Things to include in a bullet journal
I know it is easy to get all excited by bullet journal supplies, but what happens once you have all the accessories? What to do with a notebook? What to put in a bullet journal? In this post, I will give you ideas on all the things to bullet journal about.
You see, some people have a fully scheduled life with all their work schedules, appointments, travel dates, and an infinity of cool events that people with a busy life get to go and do.
Sometimes it makes me wonder if I really need all my planning and notebooks to add the same old recurring grocery shopping list…
If you are also unsure about what to write in your Bullet Journal, I have some answers for you!
As a mom, my days are obviously full, but with all the everyday tasks that don’t seem to deserve a place in my pretty journal!
So what to write in my planner and bullet journal? What collections to add? What to plan using my bullet journal?
Along with the common pages, you find in a bullet journal, such as an index, a future log, weekly spreads, and collection pages, I am going to share some creative journal list ideas of what pages and planning to include in your journal.
If you are just starting out your bullet journal journey and are wondering what are the best things to plan and write in your brand new blank notebook, then read on!
I have lots of ideas, spreads, and lists that you can add to your bullet journal and fill that beauty with cool stuff.
What to write in a notebook
So, what to include in a bullet journal? Below I have some fun bullet journal sections and other empty notebook ideas that you can add to any blank journal.
What is a life without goals, right?
This is something anybody can have and actually, everyone should have. Maybe you have some health goals on your vision board (weight goals, step counter goals, food intake goals etc). Or maybe you want to start a business, a hobby, an education…
You can dream as big or as little as you want! Whatever your plans are just break them into easily actionable steps that you need to take to achieve them, using your planner to kick start the change.
A good way to break down a goal is to plan short and long-term goals. What would you like to do in the next 30 days, 6 months, or a year?
Putting those big goals and dreams in your planner is a great way to make yourself accountable.
Even though you might not need an actual alarm or reminder for some of your recurring appointments, it doesn’t hurt to add them to your bullet journal.
At least it will help you get in the habit of writing down and using your bullet journal more.
Add any kind of appointment: Doctor and dentist’s appointment, children’s sport and school appointments, work appointments, dates with hubby, children play dates, or coffee with friends…
I am sure if you think hard there is plenty you can add.
And if you can’t come up with something then it is time to create appointments, even if just for yourself. That will give you a sense of accomplishment too.
A few ideas you could add:
- A day to go to the park
- When to visit the library
- Home spa time (make a sugar scrub, polish your nail, etc)
If you write it down you are more likely to do it.
Related post: How to organize your entire life with a bullet journal!
Sometimes our schedule feels like nothing else is going on apart from the required tasks for running a household and a family.
Most of all those tasks you do tend to go unnoticed, by others and even by yourself!
But as a homemaker, you can track your daily chores. Checking things off the list will give you a sense of accomplishment and a deserved pat on the back.
Here are a few house journal organization ideas:
- Plan what to clean during the day
- Plan your home and life decluttering with the KonMari checklist
- Plan the family meals
Using spreads like these will make you more efficient and save you money, guaranteed!
I plan my meals very efficiently using my bullet journal, check it out here. I also plan places I want to go and I have a section for my gratitude journal.
Cute things to do with a notebook
Bullet journal tracker ideas
You can track so much in your planner! Track things you do every day and every week. Everything from TV shows to expenditure and water intake can go in.
If you have weekly goals then use a habit tracker. I track my water intake and have a little exercise icon I get to check off.
Some good trackers to add to your planner:
- Food intake
- Sleep tracker
- Step tracker
- Money expenditure
- Books read or to read
- Television time
- Mood tracker
Here are more amazing bullet journal must have pages.
Let’s say you don’t want to record your household chores and trackers in your planner.
Well, you can just get creative! That is one of my favorite journalling ideas!
If you have a bullet journal with the flexibility of blank or dotted pages you can do pretty much whatever you want!
Even with a pre-made planner, you can use your creativity!
Put that collection of washi tape and stickers to good use and be creative with your planner.
Learn how to make a Washi Tape Swatch here!
Add color, stickers, washi tape borders, or whatever you want to your pages so they will not be full, even if you don’t have too many appointments.
Practice your hand lettering, write an empowering quote to a full page or add happy prompts and words of wisdom to each planner page.
And don’t forget doodles!!
Take a doodle challenge and fill in those pages with your best handiwork. There is no limit to creativity!
If I run out of ideas for bullet journal I go back to gratitude.
You may not have the most eventful life but it doesn’t mean you don’t have a life that is full of things to be grateful for.
Write a quote down, something you are thankful for, write a positive word to resemble every day or dedicate some time to be thankful for the things you have (even if it is not the dream life just yet).
The best way for you to find out what you are grateful for is by using journaling prompts to reveal the things in life you really do have to be thankful for.
Plan the life you want
I know it sounds a bit vague when you just get started but by writing down the life you want, you are helping yourself make it a reality.
It is one of my favorite bujo ideas. Seriously, write down the life you want in all it’s detail.
Plan and feel what you want! This will inspire positivity and affirmation for you to go after what your heart desires! Dream big!!
When you don’t have a plan, make one! Start today by recording where you are now, it could be with words or doodles. Just literally draw a picture of you and your current life. Make it visual, it will help you see the change when you have achieved parts of your plan.
Then in time draw the new you, slowly changing to suit your new goals.
What to do with a notebook
Perhaps you haven’t heard of brain dumps as journal page ideas.
Brain dumps are great to let your creativity flow and cleanse your mind from thoughts bogging down your brain.
What is a brain dump you might ask?
Well, It has a few purposes. Firstly, it helps to get through all the overwhelming chaos of multiple thoughts running through your brain. Do you know the feeling, when you have so many thoughts rushing around your mind but don’t know how to make sense of it all? That’s how creating a brain dump can help.
Also, doing a morning brain dump can help you discover ideas you didn’t even know you had floating around in that amazing mind of yours.
Try to write without thinking much about it. A brain dump is exactly what it sounds; just dumping the ideas onto paper. Once the content is down on the paper, you can than go over it and make sense of what you have written, then organize it accordingly.
You can read more about brain dumps here.
Now you know what to do with a bullet journal. Do you have any more ideas? Let me know in the comments below.
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