5 Ways to Use a Bullet Journal

December 30, 2019

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Bullet journaling is a trending organisation system that’s used by students, parents, and anyone who wants to plan more effectively. There are many ways to bullet journal, but the classic technique is to simply create a shorthand key and make to-do lists.

Here are some other ways you can utilise your new bullet journal!

Create Habit Trackers

Dotted or gridded bullet journals are perfect for creating trackers! You can track anything you can think of. Some common trackers include social media usage, healthy habits, and mood trackers. If your journal isn’t set up to make trackers easily, simply grab a ruler and create your own grids!

Create Weekly Organizer Pages

If you’re a student, you’ll want to have weekly spreads for assignments, goals, and anything else that changes every few days. Vertical layouts work well if you only want to make to-do lists and keep track of deadlines. Some layouts have room for a tracker or two (like this one, which includes a weekly hydration tracker). What you put on your spread is up to you!

Budget for an Event

Going on a trip or planning an event? Use a bullet journal to budget and keep track of your spending! Create a pie chart to allocate funds for different elements – what percentage of your budget will be spent on an event venue or on airline tickets? Keep track of your savings to remind yourself of how close you are to funding your trip (or how much more you need to save). 

You can also create budgeting spreads for everyday finances, like bills and monthly budgeting

Positive Reminders

Create spreads that you can look at when you need to lift your spirits! Try making a list of things you love about yourself, a daily gratitude page, or a favourite prayer. Reading these pages daily will help the reminders become embedded into your memory!

Goal Trackers

If you’re working on reaching a goal, setting up a goal tracker is a great way to show your progress! Weight loss trackers are pretty common, as are debt payment trackers. Get in shape or pay off your student loans by holding yourself accountable!

Since bullet journals are completely customisable, the possibilities are endless for how you can use them. Find a set of pens and brush markers (for calligraphy), along with planner stickers. Whether you want your journal to be simple or elaborate, you can make a bullet journal work for you!

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  • Tracy Nixon December 30, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I’d use mine to record my spending. I find it helps me to reduce my spending when I see how all the little purchases can soon tot up!

  • Margaret Gallagher December 30, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Organisation inspiration daily thoughts – a beauty id love

  • Michelle Lewis-Robertson December 30, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I’ve just started bullet journaling the past couple of years and I love it. I also started a travel journal to document my families adventures, big and small

  • furbi December 30, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Would love to try this!

  • Annabel Greaves December 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    It would be great for keeping track of all my important dates and activities for 2020

  • Susie Wilkinson December 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I’d use mine for all the thoughts I have during the night so that I can hopefully get some sleep!

  • Ellen Stafford December 30, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I would use it to record my spending.

  • Solange December 30, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Shopping lists, notes and reminders.

  • Charlene Merrall December 31, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I’d use it to get things out of my head that I have to remember!

  • Sarah Harris January 1, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Progress in 2020

  • Hayze80 January 1, 2020 at 8:31 am

    For all the little memories that don’t get recorded anywhere else.

  • Sarah Ann January 1, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I’d use mine to plan out my fitness training and keeping track of my budget.

  • Emma Gibson January 1, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Id use it for daily lists.

  • richard field January 1, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I would use it for cinema listings and train times

  • Kim Coate January 1, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I’d use it to record our motor home adventures

  • Jesse Partington January 1, 2020 at 10:37 am

    For budgeting my finances. Keeping a record of expected incomings and outgoings is the best way of making sure one doesn’t get into debt.

  • Ritchie Dee January 1, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Writing lists

  • Susanne Galley January 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    I would use it in my handbag for all the important things to write down when I am out and about that would go lost otherwise

  • Jane Willis January 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I would use it for notes and sketches for the greetings cards I design, as well as jotting down things such as colour schemes, texture combinations and other inspiration.

  • Louise A January 1, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I would use it for my crafting, I often have to plan projects and this would be ideal

  • Mel Turner January 1, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    To keep track of where my boys need to be and when not always enough room on the calender

  • Becks Field January 1, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Perfect way to start journaling

  • Troy Easton January 1, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I would use it to put important dates and passwords, thing to remember inside it.

  • Helen Tovell January 1, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I would give it to my daughter to use as she will be starting college this year

  • Jayne Townson January 1, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    I would give it to my son for him to use at college, thanks.

