There are plenty of ways to use your bullet journal for productivity, but these 11 bullet journal hacks will have you looking at things in a new way. These quick tips will help you up your level of productivity and add some extra spunk to your journal!

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  1. Sorcha Donnelly says:

    This is lovely Shelby <3 I wonder do you have any advice for people who use pre-printed bullet journals? I struggled committing to drawing out all my own spreads and have taken to personalising the Go GIrl planner from Amazon
    but sometimes struggle with motivation with this too D: I just want to be productive and organised!!

    1. I understand completely! Organization can be tough to figure out, whether you use a pre-printed planner or a bullet journal. I have some tips in this post that you might find helpful!

  2. Hi I just recently started reading your blog and subscribed to get emails and I must say that I am never disappointed. Whenever I’m feeling creatively stuck I can just read one of your posts and it brings on so many ideas. Thank you for having a well organized, appealing and informative blog.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks a million Melissa! We are so happy to hear you find so much inspiration here.

  3. Love all the creativity….and for me a new approach to dutch pages. Certainly going to try it.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I hope you enjoy Shelley!

  4. Is the “look at all the room for activites!” a reference to the movie Step Brothers? Because if it is, I died laughing ??

    1. That’s what popped into my head as well ?

  5. This post is a game-changer! simply loved your ideas. Very simplistic and elegant.
    I am a newbie bullet-journaler. I find your posts very inspiring!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      That’s so wonderful to hear Kani! Have fun with this new journey that you’re on.

  6. Your ideas are awesome. I’ve spent my summer really diving into bullet journaling and this one link gave me more good ideas than I’ve found anywhere else. Thanks!!!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      It’s so great to hear these hacks were helpful for you Dana. Enjoy!

  7. These are some of the best and simplest hacks I’ve seen. I really want some of those Zebra Mildliners.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them Cathy!

  8. Lately, I’ve steered away from Bullet Journal Hack tips because they were all the same regurgitated ideas. Most fall into the “tracker” category. Sorry, but I don’t have three hours to track every single thing I do in a day.

    Pleasantly surprised with these tips. These are actually useful and easily implemented. Tips 1, 2, 4, 7, and 9 are my favorites. I’ve seen the washi categorization, but don’t want to buy a whole bunch of tape and try to keep the rolls handy, so doing it with a highlighter is fabulous. I’ve seen the butterfly key before, but I didn’t care for it until now, just being able to mix it with the highlighter really popped out.

    Add in a color-coded and organized index and I’m a happy camper.

    Great tips that are truly hacks for a more organized use. Thank you!!!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      It’s great to hear so many of these were helpful for you Diane!

  9. Kirsten Quinn says:

    I recently found your blog, and I’m obsessed! Very original hacks. Beautifully presented. Just enough text. Love it!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks so much Kirsten!! It’s great to have you here ?

  10. Wow. I just discovered your blog. I absolutely love it! <3 Thanks for so many tips , and I will be coming back again and again for more tips 🙂

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      So glad to have you here Soha!

  11. I’m so in love with all your bullet journaling related posts. <3 They're so inspiring! Thanks so much for the great post. I'll get back to bullet journaling asap. 🙂

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thank you so much! I’m happy to hear you have found so much inspiration here.

  12. I bought a very cheap A5 ringed notebook that had plasic dividers with pockets. They are actually split at the rings so that you can move them where you want. Because the notebooks were for my grandkids i ‘stole’ the dividers, trimmed them slightly and washi taped them unto my LT 😉

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Sounds like a great “hack” that still gives them a journal and you some extra accessories!

  13. Hi Shelby!
    I love how clear and bright your pictures are. The foldout key is a brilliant idea!
    Thank you for sharing these.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thank you Jen! So glad you are enjoying them.

  14. Love #7 for the index. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Glad you like it Pam!

  15. I started doing my monthly and weeklies from the back forward and the collections from the front backward. This way I have plenty of pages for them and can keep them all together.

  16. I currently use a Happy Planner system and really enjoy it, but I was wanting something for more flexibility to doodle and more bullet journal esque. Do you just have to guess how many pages a section is going to take since you can’t add pages to a book? This is where I get stumped.
    These are great tips, thanks for sharing!

