8 Bullet Journal Hacks and Ideas
8 Bullet Journal Hacks and Ideas
Hello everyone! Jessica from PrettyPrintsandPaper here. The bullet journal system has been making a splash in the planner world recently. Have you heard of this phenomenon? The bullet journal is the adaptable, rapid-logging, analog system that might finally bring you planner peace. Today, I’m sharing some bullet journal hacks and ideas that might get you more utility and function out of your journal and system.
First, you have to know that the system came from somewhere, and that’s Ryder Carroll. He published this system in 2013 and it’s taken on a new life ever since. Make sure you watch the original video so you know the fundamentals of the system. There are a lot of other journals out there and it’s easy to get lost in the inspiration before you know what it is you’re trying to implement!
Now that you’ve got the hang of the basics, you’ve tried it out, and have stumbled upon some things that aren’t quite right yet, you can tweak the system to work for you.
1. INDEX HACKS. Kim at TinyRayofSunshine has been writing about the system for a long time and has a couple ideas for how you can tweak one of the core pieces of the journal, the Index. My favorites include drawing a line down the middle and labeling specific Index pages for different categories of things.
2. FUTURE LOG HACK 1: ALISTAIR METHOD. I have a few hacks for the future log because it is one of the most personal. We all look at the future in different ways and it has also been the most love-hate module of the system that I’ve seen in the community. In this method, Alistair goes full rapid-log in his version of the future log. For those who don’t need the visual calendar, Alistair developed this table to help quickly jot down future tasks and commitments while indicating the month in which it is happening.
3. FUTURE LOG HACK 2 : VERTICAL VISUAL CALENDARS. This idea was so flipping genius I couldn’t believe it when I saw it – instead of the horizontal version that Ryder uses, the vertical one by @PlannerSimplicity can be more reminiscent of a familiar list format for quick rapid logging under each month.
4. FUTURE LOG HACK 3: MINIMAL VERTICAL FUTURE LOG. Even more simple from Ursala (@honeyrozes), go vertical and number the headers.
5. STICKY NOTES: For lists you continually make, try using Post-It Notes. This is a favorite for store lists! Draw up areas for Target or grocery store lists to change out the list every week but not waste pages. Alexandra is using hers for teaching – to which I say, I would need a much larger “grading” post-it!
6. ROLLING WEEKS. The original bullet journal system features a daily log, but for some folks (like me), a weekly is the preferred block of time to feel prepared. The Rolling weeks helps give you the weekly preview but the flexibility for your daily logs.
7. DUTCH DOORS. This layout, inspired by actual Dutch doors, layout involves some cutting (eek!) of your pages to keep the week preview in place and giving you pages to create your dailies. Christina tries out her own version and also gives you a lot of other ideas as well.
8. TIME LADDER. This method adds a spin on the classic time ladder we’ve all used in planners, dressed up by Dee, and then even more aesthetic with lines and circles inspired by Ursala (@honeyrozes) and Cristina (@shilen.qc).
So these are a few extra ideas – but hacks come in all shapes and sizes, from subtle labels and colors to full blown layouts. If you want more, check out the “5 More Bullet Journal Hacks” post on my blog.
What’s not quite right in your bullet journal system? How are you tweaking it to work better for you? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time!
JESSICA @ PRETTY PRINTS & PAPER
Jessica Chung is a Minneapolis calligrapher/bullet journalist/blogger and face behind Pretty Prints & Paper. On her blog, she combines her passions for teaching and handlettering to inspire others to unleash their inner creative through tutorials, project ideas, and lessons about lettering and bullet journaling. You might find her in different states and countries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, art classes of all kinds, a cappella concerts, or at the nearest Americano.