If you are anything like me, your bullet journal is your companion. It helps you get through the day and prepare for tomorrow. You can log your present and save it for the past. And above all, it helps you collect your brain and keep you together. Perhaps your journal is bare bones, with the simple set up that Ryder suggests. Perhaps, like me, you’ve gone a bit wild with the doodles, borders, and other delightful riffraff. One thing is for sure: the strength of the bullet journal is the ability to adapt to each person’s individual situation, and the key to utilizing this is to experiment. Trying new things is a good exercise for your mind and it can help you unlock your bullet journal’s fullest potential. So here is a list of 13 bullet journal spreads that everyone should try at least once to become a productivity whiz.
Bullet Journal Spreads That Rock
With almost all of these suggested spreads, there is a sticker in my Coffee Fox Creations store that is a perfect fit. If you aren’t the kind of person who likes spending time on decorative headers but you still enjoy the look, give these stickers a try! They are the perfect combination of style and convenience. And if there isn’t a sticker pre-made for you, you can always grab a gorgeous write-on sticker so you can pen your own title. There’s tons of options for you to personalize and experiment!
Level 10 Life
The Level 10 Life is one of my favorite things to share with everyone because it is such an amazing little diagnostic tool. I have one in every one of my Leuchtturms. It helps you take an honest look at some of the aspects of your life so you can strive to a well-rounded you. Everyone should do this every six months or so to check in with their goals and touch base with themselves.
There is nothing as lovely and pure as gratitude. Writing down a few things you are grateful for every day is a surefire way to a more happy life in the long run. Keeping a gratitude log is so simple and quick that I’m amazed everyone doesn’t do it!
When you go grocery shopping, do you write down your list on a little scrap of paper? Do you forget essential ingredients all the time? Well, there is no better way to tackle this issue than with a Master Grocery List! This permanent list allows you to build your grocery list from a template every time so you won’t forget those pesky oddball items. My Master List has quickly become one of my favorite and most useful spreads in my bullet journal. Get some Post it Note flags and give it a shot!
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The Recipe Bank pairs beautifully with the Master Grocery List. The idea is that you have lots of recipes and their ingredients listed out on big flags in your bank, and you can reference them quickly and easily while meal planning. Then you can flip to your Master Grocery List and jot down a week’s worth of meal ingredients for your shopping trip. It’s also a fantastic way to try new recipes that you’ve been hoarding on Pinterest. It’s a double whammy!
Keeping a habit tracker has been phenomenal for building positive habits and breaking down bad habits. I am able to monitor time between habits and keep an honest account of my growth. Some months I don’t do very well with exercise, drinking water, avoiding soda, etc., so I’m able to see a downtrend and work extra hard to make the next month better. I would highly suggest that everyone who is trying to break bad habits give this spread a shot. Besides, it will give you an opportunity to flex your Staedtler muscles.
If you bullet journal, it’s likely that you already keep a form of a monthly spread/list/calendar. I added it here, though, because there are lots of different varieties that exist and you shouldn’t feel restricted to only one kind. For me, I rock out the calendar style because I like seeing the traditional layout with all the weeks in neat little rows. Some might work better with Ryder Carroll’s monthly list format. Some might come up with something new entirely! My point is that you need to experiment, even if just for a month, and you might just be surprised with what you find. And if you are a stationery addict like me, it becomes a playground for any new supplies (like my water brushes or Pentel Pocket Brush). Who can argue with that?
It’s great to set your tasks to certain deadlines, such as by the end of today, tomorrow, next week, or next month. But where do you put a task with no particular deadline? Enter the brain dump page. This is a place to store all of your oddball tasks that generally need to be done, but with no specific timeline. It’s great for things like adding decor to your home, cleaning out a closet, beating the rug, or other miscellaneous stuff. My only caveat would be to remind yourself in your monthly spread or set up the spread near the end of your journal so you can avoid forgetting about it.
Seasonal Bucket Lists
It’s one thing to have a big life bucket list with parachuting and whatnot, but it’s wonderful to have bucket lists that you can acheive right now. That’s why I use seasonal bucket lists! As the seasons change, I excite myself for all of the wonderful fun that season has to offer and encourage myself to get out of the hosue. For example, in my summer bucket list, I had things like “go swimming” and “go stargazing”. For autumn’s bucket list, I have things like “shamelessly enjoy a pumpkin spice latte”. I find that I savor the season much more when I am keeping one of these lists. You should check it out!
Birthday Time Capsule
Your bullet journal is a beautiful keepsake for your future self. What better way to wave to your future than by leaving a note on your birthday? Create a birthday time capsule to give yourself a yearly check in and wink towards older you. And it only comes once a year, so it’s really easy to do. I like to do mine with some flourish, so I used my Pilot Metropolitan and fancy Noodler’s ink for my most recent birthday. It’s a special occasion, after all!
If you are a student, this is an essential bullet journal spread. The idea is that you write down some basic information about your ridiculously expensive textbooks so you don’t forget important details. That way you won’t get dinged with fees when the semester is up or you can be proactive about selling them and getting some money back for your trouble. This textbook tracker would have saved me lots of stress and cash if I had thought it up a few years before, so don’t make my mistakes!
You have a dream vacation, right? This handy little bullet journal spread can help you prepare for it early! Track your budget with your end goal in mind and make it a cheery reminder at the same time. Who said that you have to wait to plan out your big trip? Start early and get ahead with a budget tracker! (Psst…. this also works for any other big purchase, like a house or a new computer…. just sayin’!)
Whether you are a pro at cleaning or a complete disaster (like myself), having a cleaning calendar is a handy way to organize your cleaning. Keeping your home in a roughly tidy fashion is really quite easy if you clean a little bit each day instead of in gigantic stressful batches. Plot out certain days for certain types of cleaning, and while you’re at it, knock out some of the big stuff on a monthly basis! Get your house under control with the help of your handy little bullet journal.
Goals and Rewards
My goals and rewards spread has been wildly helpful in motivating me to do good things with my habits. I set a measurable, achievable goal and a reward if I hit my mark. Knowing that a guilt-free lipstick is waiting for me at the end of a string of good behavior really helps me push through and promote good habits. The bullet journal is the perfect place to keep your goals and rewards, and you can draw up new spreads as you grow and change. You should give it a try and see how it can help push you toward better habits!
These bullet journals spreads might not work for you, and that’s okay! Don’t feel bad if one of the spreads I’ve raved about just isn’t doin’ it for you. Trying something new is extremely important for growth and self-understanding, so it’s a victory even if one of the spreads was a dud. Remember that your bullet journal is for you, so don’t let anyone else tell you what it should and shouldn’t be. Just be flexible and willing to try new solutions to old problems, and you will find your bullet journal running at maximum capacity of awesomeness. You got this!
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