Bullet Journaling: An In Depth Scoop

I started bullet journaling when I got really inspired to get my life together on January 2nd of 2016. It will be almost a year in a few days of one of the greatest decisions of 2016 that I made! I’m excited to share the more in depth details of what bullet journaling entails. I did mention bullet journaling in my Planner 101 post but bullet journaling is so diverse that I needed a whole other quick post.

Since its the New Year, your new year’s resolution is probably time management right? Or health? Or keeping track of spending? Trying to literally improve in anyway???

Then the bullet journal can help you! (No, this isn’t a pyramid scheme).


Bullet Journal® (or BuJo® for short) was developed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY. After a lot of trial and error, he created a system that can fit anyone’s need. He realized that everyone wants something different and is looking for something different than they previously had. So why not make it themselves?

Bullet Journaling is a system. Not a specific planner or journal that you need to buy online. Since its a system, that means you can adapt however you like and is customizable to your needs. The youtube (see hyper link below) is a guideline to how is the backbone, but not the rules.

The Basics:

Here are a few terms that the original how-to video mentions and it may be kinda confusing so heres some terminology:

  • future log: year at a glance calendar to put all your long term dates/goals in
  • index: in the very beginning to notate what page is what topic
  • daily log: for your day-to-day planning
  • monthly log: a calendar on one side along with a monthly task list (basically a goal/ to do thing of the month)
  • spread: a page or collection of pages dedicated to one topic
  • Bullet Journal = also known as BuJo

Is it a to-do list or a planner or a diary?

Instead of having one journal for your thoughts, one book for your planner, scratch paper around you desk for your notes, the bullet journal is a system for you to put everything you could possibly think of in that book. Because its yours with blank pages, and everything is up to you!

Daily Spreads:

In bullet journaling, you have a series of short sentences for to dos, events of that day and quick notes or memories that you want to notate. You use the “key” to differentiate between each activity. The original bullet journal has this as the key:

a bullet= a to do item

circle “o” marks an event

– = a note or thing to remember

x = completed task

> = move item to later day

< = task scheduled

You can keep this, change it or do whatever you want. In the bullet journal, you create “daily spreads” which is setting up a space as long as you need of your day.

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People have adapted this system into MANY ways and have created their own ways and styles by adding more art and color.

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More Than Meets the Eye:

There are SOOO many different types of spreads that you could do in your bullet journal! Here are a lot of ideas to get your started and inspired.

  • a habit tracker
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  • monthly goals
  • gratitude log
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  • Level 10 Life
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  • memory page screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-11-39-49-pm
  • books to read
  • movies to watch
  • tv shows to watch
  • bucket list
  • any form of notes on certain topic you want to reference later (notes on minimalism, podcasts your listening to, youtube videos etc.)
  • challenges (ex: 30 day cleanses like Whole 30, 30 day yoga/blogilates challenge, 30 minimalism challenges, 30 day squat challenge etc.)
  • expense tracking
  • giant to do list or giant studying list (list of topics you need to study for midterm/finals etc.)
  • wishlists
  • grade tracker
  • period tracker
  • weight tracker
  • exercise tracker

Benefits of the bullet journaling system:

  • everything you need is in one book
  • if you don’t want to continue a monthly goal list, you don’t have to! You can add or take away whatever works for you
  • can use it also as a creative outlet by using pictures and drawings within your spreads
  • ^^ or if you can’t draw (like me!) you can use washi tape, colored writing or stickers

GET INSPIRED: (watch all these videos on double speed to save time lol)

  • my girl Sareena (studyign on social media) did a youtube series showing different types of bujos submitted to her which is very cool for inspiration (she also has her own videos on what her bujo looks like)
  • Boho Berry- BUJO GODDESS
  • Instagram for real
  • don’t even get me started on tumblr


Yours can literally make it look however you want. Just because you have a bullet journal, doesn’t mean you have to make it INCREDIBLY ARTSY!! It can literally be chicken scratch and it will be beautiful. What matters is that its helping you toward productivity and achieve your goals, not how it looks.

Now get journaling!!!



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