  • J Schofield January 1, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Organising my weekends as well as my working week

  • Victoria N January 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I’d use it for planning my days and as a gratutude journal

  • cheryl hadfield January 1, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    I would use to keep of my monthly budget

  • michelle o'neill January 2, 2020 at 4:39 am

    keeping track of appointments, and other important dates

  • Rebecca F January 2, 2020 at 10:39 am

    To organise everything in my life from work to family

  • Hannah wood January 2, 2020 at 11:36 am

    To track my fitness journey.

  • ashleigh allan January 2, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    For my to do lists!

  • Rich Tyler January 3, 2020 at 12:25 am

    School bits, lists, shopping, reminders etc

  • Jennie January 3, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    I love bullet journaling. I’ve just set up a new one for 2020 and can’t wait to fill it 🙂 Great tips on adding positivity pages, definitely something I’ll do.

  • Leila Benhamida January 4, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I will use to organise my finances and important things I am to achieve step by step.

  • Margaret Clarkson January 5, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Life planning and day to day lists

  • Julia Kerr January 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I would use it to help with my positivity, something I really want to work on in 2020

  • YOLANDA DAVIS January 5, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    My memory is shocking so I’d write all of my appointments and other things I need to remember like birthdays, anniversary’s ect.

  • Helen W January 7, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    I like to write down everything i spend so would be nice to have a new one to start

  • Lisa Wilkinson January 7, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I would use it for my organising lists

  • soozybee January 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

    To stay organised so that I can live my best life 🙂

  • Karen Barrett January 9, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Reminders and To Do’s for the family

  • Kelly Knowles January 9, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I’d love to use this journal to help plan my dates, with four little ones I write lots of little notes about appointments, reminders, even day to day bits I need to remember. My husband writes me notes too, I’d put it to good use.

  • ADEINNE TONNER January 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    For me it has to be to stay organised with my crazy life

  • Lesley Bambridge January 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    I would use it for my fitness and health journal and tracking

  • Christine Lockley January 11, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I’d use it to get more organised and to track my health and fitness progress

  • Emma H January 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I’m currently in the process of starting my own business, so would use this journal for logging all my plans and goals to keep me motivated and on track.

  • Ellie Fletcher January 13, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    I use my bullet journal everyday to stay organised and plan future projects

  • Tiffany Edwards January 15, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I’d use mine for tracking my mood and wellbeing each day – it looks great for logging dreams, too!

  • Cathryn Crawshaw January 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Perfect for keeping track of important dates

  • ellie spider January 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    i think goal tracking for my skating and weightlifting goals

  • Emma Smith January 17, 2020 at 11:31 am

    We’re having an extension this year so I would use it solely to keep info/photo’s in for that

  • Lynn Neal January 17, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    To get myself organised with all the things I need to do!

  • Kate Cunningham January 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I would write down things I am thankful for and focus on the positives and our blessings

  • Denise Wilden January 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    To keep updated with appointments – hospital visits for mum and dad – work in the history center – things to do and get and lots of other things

  • Helen Tyler January 18, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I love making lists! I’d use it to set goals and tick them off as I complete them

  • Sarah prescott January 18, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I would use it to write my to do lists. I read recently that it helps to make a to do list before going to bed and by doing so are less likely to forget things.

  • Patricia Avery January 18, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    I’d use it to keep me and mine organised. I have a butterfly mind and I need to add things as I think of them or they will never get done!

  • Alison January 18, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I use mine regularly for weekly planning, meal planning and so I don’t forget appointments among other things

  • Maria Jane Knight January 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    This would be ideal for our wedding planning! We get wed in 2021 and have a lot of organising to do this year!

  • sarah parker January 19, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I’d write my day 🙂

  • Phil Boyle January 19, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Weekly & monthly goals for work , well being and the Life I will live.

  • Christine Constable January 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    I’d use a bullet journal for habit tracking, goal tracking, as a diary and as a journal.

  • Rachel B January 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I’d use it for to do lists. not just daily everyday things but also lists looking a the bigger picture.

  • Lesley Cohen Wright January 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    It would help me keep track of my life because as I get older my memory is not as good as it was

  • Natalie Crossan January 19, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Mine is to actually get into shape x

  • Kim Neville January 19, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Keeping everything written down in one place in sections

  • Fiona jk42 January 19, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    I’d use it to keep track of the various home renovation projects I’m doing.

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