    1. Well, that depends largely on what’s in the section! I take up about 22-25 pages for a full month of trackers, logs, weeklies, and misc notes. But that can vary wildly from person to person! My last bullet journal (with 249 pages) lasted almost exactly six months. I would say just go for it if you want to try a bound notebook. If you hate it, you can always switch back. Good luck, Sabrina! I hope that helps 🙂

    2. Sabrina,
      You might like a disc bound notebook like the Staples Arc or Levenger Circa systems. They take a little getting used to; you have to gently pull the page around the discs as you turn a page, but your reward is a notebook that can open like a spiral for writing and is easy to add and remove pages to. I prefer the Staples Arc system because the pages fit a bit tighter. Levenger made their page cutouts bigger to make page turning easier, but the result is a floppier notebook.

      1. That’s intriguing. I’ve never seen the Arc system. Do the pages not fall out or get bent if you are moving them around? I love the different covers.

        I had the same concern and as my first journal is going to be a bit of a test, I’m going with loose leaf paper and a 6-ring binder. I can keep only what is current and useful in the binder and archive older pages in a safe place. I might choose to do next year differently but I wanted flexibility while I’m learning and experimenting.

  17. Sona Seligova says:

    Hello! What are the black calligraphy pens you’re using for your day titles? Absolutely beautiful handwriting on those too! Wish I could do that!

  18. In love with these ideas! Definitely going to try them out soon!

  19. That’s awesome, Shelby! I loved to use washi tapes in my journal but I found many cool new ideas in your post like the DIY-envelope and the post-its. Makes me curious to read more articles. Thanks for sharing & greetings from Germany!

  20. What would you suggest for my bullet journal? I am in the process of switching to my first bullet journal from my erin condren planner and I am struggling because I like to plan everything out in advance and my dailies just are supposed to be Day by day so I find myself carrying around both planners. I use my future log but o feel like it isn’t enough room and isn’t as organized and roomy as my other planner, what can I do?!

    1. That’s a really good question, LaRen! There’s no hard and fast rule, but I would suggest that you simply experiment to figure out what works best for you. If the future log isn’t enough room, then expand it to two spreads instead of just one. If you want to have a more future minded daily set up, then consider using weeklies like I do here. And if something isn’t quite right or feels like it could use some improvements, give small tweaks over time and adapt your system day by day. I hope that helps!

      1. PirateFoxy says:

        Also, you can use multiple planners if that works best for you. I use a Circa SmartPlanner and recently added a small bullet journal also – I use the Circa for dates/schedules but the bujo for notes and lists and inspirational things and my habit tracker, etc. I also use the calendar on my phone to remind me of appointments on the day, so if I go out I can just take my phone and my bujo and leave the circa behind. Part of my evening routine is just putting any appointments I made while out into my circa.

        1. I struggle to keep up with several planning systems, which is why I have it whittled down to one. But some people can comfortably balance several, like you 🙂 if it works for you, then more power to you!

          1. PirateFoxy says:

            Yeah, it wouldn’t work for me if I was duplicating too much information, but apart from appointments going into my phone first sometimes, the Circa and the bound journal don’t have the same stuff so it works out for me. (I wouldn’t use my phone except I like the fact it can tell me when I need to leave for appointments based on traffic. So that is a handy feature.) I found when I tried to use the Circa for everything that the planner got too thick if I had everything in it, and pages that got referred to a lot like lists of books to read got all worn out and chewed up. But I like the dated format for planning.

  21. Connie Carswell says:

    I know this isn’t mentioned here in these hacks, but unable to find a more applicable and appropriate post, I’ll share this comment here.

    Years ago I was a rep for Stampin’Up and I have a TON of stamps and ink pads left over from that “phase” of my life.

    My severe chronic pain main have ended my full-time stamping days, but I do still love it, even though I haven’t dug my stamps out in eons.

    I’m excited to dig a few out and combine them with my love for BUJOing!!

    Thanks so much for such a great, inspirational idea!!

    1. Thanks so much, Connie! My grandma was actually a Stampin’Up rep and she was wild about scrapbooking. I actually was thinking how awesome it would be to put all those stamp to use in a planner. How gorgeous would that be?? I hope you dig out your stamps and go to town, and I’d love to see the result!

  22. Great post! So helpful. ????????????

  23. Love all of your posts, Shelby! And, I am loving the supplies you’ve suggested! Those pretty gold water colors! WOW! And, as you said, the water brush is SO much easier to write with than a paint brush! I ordered the 3 pack Zebra Mildliners, Dr. Martins, White liquid something or other… and also those (hydros?) liquid water colors you told us about! I am just so excited! I can’t wait until everything arrives!

    Keep up the good work! I for one, really appreciate all of your hard work!

    Susie

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