Bullet journal spreads provide a beautiful and super simple way to track all of your thoughts, feelings, appointments, and goals to help you live your best life. Whether it’s for today, next week, or 10 years from now, a bullet journal could easily replace your day planner. I LOVE my Bullet Journal!
10 Awesome Bullet Journal Spreads & Why You Need Them
Some of my FAVOURITE BuJo Supplies:
- LEUCHTTURM1917 (mine is Raspberry colour) although it’s prone to ghosting and bleeding so I need to find an alternative with heavier pages. The Rhodiarama was recommended but it has a leather cover so that’s a nope. Any suggestions welcome!
- Colourful Pens
- Bujo Stencils are essential for creating bullet journal spreads quickly
- Washi Tape
Here are five pretty compelling reasons why you should start one:
1. It Can Help You Reduce Stress:
If like me, you struggle with an anxiety disorder, the bullet journal can help you manage it.
I love using bullet journal spreads to:
- Record moods
- Reminders to meditate
- Any changes in behaviours which could help you spot an anxiety attack a mile off
- Keep a schedule
- Reminders – daily and weekly
- Keep a habit tracker
- Daily gratitude lists
- Keep a sleep tracker
- Or a period tracker
November is the first month that I’ve actually started using a habit tracker. I’ve not had great luck with these in the past as I keep forgetting about them but I will try to make it a habit. Hah.
Sleep tracker by Christina77Star
If you can identify any triggers of stress, then looking through your bujo to check up on your emotions and which are most potent triggers for you. That way you can deal with them!
Start logging your meals and exercise routines, so you see what you are eating on a regular basis, what you need more of, what you need less of and what aspects of your workout routine you need to work on!
2. You Can Track Your Depression With A Bullet Journal
If you struggle with mental illness, depression can be triggered by anything. Something that you *know* will not matter a year from now can send you into a deep depression. Tracking your moods will help you to avoid this. You should also meditate on the daily. Seriously.
Most people end up being affected by situational depression. That means that something occurs and causes the depression. If you make a habit of recording your life in a bullet journal, you will be able to notice your triggers a mile away, and that will help you avoid it a mile away.
Your bullet journal is yours and yours alone. I *wish* I knew the benefits of journaling when I was a teenager and its therapeutic benefits. The fact that I didn’t is a testament to my paranoia! The reason I didn’t keep a journal is that I didn’t trust my mum not to read it, so I internalised it all and that was not good for my mental health. Queue just randomly bursting into tears in school. But that was back in the day before parents and kids were aware of anxiety disorders being present in adolescents or didn’t know the signs.
3. You Could Change Your Life
I hear you… “yeah right Claire.”
But I’m serious….
Using a bullet journal on a regular basis can make you more organised and efficient. That’s a change.
You can track your goals AND achieve them. That’s another change.
It will help you figure out what your life goals are and what steps you need to take to reach them. Another change.
*psst – now it’s full and I got the iPad pro and apple pencil! I created the free bullet journal spread using it and the procreate app!
Use lists, aspirations, and bucket lists.
When you do your weekly review… The bullet journal will give you a good idea of what you want out of life!
4. You Will Be More Organized
*picks mic back up again*
Trust me when I tell you that you will be a productivity, organizational ninja with a bullet journal!
Add Daily Task lists
Using task lists every day and reviewing tomorrow’s tasks each day, is an excellent way to know what to expect and better schedule your time.
Add all the tasks aim for three big tasks to be achieved. If you can see what you need to do, you should be better able to prioritise your time.
I love this example of a master chore list:
Don’t Forget To Use Weekly Layouts in your Bullet Journal Spreads:
I love using weekly layouts so I can immediately see what’s coming up. Using a weekly layout gives more space for adding appointments and super important tasks.
To schedule your time efficiently with your bullet journal, you should be adding all appointments and important tasks.
You can download that template as a printable AND even more via the Kate Louise website! How awesome is that? What a generous soul.
Start a habit…every time you make a new appointment, add it to your journal and review what’s coming up every Sunday.
5. The Bujo Is Multiple Planners In One
Planners are great, trust me when I say I LOVE them. If you don’t trust me… I have a whole category dedicated to them. The only problem with the regular diaries you find in shops is how limited you are with how you use it, unless it’s a huge Filofax. If you can’t customise the calendar and planner layouts to what suits you, there’s a chance you won’t use them.
Trust me on that one too.
It means that you are limited to how much information you can include on each page, how many sections you have and types of layouts. With a bujo, it can REPLACE your planner and includes absolutely everything from your life!
I’m Bujo crazy. Really. So if you want to join the troop, grab your first bullet journal and some essential supplies to get started!
If you want to learn how to improve your handwriting, so your journal looks beautiful, check out this post:
If you want to learn how to do beautiful lettering check out this post: