Daily entries in the bullet journal are a huge aspect of many people's planning routines. I decided to shake things up and try vertical dailies, and it was awesome! Here's my comparison of both methods.

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  1. i just started my buju adventure this week but im aldrey fan of it ! frist i dont think i needed the Dalias but then Corna closed Denmark down and i need to do something to keep the mood op and not be way to board… i fund out that the Daliys was a so genial and im sure the daliys in my buju will help me trugh the period where everthing is clossed down…. im glad that i started my buju adventre before everthing clossed down …

    1. I’m glad you started your bullet journal when you did! It really is an excellent hobby to get through these isolated times. I hope you are able to use that time to really work on your bullet journal 🙂 have fun with it and stay safe out there!

  2. I have avoided BuJo for so very long because I didn’t have time to get all that I need to complete without learning new jargon and having extra steps in my day. Then one friend told me that I pretty much did the BuJo except I kept a planner and notebooks for projects and To Do items. She explained I could combine them and that would be my bullet journal.

    I have been doing my research to get some ideas and I do like the vertical for most of my items because I’m one who can fill up any space given to me with ideas, I’m like water in that method, and I tend to overdo on those. Vertical would limit me, save me time, and prevent the need to fill those extra spaces. I’m currently using a regular notebook and minimized my space to 2 pages to include the monthly, weekly, and daily items. The rest can go on other pages, but I like seeing my goals at one glance.

    Thank you for the ideas.

    1. Linda good luck on figuring out the perfect system for you! One of my absolute favorite things about the bullet journal system is the ability to customize it to make it fit your needs. Just keep experimenting!

  3. I tried the vertical design for a couple months. I liked it and I didn’t like it! I felt it wasted so much space, and if I wanted to do a little journaling, then it felt too cramped. So I tried doing the weekly in the vertical design, and a horizontal daily. That worked for awhile, but so I’m back to horizontal weeklies and dailies. It just works better for me. But I am always willing to give something new a chance – that’s what I love most about bullet journaling! You can do what you want!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Sounds like you have found what works best for you and that’s wonderful!

  4. Tricia Tice says:

    I like a vertical better, but I do a single page for each daily with an hourly sidebar that I can fold over. It takes up a lot of pages but I can use the backs of the dailies for notes or other BuJo stuff. I like the hourly sidebar because I like tracking my time each day ala 168 hours… I don’t blog my BuJo (I probably should) so try it out when you get around to it. I’m fiddling with a horizontal layout that will get me the hourly log, but I’m not thrilled with it yet. It gets 6 days on a spread, which is an advantage, but I’m not in love.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to each layout. What matters most is finding what works best for you!

  5. Going through your archives in preparation for a journal migration and I just have to say this…


  6. Hi Shelby,
    Great post!
    I’m in my 4th week of this BuJo journey and this week I tried this vertical thing too. Before I was just using a page a day for the first 3 weeks. Somehow that works best for me, gives me the most freedom. With the vertical thing it feels far more like ‘just a to-do list’ each day. When I got started I was thinking of what I needed and wanted from the BuJo and the design I made for my ‘page a day’ system seems to fit my needs best. But … I’m still learning and trying all kinds of different things, a real great learning curve … I enjoy that most of all.
    From the Netherlands, with love,

    1. It’s fantastic that you branched out and tried something new! Sometimes you just gotta try something to realize that it doesn’t quite work for you, but it’s worthwhile to try anyway. I’m glad you found planning success with your dailies, Esther!

  7. First of, I just found this blog and I love it. I have read so many posts in the last few days it is amazing. Personally, I plan a month of dailies at a time. I do a week on 2 pages. Each day gets equal space. I am switching to a moleskine on July 2. Yes, I am thinking that fast ahead, and my July dailies are already written out. Each day gets 9 lines. I don’t have any trackers INB then right now, but I like the water tracker. I live in a desert, so I don’t think the weather is that important, it is almost always hot and sunny.

    1. Thanks so much, Nikoah! And if it helps you to plan that far in advance, then by all means, do what works for you! I try to keep clear plans set about a week in advance and fuzzy, general plans set for three to four weeks in advance. And I can totally see why you’d ditch the weather tracker, it’s pretty moot if the weather is always the same! I’m smack in the Midwest, where every day is a new season. So basically, the weather tracker is off every other day anyway! 😀

  8. I just started a BuJo in June and since I wasn’t sure if I would stick with it I went cheap…and apparently a bit small. When I finish this journal I’m definitely getting something larger than 5×7. So with the size constraint, I’ve only tried horizontal, but I’m thinking of taking a blank spiral notebook and playing around with other layout and design ideas so I’ll know what I like when I buy a “real” journal later. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on horizontal vs vertical. It’s given me some ideas to try.

    1. My pleasure, Molly! I actually hadn’t even thought about size constraints and how that might effect the preferred layout. That’s definitely some food for thought. I hope you enjoy playing around with the two layouts and find something that’s right for you!

  9. I love that you did this because I see so much of the horizontal layout, and it does NOT work for me. I’ve used vertical in a variety of ways for work and school and it is the only thing that makes sense to me. It’s nice to see vertical layouts getting some love.

    1. I’m glad you’re in the vertical camp! It really does feel so much cleaner and much more simple. I’m surprised more people don’t use it!

  10. I’ve been using a horizontal but I’m trying verticle this week. I think I’ll end up liking it better in the long run because I prefer one long bullet list than 2-3 columns of lists which is what I’ve been doing. So, hopefully this will work for me this week. If not, that is the fun of a bullet journal, isn’t it? Keep experimenting.

    1. There’s definitely no harm in trying! I hope you find that you like the vertical layout – I’m sure you’ll find a way to experiment and make it perfect just for you!

  11. I appreciate your weighing the pro’s and cons. The last few weeks I have been doing Monday through Thursday vertically and Friday-Sunday horizontally. There are things I like about both, and I can’t quite decide which one I prefer. I guess that’s the power of the bullet journal…being able to change with every turn of the page. Thanks for sharing your ideas and creativity; I always enjoy seeing what you have to share!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s awesome to be able to switch between both as it suits you. You’re right, the power is in the flexibility. I love the ability to try something completely different on another page and not feel the strange conflict like I did with old planners. Thank you for sharing your experience with this, it’s wonderful meeting folks who have tried both!

  12. Love this! I’ve been struggling with my horizontal dailies. They just haven’t been cutting it. But seeing you pros and cons of the two, I’m excited to try out vertical starting next week. I too like to be able to jot things down a few days in advance.

    1. I’m glad you like it! And yes, writing stuff down a few days ahead is such a wonderful ability, I can’t believe I went so long without it!

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