our life that promote a positive mood. It might seem easy to rattle off a list of things we are grateful for when we are happy, but the challenge is to create layouts like this when we are stressed out and not the best version of ourselves. Honing in on this exercise in these moments will have the most impact, but truthfully, anytime is a good time to practice being thankful.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Make a Cleaning Routine and Stick to It
Who doesn't love a clean house? Although, some of us are better at keeping a tidy home than others. Breaking down your household cleaning routine into stages will make household chores seem more manageable. First, get out of the habit of trying to clean your entire house in a day. Then, figure out which tasks should be done when and chart them out. Keep your plan realistic in order to make the most of this layout.