Bullet Journal Hacks & Tricks – What’s More Fun?
There are so many little tips and tricks for improving your bullet journal, but how do you know which ones are for you? Well, I have collected 11 bullet journal hacks that I know to be super easy and crazy effective! None of these hacks should take more than five minutes, so they really are the epitome of simplicity. So why don’t we jump in?
#1 – Color Code With Mildliners
This is an easy bullet journal idea to help you organize the categories of your life. Create some type of color coding system with the help of the lovely Zebra Mildliners and start marking your pages with a simple color square! Do it right up to the edge of the page and you can see the patterns of colors building up as you go.
#2 – Color Code Your Bullet Journal Index to Match
If you want to take your color coding to the next level, add it to your index! Create some type of system (pink is monthlies, yellow is notes, etc) and start highlighting your bullet journal index to match the pages. That will make it all the easier to search for your collections and plans and cut down on chaos!
#3 – Color Code with Washi
Want something a little bolder than highlighters? Go with this rainbow washi set! You only need a little bit of tape to bend over the edge of the page to get a cute and prominent page marker!
#4 – Make a Fold-Out Bullet Journal Key
Whether you are wanting an icon key or a color coding key, this is one of those bullet journal hackss that will get the job done. I simply tape this little piece of paper in the back of my bullet journal so I can easily fold it out. And what’s better, it matches the placement of my washi color coding so I can see exactly where to place my tape!
#5 – Mark Special Collections with Special Washi
If you are working on some type of long-term projects like wedding planning or a term paper, this hack is for you. For each page that features important notes, lists, or plans about your big project, just mark the corner of the page with some fancy washi. Use the same fancy washi throughout so you can quickly identify your project. You can grab this set of thin washi here, or check out this Etsy shop for a ton of cute options!
#6 – Go Dutch
This is one of those bullet journal tricks that looks super weird and complicated, but it’s actually really a super simple hack! It’s perfect for people who want to add more trackers or logs to their weekly spreads but don’t have the room, because every bullet journal needs a habit tracker! Just create a dutch door. Use a craft knife or go carefully with scissors to cut a panel out of one page to create this cool effect. Then you can increase room and optimize your planning. Cool, right?
Look at all the room for activities!
#7 – Categorize Your Bullet Journal’s Index
Another way you can hack your index is by breaking it down into categories. Draw four columns across the spread and simply keep things separate. If you’re afraid of running out of room, reserve the next spread for an index too! And if you are using color coding, you could use your Mildliners to give each header its own special color.
#8 – Wrap the Strap
I first saw this technique in Page Flutter’s bullet journal hacks post, and it is so elegantly simple! Just pull the bottom of the elastic band on your Rhodiarama (or Leuchtturm, or Moleskine, or whatever) journal and wrap it around the bottom left corner. That gives you a diagonal strap that you can hook pens onto for journaling on the go.
#9 – Keep a Store of Post It Notes
I started doing this months ago without even considering that it might help anyone else. Whoopsie! All you do is layer Post It notes on a back page of your journal so you can keep them with you on the go. I especially like this bullet journal hack for meetings so I can jot down ideas for later.
#10 – Tape In a DIY Envelope
This is great if you want to have some extra storage for special items like inspirational quotes, tickets, autumn leaves, or just about anything else. Your imagination is the limit! Use thin paper for the envelope and you should be golden. You can check out how to make DIY envelopes here. It’s easier than you’d think 😉
Once you have your envelope made, you can tape it into your bullet journal with thick washi tape or just use adhesive tape to create a more simple look. Either way, you’ll have a gorgeous little handmade pocket at your disposal. Isn’t that fun?
#11 – Write Down Your Why Statement
This simple bullet journal hack is a great candidate for the first page of your journal. What better way to kick off your journal than with a heaping scoop of motivation? Whittle down the basic reason that you want to do better in life – whether that’s to benefit another family member, get your dream job, or simply make good money to go on adventures. Then write it down to remind yourself why you are hustling and planning and organizing your life. It’s a great affirmation to add some bounce to your step!
If you want to make your Why Statement look extra gorgeous, why not try hand lettering? It’s one of those little things you can do to kick your bullet journal up ten notches, and it’s easy to learn!
Feeling Creative Yet?
It always amazes me how many ways you can bend the bullet journal to your will. There are just so many interesting ways you can add functionality to this little system! Hey, whatever helps me get my lazy butt in gear is a great thing.
What are some of your favorite bullet journal hacks? Tell me in the comments below!