Bullet Journaling is an organizational system that has become extremely popular over the past few years. For more information on what it is and how it works, check out this guest blog written by Kara Benz of Boho Berry or this video made by Ryder Carroll (the inventor of this system).
If you’ve been bullet journaling for a while and feel like you’re in a bit of a rut, here are some layouts to provide you with inspiration! We’ve asked a few fantastic planners to send us their favorite spreads and what they love about them.
“Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.” — Ryder
“I love this weekly/daily hybrid spread (inspired by @penpapersoul on Instagram). It’s a huge space-saver and I enjoy watching it fill up throughout the week as I tackle each day.” — Kara
“This layout is helpful to me because allows me to keep track of my habits, and at the same time reminds me of the tasks that I have to do that week. Also, the last day of the week, in the bottom left of the page, I can write my review, how things went down on a particular day and the positive and negative things of the week. I love this layout in particular because I put into it all of my creativity, decorating it with some leaves of my favorite season: Autumn, making it unique and helpful.” — Federica
See more: @feebujo on Instagram
“For this layout, I utilized the Dutch door method. This is also another great layout for when you have a busy week, or when you need that little extra space but you still want to maintain the two page look. ” — Kimmy
See more: @bumblebujo on Instagram
“My favorite bullet journal layouts are my fill-in-the-square habit trackers! I make one at the beginning of each month. I start by making a square grid with the days of the month on one axis and the habits I want to track on the other. Then I get creative and fill in the box with a pencil sketch of whatever comes to mind–so long as each box gets a line or two. Then, as the month goes on, I ink over the pen of the habits I complete, and erase the pencil of the ones I don’t. I love it because I feel so motivated to finish the picture that I actually find myself going out of my way to do fulfill some of the squares (like making my bed or avoiding Netflix). It’s really been helping me to practice better habits, which has increased my overall productivity.” — Allie
See more: @the_botanical_bullet on Instagram
“The Bullet Journal with the Daily Plan Bar is my most functional combination in managing my daily tasks. Portability is very important to me as well, so pairing this with a Midori TN Passport size and a TWSBI Mini AL makes it even more functional and easy to carry for on-the-go planning and journaling.” — Shilen
See more: @shilen.qc on Instagram
“Keeping a Gratitude Log with the things I’m grateful for has a tremendous effect on my mood – especially when life feels difficult. I find that taking a moment to think about what I’m grateful for helps fill me with a sense of inner peace.”— Kim
“The bullet journal system has allowed me to lean into the ways my mind naturally visualizes time – which is the 5-day work week and weekends. Creating these layouts on Sundays help center me on the intention for the week, and allows me to feel more “ready” for the week to come.” — Jessica
“The Recipe Bank is one of my favorite spreads because it helps me fix the age-old problem of a recipe rut. Now I can have a ton of recipes in a small convenient space, so I always have ideas for what to add to my next meal plan!” — Shelby
“Taking a more active approach to goal setting has had an incredible impact on my life, both professionally and personally. I use this page to outline my biggest goals for the year, as well as the action plan to achieve those goals. ” — Megan
“My favorite layouts have always been weekly spreads such as this one because they give me an overview of the week, enabling me to easily assign certain tasks for specific days. In addition to incorporating seven-day sleep and habit trackers, I added daily gratitude doodles for a little visual appeal.” — MarkSee more: @mabujork on Instagram
“This journaling spread is something I use when I’m about to go on a trip. I re-create it each time with a similar doodle and layout because it allows me to reflect on the places I’m visiting, what I need for each location, and what activities I can do while I’m there. Essentially, it gets me excited about planning for future adventures.” — Alec
See more: @Fischrjournals on Instagram
If you’re feeling ready to give these a try but need a few supplies, we’ve got you covered! Check out our Bullet Journaling Shopping Guide where you can find everything you need to take your planning to the next level.
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